Another terrible situation unfolded in Southern California this week and self-described psychic Pam Ragland is already positioning herself and her daughter to take advantage of as much media attention as she can get.
Amber Alerts were sent out Sunday evening for James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of abducting a 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and wanted in the death of the girl’s mother younger brother. The alerts were quickly expanded to Oregon and Washington. [full story] [wiki]
Ragland’s Radio Predictions
The segment begins with a background on the Amber Alert search and the portion involving Pam Ragland begins at about 4:30. Listen to the trimmed segment below:
Here are a few observations on Ragland’s interview predictions and claims:
Ragland’s daughter senses a female presence and becomes upset. Ragland claims that her daughter can feel the presence of “spirits and things like that”. Ragland herself “tunes” into the presence and identifies it as a girl (presumably Hannah Anderson) that is trying to “communicate something”.
Ragland claims to have a vision of “a long stretch of road”, that “looked like a desert”, “it was kinda flat”, and “looks desolate”.
Ragland called the police line to let them know that she believes DiMaggio is “definitely unstable and possibly suicidal”. DiMaggio is also described as “holed up somewhere”. “Next to Mexico.. all made sense.” The police did not call her back.
When asked if the girl is alive or dead, Ragland gives a long pause before saying that she could not answer the question as she hasn’t been doing this enough to know how good she is at it.
The “feelings” that she is receiving “aren’t good” though.
Ragland explains that she receives information from both living and dead spirits. She has difficulty in distinguishing between the two as the dead spirits often are not sure that they are gone.
The radio host, Bill Handel, makes a point to focus on Ragland evading the direct question about Hannah being alive or dead. Steven Gregory repeats Ragland’s explanation that “she is not sure if she is good enough at that yet”. The Terry Smith search was newer to her because she never applied those visions to cases or people that she doesn’t know about. She deals with people who she has a one-on-one with.
Ragland claims to have regular conversations with (the deceased) Terry Smith. She also claims that Terry Smith helped her find him when Ragland got him to open his eyes and describe the area to her.
When Ragland and her daughter were communicating with Hannah, another boy was present but she was unable to “filter out what the boy was trying to tell me”. Ragland could not say if the boy was Ethan.
Hannah Rescued, Ragland Inconsolable
Unfortunately for the Pam Ragland media jamboree, a little over twenty four hours after Ragland’s interview aired on KFI, the authorities found James DiMaggio’s vehicle after a horseback rider spotted hikers he believed to be the missing pair.
Over 830 miles away from San Diego, California.
In the rugged wilderness of Idaho.
James DiMaggio was shot and killed by an FBI search team near Morehead Lake on Saturday, August 10th and Hannah Anderson was rescued.
The rescue of Hannah Anderson is such a positive outcome after the tragic deaths of Hannah’s mother and younger brother.
This does not let Ragland off the hook for her discredited claims or free her from continued skepticism.
Let the Quantum Backpedaling Commence
How does Ragland react when her claims completely bomb? Tiny elements of her original claims begin to change of course!
So now the original clear visions of a desolate desert road and DiMaggio’s location now require Ragland to decipher cryptic information. Why is it now cryptic when it was so clear before?
During the radio interview, Ragland described the “feelings” of the visions ominously as “not good” and she evaded the direct question if Hannah was alive or dead. After authorities reported sightings in Idaho, Ragland posts an enthusiastic “Good news is it looks like they are still alive.”
Ragland now claims that it was not Hannah that she was in communication with, but the dead mother and younger brother.
The San Diego police department thankfully relies on reality based investigative techniques and did not enlist Ragland’s help by shifting any of their resources to desert roads near the Mexico border.
In conclusion… another
As I continue to investigate the events and claims surrounding Pam Ragland, I stumbled across a very tragic and sad story.
During the 2013 Independence Day festivities at the Beach Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, a lifeless 3-year-old boy was frantically pulled from the lagoon. A call for anyone that knew CPR was blasted over the public address seeking help. An off-duty Los Angeles County fireman (that was on the far side of the lake) ran to assist. Other off-duty professionals also provided assistance. The boy was rushed to the hospital and was later reported to have been revived in unstable condition. Sadly, the boy succumbed on Friday July 5th.
The full stories can be found at:
How is this terrible story relevant to Pam Ragland?
Because Pam Ragland was there when it happened.
Below is a comment Ragland posted under the first Patch.com article:
So not only was Ragland there when it happened, she was RIGHT NEXT to the family.
Where was her “intuition” on July 4th? Where were her “visions”? What about Ragland’s daughter who is also claimed to be “intuitive”? No telepathic communications or visions either?
It is important to note that this event happened TWO days before Terry Smith was reported missing in Menifee.
Does Ragland’s intuition and visions only work when there are a ton of reporters and television crews running around? Or does she need to watch several days of local news coverage before reluctantly getting involved?
Ragland also talks about teaching CPR but makes no mention of attempting to assist reviving the boy. Why? According to the Patch.com article, the first responder ran from the other side of the lake. Ragland was right next to where it happened, which makes it a little puzzling.
The passing of this young child is a very tragic and sad event but it opens the floor for a very good question:
If Pam Ragland insists that her visions were real 60+ miles away in Menifee, why did her intuition not work at less than 6 meters away?