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The Mystery Chronicles: More Real-Life X-Files [NOOK Book]

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Haunted houses, alien hybrids, psychic pets, and carnival oddities are just a few of the phenomena that inhabit the shadowy corners of the unexplained. After thirty years of paranormal investigation, acclaimed author and detective Joe Nickell opens his mystery files once again to reveal the truth behind supposedly inexplicable occurrences. Continuing what his popular Real Life X-Files started, Nickell's new casebook examines the Shround of Turin, the Mothman enigma, crop circles, alien abductions, and numerous ...
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The Mystery Chronicles: More Real-Life X-Files

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Overview

Haunted houses, alien hybrids, psychic pets, and carnival oddities are just a few of the phenomena that inhabit the shadowy corners of the unexplained. After thirty years of paranormal investigation, acclaimed author and detective Joe Nickell opens his mystery files once again to reveal the truth behind supposedly inexplicable occurrences. Continuing what his popular Real Life X-Files started, Nickell's new casebook examines the Shround of Turin, the Mothman enigma, crop circles, alien abductions, and numerous other perplexing mysteries. Undaunted by fiery specters, headless saints, or weeping icons, Nickell has traveled extensively to investigate the world's greatest mysteries and con artists. He has gone undercover to illuminate the tricks of those who pretend to communicate with the dead, accompanied a Cajun guide into a Louisiana swamp in search of a fabled monster, and gained an audience with a voodoo queen. Nickell incorporates his personal experiences with other investigators' findings to explore how these intriguing myths have developed. Addressing the theoretical debate behind each case, Nickell clarifies previous speculation and uses evidence to explain phenomena that have baffled the scientific community and the general public for decades. While Nickell tackles the many theories surrounding these X-files, such as the Nazca Lines, the Amityville Horror, and the Winchester Mystery House, he does not automatically deny the possibility of the paranormal. As an investigator, Nickell employs a comprehensive approach sensitive to both the paranormalist and skeptic. Nickell's investigative skills have won him both acclaim and controversy during his long career as one of the world's foremost paranormal investigators. Using a hands-on approach and the scientific method, he now examines more than three dozen intriguing mysteries in The Mystery Chronicles.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Skillfully serves to bring justice to the nonfiction realm of the paranormal." — Albuquerque Journal

"Nickell is a hands-on skeptic, who prefers to visit the scene of a good mystery, testing for trickery among the psychics, or tramping around in the swamps looking for monsters. His varied work experience...gives him credibility as a hard-nosed researcher and writer. The book offers some cautionary tales that uncritical paranormalists should take to heart." — Booklist

"Offers science-based explanations for unusual happenings, providing documented solutions for more than three dozen mysteries, including the appearance of crop circles and the Shroud of Turin." — Dallas Morning News

"Joe Nickell is the Columbo of skepticism — unsuspecting and unpretentious, yet always professional sleuth — who arrives on the scene of an investigation asking seemingly innocent questions that, in fact, have deep meaning in his never-ending quest for the truth. The Mystery Chronicles not only adds to the Nickell collection of always fascinating and important investigations, this is a valuable contribution to the skeptical body of literature. Every X-Files fan should read this book with the following proviso: 'If you thought those fictional mysteries were interesting, wait until you hear about these real mysteries.' The truth is always more intriguing than fiction, and Nickell delivers with his usual clarity and wit. " — Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, contributing editor to Scient

"Examines forty-one new cases and claims, bringing his unique expertise to solving them, most often finding natural, scientific explanations." — Skeptical Inquirer

"Punctures many cherished myths about things that wander in the swamp, reach out from the grave, or made huge drawings in South America.... Fascinating reading." — WTBF Radio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813137070
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
1 Mystery of the Nazca Lines 1
2 The Fiery Specter 10
3 The Exorcist: The Case Behind the Movie 14
4 The "Goatsucker" Attack 28
5 Undercover Among the Spirits: Investigating Camp Chesterfield 31
6 Alien Hybrid? 46
7 Image of Guadalupe: Myth-perception 51
8 Human Blowtorch 56
9 Remotely Viewed? The Charlie Jordan Case 61
10 Amityville: The Horror of It All 73
11 Sideshow! Investigating Carnival Oddities and Illusions 78
12 "Mothman" Solved! Investigating on Site 93
13 Relics of the Headless Saint 100
14 Circular Reasoning: Crop Circles and Their "Orbs" of Light 115
15 Zanzibar Demon 124
16 Winchester Mystery House 128
17 Voodoo in New Orleans 140
18 Secrets of the Voodoo Tomb 152
19 A Case of "SHC" Demystified 162
20 Tracking the Swamp Monsters 165
21 John Edward: Talking to the Dead? 176
22 Scandals and Follies of the "Holy Shroud" 187
23 "Pyramid Power" in Russia 200
24 Diagnosing the "Medical Intuitives" 207
25 Alien Abductions as Sleep-Related Phenomena 218
26 "Visitations": After-Death Contacts 228
27 The Sacred Cloth of Oviedo 241
28 A Typical Aries? 248
29 The Case of the Psychic Shamus: Do Psychics Really Help Solve Crimes? 252
30 The Pagan Store 258
31 Benny Hinn: Healer or Hypnotist? 261
32 Australia's Convict Ghosts 271
33 Psychic Pets and Pet Psychics 277
34 Cryptids "Down Under" 289
35 Joseph Smith: A Matter of Visions 296
36 In Search of Fisher's Ghost 304
37 Ghostly Portents in Moscow 311
38 Mystique of the Octagon Houses 315
39 Weeping Icons 324
40 Spiritualists Grave 331
41 Incredible Stories: Charles Fort and His Followers 335
Index 341
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