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As one develops their abilities as a psychic medium, inevitability they will at some point be asked for their take on a missing persons case. Several times we (as psychic mediums) get involved in cases where family members of the missing have been guided to us in some fashion so that they may utilize another tool in their quest for answers as they search for their missing loved one/s.  What follows will be an account of a case that I became involved in, where I have changed the names of those involved, however the rest of the details are fairly accurate.

A few years ago I was contacted by a friend who had a friend of theirs who had a family member go missing. The missing was a young woman and was reported to have last been seen in the company of a known sexual predator.

While out clubbing in New York, she hooked up with this young man and took a drive with him, after which she was never seen again. After having been missing for a few weeks, I became involved through connecting with one of her relatives and filling him in on the information that I had coming through, which he then relayed to the authorities. I also spoke directly with the authorities and urged them to check out a few leads, which they then followed up on, to no avail. This was a very difficult case, and I think that perhaps I may have overlooked some of the clues, over analyzed a few and missed a couple.

One of the very first clues that I had was a large round form like a manhole cover or similar. At the time i was using Google to view photos from the air and was attempting to line up images that I “saw” and then connecting them with landmarks. I was asking for landmarks that could be viewed from the air and I shown a large round object. At one point I thought it might be the view from the bottom of a well, looking up, but that did not fit. Roof seemed to be a clue that came forward when I was thinking about the large round object, but nothing fit … except Penn Station. When I viewed the maps, one of the first things I felt was “full circle” but when I went full circle from her last known location in NYC to where she was last sighted, about an hour and a half away and then back to Manhattan, I was lost. I saw Penn Station and while drawn too it, I could not figure out why.

During my investigation another clue came in that was very strong, covered bridges. I began to think that perhaps she had been dumped off of a covered bridge, but that did not make sense, as I could not feel that. I went so far as to view pictures of just about every covered bridge in NY in an attempt to figure out why I was drawn to them. Another clue that came in very strongly was canals. But it felt as though it had more to do with historical canals rather than present day canals. One of the clues that probably drove me nuts more than any other was “Happy Days” the TV show and diner. I was impressed to find that their was a Happy Days Diner on the highway that I was sure she would be found near. But, when I sent the authorities in that direction, nothing came of it.

I also had the crossing of the Delaware coming in as a clue and that that this was a reference to the Revolutionary War and every time that I went in that direction I felt that I was close to something, but just missing it. The most dramatic clue I had come through was when my television set turned it’s self on and then it flipped through channels landing on channel “6”. When I said six, I was told that I was hitting on a detail that was correct.

I kept seeing large equipment like construction equipment and thought that perhaps a gravel quarry or construction site of some type where they were excavating was nearby. She was found not too far from a large open pit mine. Being out in the country and near a reservoir along with dragonfly’s and a marsh were shown to me repeatedly and I was never able to figure out the dragonfly clue. Tattoo came through as well and I thought that it was a dragonfly tattoo or tattoo parlor that we may have been looking for.

One clue that I shared with the authorities and which felt very solid to me was ATV or dirt bikes. I saw a trail for off-road riding and that she was near it. In an email that I shared with some friends, I shared the following:

“Here are the clues in order of their apperance and how they came to me. Thank you for any help you can provide. I should add that it is possible that some of these clues are related to other missing persons in the area, while my focus is on “name omitted”, other spirits of missing individuals may try and ride the “coat tails”of this investigation so that they too may be located. While working a missing persons case in Oregon nearly two years ago, I provided clues and the actual whereabouts of five missing persons while I was only looking for two.

My first contact with the case came prior to my hearing about her. A friend of my wife works with one of (the victims) cousins and he then called me. He is in the military and is stationed at Fort Lewis in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington state. When he contacted me I asked for her name only and no additional details. The first thing I told him was that she had gone missing in the company of a man whom the police had already identified and whom they considered a person of interest. He confirmed that was the case and then I asked if he would be able to provide confirmation of details about her as they came through, he said that he was not real close to her and gave me the number of another family member who was closer to her.

