Can George Anderson hear the voices of dead people?
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:
Author Joel Martin first heard of George Anderson in 1980, and initially had his doubts:
Joel called George Anderson in for a reading. They had never met before. According to Joel, George maintained he knew nothing about his background:
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:
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:
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:
Barbara was amazed at the number of specific details George knew:
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:
Barry’s father, Kenneth, walked away from the session satisfied that he had spoken to his son from the after life:
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.