Reader Colleen sent me a link to this story about an Alabama man just arrested for the 1998 murder of his wife. The story was interesting because in 2000, another man, Rod Spraggins, claimed the murdered woman appeared to him in a dream saying her husband had committed the crime:
In 2000, Spraggins, a bail bondsman, stunned a crowd of 100 when he accused Waites of killing his wife and dared the man to sue him for slander if he was wrong.
Waites was not at the forum, never responded publicly to the accusation and never sued.
In an otherwordly turn to the saga Friday, Spraggins disclosed that he never had any evidence to make the accusation and that it was based entirely on Mrs. Waites' appearing to him in a series of dreams.
"She started appearing to me within the first weeks of her death," said Spraggins
The implication, reported without any skepticism, is that Sparaggins had a psychic experience. Of course, you don’t need to be psychic to know that the husband is always going to be a prime suspect in his wife’s murder. Actually I think this tells us more about Spraggins and his fantasies about Waites’ wife than it does about any supposed psychic experience. Spaggings may well have dreamed it. So what? It was on his mind; he was suspicious of the husband – why wouldn’t he dream something like that? The only remarkable thing about this story is that anyone would think it worthy of reporting.
Waites was investigated by the police after the murder – an investigation that turned up some other wrongdoing:
Waites was sentenced to six months in jail in 2002 after he pleaded guilty in an ethics case that was uncovered during the investigation into his wife's killing.
He was given a five-year split sentence, with six months to be served in the Chambers County Jail and the remainder on probation.
Psychic forces were not reported to be involved in that arrest though. And psychic forces were not at work in the murder arrest either, just routine police work:
Police Chief Ron Docimo would not comment on exactly what led to the arrest, saying only that it was a "culmination of years of following up on leads and tips."
So far there are no reports of Spraggins predicting the verdict in the upcoming trial. I have one prediction though – Spraggins won’t be called upon to testify.