Peter Hurkos; Detective Who Used Psychic Powers
Peter Hurkos is considered by experts to have been
the world's foremost psychic. Born May 21, 1911, in Dordrecht, Holland
(died June1, 1988 in Los Angeles, CA), he acquired his psychic gift in
1941 after falling from a ladder and suffering a brain injury. He was in
a coma for three days at the Zuidwal Hospital. Upon regaining
consciousness, he discovered he had developed an ability to pierce the
barriers that separate the past, present and future. With stunning
accuracy, he was able to see into the unknown.
Hurkos gained worldwide acceptance as a psychic detective, working on
cases involving missing planes, persons, and murder victims after his
fall. Some of his most illustrious cases were "The Stone of Scone"
[London, England], "The Boston Strangler Multiple Murders" [Boston,
Massachusetts], "The Missing Thai Silk King, Jim Thompson"
[Asia/Thailand], "The Ann Arbor Co-Ed Murders" [Ann Arbor Michigan], and
"The Sharon Tate Murders" [Los Angeles, California].
In 1956, Hurkos was brought to the United States by Andrija Puharich, MD
(died 1994) to be tested at his Glen Cove, Maine medical research
laboratory. For two-and-a-half years he was tested under tightly
controlled conditions. The results convinced Dr. Puharich that Hurkos'
psychic abilities were far greater than any he had ever tested (before
or thereafter) . . . a remarkable 90% accuracy.
Hurkos' forte was psychometry, the ability to see past-present-future
associations by touching objects.
"I see pictures in my mind like a television screen. When I touch
something, I can then tell what I see." - said Peter Hurkos.
Decorated as a war hero by Queen Juliana of The Netherlands (there is a
statue commemorating Hurkos and seven other Dutch Underground war heroes
in the Center Square in Rotterdam).
He had been a consultant to every President of the United States from
Eisenhower to Reagan. Hurkos received countless police badges from
police chiefs around the world, including one from the International
Police Association, and INTERPOL. His Holiness, Pope Pius XII, decorated
Hurkos stating; "I hope you will always use your God-given Gift for the
betterment of mankind. Use it as an instrument to touch the people, to
Hurkos made numerous television and radio appearances, both here and
abroad, among them: "The Merv Griffen Show," "The Johnny Carson Show,"
"Breakaway," "The Phil Donahue Show," "The Regis Show," "Ed Sullivan
Show," "Geraldo," "What's My Line," local and national news programs,
and "One Step Beyond" [a two-parter on ABC/ emphasizing the highlights
of Hurkos' life]. He guests starred on ABC's "Matt Houston," as himself.
Hurkos astounded international audiences with his amazing psychic
demonstrations, and is credited with more than fifteen primtime hours of
specials which have achieved unprecedentedhigh ratings: Japan/ six hours
for TV-TOKYO and NET-TV "The Greatest Psychic in The World . . . Peter
Hurkos" (-a two-parter, film at Dr. Puharich's lab in Dobson, NC where
Hurkos was specifically tested for this special, and also on location in
Japan, where Hurkos gave a live unrehearsed demonstration which included
finding one person), The Netherlands/nine hours for TROST-TV "Peter
Hurkos"( - four-part special highlighting Hurkos' finding the kidnapped
Dutch millionaire, Maup Cransa), Canada/two and a half hour special for
CBC "Psych-Out with Peter Hurkos" (-which created a circuit overflow
when Hurkos began speaking with the home audiences by telephone).
He also appeared in several motion pictures as himself: "The Amazing
World of Psychic Phenomena" [Sunn International]; "Mysterious Monsters"
[David Wolper]; and "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" [Paramount]. 20th
Century Fox highlighted his abilities in the motion picture "THE BOSTON
STRANGLER" which starred Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda and George Kennedy and
directed by Richard Fleisher.
Various prominent, worldwide publications reported his exploits
throughout his lifetime: TIME, NEWSWEEK, OMNI, LIFE, TRUE, READER'S
DIGEST, PLAYBOY, THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, LADIES HOME JOURNAL, etc.
Hurkos published three books: PSYCHIC [Bobbs-Merrill], THE PSYCHIC WORLD
OF PETER HURKOS [Doubleday], and PETER HURKOS: I HAVE MANY LIVES
[Doubleday]. His achievements have been the focal points of more than
seventy-five books [see lists of some of the books attached].
Over his lifetime Hurkos proved to be a top-draw headliner at
Night-Clubs and on the Concert stage. Hurkos explained why he was able
to demonstrate with such ease before audiences anywhere anytime: "When
you have a gift, you don't have to be afraid to prove it. Sometimes
people try to trick me, but I touch their object . . . I see pictures in
my mind about what is happening . . . then I tell them."
Peter Hurkos believed there were (are) a lot of charlatans, and
counseled: "If you ever go to a psychic, don't ask any questions or give
any clues. If they are psychic, they should be able to tell what the
Hurkos resided in Studio City at the time of his death, with his wife,
Stephany Hurkos, a personal manager, and their daughter Gloria. His
hobbies were gardening and painting (oil painting). One of his paintings
is currently on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Some of his
other paintings adorn the residences of former President Ronald Reagan,
and The General Omar N. Bradley Museum in Carlisle, Penn.
So he was . . . Peter Hurkos: the man . . . the artist . . . the psychic
. . . A gentle man with a warm heart . . . giving to all . . . Peter