Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal

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Overview

As a former private investigator and forensic writer, Joe Nickell has spent much of his career identifying forged documents, working undercover to infiltrate theft rings, and investigating questioned deaths. Now he turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world -- spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more -- with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than ...

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Overview

As a former private investigator and forensic writer, Joe Nickell has spent much of his career identifying forged documents, working undercover to infiltrate theft rings, and investigating questioned deaths. Now he turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world -- spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more -- with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than promoting or dismissing them.

Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal examines the cases of over forty paranormal mysteries. Using a hands-on approach, Nickell visits the scene of the so-called unexplainable activity whenever possible and attempts to physically duplicate the miraculous. Whether he's inflicting stigmata on himself or recreating the liquefying blood of Saint Januarius, Nickell does whatever necessary to eliminate the probable before considering the supernatural. What is left is that much more fascinating.

Nickell reports on familiar legends from American history such as the supernatural events surrounding Abraham Lincoln's death and the supposed crash landing of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico. He closely examines claims of the miraculous, from rose petals bearing the likeness of Jesus to photographs of a "golden door" to heaven. Controversial mysteries such as clairvoyance and "spirit painting," haunted places, and freaks of nature are just a few of the many topics covered.

Suspenseful, engrossing, funny, and grounded in scientific methodology, Real-Life X-Files provides real explanations for the "paranormal" activities that have intrigued human beings for centuries.

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"Nickell does excellent background research, which he follows up in many cases with on-site investigations of mysteries ranging from crop circles and lake monsters to spiritualist mediums and stigmata." -- Booklist

"Examines forty-seven paranormal cases, ranging from a supposedly petrified girl buried in eastern Kentucky, to spontaneous human combustion, to UFO visitations, to auras, to stigmata, to haunted houses, to ghostly photos, to police psychics, to communicating with the dead." -- Ozarks Mountaineer

"Whoever said that the truth is both stranger and more entertaining than fiction describes this book exactly." -- Skeptical Inquirer

"It may not be as fun as being fooled, but it's refreshing to see an experienced professional who has investigated hundreds of alleged paranormal occurrences.... A fascinating book." -- WTBF

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122106
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/24/2001
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Case of the Petrified Girl 1
2 The Devil's Footprints 10
3 Magicians Among the Spirits 18
4 The Specter of Spontaneous Human Combustion 28
5 Believe It or -? 37
6 Legend of the "Miraculous Stairway" 42
7 Flying Saucer "Dogfight" 49
8 A Study in Clairvoyance 54
9 The Kennedy Curse 60
10 Riddle of the Circles 70
11 Cult of the "UFO Missionaries" 84
12 The Electronic Poltergeist 89
13 The Silver Lake Serpent 92
14 Miraculous Rose Petals 105
15 Paranormal Lincoln 109
16 The Roswell Legend 118
17 Investigating Police Psychics 122
18 Ghostly Photos 128
19 The Lake Utopia Monster 133
20 Memory of a Past Life 137
21 Photographing the Aura 142
22 Mystery of the Holy Shroud 150
23 The Giant Frog 157
24 The Alien Likeness 160
25 In Search of "Snake Oil" 164
26 The Haunted Cathedral 170
27 Miracle Photographs 174
28 The Gypsies' "Great Trick" 179
29 Magnetic Hill 185
30 Phantom Ship 188
31 The Cryptic Stone 190
32 Communicating with the Dead? 194
33 Jesus Among the Clouds 200
34 Alien Implants 204
35 Sleuthing a Psychic Sleuth 210
36 Adventure of the Weeping Icon 214
37 The Secrets of Oak Island 219
38 Enigma of the Crystal Tears 235
39 Death of the Fire-Breathing Woman 240
40 Comatose "Miracle Worker" 246
41 Extraterrestrial Autopsy 252
42 Spirit Paintings 259
43 Watching the Spirits Paint 267
44 Stigmata 276
45 Haunted Inns 289
46 The Flatwoods UFO Monster 301
47 Milk-Drinking Idols 312
Notes 316
Index 319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Deceptive titles

    This author is known for book titles that have the reader believe the work is about paranormal investigation when they are in fact cynical,skeptical, and one sided.


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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I really expected more info, and more mysterious topics. The cha

    I really expected more info, and more mysterious topics. The chapters were short, and basically everything was de-bunked. It was ok.

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