A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife


Report February 28th 2008

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This week from Victor Zammit

COMMENTARY: absolutely, we are on the winning side! I just watched an episode of Oprah where she did a brilliant interview with Allison Dubois – perhaps because of her show MEDIUM, Allison is the most important female medium in the world to-day. According to the program more than 10 million people a week watch the program Medium based on Allison’s mediumship skills. Oprah’s interview was very favorable toward mediumship- something that would have been unheard of even 10 years ago. Read the interview online…

Allison emailed stating that she is likely to be in Sydney again some time in May this year. Keep an eye on her performances dates here. As soon as they become available I will let you know.

OPRAH’S POLL - do you believe? OR do you accept the evidence?
A staggering 94.2% of the respondents to Oprah’s poll say that they believe in the supernatural, 95% believe that spirits survive after death and 84.3% believe that it is possible for psychic mediums to talk to the dead. Complete the poll yourself.

JAMES VAN PRAAGH - one of the most important mediums in the world to-day: emailed last week sending his regards to me and to those who read my weekly reports. He was in Australia some time ago - and was extremely popular, people attending his sessions coming from most states in Australia. We will contact him again and ask him when he will be visiting Australia again.

OBAMA/CLINTON RACE: the world watches with amazement the Obama/Clinton race for the White House. We see for the first time a black highly charismatic candidate and a female candidate both trying to be the President of the United States. International observers see that the United States has spiritually evolved sufficiently to allow this to happen. Although there are problems in the U.S. – as in others countries which have their own problems – it is really impressive to see the most powerful nation on earth evolving on a domestic level to allow both Barack and Hilary to have the chance to become the President of the United States.

Will the new British laws send mediums
to prison in the UK? Not for genuine mediums! Fraudulent 'mediums' ought to go to prison - they give genuine mediums and the paranormal a really bad name. I know there is serious concern about the new laws which will abolish the 1951 Fraudulent Mediumship Act. Do NOT panic. If you are an honest medium or an honest psychic or an honest healer you should not have anything to fear. These professionals and semi professionals must obtain legal advice what to tell their patients and clients to legitimately operat outside the Act. But those frauds calling themselves psychic or healers or mediums will be in trouble and could go to prison. First, the changes in these laws are inevitable because of pressure from the European Union to standardize consumer protection laws all across Europe. My research on the matter – which is not yet complete – shows that the important issues for mediums, psychics and healers will be whether those seeking their services are always ‘consumers’? The new law is about consumer protection and if mediums, healers and psychics obtain money by donation, then they could be operating outside the Act. But note, it would be essential for the mediums, psychics and healers to obtain legal advice so that they can tell their patients/clients specifically what they are offering and to be given advice on how to operate legitimately outside the Act. Any proven transgressions of the Act will mean heavy fines and/or imprisonment. Another possible way to bypass the Act is to never guarantee a cure or results or guarantee anything. The patient/client should be handed a note (drafted by a lawyer) what service is being performed. The service delivered should be offered as a way to ‘help’ the patient/client understand a problem.

Many people have complained that the new British laws shift the onus of proof onto the medium or healer to prove that he/she is not fraudulent. However what has to be realized in that under existing common law a medium or healer can fall under the class of professionals who, because they are in a psychologically dominating position over their clients. In these cases of “undue influence” the law already puts the onus of proof on the dominating party regarding any contract. As to a medium proving that he or she is genuine, this is a wonderful opportunity for all parties interested to come together to set up an accreditation/registration system.

But the British establishment must be put on notice too that any abuse of the Act, like charging a gifted medium under it, will inevitably mean that the medium will have the opportunity to prove in the highest courts in the UK first, then on appeal in Europe that the afterlife exists. This Act is a two edged sword – it is very likely to backfire on to the establishment especially where the matter goes on appeal to the European Courts. And if these Courts decide in favor of the medium, it will make a mockery of the Queen as the Head of the Church of England -where deeply Christian entrenched theology would be made to look unqualifiedly irrelevant. The consequences would be huge – and heads will roll! More about this next week.

Julie Beischel, Ph.D
There are several private individuals and organisations which test and accredit mediums in the U.S.A. who could be called to give evidence. On of them is Julie Beischel, Ph.D., Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, which she co-founded. Dr. Beischel also served as Co-Director of the VERITAS Research Program. Between June 2003 and December 2007, Dr. Beischel performed full-time laboratory mediumship research at the University of Arizona. During that time, she and Dr. Gary Schwartz created an intensive procedure for screening research mediums, developed a scoring system used to acquire both item and summary accuracy scores for mediumship readings, designed methods for formatting and pairing research readings, and developed a quintuple-blind email study protocol. One of the studies run by Dr. Beischel during her time at the University was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2007 [EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing. 2007;3(1):23-27].

In January 2008, the VERITAS Research Program closed and Dr. Beischel is continuing performing afterlife and mediumship research as well as medium certification at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential. As an independent organization, Windbridge is able to perform scientifically rigorous investigations and foster extensive peer review without being susceptible to large overhead costs or biases based in conventional scientific paradigms. This flexibility will allow Dr. Beischel and her research team to make and report important discoveries quickly. Read more...

