I mentioned in Psychic Detectives: Part I that Uri Geller claimed he had worked with the FBI. The FBI denies it. But Geller has indisputably been involved with crime-solving on a smaller scale, and it would be interesting to see how successful he was.
Geller is primarily a telepath and a psychokinetic (think Carrie, minus the prom). Unlike most psychics, he rarely makes predictions. When he was informally tested at the Stanford Research Institute in the early ’70s, the examiners didn’t even try him out on their pet project – remote viewing. However, he did show some promise in reproducing sketches that were not visible to him, and it is this sort of eyeless sight that could theoretically enable him to recreate a crime scene or find a missing person.
In 1992, Geller got the chance to do just that when the mother of a missing teenager asked him to locate her. Helga Farkas had vanished in Budapest shortly after her high school graduation the previous year, and her new sports car had been found abandoned. Geller announced to the family and to the Hungarian press that Helga was alive and would soon be returning home.
Authorities later learned that József Csapó and his associate Benedek Juhász had kidnapped Helga for ransom, then killed her when the public attention became too intense. Csapo was convicted of her murder in 1998. Her body has not been recovered.
It looks like Uri just wanted to calm down family of the girl.
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Uri gives me the creeps. Why do psychics have to be creepy? Why don't they take on comforting personas like drunken aristocratic scotsmen instead of looking like Wittgenstein's zombie?