SENSING MURDER. 10/01/2006
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“Many of New Zealand's unsolved murder cases still leave gaping holes in the lives of families of the dead, who are unable to gain closure from the trauma of losing their loved ones. Often all lines of inquiry have been exhausted and the files remain open years after the crimes were committed.
Sensing Murder introduces another tool to try and help solve these crimes. Presented by Rebecca Gibney, the series follows gifted psychics as they investigate unsolved New Zealand and Australian murders. Their leads are then followed up by a team of private investigators.
Each episode includes one New Zealand and one Australian psychic, who were chosen after a rigorous selection process. The testing procedure used a little-known solved murder case; presented with only a photo of the victim, the psychics were asked to produce details of the crime, the location and the killer. The New Zealand psychics selected were Sue Nicholson, Kelvin Cruickshank and Adelle Dishcombe. Five Australians - Deb Webber, Scott Russell-Hill, Barbara Neilson and Debbie Malone - were also selected, with four featuring in Sensing Murder.
The case of Tracey Ann Patient, who vanished in 1976 while walking home in West Auckland, moments after passing the Henderson police station. The following morning her body was found 16km away in a layby in the Waitakere Ranges. She had been strangled to death with a pair of pantyhose. Tracey's family had emigrated from England to New Zealand just two years before her murder. Grief-stricken, they fled the country just weeks after their daughter's death.” TVNZ; tvnz.co.nz; 17/01/2006