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Zak Martin is famous for his psychic detection and criminal profiling skills, and he has been consulted by police forces around the world on scores of missing persons and murder cases. Every week he receives requests to assist in cases in which traditional investigative methods have failed to produce results. While he does his best to reply to as many of these as possible, he regrets he cannot reply to all of them. If you are planning to contact Zak in connection with a case of this kind, please read and take note of the following points.


  • Zak Martin uses a combination of psychic and psychological techniques in investigating crimes, disappearances etc. He achieves his best results working in co-operation with police teams, with access to police records, witnesses and evidence.

  • If the case is the subject of an active police investigation, Zak will only consider responding to requests for help which come from either the detective in charge of the case or from the next-of-kin of the missing or murdered person, or their legal representative, and only where the police have agreed to his involvement and have indicated that they are prepared to co-operate with him. (It is illegal in most jurisdictions to conduct a private investigation into a case that is currently being investigated by the police.)

  • Zak Martin has a confidentiality and "no publicity" policy with regard to cases on which he is consulted. He will not, under any circumstances, reveal or discuss details of a case, either while the investigation is in progress or at a later date, to representatives of the media. The exception to this rule is in missing persons and murder cases where publicity may be deemed advantageous inasmuch as it can provide an opportunity to re-issue photographs or a description of the missing or murdered person and so revive public interest in the case. It may also act to spur the police into redoubling their efforts to solve a case, or prompt them to take a fresh look at a case that has been consigned to the "cold cases" file. However, the decision on whether to make his involvement in a case public is entirely up to the police and the family of the missing or murdered person.

  • Zak Martin will not respond to requests for help in locating persons who have not actually been reported to the police as missing - for example, individuals who have merely lost contact with family members or friends, and where there is no reason to suspect that they have been the victim of foul play.

  • Zak Martin regrets that he cannot respond to requests for help in locating lost pets, missing engagement rings, etc.

  • Zak Martin works on murder and missing persons cases on a pro bono basis.

    Remote Detection
    It is important to make a distinction between on-the-scene and remote psychic detection - that is, cases in which Zak has an opportunity to visit the location of the murder or disappearance, handle items of evidence, meet and interview witnesses etc. - and cases which he attempts to solve at a distance, working with maps, photographs and so on. Whilst he has on occasion been able to provide crucial information working remotely, in general this is a less satisfactory approach, and nowadays he is more inclined to take on cases in which it is possible for him to visit and spend some time at the scene. It should be noted that, while the media tend to focus on the psychic aspects of his work, Zak Martin is first and foremost a psychologist who relies primarily on standard psychological profiling techniques to analyze and solve cases, and he regards his psychic skills as supplementary to his knowledge and experience in the field of criminal psychology. His psychic impressions occasionally allow him to make "quantum leaps" to facts and conclusions that would be difficult or impossible to arrive at through conventional methods of detection and analysis.

    To request Zak Martin's help with a missing person or murder case, please email him, in the first instance, at zak@costatropical.com, giving as many details as possible about the case, and attaching a recent photo, if possible, of the missing or murdered person.



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