Who ya gonna call? Ghost doctor, ghost-finder, or ghost-seer?

Skulls in the Stars

“Psychic detectives” are very much in vogue again on television these days. Shows such as Medium and Ghost Whisperer try and entertain viewers with psychic-types attempting to solve crimes and right past wrongs using their supernatural abilities.

The idea of a professional supernatural stalker in fiction is much older, though, and can be traced back to the mid-1800s. I recently decided to go on a “psychic detective” reading binge, and below the fold I summarize a bit of the history of the concept and rate the skills of the various investigators…

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