From Paranormal Review comes this intriguing news story about a medium who revealed a 20-year-old woman's close-kept secret.
According to the report, medium Patrick Hutchinson
was giving a demonstration of mediumship in a pub when he became aware of a persistent spirit communicator who was the grandmother of a young woman in the audience.
She revealed that her granddaughter had been abused a decade earlier and the person responsible was still at large. Hutchinson felt he should not reveal this publicly and that it would be better to speak to her privately. But the spirit of her grandmother insisted that he conveyed her message, otherwise it might be swept under the carpet.
The victim, now aged 20, who was attending the demonstration with her mother, broke down when he passed the message on. It was obvious from the mother’s reaction that she was unaware that her daughter had been abused.
Later, the young woman confided in a 19-year-old friend and she revealed that Dunstan had also abused her. As a result, last October they both decided to report what had happened to the police.
A third woman, now aged 17, later made similar allegations about Dunstan.
Dunstan was tried and convicted, and is now serving a prison sentence. A serial molester, Dunstan had earlier admitted to abusing four other girls, but received only minimal punishment for those crimes.
If the story is reported accurately, it's hard to see how the medium could have faked this information, which was apparently unknown to any living person except the molester and the victim. Hutchinson says he spoke directly to the girl, eliciting only yes-or-no responses. Here is part of the statement he provides on his Web site:
Different papers reported the actual "reading" differently but in fact it was just direct facts - name of the woman in spirit, who she was to the girl, when the abuse happened, the proximity of the abuser to the girl's home etc etc. Everyone who was there that night (which included off duty women police officers) know that it was a very direct reading and in no way vague or generalised as has been stated by some people. I asked the girl no questions and only asked her to say yes or no to the facts given....
It doesn't stop people trying to discredit me though with talk of it being a scam or plot between me and the girls (who, I may add, I had never met before and they had never been to a Medium before) and that it was lies etc.
Later he adds:
Sadly I find on many of the forums they have not read any facts about the evening, reading etc and seem to make up their own stories. Mostly seeming to say I was in front of an audience and "threw out" the abuse case and waited for someone to accept it etc. That was, absolutely, NOT the case as I went directly to the girl and her mother and told her I had her grandmother with me etc etc. Anyone who was there on the evening will be able to verify this fact. It was not pot luck if anyone accepted it at all.
Various skeptical reactions, mostly attributing the information to cold reading or a lucky guess, are recorded here. A newspaper report providing a bare summary of the case is here. Another article is here.
Unfortunately the story has been covered mainly by tabloid-style papers, which are notorious for their exaggerations and inaccuracies. This weakens the case somewhat, but it remains interesting.