"Although retired and living in Cyprus, veteran psychic Robert Cracknell -
In his remarkable new book, The Lonely Sense: the Autobiography of a Psychic Detective, Robert, now 76, tells of his difficult childhood, how came to terms with his burgeoning psychic powers, eventually working with police forces worldwide using his uncanny abilities to help solve major crimes, and the wise understandings which his unique gift has brought him today.
'Police and scientists are misguided fools if they continue to ignore the fact that individuals with psychic ability can unravel new evidence, find fresh clues, and be instrumental in leading them to the final solution,' says Robert, controversially.
Robert's book has a substantial foreword by the best-
Pertinently, Wilson sums up Robert's writing as having 'a force and honesty that exerts the hypnotic effect of the Ancient Mariner'. Exactly so -
Robert primarily is a psychometrist -
Even today he says he is still unaware of his true potential, and certain only of one thing -
Another important reason for telling his story is to do with the linking of 'paranormal powers' to spiritualism and a belief in life after death. Robert was once closely involved with the spiritualist movement, but came to be convinced that there was no connection whatsoever between psychic abilities and the spirits of the dead. He is adamant that a psychic person is not someone who has been 'chosen' to receive communications from another world: he or she is an ordinary human being whose natural ability has somehow developed further than the average.
Without the encouragement of spiritualism, Robert admits, he would have found his path more difficult. But he came to the conclusion that most mediums in spiritualism are 'unconsciously fraudulent in deceiving themselves as much as they deceive other people'. This desire to prick the mystique of the medium won him no friends in the movement, and even led him to being labelled a 'dangerous man'. The period during which he parted company with the spiritualist church was 'possibly the worst years of my life'.
Robert's psychic experience began when he was 18, and he feels sure that his early life was a 'psychic apprenticeship'. Like his elder brother and younger sister, he was born illegitimate, and he never knew his father, who died before he was born. In the Second World War, he was evacuated from London to Nottingham. At the age of seven came a major turning point when he experienced a sudden and overwhelming love and sympathy for a teacher who had unwittingly humiliated him. This was the first manifestation of his psychic gift and his 'first spiritual experience'.
The teacher invited him to her home and took him to chapel after which he began to spend time alone 'talking to my friend Jesus'. Later he was sent to live with his grandmother, and then fostered. After leaving school at 15, he joined the RAF, but encountered an irrational fear of the dark and, despite falling in love with a girl while on leave in London, suffered an identity crisis and a kind of mental breakdown. In 1956, at 21, he was discharged on medical grounds, and went to live with his mother and stepfather. In the following year came one of his most startling experiences when he 'saw' his natural father, shocking and frightening his mother who had never mentioned the man.
Civilian life didn't work out. Lonely and unhappy, he was referred to a psychiatrist. Unable to find work, he drifted on to the streets, living with tramps and down-
Robert tells candidly of the collapse of his first marriage, his disappointing meeting with Uri Geller, the Israeli psychic, his work sleuthing for a finance house and how, in 1980, he set up his own agency, Vigil Investigations, which he ran until he retired ten years later. He also explains his weekly day of silence, the value of meditation, how he came to launch the World Peace Movement, and the influence of the Indian mystic Meher Baba.
Having earned a 'fair amount of money' in the past, Robert does not now charge for his help. In recent years, he has been involved in many cases involving murdered or missing children -
Today, as his wife Jenny takes down in shorthand the psychometric impressions he gains while investigating a case, Robert can talk of his findings for up to 30 minutes, trance-