Can George Anderson hear the voices of dead people?

George Anderson with a salt & pepper beard

George Anderson


Not even the most hardened skeptic has come up with a rational explanation for genuine psychic episodes. That is also true of a man named George Anderson from Long Island, New York. George claims to have the uncanny ability to communicate with the spirits of those who have passed on:

“At times it does seem even for me, that I am literally listening to them or listening to a conversation or feeling… It’s a feeling that you’re seeing, a feeling you’re hearing, a sensation more, it’s like getting an electrical charge all through yourself.”

Author Joel Martin first heard of George Anderson in 1980, and initially had his doubts:

“I was hosting a late-night radio talk show on a rock station on Long Island. And the format, we dealt heavily with unexplained phenomena.”

Joel called George Anderson in for a reading. They had never met before. According to Joel, George maintained he knew nothing about his background:

“And he started to talk about Shirley, my late wife, who had been killed the year before. She was hit and killed by a car, crossing a street in New York. Then he did something that could not be explained by any way that I could reason. Whenever she was annoyed at me, she would say, ‘You’re like a little boy.’ But that was only a private thing she and I knew. Nobody would have known that. So now I’m figuring how the heck—I could not have told that to anybody. There’s no way he could’ve known this or should’ve known it. That’s a very private thing.”

Joel persuaded George Anderson to undergo tests at a New York City hospital. According to Joel, George’s EEG was extremely unusual. While George conducted a session, half of his brain registered sleep, while half showed normal waking patterns:

“The neurologist who conducted those tests said he’d never seen anything like it before. Is it what we expect to see? No. Is it what’s supposed to happen? No. Is something unusual going on? Yes.”

Joel Martin had always considered himself a skeptic in matters of the paranormal. But after meeting George Anderson, he became a believer. Martin began to give George a significant block of time on his radio call-in show. And George Anderson became something of a celebrity in his hometown.

George was born in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, in 1952. When he was six, he was stricken with a severe case of chicken pox. He almost died and immediately began to hear voices and saw visions of people who had recently passed away. Soon after, George began to earn his living by conducting psychic readings.

Barbara and John Licata contacted George Anderson in 1982, four months after the death of their 16-year-old son, David. According to Barbara, David had gone out to a party the night before his death:

“He had to be in by 12:30. I went to bed, but I laid there awake because I don’t sleep until my kids are in. And at 1:30, I got up because it was unlike David not to call. And then I knew. It was a night of hell.”

David had been killed by a hit-and-run driver. Barbara fell into a deep depression over her son’s untimely death. At Barbara’s request, her husband John agreed to a session with George Anderson. Anderson claimed that with the Licatas, as with all his clients, he had no prior information about the family:

“I can recall their son Dave coming through very strongly, very high-spirited personality—no pun intended—and also very anxious to reach out to his parents to give them and his family the assurance that he was alright.”

Barbara was amazed at the number of specific details George knew:

“There were a lot of things, very specific pieces of information that came forth in this reading that there was no way that George could have known. I felt this enormous relief when we made contact with David through George. Because I felt like, you arrived. You’re in the other world. You’re still alive and I will see you again.”

The Elliots, and thousands of people like them, believed that George Anderson’s messages from the afterlife were absolutely legitimate. However, a far greater number of people tend to be highly skeptical. To satisfy the skeptics, a bereaved family, the Silvermans, were asked to meet with George in an on-camera session. George and the Silvermans had never met, nor did he know anything about them or their son, who had recently passed away.

Barry Silverman died at the age of 33, a victim of a virulent form of cancer that spread to his lungs. Barry’s parents and his sister Joy agreed to participate in the session. Anderson knew nothing about the family, or how Barry had passed away. During the reading, George gave the Silvermans a message from their son:

“He sends his love to the three of you. He says to you specifically, ‘Now, when you leave here, you leave here with peace. You didn’t fail me. Now, you stop feeling guilty. Let that go and put your heart at rest,’ because he says, he’s alright, he’s at peace.”

Barry’s father, Kenneth, walked away from the session satisfied that he had spoken to his son from the after life:

“I feel a lot better. I really do. I feel that Barry’s really with us and we’ll be together someday… I feel much more convinced.”

Can George Anderson really speak to people from beyond the grave? As much as we might want to believe in George’s abilities, our rational minds tend to discount them. Still, after seeing George Anderson in action, one might speculate that perhaps there are people who can communicate with the dead.

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season five with Robert Stack and in season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.



  1. Annie Cirone

    Saw George in His Lindenhurst apartment for $25.00 back then.
    My Grandmother who’s name is Antoinette came through he could have said any Italian name but Antoinette he told me things about my family back then that came to pass.