Later that day I connected with another one of her cousins who is a truck driver and whom lives in Chicago. He had just returned from New York and had been involved in some of the early searches for her. He also knew her father whom had died a year prior. The Family is from (omitted). Her father did not speak English and there was no mention of him in the papers. The cousin from Chicago asked me to connect with her father. I secured a connection with him and began bringing through details about him. I described his clothing, his physical appearance, how he died and what he did for a living. Once nearly convinced that I was speaking to him, the cousin asked me another question to ask her father, the question was related to a trip that he had made with her father and that’s when the answers stopped making sense. I had a feeling that the father felt that he had already proved that it was him coming through and now he wanted to stop beating around the bush and start bringing forward details regarding her whereabouts.

Sadly there was a touch of a language barrier with the cousin I was speaking with and the phone reception was spotty. He asked what it was that he and her father had done together on his last trip to visit them. I was then shown a motorcycle, similar to a dirtbike, like motocross. He said no, they did not ride bikes, I asked if she had a motorcycle, he said no. No one coulod figure out why I was seeing a motorbike. Then I saw fishing … I described them fishing and he said yes, they had gone out on a boat and gone deep sea fishing or something like that in the Gulf. The problem was that I saw a different type of fishing, what looked like a river and people in waders fly fishing, he said that did not ring a bell.

Then I saw a dragonfly, I described it and he said that meant nothing to him, I then asked about a butterfly, perhaps a tattoo on her shoulder or ankle, I then saw that it was a dragonfly and not a butterfly and asked if he was positive that she did not have a dragonfly tattoo, he said that she had no tattoos.It simply did not make sense since I saw it so strongly.  Nothing new came through during the rest of the reading and so I called it quits for the time being.

That evening I had my TV turn it’s self on after we had finished watching a show and had turned it off. After turning it off and walking out of the room, I heard it turn back on. The remotes were in such a position that they would not have been able to work and the TV turned on and then went off of cable and the channel changed to a white noise/snow channel which happened to be number 6. I walked up to the TV and turned it off, I felt a very strong presence and as quickly as I turned it off, the TV turned it’s self right back on and back to channel 6. I then realized that someone wanted to send me a message and so I sat down to speak with the spirit. After about five minutes it dawned on me that I already had the message, the number 6. At this point I had not yet looked at any maps of the area and was not familiar with the region.

The next day I pulled up some maps of the area and to my surprise I found that route 6 runs right through the area that she went missing, not only that, but there was a tattoo shop right on route 6 and not too far away from where there was a place that looked as though motorbikes may be jumped etc., like an old field that had been used as a track. I called the police and the cousin and relayed the info to them. They later told me that they checked out the leads and that nothing had come of it.

At this point I began to spend about an hour or three a day in looking at maps of the area trying to piece together the clues and make sense of what happened to her. In what I believe was one of my conversations with her, she seemed to be very ashamed and did not seem to want to be found. Her family kept telling the press what a good girl she was and how the only way she would have left the club that night with a stranger, was if she had been drugged. I got the sense that if they found her body and ran a tox screen on it that they would not find drugs in her system and so that would hurt her family. I have felt that she has not wanted to cooperate very much in finding her body due to the condition it was left in and due to her family’s convictions that she was a “good” girl and would never do such things.

Around this same time, I had a visit from Harvey Milk and when he dropped by, he used music and the music videos that go along with the songs to communicate a message to me. I then asked for a similar clue to her whereabouts. I started picking up on Wheezers song about Happy Days. And earlier that same day I had a reading where I had something odd come through durning a reading after I briefly mentioned the case that I was working on. I saw a Chevy Camero that was tricked out hot rod style. The passenger window had a tray or something attached to it that was sticking outside of the car. I kept thinking that it was a camera mount for film passengers in a moving vehicle, but that did not fit. I finally dismissed it and finished the reading, later that day the song about the Happy Days diner came into my head and I looked it up on Youtube, I was not familiar with Happy Days or the song and while watching the video I was hit with wave upon wave of energy and found myself weeping very heavily. I thought that it was perhaps something in the video and I wrote down every word in background, I also checked the lyrics and though they seemed somewhat appropriate, they were not a clue. Then it dawned on me that the clue was the diner it’s self.

