POLICE in Texas are to draw up a list of certified psychic visionaries after a supernatural tip-off turned out to be a waste of time.
Yesterday a woman claimed to have had a vision of a mass grave full of murder victims at a house near Houston, causing local police to believe her.
But, as dozens of officers swarmed the property, carrying out an inch by inch search that took more than four hours, it emerged that the psychic vision had been of very poor quality.
A spokesman for the state’s attorney general said: “It was almost as if this woman wasn’t really psychic at all.”
State authorities now want to set up a programme to vet psychics, with approved visionaries and clairvoyants being given a special bright red phone that connects directly to their local police chief.
The spokesman added: “If you are going to devote hundreds of man hours to investigating a psychic vision it needs to be a really good one.
“That means we can’t give a red phone to someone just because they had a particularly vivid dream. I imagine they will have to have their own crystal ball or recently used tea cup.”
The woman who made the claim could now be charged under Texas law with making a negligent supernatural report.
But Psychic Bob, Britain’s leading clairvoyant, said: “I feel sorry for her. Psychic crime visions are tricky buggers.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere in the world there is an undiscovered mass grave full of murder victims. I’ll bet you she was only out by a couple of thousand miles.”