Zak Martin was just seven years old when he became aware of his psychic abilities - or, as he puts it, "realized that other people couldnt do some of the things I was able to do". Things like seeing into the future, knowing what other people were about to say or do and much more. Visitors to his home were often amazed when he was able to tell them things about themselves that he had no way of knowing - including past and future events.
was just a game to me at the time," he now
recalls, "But people were really frightened
by my powers - a fact that did not occur to me
until years later."
Since that case, Zak Martins unique talent for psychic detection has been in demand by police forces around the world, and he is credited with solving a number of baffling murder and missing persons cases. He has been consulted by Scotland yard on several occasions, most notably in the "Notting Hill Rapist" case, when he helped track down a violent rapist who had terrorized women in the Notting Hill area of London over a five year period. His part in the successful hunt for the Notting Hill rapist made front page headlines in the British press.
Using psychometry, the technique of picking up psychic impressions by touching or holding personal objects of jewellery, clothing and so on - in the Notting Hill rapist investigation the police allowed him to handle a knife that had been used by the rapist in one of the attacks - Martin was able to provide information including a description of the wanted man. Zaks abilities were put to the test by Scotland Yard detectives during the first psychometry session. He was provided with four items to psychometrize: three identical strips of cloth which, according to the police, had been used by the rapist to tie up one of his victims, and a knife he had used to threaten a number of women. On handling the first two strips of material Zak Martin gave a series of impressions which included a physical and a psychological description of the rapist. When the third strip of cloth was handed to him, however, he appeared to draw a complete blank; and after handling the item for several minutes trying to pick up psychic impressions from it, he finally announced: "Im afraid I cant pick up anything at all from this one It is clean of impressions. It doesnt seem to make sense, but I dont feel that this item is connected with the others - are you quite sure its his?"
A senior police officer then said, "No, you are correct. That one isnt his."
The officer apologised, and admitted that they had included a "decoy" item of evidence with the others in order to test the psychics abilities. (The full transcript from the tape-recording of this meeting was published in Psychic News)
Over the years Zak Martin has assisted police forces all over the world in solving crimes and locating wanted and missing people. In one instance he used ESP to trace a London businessman who had disappeared from his home four years earlier, in circumstances which led his family and friends to believe he may have committed suicide. Using a combination of pendulum dowsing and psychometry, Martin was able to track the missing man to a village in Italy, where he had bigamously married a local woman and built a new life for himself.
In another case, Zak Martin was able to locate a missing schoolboy using a dowsing pendulum over a map of Europe. Working from his London office, and with only a photograph of the missing youth as a psychic link, Martin pinpointed a town in the South of France. The French police were contacted, and within a few hours the boy, who had run away from home, was found and taken into custody. On yet another occasion, Zak Martin was able to provide Japanese police with important clues in a multiple-rape and murder case.
Following these early cases, which made headlines in the British and Irish papers, Zak Martin adopted a "no comment and no publicity" policy as a precondition for his assistance in cases of this kind.
© Lara Goldman, 2009