I found out that the diner was fictional and set in another state no where near New York. I then on a hunch googled the diner along with New York, turns out that there is a Happy Days diner in New York, on route 6! I pulled up their web site and found pictures of cars, hot rods and one of them was a Chevy Camero that looke just like the one I saw during the reading earlier in the day and of course they had food trays that rested on the window of the car.

The next video clue was Like a Virgin by Madonna. I could not make sense of the lyrics, they made no sense, but the video is filmed in the canals of Venice. Covered bridges also came through as being somewhat significant, or at least the view from inside of one of them, I thought that it was the crisscross wooden framework that seemed to be a visual clue, more so then the bridge it’s self. I also began to pick up on full circle or at least a circle shape. I thought that perhaps it was possible that she was in an old culvert, perhaps a storm drain or something. The image of looking up from the bottom of a storm drain and seeing a small circle of light gave me the chills and I kept feeling like there was a drop, like she was dropped into such a structure. Perhaps an old mine shaft, or something of that nature.

The dragonfly seems to me to be one of the best clues along with the motorbike, a watershed of some sort, and full circle. The canal clue along with 6 and the diner are very strong clues. I have often felt that there is a connection to a historical location that is tied to the Revolutionary War, and plankroad seems to get my attention as does a crossing of some kind.

I think that she may be found in near or in an old canal that may be dry at the moment. I think that she may wash out with the spring thaw and April showers. She is in a historical location and perhaps near a construction site.

Once I locate my notes I will go over them and add in any additional details that I may have brought forward while looking into her case.

More later …. off to work for now.

-Charles”

In a batch of notes that I kept regarding my investigation I found a piece of paper with the following written on it:

Dragonfly, Tattoo, Butterfly, Ankle, Dirtbike, Motorcycle, motocross, trail, track, circle, middle, the number 6, bridges (covered), near water, lake, pond, buried, in soil, outside, forest, Kings, Historical, connection to revolutionary war, Middletown, military in close proximity, NJ subway entrance, mines, powerlines, ballfields, medical center.

I have additional notes somewhere regarding this case and when they are located … I am sure that more will come together. For now though let’s take a look at the hits.

Hits: (Can be supported through an email and additional notes made prior to her body being located.)

I saw her body in a shallow grave at best, in a field where a reservoir and or lake and marsh was nearby.

I saw ATV trails, places for off road riding, she was found by ATV riders in an open field.

I saw a large open pit/mine/construction and large equipment, found near where her body was located.

The covered bridges … Pennsylvania has more than any other State in the nation and also had the nations first covered bridge,  she was found in Pennsylvania.

Time line … I saw her body being found in April, she was found in April.

Happy Days came through as a strong clue for awhile … the musical version of Happy Days toured through PA while I was investigating and there is a Happy Days diner off of Highway 6 in New York.

The number 6 came through many times and I was told it was the highway that she was off of, sure enough … her body was found right off of highway 6.

Historical references to canals came through several times while I was investigating the case, the town near where she was found is named for the former president of the Delaware Hudson Canal Company.

Several times I saw George Washington crossing the Delaware as a clue and mistook it for simply being a clue to the war, in fact she was transported across the Delaware river prior to having her body dumped.

Olyphant used to be known as the Queen city when King Charles had to settle a land dispute there … Kings kept coming through as a reference.

Full circle was a difficult to understand clue, it seemed to me to represent the possibility that her body was taken back to where she had been picked up from. When I got back to that area on the maps, (Manhattan) what jumped out at me was Penn Station, since from the air it looked like a huge circle or man hole cover (which) I thought I might be seeing. I also looked at cooling towers and waste treatment facilities since they had a similar appearance. looking back on it, Penn Station was the clue as she was trying to let me know that she was in Pennsylvania.

