I wrote "Sex, Serial Killers and ESP" for this anthology.The book's editor chose Hakim Bey's wonderful phrase "The Universe Wants to Play" as the unifying theme for the articles in this volume, the 12th of the Anomalist Journal. Since it first appeared in 1994, this highly praised non-fiction anthology has had as its focus maverick science, unexplained mysteries, unorthodox theories and strange talents.
Michael gives an overview of the book:
It sounds like an urban legend, like the alligator living in the city sewer. A woman about to go out on a date with a nicely-dressed man suddenly senses something horribly evil about him, cancels the date, and later discovers the man was a homicidal killer.
Could it be more than just a legend? Possibly.
The Rhine Research Center's collection of over 14,000 spontaneous ESP experiences - the largest database of spontaneous ESP reports in the world - contains a small number of reports from women who believe ESP helped them avoid sexual predators intent on inflicting everything from date rape to murder.
Recently, the Center received a dramatic story involving a teenage girl in eastern Connecticut who reported using ESP to avoid a date with notorious serial killer Michael B. Ross (executed this past May by the State of Connecticut). The report was emailed to me by her uncle Bob, a friend of mine who owns a technology consulting company in Mystic, Connecticut. Bob knew I was working on a new book featuring spontaneous ESP experiences and thought we would find it interesting.
"A number of years ago when my niece Cynthia was living with her parents as a fifteen year-old teenager, she hitchhiked a car ride home from a young man in his twenties," he wrote.
"During the ride, they exchanged pleasantries and the man, named Michael, revealed that he was in the insurance business. Michael asked Cynthia for a dinner date and she accepted.
"When she told her parents an insurance man had asked her for a date, even though they didn't want her to go out with boys until age sixteen, they were delighted. Her mom had been anxious about the caliber of people that Cynthia chose to associate with. It was a typical concern that moms often have for teenage daughters, especially those who are as attractive and well developed as Cynthia was at this age. Her mom had seen Cynthia dropped off before by longhaired, tough guys on motorcycles, known for late nights
and drinking. Getting a date with a guy who wore a suit and tie was a very welcome sign.
"When Michael arrived for the date, he was met by Cynthia's mother and father and was escorted into the living room to wait for Cynthia to finish getting ready. The parents were very impressed with Michael and were trying their best to make a good impression on him.
"When Cynthia finally joined everyone, before she could utter a word, her eye caught Michael's eye. She immediately retreated to her bedroom. Her confused parents tried to smooth over the social infraction, writing it off to the immature behavior of a teenager.
"After an uncomfortable ten minutes, her dad went to find Cynthia in her bedroom and encourage her to speed it up, as it was starting to get embarrassing. Cynthia said she was not going anywhere with Michael. She told her father there was something wrong with Michael, and she would not be with him alone. Her father pleaded with her, pressuring her to fulfill her commitment to the date. He finally demanded that she come out and tell her date directly.
"Cynthia composed herself and approached Michael with extended hand. She told him frankly that, while he was probably a very nice guy, she was sorry but there was something about him that made her very uncomfortable, and she didn't want to go alone with him. Michael left and never returned.
"Cynthia, who never locked or even closed her bedroom door before, locked the door and windows that night. Several years later Michael was on the front page of all the Connecticut papers. He was Michael Ross, the serial killer who murdered six young women in eastern Connecticut before he was caught."
Michael Schmicker is an investigative journalist and nationally-known writer on scientific anomalies and frontier science.
Michael has been a featured guest on national radio talk shows, including Coast to Coast AM (3 million listeners) with both George Noory...
In the 1930s J.B. Rhine launched a series of experiments focusing on extra sensory perception (ESP) at Duke University 's Parapsychology Lab. To both accolades and criticism from the scientific community,...