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Frauds and charlatans! That's what Noreen Renier thought about psychics until, at the age of thirty-eight, the psychic world blasted into her life. A divorced mother of two with a career in public relations and advertising, she was hardly prepared for the day when she spontaneously began to relay messages from a friend's dead grandmother. A Mind for Murder is the story of Noreen's transformation from businesswoman to psychic investigator.

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Frauds and charlatans! That's what Noreen Renier thought about psychics until, at the age of thirty-eight, the psychic world blasted into her life. A divorced mother of two with a career in public relations and advertising, she was hardly prepared for the day when she spontaneously began to relay messages from a friend's dead grandmother. A Mind for Murder is the story of Noreen's transformation from businesswoman to psychic investigator.

The only psychic ever to lecture at the FBI Academy, Noreen Renier has assisted law-enforcement officials all over the world, working on more than 400 criminal cases. From the discovery and development of her unique talents to becoming a respected figure in the police community, this is the true account of Noreen Renier's remarkable life and career.

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Noreen Renier is the only psychic to lecture at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Even more important than that honor, however, is the achievement that earned her the invitation: Over the past two decades, Renier has helped solve more than 130 criminal cases. This autobiographical book traces her career, from the discovery of her psychic abilities to her most fascinating and unconventional cases. The woman dubbed "the psychic super sleuth" discusses, for example, the assassination attempt on President Reagan (which she predicted) and the puzzling case of New York's Zodiac Killer. She reveals investigation methods that include psychometry, in which she "becomes" either the victim or the perpetrator.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425202890
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Noreen Renier first lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 1981. She is now a well-known psychic detective who has worked on more than 400 unsolved cases with city, county, and state law-enforcement agencies in 38 states and six foreign countries. She has been featured on The Larry King Show, Psychic Detectives Court TV, Good Morning America, and the Biography Channel.
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"Where do you turn when you've got a murder and you haven't got a clue? Enter Noreen Renier, psychic."
48 Hours

I have had my throat slit. I have been shot, knifed, stabbed, raped, drowned, and strangled. I have been inside the last moments of many murder victims. I feel their pain, I speak their words, I live their deaths. I see the faces of their murderers, and sometimes I become them. I don't like to get killed more than two or three times a week—it's just too exhausting.

During my career as a psychic detective I have held the bloody earrings, watches, shirts, and shoes of murder victims. I have received the images and feelings that somehow reside in a piece of skull, a vial of blood, a few hairs, the murder weapon. Just as a dog picks up a scent trail that we humans can't detect, my mind taps into the turbulent energy left behind by a moment of explosive violence and I relive the brutal event.

Call it a hunch, a gut feeling, intuition. How do I do it? You tell me. You've been using your logical, rational mind for many years. Explain it to me: How do you use your memory? How did you learn math? How does your memory work? You can't explain it, and neither can I. But you can use your mind, and I can use mine.

I've had quite a ride. Almost twenty-five years ago, on a sunny morning in the midst of an ordinary life as a working single mom, an unconventional career chose me. Since then, I've never looked back. Establishing my credibility in a field that fights for credibility has been daunting, but I have been rewarded in countless ways. In 1981, when I first lectured at the FBI Academy inQuantico, Virginia, my work with the police was considered controversial. Now, I'm a well-known psychic detective who has worked on over 400 unsolved homicides, missing persons and rape cases with city, county and state law enforcement agencies in thirty-eight states and six foreign countries. My work has been featured in the newspapers, on television, and even in a textbook for homicide detectives.

Like everyone else, I once thought that anyone who had psychic abilities was either a charlatan or a fraud. And just like you, I know that not everyone who calls themselves a psychic really is one. But even though there's no way I can prove to you I'm a psychic, I don't mind being challenged. In 1986, I even took a skeptic to court for calling me a fraud—and won.

I enjoy my work, but it's certainly not the life I would have consciously chosen. Most of all, I want you to understand that psychic abilities are another part of a normal life. They involve no fear, no evil. This ability—the opening of our own minds— is a gift that we can develop for good and use as a wonderful and amazing tool.

Over the years I have encountered a great deal of fear and ignorance concerning my ability and psychics in general. However, I have discovered one very important thing: If you believe in yourself and in your own efforts, nothing can stand in your way.


Let me state early that I do not solve crimes . . . the police do. I am merely an aid or an investigative tool for the police. By picking up images and feelings that the untrained mind cannot, I can provide clues, information, and perhaps a new angle to an unsolved crime.

The first time a law enforcement officer or agency uses my psychic ability as an investigative tool, it is important to understand a few simple techniques. The following information will help you enhance my psychic abilities during our session and, I hope, bring an unsolved crime to a successful conclusion.

