Mysterious Realms: Probing Paranormal, Historical, and Forensic Enigmas

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Joe Nickell, John F. Fischer
Prometheus Books, 1992 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 221 pages
Investigative writer Joe Nickell and forensic analyst John F. Fischer probe ten tantalizing mysteries that, for decades, have defied rational analysis and convinced many people that supernatural events really do happen.

Using their skills and experience in historic document examination and forensic research, Nickell and Fischer carefully scrutinize the evidence for a variety of strange historical, paranormal, and forensic phenomena.

- Is a historic Kentucky home really haunted by the "gray lady's ghost"?

- Did Lee Harvey Oswald assassinate J.F.K., or was the killer a Soviet look-alike?

- Has the U.S. government concealed evidence of UFO visitations to Earth?

- Is a miracle taking place in a Naples cathedral where the congealed blood of a
martyred saint periodically liquefies?

Taking neither a credulous nor close-minded approach, the authors search for answers to these questions and other mysterious conundrums. Their deductions and proposed solutions (which make use of blood chemistry, forensic analysis, document examination, and a knowledge of stage magic) are truly worthy of Sherlock Holmes and will keep readers turning the pages to find out the rest of the story.

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reaction to reading this in 1993. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more, than Nickell’s Ambrose Bierce is Missing. Nickell is an impressive figure: an investigtor of many varying enigmas and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This book is Nickell's third collection of real-life mysteries of the type often exploited by the press and, especially, TV. His other excellent books are Secrets of the Supernatural (Prometheus, 1988 ... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the committe for Skeptical Inquiry and author of Detecting Forgery, Camera Clues, Unsolved History, Real-Life X-Files, Crime Science, The Kentucky Mint Julep, More Real-Life X-Files and Secrets of the Sideshows.

Fischer, president of Forensic Research and Supply Corporation.

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