  2. Digna

    Hi, I need to get in touch with George. I have a situation that may need to be taken care of. Please I will leave my information here them.
    Digna (347)485-0254


  3. Bill Blaski

    Lol. This guy charges 1900$ for a reading. I read on skeptic that he is one of the worst. James van prague, John Edwards, and the newest cold reader Tyler Henry.


  4. Nick

    Come on people, George Anderson is a phony. He’s doing what is called “Cold Reading”, it’s a flim-flam. These kinds of psychics have been debunked since time out of mind.

    You people need to stop giving money to those charlatans and phonies.


  5. stacie a lanham

    My mother is there in Long Island now for her scheduled session with George…I am so anxioous to hear the outcome.


  6. Anonymous

    Well, if you believe in the Bible, God, and Jesus then the bible says “The Dead Know Not Anything” and also says Satan is all powerful hear on earth until Jesus with his army of angels to destroy him and his evil angels here on earth. Satan has cast down angels out of heaven who followed him and do his evil deeds for him on earth. I believe that Satan’s helpers can do powerful things like these readings to convince people to believe the hear after and eternal life can and will be achieved without God or Jesus’s intervention. NOT TRUE!!! I wonder how one of these readings would turn out if the Holy Spirit was called upon through prayer to our father in heaven to preside over this event would turn out? Do you think that the spirits which drives these readings could overpower the Holy Spirit of God? I for one believe in the unlimited power of God, so I know the outcome would be a failure when a prayer to God first was answered. Just think about it logically. Les


    • Nicholas

      Agreed. This guy probably does have the gift. So, his power is not from God but the one below. Follow him and believe what comes out of his mouth instead the time proven word of God??? No way.


    • E

      What would be the point of all this coming from Satan? It comforts so many people. And these readings do not have anything to do with believing the here after is without God. How did you come up with that?


    • Christina

      I think your an over religious nut who wants to believe in every thing you read or the church teaches. A lot of laws regarding the Catholic religion are man made.


  7. Sue

    I went to see him before he was famous and he was spot on. He is amazing!


  8. Lina gonzalez

    How can i get a hold of you .


  9. Rhona

    I just finished watching unsolved mystery and I’ve seen this episode before and I’m watching it again. I live in Louisiana and I have so many questions about my grandpa n my other relatives that pass away years ago that I’ve never met. Wish I live near so I can get a reading from Mr Jeorge


  10. Janna Villa

    I’m looking to see if you still do reading.


  11. Valerie

    I also have a friend who communicates with the dead. I asked him to see if he could communicate with my sister who passed on and when he got back to me he said that she had 3 messages but first she told him about a secret her and I had, not actually the secret but person place and time he knew. I believe.


  12. g

    I do think that people can talk to the dead, it is true..However its the source that you get the information from.. I know people who are psychic, and they have asked who they are talking to, they were shocked to find out who they were, are not what you think they are, evil can be just as convincing as good…


  13. Dickson Idusuyi

    Hello.. My name is Dickson Idusuyi and I lost my only sisters about 8yrs ago, we were only 9months apart and we were very close. My parent had three boys and she was the only girl, I know you get a lot of calls from people but I thought I should give it a try and maybe there a small chance I might really reach you and maybe you can help give us closure… Thanks and keep up the good work.


  14. Sheila

    I lost my baby daughter January 14th, 2001. The grief I was experiencing was overwhelming. I new of George and decided to make an appointment with him for a telephone reading. I had to wait almost a year for the reading and finally the day came. I was scared because I didn’t know what to expect. I had an hour session and I can only say if it weren’t for George I don,t know how I could have gone on. He immediately connected with my daughter. It,s as if she had been there for the last year waiting for the reading as much as I had been. Thank God for George. I believe he is a messenger working thru him to comfort the bereaved. Than you George


    • Maureen butler

      I have seen George for readings three times. Once early 1989 at a group meeting at his home. I secured that appointment through Msgr. Tom Hartman of the Rockville Ctr. Diocese , Long Island. It was an experience that changed my life. He was spot on. At this particular meeting of about fifteen , there were Arabs, Jews and mostly Christians. I was fortunate enough to have a private reading later and that was the gift of a lifetime. Many years later in 2012 I had a private reading, after my wonderful husband passed over. George was able to communicate messages that only I and my late husband would understand. He also brought forth messages for my son that were astounding. I hope for anyone interested that they are able to have his gifted assistance. There is another psychic medium named Lyn Leclere, who is as blessed as George.
      If you are grieving a loss please no “this is not all there Is”. You’re loved ones are still with you.


  15. donna griffin

    I would like to know how my grandmother doing. And our family have not been talking to each other since my grandmother pasted away.she was the glue that kept us together. ZRFmF


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  17. diana barton

    I know that quite a few psychc people who have helped solve murders


  18. Mark Richardson

    I was watching unsolved mysteries when they showed George`s amazing work. I was speechless and just wish i lived closer so i could go for a reading. Keep up the good work.


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