I would really appreciate any help in sorting out what parts (if any) of the mini series Living with the Dead, which proclaims itself to be the true life story of psychic James Van Praagh, are actually true.
There is no shortage of information and examples of Van Praagh getting caught out making false readings and using well known cold and warm reading techniques online, but I haven’t been able to find any articles that examine this movie. Since my online research skills usually get me plenty of information to satisfy my latest curiosity it is really frustrating me that very specific and highly dubious claims made out in Living With The Dead don’t appear to have been added to reasons Van Praagh should be considered completely bogus. It is difficult to fathom how someone would make a movie like this and claim it as being true while thinking that they would be able to get away with it.
The movie involves a very complex murder plot where a young boy who was accidentally killed is found 30 years later buried in a forest but there is a circle of other boys around him who the cops say were buried alive. Turns out that the guy who killed the first boy accidentally shooting him while hunting felt so guilty about it that he sent his mother flowers every year and put her dead son’s name on the card. When he gets sick he confesses to a priest and asks what he can do to resolve the sin and the priest tells him to confess, so he goes to the mother and tells her. She then decides to abduct boys the age her son was when he died and bury them to be his friends because she really blames herself for her son’s death because he had a deformed leg from her drinking when she was pregnant and he wouldn’t have been out in the forest alone had the other kids not made fun of him and he was always so lonely. It really does just go on and on, but that is it in a nutshell. The cops catch her, she confesses and although the movie ends soon after you imagine that it would have been a very long court case and some serious consequences.
Surely a woman who killed seven boys in this most grotesque way would have made headlines and gotten her into one of the literally hundreds of true crime and serial killer books I have read? At the very least there would have to be some records somewhere, apparently the movie took place during the nineties. I know that there are plenty of people able to suspend their disbelief to accept psychics but I have never seen one that tells stories which should be so blatantly easy to disprove if there is no truth to them whatsoever.