Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for . . .

Image Source: Psychometry by Various Brennemans

Touch. In particular, psychometry or the psychic ability in which a person can sense or "read" the history of an object by touching it. (Source)

While psychometry is considered a pseudo-science, people who claim to have this ability have aided in police investigations. According to this web article by Stephen Wagner, What You Need To Know About . . . PsychometryGerard Croiset gained a reputation as a psychic detective in the 1930s and 40s. Here's one story:

He was even asked to help in the search for a missing four-year-old girl from Brooklyn, New York. Without leaving Holland, Croiset was given a photo of the girl, a map of New York City and a piece of her clothing. He correctly described that she was dead, the location of her body and the man who murdered her. His information led police to the girl's body and to the murderer, who was convicted of the crime.

Cool! The short story, Ground Zero, by Michael Abayomi features a character who can see the past of the dead or living with just a touch. This story will be released on May 3 as part of the anthology Parallels: Felix Was Here.

It also reminds me of one of my favorite Stephen King books, The Dead Zone, in which Johnny Smith awakens from a coma with a life-saving twist of psychometry. I also loved the movie, but did not watch the TV show. How about you?


  1. I've read articles of Psychometry. I do believe some people have a sixth sense about things. They receive warnings and see things that are real. However, I have never look behind this curtain of reality and don't want to.

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  2. Being from Cleveland, I can't help but think of 'psychic' Sylvia Browne who told Amanda Berry's mother that her daughter was dead. Of course, in 2013 we found out that was very wrong, but her poor mother died believing her daughter had been murdered--so I don't trust 'psychic' detectives!

  3. That's such an interesting concept. I have no idea if I actually believe in it but it seems cool!
    I thought of the Dead Zone immediately, too! I've actually only seen the show (haven't seen the movie or read the book) but I don't think I finished the whole series. It started out good but I think I lost interest.

  4. This sent chills up my spine. I'm wondering how this ability affects the ones who have it.

  5. I read The Dead Zone as a teen and actually thought about it as I was reading your post!

  6. It really is interesting, isn't it, how many pseudo-sciences do seem to have some basis in reality. I think we are not nearly as smart as we think we are.

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  7. I've thought about watching The Dead Zone before, it sounds like an interesting show and book.

  8. Loved Michael's story, and the idea behind such a talent or curse, depending on how you look at it.

  9. I purchased a ring from an antique show about 20 years ago. The jeweler told me that the ring was found when he was cleaning out an estate for a woman whose mother had recently passed away. The woman told the jeweler that the ring, which was discovered in a box hidden away in the attic, must have been "up there for 100 years". I think she was obviously exaggerating. But, she remembered her mother showing it to her the ring once when she was a little girl. And her mother was 98 when she died.
    Anyway, I bought the ring. I had to have it because when I tried it on I felt something. No lie. And if I closed my eyes I saw an image of a woman in Victorian garb, standing by a fireplace with her hand on a mantle. No lie. Of course, I'm sure my imagination went into high gear after hearing about the history of the ring.

    1. Whether or not it was real, that's still spooky cool!

  10. That's an interesting talent - one I hadn't heard of before. Thanks!
    Jemima Pett

  11. I find the idea of psychometry fascinating and wonder how anyone with it might cope. Can you imagine having things intrude on your mind every time you touched something? I enjoyed the Dead Zone movie and the beginning of the TV series, but found the TV series corralled itself somewhat.
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