I had several misses, but when I look at the hits and the near hits … I can see that some of the information I should have taken literally. When shown a man crossing the Delaware, perhaps I should cross the Delaware too in my search for the individual instead of getting caught up in what the crossing of the Delaware represented in the battle for our nations independence.

Looking back on my work with the case, I wish that I had it to do over as I now see where I let the investigation get away from me. Now with a bit more experience and knowledge, I look forward to the next time I am asked to assist in an investigation of this nature.

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Ali Hussain Sibat

Ali Hussain Sibat with two of his five children

News Flash: He may not be executed this Friday … story here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/04/01/saudi.arabia.sorcery/index.html?hpt=T2

Unbelievable talk about irony … the Saudi’s plan on executing a popular television personality (from Lebanon) for having a belief in the supernatural. It appears that as long as you believe in the supernatural stories about Mohammed and Allah that you are okay, but if you believe in any other supernatural events etc., you are a heretic. Frankly this is disgusting and represents a complete lack of basic appreciation for your own history as well as a fear of change. Saudi Arabia while a “modern” country in many respects is also very much in the dark ages. They have nearly no rights for women and continue to stone and behead people for “crimes” against their religion. For all the talk of Islam being a peaceful religion … I must say that there is nothing peaceful about in-equal gender rights and a disregard for peoples rights to worship as they choose and or to study and research anything other than the party line.

This situation reminds me to some extent of my wife’s former faith. She was born into the Jehovah’s Witness faith (cult) and if you attempt to read anything that is not an “official” document prepared by the church, and that offers other viewpoints, insights or a way of thinking, it is simply not permitted. Islam is full of violence … it was spread through the world at the point of a sword and many in the faith endorse stoning a woman for adultery as well as cutting off the hand of a thief. What other “faith” has suicide bombers? I appreciate that some say that Islam is the religion of peace, but from where I stand, there is nothing peaceful about it. If the Catholic priests stood at the pulpit and called for the destruction of those who do not see things the same way as they do or who are different from them i.e. the “infidels” I am sure that we would have an issue as a society, add stoning people and chopping heads off and I am pretty sure that they would be outlawed for inciting violence. Please note that I do not give the Christian faiths a pass here, they too have been responsible for the deaths of millions of people around the globe and Christianity was also spread at the point of a gun or sword for many hundreds of years.

I do have an issue with any closed minded faith where they preach that they are the only way and that all other religions are false. I have issue with people who believe that they are the “chosen” race and with people who believe that miracles only took place during a short time period roughly 2000 years ago … I personally witness miracles (if you want to call them that) on a daily basis. I routinely communicate with the spirits of the deceased as well as with the spirits of living and passed animals and even plants. I suppose that I too would be up for beheading if I was to visit Saudi Arabia.

For the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to execute this man would be a huge step backwards for them. Even in Lebanon where Ali Hussain Sibat is from, the very most they might do to him is sentence him to two months jail time. Frankly the way he was presented on television, it was more entertainment than anything else and to be killed for that by a foreign country is an outrage. He was not even doing “readings” or practicing as a medium or psychic at the time that he was arrested by the Saudi’s he was simply on a religious pilgrimage. By the king of Saudi Arabia allowing this death sentence to be carried out, he will be hurting relations not just with Lebanon, but with the world at large.

I was considering a visit to the middle east, however I think that perhaps it would be best for me to stay as far away as possible. What is happening in Saudi is similar to the Salem Witchcraft Trials that took place during the 1600s. To make matters worse, read this quote from an article I found at NPRs web site.

“Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at New York-based Human Rights Watch, says the problem is that Saudi Arabia has no specific law governing such crimes.

Instead, judges view people who believe in the supernatural as heretics and often sentence them according to the judges’ own personal training in Sharia, or Islamic law. Whitson says this means anyone could be targeted.” The full article may be found here.

For another article from CNN regarding this outrage, click here.

