Aug 6, 2013

The Shame of Ed Dames

Boasting that he would solve a child's murder, supposed remote viewer
Ed Dames failed to provide any factual information on a case ultimately solved
by old fashioned police work.

Back in late 2000/early 2001, ran a story about bogus remote viewer Ed Dames and his shameless exploitation and self promotion involving murdered children.  One case in particular struck close to home; the tragic death of fifteen year old Leah Freeman (pictured right).

The murder left a family devastated and a small Oregon community in shock.  Then slithering along came Ed Dames who hyped himself up on late night radio predicting doom and gloom at every turn and claiming that he could use the power of remote viewing to foresee the unforeseen and delve into the past with the power of his mind.

Apparently, like so many remote viewers and supposed psychics, Dames couldn't see his own future; a future riddled with failed predictions, nonsense, and an endless barrage of shameless self promotion at the expense of the dead.

"Get your facts straight before you go "bow wow," Doggie. The so-called 'investigator' was the principal officer assigned to the case, and the one who pleaded with us to assist -- and we obliged...So, try to control those premature canine ejaculations of yours; when we nail Leah's murderer, you'll be just another crow-eatin dog."
--E-mail from Ed Dames to when Dames was asked to comment about why he was not officially involved in the Leah Freeman murder investigation.

Dames made a number of statements as fact pertaining to the Freeman case, including saying that the murderer was employed by a local company in the area.  Dames went so far as to identify a company in the area.  Shortly afterward, a representative of the company advised Dames to cease and desist his unfounded accusations.

In an interview, Dames stated the following about what he claims to have discovered about the murderer in the Freeman case, "He was moonlighting and doing some other stuff too. And it’s more complicated. This particular person was a construction worker and was working on different locations in different towns. So that was a mess. I had to refine the cue and then run “killer’s employer.” That’s what gave me the name of the employer. We were able to look where the headquarters was, and looked at the symbol for the company, then put that together analytically."

Dames claimed his data was compiled from over eighty remote viewing sessions, and swore that he would find the murderer of Freeman.  Dames went so far as to claim he had promised Freeman's mother that he would find the killer, but it turned out that Dames had never actually spoken to Freeman's mother.

But the empty promises of Dames didn't stop the police from pursuing the case and had a suspect from the start of the case - Nick McGuffin.

McGuffin (pictured left) had been Freeman's boyfriend at the time of her murder and worked as a short order cook, not in construction.  Police discovered that McGuffin had made several untruthful statements regarding his whereabouts and activities the night Freeman went missing.

Local police and members of The Vidocq Society, which consists of former FBI agents, profilers, and forensic experts, worked the case together when it was reopened in 2008.  Their work ultimately led to the arrest of McGuffin, who had been a prime suspect since the beginning of the investigation.

On July 19, 2011, an Oregon jury found McGuffin guilty of the murder of Leah Freeman, convicting him on a lesser charge of manslaughter.  McGuffin was sentenced to ten years in prison.

In the end, Dames was wrong...again.  Sadly this isn't the only case involving a child's murder Dames has inserted himself into and never solved.  I don't think that a single prediction Dames has made has ever come true.

What it must be like to raise the hopes of the friends and families of a murder victim, only to pull the carpet out from under them when your promises of help are like your predictions; useless.


Ingrid said...

This is awesome!

Harry Ballzack said...

Actually, many of Ed Dames predictions have come true, and with pinpoint accuracy. But I'm not here to defend Ed Dames. In fact, I would like to convey this simple message to others: Remote Viewing does indeed work. However, it is limited and varies greatly from one person to another. Although everyone does have the ability to remote view, there is no guarantee of success or even limited success. I don't know if I would even recommend people to learn it, because it can cause a hell of a lot of confusion and misinterpretation. Personally, I am staying away from it. said...

List 20 of these so-called predictions made by Dames "with pinpoint accuracy." Dames has about as good of a hit rate as the other remote viewing quack/promotional exploiter Sean David Morton. The two should get together for a slumber party...

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