In moments where traditional scientific methods prove fruitless, it may be
prudent to explore unorthodox avenues. Such was the peculiar scenario
surrounding a man named Vernon Booher, whose murder case stands as the first on
record to be resolved through psychic investigation.
In this enthralling tale, a
Viennese physician by the name of Maximilian Langsner, professing to possess
extraordinary abilities, guided law enforcement to the very instrument employed
in the slaying of two members of the Booher family and two labourers on their
The ghastly deeds unfolded in an isolated region of Edmonton,
Alberta, devoid of any surviving eyewitnesses. Remarkably, this diminutive
doctor with wisps of white hair revealed to authorities not only the manner in
which the murders were perpetrated, but also the elusive culprit responsible for
the heinous acts.
Unexpectedly, Vernon Booher, a person who was not previously
suspected, found himself faced with a situation where he could no longer hide
the truth and eventually admitted to his wrongdoings. The investigation into the
actions of Booher was led by Mike Gier, the chief of police, who later recounted
the details of this case in a brief memoir after three decades had passed.
Dr Maximilian Langsner, a Viennese native, was fortunate enough to receive his
education in his hometown. As destiny would have it, he had the incredible
opportunity to study under the guidance of the renowned Sigmund Freud.
during the tumultuous era of the First World War that Dr Langsner witnessed
numerous individuals suffering from shell-shock, which further ignited his
curiosity about the intricacies of the human mind and its workings. In 1926, he
embarked on a journey to India with intentions of a shorter stay; however, fate
intervened and extended his time there. It was amidst this captivating
experience that Dr. Langsner encountered countless astonishing revelations
regarding the mesmerizing phenomenon of intuitive control over one's own mind.
From this particular experience, he gained a great deal of knowledge, learning
much of what he knows today. Many individuals were doubtful of his abilities;
however, he had no desire to be perceived as a relentless pursuer. Whenever the
police sought his assistance or whenever he felt an undeniable urge, like the
one he experienced during the Vancouver case, he willingly offered his help.
When inquired about his reason for coming to Canada, he elaborated on his
profound interest in exploring the intricacies of the Eskimos' mental faculties.
He compared the Melanesians and Polynesians from the South Pacific, who had
fallen victim to the pervasive intrusion of Western influences, with the
untainted intuitive capabilities possessed by the Eskimos.
With an unmistakable
zeal, Dr Langsner expressed his admiration for their ability to perceive changes
in weather and anticipate impending danger well before its actual manifestation.
He aspired to immerse himself within their community, forging a connection that
transcends conventional means of communication, relying solely on the ethereal
channels of thought.
Mike Gier, the individual who sought the assistance of Dr Langsner in
unravelling the enigma surrounding the Booher case, which entailed the tragic
demise of not merely one but four individuals, was well-aware of the triumphs Dr
Langsner had achieved in other matters. One such instance occurred in Vancouver,
wherein he had confidently entered police headquarters and proclaimed his
ability to identify the whereabouts of the stolen jewels in a perplexing robbery
case that had left authorities flummoxed, despite their apprehension of a
Dr Langsner possessed an undeniable charm that seemed to work wonders, as
evidenced by the fact that the police, upon his recommendation, granted him
access to the suspect's cell. He stood rigidly in a secluded corner for a
considerable amount of time, remaining perfectly silent throughout. Eventually,
he discreetly motioned to the jailer, conveying that he had completed whatever
he came there to do.
"You'll find the stolen jewels hidden behind a picture in a room whose walls are
yellow," Dr Langsner had said to the detective in charge of the case.
The jewels were found exactly as depicted by Dr Langsner, but not in the
suspect's apartment; they matched the description of his girlfriend's place,
according to the detective.
The incident in Vancouver was just one of three instances where Dr Langsner
showcased his remarkable abilities. As Mike Gier recalls, the good doctor
possessed the uncanny knack of delving into the minds of others, a skill he had
been showcasing long before the scientific exploration of extrasensory
perception took root in academic circles.
When pressed to elaborate on how he
accomplished this seemingly impossible feat, Dr Langsner humbly admitted, "It's
quite difficult to put into words what precisely occurs, but it's clear that
there are individuals out there who possess this unique capability.
When a person commits an unlawful act, not necessarily involving the taking of
another's life, they are aware that they have violated societal norms. However,
they strive to shield themselves and their mind becomes engrossed in the
intricacies of the offence, crafting a plausible explanation in case it becomes
essential to defend themselves.
This predicament intensifies greatly when the
act involves the killing of another individual, often causing overwhelming
thoughts that become unbearable. Consequently, the perpetrator may feel
compelled to confess, as it is only through such admission that they can find
solace from an insufferable burden. For instance, I am cognizant of Vernon's
deep distress caused by something that may implicate his guilt," expressed Dr Langsner while endeavouring to identify the culprit in the perplexing Booher
Dr Maximilian Langsner, who held a PhD from the renowned University of Calcutta,
sadly met his demise in a humble abode located on the fringes of Fairbanks,
Alaska. Dr Langsner was renowned for his groundbreaking theory on the enigmatic
concept of "brain waves" and was celebrated for his uncanny talent of delving
into the innermost thoughts of fellow individuals. It is worth noting that he
was ardently devoted to advancing his research in this captivating field until
his untimely departure from this mortal realm.
Dr Langsner was a person of great renown, celebrated for his undeniable talents
that had been sought after by those in positions of power and privilege. His
remarkable skills had been employed by royalty, having successfully unravelled
perplexing enigmas for the Shah of Persia and the King of Egypt. Additionally,
he had lent his invaluable expertise to the British Government in their
endeavours within Asia. Furthermore, his name shall forever be etched in the
annals of history for the aid he selflessly provided to numerous police
departments when confronted with intricate and challenging cases.
Written By: Md.Imran Wahab
- The Mammoth Book of CSI, Edited by Roger Wilkes, Robinson, London.
, IPS, IGP, Provisioning, West Bengal
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