1. A psychic should be called into an investigation as a last resort, when traditional methods for solving a crime have been exhausted.
2. I prefer not to know any details or personal background of the victim or the crime other than the first name of the victim and the type of crime. The less you tell me, the more I will be able to tell you.
3. I use psychometry, which involves touching an object that the victim wore or the suspect left behind.
4. It is important to start slowly. Initially, I try to see psychically what the victim looked like, or to re-create the scene of the crime. I do this for two reasons: to make sure I am "tuning" into the case, and to give the Officer/Agent confidence in me as a psychic. If this is successful we can continue with the case.
5. Questions. How you question me will determine the quality of information I receive psychically. BE PREPARED. Know in advance what your objectives are. Think of a profile you want me to fill in; information that will help you to identify and/or locate a suspect or body.
6. The way the questions are phrased is extremely important. An incorrect way to question is: "Where does he (suspect) live?" "Did he (suspect) do it?" A productive way to question is: "Stand in front of the house (body) and walk toward it. What do you see? Look to the right, to the left Fly above it, what do you see?"
7. Leading questions are not productive. Such questions include: "Is his hair black?" "Was he driving a blue Ford?" Instead, let me describe him/her to you, as well as any other pertinent information. Questions should have direction, and not merely need a "yes" or "no" answer. It is very helpful to give me feedback when you know I have accurately described something or someone. The logical mind can analyze, but the psychic mind just receives information. The feedback keeps my confidence up and the images flowing. "Yes, we understand," is sufficient.
8. Try not to analyze the data that I give you immediately. Think of this part of the session as "fact gathering." Get as much information as you can. Later, you can analyze the information you have received and separate the wheat from the chaff.
9. During the session, I will use all five of my senses to some degree. Ask questions that will make use of these senses. Example: Is there a special sound near his house (body), a different odor?
10. My psychic memory is very short. Therefore, it is important that our session be taped. My answers can then be replayed repeatedly or transcribed in order to detect any information that didn't seem important or pertinent earlier.

I do not claim to be 100% accurate in my interpretations. Nor do I claim to be able to work on all cases with an equal degree of effectiveness.

I do not mind skepticism. However, continued skepticism and negativism hamper my work and concentration. Retired New York Detective Sergeant Vernon Gerberth, writing about my psychic abilities in his textbook Practical Homicide Investigations, states: "Practically speaking, if an officer feels that he or she cannot accept or work with the psychic, then this officer should not get involved in this segment of the investigation. Instead, someone who may be skeptical, but is able to put aside this personal prejudice, should be assigned to work with the psychics."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Preface: Welcome to My World     xiii
Introduction: The Psychic Connection     xv
Lightning Strikes: My Psychic Abilities Speak     1
"Noreen, Psychic in Psychometry": A New Career Chooses Me     11
"Leave My Mother Alone!" Off to a Bumpy Start     19
My Psychic Education: Ancient Bones, ESP, and a Robbery     27
I See Dead People: Ghosts and Poltergeists     35
Rape in a Small Town: The Case of the Stocking-Masked Rapist     47
Murder, She Saw: Again and Again     57
A Roomful of Cops-and Me: Getting Some Respect     69
Lost ... and Found: Missing Persons     75
I Talk to the Animals: And Now a Word from Our Horses and Dogs     85
"Reagan Will Be Shot!" Lecturing to the FBI     89
Reach Out and Touch: The Death of a Mother and Child     103
Men in Uniform: What Not to Do in Prison     111
The Professional: The Client Was a Killer     121
Behind the Curtain: Frauds and Charlatans     131
A Doomed Flight: A Missing Plane, A Brother Lost     141
Murder Times Two: Jake and Dora Cohn     153
The Swami Team and Me: The New York Zodiac Killer     169
Gone Fishing: The Williston Case     177
The Killer Calls Ahead: The Murder of Debi Whitlock     183
Brothers in Crime: A Case of Bad Clammers     193
Who Killed Anna? It Takes a Village to Solve a Murder     203
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? A Tale Told by a Horse's Tail     219
The Montana Case: You Can Run, but You Can't Hide     223
I Never Hired Her! The Laci Peterson Case     237
Epilogue     245
Endnotes     247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    Are You Kidding Me?

    This book is easy to read but hard to believe. I came in with an open mind because I truly believe in psychics, but this lady's stories seemed really far-fetched. Picking up the psychic messages of animals who are telling her that they are hungry and jealous of other animals? Are you kidding me? I anticipated stories of crimes that she solved and although, Ms. Renier may believe that she solved crimes, her book did not have much evidence of her success in my opinion. If you want to read about Psychic Detectives read about Dorothy Allison. I have read books about her and I believe that she could have been a psychic. Give me a break Noreen. You are no Dorothy Allison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    A terrific read that you won't want to put down!

    I don't feel like I need to say much about Noreen's talent. She's one of the top police psychics in the business, highly experienced and with a long track record of success. This is one woman whose gift is genuine. Perhaps the real surprise here is that she's also a highly talented writer. There are a lot of reasons to like this book. If you like a gripping story, this is full of them! Case after case of psychic readings she has done over the years - many of them murders Noreen Renier has 'experienced' psychically (from the viewpoints of the murderers as well as the victims) while helping the police, FBI, and concerned family members solve a crime. If you're a policeman (or like me, a parapsychologist), it gives you useful tips for how to work with a professional psychic and get the most out of him or her. Lastly, if you're a psychic, it teaches you some handy tips for how to approach your craft, including the advantages of information sheets (detailed in the book) to guide those who seek your help. I've read a number of autobiographical accounts by psychics over the years. This is the best of them. Not only is the material fascinating - you won't want to put the book down until you're done - but it's well-organized (a trait that few psychics have) and told in a casual style which makes you feel like you're relaxing with Noreen over a cup of coffee, listening to her talk about her life. She comes across as a smart, shrewd, funny woman, one who is fun to be around and a pleasure to read about. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Buy it. Then settle down and prepare for a really good read!

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