I really am getting tired of closed minded individuals who tell me that their “god” is superior to anything I am aware of and that it is only demons that are pretending to be the spirits of animals and our loved ones. Why is it that people feel a need to kill those who do not agree with their narrow minded version of life and events. Why is it that  those who attempt to study for themselves with material of their own choosing … risk death by doing so. I believe that it is fear and tradition. Fear of the unknown, fear of being wrong, fear of change, fear of (above all things) losing their power over other people.

In many “religions” the man has rights, but the woman does not. In many “faiths” you are forbidden to look at anything that does not support the religion’s ideology. By restricting freedom to study and worship as you choose, the leaders of the religions are able to control the masses through fear and intimidation. My wife was disfellowshipped for a rumored transgression as an 18 year old girl and was summoned to stand in front of her congregations elders and to either repent and toe the party line, or to be banished from the faith. She was banished and her family stopped speaking with her as did nearly all of her friends. Fortunately for her she was able to escape the cult and now lives a much more fulfilling and rewarding life.

Recently I was told by a religious zealot that I had better be sure that what I was doing was genuine, because if not … I would have an eternity to burn in hell and think about it. Why is it that people claim that their faith is full of love and peace and then go around making statements to the opposite effect.

Ali Hussain Sibat is also married with five children … how can Saudi Arabia execute this man with a clean conscience … and taking into consideration that he harmed no one.

One final thought … if it wasn’t for all the oil that we purchase from Saudi Arabia, do you think that we would put up with their human rights violations?

For more about myself and what I do visit www.charlespeden.com.

The image of the orb or a ghost captured on film

A genuine orb photo taken by Charles Peden of a ghost

When I first became aware that we had a ghost in our home back in January of 2006, one of the first things I did was research them. While browsing the internet I found many web sites with photos of orbs that were labeled as ghosts and or spirits. I then asked my wife Heidi to grab a camera and asked her to photograph the area of the room that I was pointing to as I “saw” our ghost at that location. When we looked at the photo I was happy and shocked to see a very clear orb right where I had pointed at. For the next several months I would take pictures of our ghost and her orb kept popping in the photos.

At one point we had the ghosts of two children in our home and we photographed the two orbs together. After continuing to research orbs I found that there was a backlash going around the net and that many of the “experts” in the field of paranormal research were discrediting orbs as proof of a spirit or ghost being caught on film. They talked about lens flare … dust particles and insects and how even raindrops or dirt particles would reflect the flash back to the camera and create a orb like effect due to the shape of the lens. So I decided to test the theory that you could “make” orbs appear in your photos. I took a handful of dust and threw it off the balcony at nighttime while taking pictures with a digital camera with the flash on. In my before photo I captured about 5 random small orbs, after tossing the dirt/dust and photographing the same area I caught hundreds if not thousands of orbs in my photo. That was the end of my orb fascination.

But … what about the ones that I captured where I was pointing right at them? And, what about the photo of two orbs side by side that I had as well as the ones of the ghosts at the clocktower and the ghost in our backyard. The more I thought about it the more I had to look into it. When I see orbs with the “naked” eye, they are real enough … my wife and sister have seen them as well. Then it dawned on me … some of the orbs that are photographed are dust etc., while occasionally the orbs captured on film are genuine ghosts and spirits.

It’s all about physics. Think about this, what is the natural form that is taken on by falling water … an orb, what is the natural shape taken by a bubble … an orb. A ball of energy will take on a form that is most natural and efficient within the physical world and for a “shapeless” mass that would be a sphere, just like the planets in the solar system and the stars in the universe.

So … while orb pictures can be genuine, I believe that the vast majority of them are nothing to get excited about.  I believe that orbs can be used as additional “evidence” of a presence, but not as proof of the presence of a spirit or ghost. I no longer look for orbs and frankly have no interest in viewing peoples photos with orbs in them and then trying to figure out who is in the photo.

For more information about myself and what I do as a psychic medium and animal (pet) communicator, visit my website at www.charlespeden.com.