Skeptic News: Did TV Psychic Claim Maddie is Dead?

By Lee Christie

According to an article in The Sun, TV ‘Psychic’ Derek Acorah (who The Sun calls ‘Derek the faker’) has made the strange and shocking claim that Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in May 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, died several years ago and is ‘soon to be re-incarnated’ as another little girl.

Not surprisingly these claims have outraged parents Kate and Gerry McCann, and the public. Derek Acorah had publicly denied the allegation on Twitter stating:

“I totally refute the article that had appeared in a newspaper today. I am not so sad that I have to cash in on somebody else’s misery!” (@derek_acorah)

Some users of Twitter have pointed to the irony that Acorah’s career as a medium relies on the grief of others, whether or not he is guilty of this particular claim. It remains to be seen whether Acorah will take libel action against The Sun.

Acorah was famously caught out by parapsychologist, Ciarán O’Keeffe, on TV show Most Haunted who invented the characters “Kreed Kafer” (an anagram of Derek Faker) and  “Rik Eedles” (Derek Lies) who Derek “channelled” during the show.

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