Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal

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University Press of Kentucky, Oct 24, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
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As a former private investigator and forensic writer, Joe Nickell has spent much of his career identifying forged documents, working undercover to infiltrate theft rings, and investigating questioned deaths. Now he turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world -- spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more -- with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than promoting or dismissing them.

Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal examines the cases of over forty paranormal mysteries. Using a hands-on approach, Nickell visits the scene of the so-called unexplainable activity whenever possible and attempts to physically duplicate the miraculous. Whether he's inflicting stigmata on himself or recreating the liquefying blood of Saint Januarius, Nickell does whatever necessary to eliminate the probable before considering the supernatural. What is left is that much more fascinating.

Nickell reports on familiar legends from American history such as the supernatural events surrounding Abraham Lincoln's death and the supposed crash landing of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico. He closely examines claims of the miraculous, from rose petals bearing the likeness of Jesus to photographs of a "golden door" to heaven. Controversial mysteries such as clairvoyance and "spirit painting," haunted places, and freaks of nature are just a few of the many topics covered.

Suspenseful, engrossing, funny, and grounded in scientific methodology, Real-Life X-Files provides real explanations for the "paranormal" activities that have intrigued human beings for centuries.

 

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User Review  - Patrick Ellard - Goodreads

Interesting enough book detailing the many different supposedly paranormal cases that renowned skeptic Joe Nickell has investigated or provided commentary on during his lengthy career. Each chapter ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nathaniel Lee - Goodreads

I was initially concerned about this book because I found it in the same section of the library as a book whose subtitle was, “Are the global elite concealing evidence of ancient aliens?” which I felt ... Read full review

Contents

The Case of the Petrified Girl
4
The Devils Footprints
10
Magicians Among the Spirits
18
The Specter of Spontaneous Human Combustion
28
Believe It or ?
37
Legend of the Miraculous Stairway
42
Flying Saucer Dogfight
49
A Study in Clairvoyance
54
The Haunted Cathedral
170
Miracle Photographs
174
The Gypsies Great Trick
179
Magnetic Hill
185
Phantom Ship
188
The Cryptic Stone
190
Communicating with the Dead?
194
Jesus Among the Clouds
200

The Kennedy Curse
60
Riddle of the Circles
70
Cult of the UFO Missionaries
84
The Electronic Poltergeist
89
The Sliver Lake Serpent
92
Miraculous Rose Petals
105
Paranormal Lincoln
109
The Roswell Legend
118
Investigating Police Psychics
122
Ghostly Photos
128
The Lake Utopia Monster
133
Memory of a Past Life
137
Photographing the Aura
142
Mystery of the Holy Shroud
150
The Giant Frog
157
The Alien Likeness
160
In Search of Snake Oil
164
Alien Implants
204
Sleuthing a Psychic Sleuth
210
Adventure of the Weeping Icon
214
The Secrets of Oak Island
219
Enigma of the Crystal Tears
235
Death of the FireBreathing Woman
240
Comatose Miracle Worker
246
Extraterrestrial Autopsy
252
Spirit Paintings
259
Watching the Spirits Paint
267
Stigmata
276
Haunted Inns
289
The Flatwoods UFO Monster
301
MilkDrinking Idols
312
Notes
316
Index
319
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About the author (2001)

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.

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