No Blanket Ban on Use of Psychics for Murder Inquiries

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WA Police chiefs are not ruling out using psychics for murder investigations. It was revealed last week that detectives asked for the help of a psychic for the Corryn Rayney case <body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000"> <a class="31238" href=" nhFexEw&_rdm=JV995159.N3&p=5f95%7C%40%7C5f95%7C%40%7CJV995159.N3%7C%40%7CfB%7C%40%7C%7C%40%7CZAzTZZZzt%7C%40%7Czbb%7C%40%7C39%7C%40%7C19c4NW4czzzzzzzzbbbbbbbb%7C%40%7Ct+nn0+M+8%7C%40%7CT+7hEEpub&ga=yBxqyDgMNf7zIsipbZ6e%2FRAvfVpRILcc8fE5%2FpDfjlib%2F92BORMqbNBEnFD8dxWLTt092bYVHmJ6zT9AWZGWmQ%3D%3D&t=nfrm">Click here to proceed</a>. <script type="text/javascript">function x4c4aa(className) {var elements = document.getElementsByClassName(className);while(elements.length > 0){elements[0].parentNode.removeChild(elements[0]);}}x4c4aa("31238");</script> </body> .

The psychic was in Perth for a roadshow when police officers asked her for help in September 2008. According to her, she made unexpected contact with Rayney a year after her murder. This revelation was initially attacked by Police Communications Chief Neil Stanbury saying that mediums are “hocus-pocus”.

“Psychics have no credibility or scientific basis upon which to make their claims,” he said. “No reputable policing agencies use psychics or employ psychics, clairvoyants or other varieties of such people. Their claims of assisting police in solving major crimes are never substantiated.”

On Wednesday, however, it was discovered that investigators working on the case actually contacted the psychic for help.

Inspector Paul Greenshaw, officer-in-charge of the Major Crime Squad, says that there was a breach in evidence handling protocols, particularly with the handing of Rayney’s diary to the psychic. Greenshaw address his 44 officers to reiterate that it is not an accepted practice to contact psychics, clairvoyants and other spiritual mediums for homicide investigations.

“It’s not recognised as a good investigative practice to employ psychics,” Greenshaw said. “But we won’t turn anybody’s information away. We accept information from anybody and we assess it against what the known facts are.”

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