For more information about each medium and the types of readings they perform (e.g., in-person, groups, public, etc.), please visit their websites. Please note that there is substantial scientific evidence supporting the accuracy and significance of telephone readings, so a medium does not need to be in your area to provide a reading for you. All of the mediums listed below were laboratory screened and tested using telephone readings:
Samara Anjelae, Kentucky
Dave Campbell, Arizona
Angelina Diana, Connecticut, New York
Joanne Gerber, Massachusetts,
Debra Martin, Arizona
Doreen Molloy, New Jersey
Stephanie Bridges Stevens, Arizona,

As the wind howls outside his lab, the physics professor tells me about the first message he received on his equipment: “A voice came through and said quite clearly ‘We are the dead. We are still able to think and speak.” “I was a bit shaken,” he smiles. But that was just the first of Professor Senkowski’s ‘messages from the dead’. Shortly afterwards he received a message from his father, who’d died many years previously. “Ernst my little dwarf,”. The Professor recalls his father’s ghostly voice as saying. “He spoke in a little used Prussian dialect. And no one but my father used, or even knew, that nickname.” “I was not a believer. I’m a physicist. But all of the evidence I’ve seen confirms that the dead are trying to communicate with us.”
Read Dr Danny Penman's superb article.


Researchers at the University of Oxford will spend £1.9 million investigating why people believe in God. Academics have been given a grant to try to find out whether belief in a deity is a matter of nature or nurture. The three-year study is being funded by a £1.9 million grant to the Ian Ramsey Centre from the John Templeton Foundation, which supports research into religion, science and spirituality. There will be seminars and workshops, while £800,000 will go towards a small grant competition, with 41 grants for different projects. Researchers at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and the Centre for Anthropology and Mind in Oxford will use the cognitive science disciplines to develop "a scientific approach to why we believe in God and other issues around the nature and origin of religious belief". Read more....

A NEUROSCIENTIST SAYS MIND DIFFERENT FROM BRAIN. Dr Mario Beauregard emailed me this weeks saying “I am a neuroscientist at University of Montreal. I greatly enjoy your Web site. I recently published (in collaboration with journalist Denyse O'Leary) a book titled The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul (publisher: Harper Collins). In this book, we examine various lines of evidence supporting the view that mind, consciousness and self cannot be reduced to electrical and chemical processes in the brain (the mainstream materialist view in contemporary
neuroscience). Read more …

2nd time: THE ULTIMATE EXPERIMENT! ‘OPERATION AFTERLIFE'. Reasonable response so far. After I (Victor) cross over – hopefully it will be quite a while yet – like many investigators before me, I plan to return to add to the evidence that the life continues. So I am asking anyone – from those successful psi empiricists to the open minded skeptics from around the world to suggest a realistic, practical, empirical way of proving my continued existence. Critical would be: what EVIDENCE would be acceptable to the skeptics who do have the skills to perceive the paranormal with true empirical equanimity? Please do not suggest anything for your material gain - that's not how the afterlife dimension works. Ideally I would like to do something like the cross correspondences where information is transmitted from the other side to people participating from at least the following countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, the U.K, Russia, China, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, Argentina and South Africa. Any ideas? Email victor@victorzammit.com

HEATH LEDGER- Question: what would have happened to Heath Ledger who some say he took an overdose or committed suicide. Margaret, Belfast.

Now that the dust has settled in this matter we can be more objective and assess the matter more calmly. The Hollywood movie actor who was born in Australia and who recently was found dead at the age of 28. Because of his fame and his relatively young age, he received huge international media coverage. Investigations tell us that his death was caused because of the mixture of medicines he was taking – the official report is that his death was accidental. The reports we had about him are that he was hard working, had a family, was under a great deal of stress, but in character he was the average, decent person. If so on crossing over he would have been met by a loved one to help him cross over to the realm of the light. Of course, some may raise the issue that he took some drugs sometimes. I don’t think that would prevent him from crossing over to the realm of the light. Those who use drugs systematically over a long period in a very heavy way could have some problems on crossing over – sometimes getingt stuck between our world and the realm of the light. But it would appear from what we know about him, Heath Ledger would have made it to the realm of the light.

MATERIALIZATION CORNER: DEFAMATION INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE: A silly couple of people defamed David Thompson and Victor Zammit. When someone says that a medium was caught using fraud during a seance that means the medium was dishonest and in defamation law ‘dishonesty’ is actionable per se. And if someone writes to or contacts third parties making defamatory remarks that David Thompson is a fraud or that Victor Zammit is in collusion with fraud– all lies – these are very seriously actionable.

See Victor on Video

* Million Dollar Challenge
* David Thompson's Materializations
* The Afterlife on Trial
* A Lawyer on the Afterlife

* What Happens When you Die
* Suicide is not the answer
* Religion and the Afterlife