Sensing Murder? …Sensing Bullshit.
Posted September 11, 2008on:
Yesterday I sat and listened whilst my work colleagues discussed the show Sensing Murder. If you haven’t seen the show (boy do I envy you) it is according to Wikipedia “a television programme in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, in which alleged psychics are asked to act as psychic detectives to help solve famous unsolved murder cases in each country.” It is a huge rating bonanza here in NZ, with something like a quarter of the country watching it! And, undoubtedly the show is a total and complete fucking scam. Now to me the fact this show is total bullshit is as obvious as the nose on my face. Yet, yesterday I sat in wide eyed disbelief as my *ahem* apparently intelligent workmates chatted about how amazing the show was, and more unbelievably how authentic the psychics are! I’m not going to spend hours discussing what a fricken sham this show is, numerous other websites and shows have done this already. I’ll simply ask the questions I asked yesterday, and repeat the lunacy of the answers I received.
For a show that purports to “… help solve famous unsolved murder cases in each country” the show in its three seasons has had an interesting track record: It’s helped solve; ZERO. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zippo. To me that seems like a very cut and dried record. In 27 episodes (and counting) not one murder has been solved because of these “psychics”. When I pitched this fairly obvious question at work I received an interesting answer “because the police need hard evidence to make an arrest”. Okay, fair enough, so then the next question begs to be asked: Why don’t the victims tell the psychics where to find the hard evidence; where their dead body is hidden; where the murder weapon is located; where the murder happened… I could go on and on. When I asked my colleagues this I got a dumbfounded look and no answer. Why do the psychics spend the entire show slowly “revealing” the information the police already know!
Below are two videos, both featuring Jeremy Wells, one from his show “Eating Media Lunch” (now removed from youtube) [now put back! March 2010] and the other a snippet from Media7 – have a look and tell me this entire show isn’t the biggest scam you’ve ever seen.