Author`s name Alex Naumov

Russian police to use hypnosis to investigate crimes

Russian investigative authorities are getting familiar to the usage of hypnosis to investigate crimes. Criminalists are sure that in the near future each police station will have a psychic.

‘Even today the demand in psychics in city and district police courts is great’, - says Yiri Lekanov, the committee of inquiry’s head criminalist.

There are several staff police members that simultaneously serve as hypnotic impact specialists. Among them is Colonel Alexei Skripnikov. Recently the psychic greatly helped Permian police that for several years in a row couldn’t catch a serial killer. Dangerous criminal turned out to be a fire man that attacked the police officers to get their weapon. Skripnikov helped to make a portrait of the suspect, and soon he was found.

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Mr. Lakanov reveals how the police psychic helped to investigate the case. The criminalist explains that usually the eye-witness can’t bear the image of the criminal in mind because of the great shock. This is the time when the memory activation specialist gets down to work. His method of work is similar to the way the psychic works with his clients.

Lekanov says the first steps in the usage of hypnosis for investigative purpose were made about twenty years ago when his female relative tried to give up smoking. The woman asked psychologist Vladimir Kucherenko to help her.

The specialist told the woman that he once helped his client to recollect the number of the taxi, where he left his brief case. Lekanov didn’t help but exclaimed ‘Eureka!’ and started to use Kucherenko’s abilities in the police court. For the investigation of one serious crime Lekanov gave the psychologist a treasured gift. Now Yuri Lekanov is going to have another psychic in his office, Kucherenko’s pupil.

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‘It takes a great amount of time for all innovations to be accepted. But it’s not going to be long until the day when each regional investigative court will have its own memory activation specialist’.

Source: Novye Izvestiya

Translated by Lena Ksandinova