Robert Cracknell - Psychic Detective


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The Gaby Mearth Case

Major Cases

After much publicity, as a result of 'the Ripper' case, Cracknell received many pleas for help with numerous cases. One such case reached National headlines. It came about when Cracknell received a telephone call from a London-based lawyer, who requested his attendance at their offices - to discuss what he referred to as 'a delicate matter'. The 'delicate matter' proved to be one of Bob Cracknell's most sensational cases.

An industrial millionaire, living on the edge of picturesque Lake Como in Italy, had instructed the lawyer to approach Cracknell and ask for his assistance in the recovery of his daughter, who had been kidnapped some six months previously. On the understanding that there was to be no publicity, a first-class ticket had been arranged for Cracknell to fly out to Italy and assist on the case.


It is important to note here that, under Italian law, when a kidnapping has occurred all funds and financial matters pertaining to the immediate family of the kidnap victim comes immediately under the control of the investigating magistrate, to prevent any ransom being paid. The millionaire's daughter, Gaby, had been kidnapped and held to ransom for the past six months. Now the demands were increasing on a daily basis, accompanied by threats to cut off certain parts of the girl's body if the ransom wasn't paid.

The fact that kidnapping in Italy had now become recognised as an everyday business occurrence was of little comfort to Gaby's parents, who were prepared to pay any amount of money to recover their daughter. On his arrival, Cracknell was given accommodation in the family's sumptuous villa and immediately set to work by requesting a detailed ordnance survey map of an area surrounding Lake Como, covering 20 miles.

He immediately pinpointed a small area on the map, stating that he felt here was a possible connection. Due to the father's high profile and influence, the colonel of the local carabinieri agreed to accompany Cracknell, to search the specific area he had pinpointed on the map. Accompanied by two armoured vehicles and twenty armed militia men, Cracknell followed the route he had psychically formulated.

After struggling through rough terrain they finally came upon an isolated, tumbledown building. The immediate area was surrounded by armoured vehicles and entry was gained. Once inside, it was painfully obvious that although the property had been recently occupied, it was now abandoned. At Cracknell's insistence, however, a detailed search was made of the interior and on a smelly, stained mattress in the corner of one of the rooms a long, auburn hair was found. It matched the description of Gaby's hair.

Gaby Mearth is released with
Cracknell in the background


A further search uncovered a skirt, which her father felt could well belong to his daughter. Their euphoria was short lived, however, when the Police stated that if indeed Gaby had been held there it was obvious that the kidnappers had since abandoned the building, and there were no clues as to where they had gone. On their return home that evening the atmosphere was one of strong despondency. Having come so close, they had had to abandon their search.

In a flash of psychic intuition, which has become Cracknell's trademark, he blurted out, "Don't despair. She will be returned on Friday" (five days hence.) The media had somehow got wind of something in the air, and the villa was soon besieged by the Press and television crews. Cracknell suggested that the only obvious way out of their dilemma was for one newspaper only to be granted the exclusive rights to the story of Gaby's return. The family agreed to this.

Robert Cracknell with the Mearth familly


So Cracknell telephoned an old friend with whom he had worked on many occasions, one David Alford, who was affiliated to a U.K. National newspaper called 'The Sunday People'. He appraised Alford of the situation and told him he had been engaged by the family; that it was his definite impression that Gaby would be returned the following Friday. Knowing Cracknell's past track record, Alford approached his editor, stating that they could not afford to lose the chance of such an exclusive. His editor readily agreed and Alford travelled to Italy the following day, accompanied by a photographer. The tension in the house can be imagined. For the next three days everybody waited, but there was no word from the kidnappers. Would Cracknell's prediction prove to be correct?

As far as the staff on THE Sunday People was concerned, they could not lose. Either way, they had a story - perhaps the most
important story being that Bob Cracknell, Britain's No. 1 Psychic Detective, had been wrong. On the Friday, as predicted, a telephone call was made to the villa by the Police, stating that they had received an anonymous call to the effect that Gaby would be found in the boot of a car in the nearby town square. This proved to be the case! The photographs achieved national acclaim as they were flashed around the world. Cracknell's unique skills had once again proven to be correct.

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