Many people have claimed to have had terrifying encounters with poltergeists and other supernatural beings. Some of these experiences have become the subject of popular Hollywood movies. But Joe Nickell, a professional paranormal investigator and sceptic, is having none of it. He has explored the stories behind films such as The Exorcist, Amityville Horror and the Conjuring and he offers his take on what is really going on. This interview with George Noory was originally webcast September 28, 2016.
Joe Nickell was a professional stage magician and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency. Now he is an investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes.