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Nickell, Joe

Works: 95 works in 230 publications in 2 languages and 22,631 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Miscellanea  Guidebooks  Controversial literature 
Roles: Composer, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: BT97.2, 231.73
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Most widely held works by Joe Nickell
Looking for a miracle : weeping icons, relics, stigmata, visions & healing cures by Joe Nickell ( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 2,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An examination of miracle claims from the Shroud of Turin to levitation and inedia
Real-life X-files investigating the paranormal by Joe Nickell ( )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As a former private investigator and forensic writer, Joe Nickell has spent much of his career identifying forged documents, working undercover to infiltrate theft rings, and investigating questioned deaths. Now he turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world-spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more-with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than promoting or dismissing them.Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal examines the
Camera Clues a Handbook for Photographic Investigation by Joe Nickell ( )
12 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 1,694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
By explaining the investigative methods employed in the identification and dating of old photographs, this book enables historians, genealogists, and amateur sleuths to trace a photo's past. Nickell utilizes both new and traditional techniques for a variety of activities, from detecting fakes or copies to the restoration of deteriorating images. Fans of the paranormal will find two chapters devoted to the world of UFOs, legendary creatures, and psychokinetic photography
Secrets of the sideshows by Joe Nickell ( )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Joe Nickell - once a carnival pitchman, then a magician, private detective, and investigative writer - has pursued sideshow secrets for years and has worked the famous carnival midway at the Canadian National Exhibition. For this book, he interviewed showmen and performers, collected carnival memorabilia, researched published accounts of sideshows and their lore, and even performed some classic sideshow feats, such as eating fire and lying on a bed of nails as a cinderblock was broken on his chest. The result of these varied efforts, Secrets of the Sideshows tells the captivating story of the magic, tricks - real or illusory - and performers of the world's midway shows."--BOOK JACKET
Relics of the Christ by Joe Nickell ( )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Holy Grail, the Lance of Longinus, and the True Cross are some of the most revered artifacts in the world today. These Christian relics are also a source of limitless controversy. They have incited bloodshed and, some say, are a source of miracles. They inspire fear and hope among the faithful, and yet are a perennial target for skeptics, both Christian and secular. To research the authenticity of numerous Christian relics, Joe Nickell employs a scientific approach, using such techniques as radiocarbon dating, polarized-light microscopy, and forensic serology. Examined here are such significant relics as the Shroud of Turin, the multiple heads of John the Baptist, and the "incorruptible" corpses of saints. For each relic, Nickell examines evidence indicating that the item is legitimate, evidence suggesting that it is not, and whether or not the relic and the miracles attributed to it can be recreated. In addition to his own experiments, Nickell presents findings from the world's top scientists and historians regarding these controversial objects of reverence and ire. But he is ultimately guided by the maxim, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof." In treating each relic as a mystery to be solved, Nickell seeks only to find the truth
Crime science : methods of forensic detection by Joe Nickell ( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explains some of the techniques of forensic science used in criminal investigations, including fingerprinting, DNA testing, impression analysis, pathology, and others; and includes case studies that show how the methods have been used in practice
Adventures in paranormal investigation by Joe Nickell ( )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world's most seemingly inexplicable myth's in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. With four decades of experience in the field, Nickell employs skepticism and scientific analysis to pull truth from the mire of false evidence and! trickery that surrounds both old and new legends and mysteries. Unlike authors who engage in hype and sensationalism in order to foster or debunk myths, Nickell approaches each case with a rational and scientific approach intended to find the truth."--BOOK JACKET
Lake monster mysteries investigating the world's most elusive creatures by Benjamin Radford ( )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For centuries, eyewitnesses around the world-from America to Africa, Argentina to Scotland-have reported sightings of dark, mysterious creatures in area lakes that surface briefly, only to quickly disappear. While the most famous lake monsters, those living in Loch Ness and Lake Champlain, have gained international notoriety, hundreds of lakes around the world are said to shelter these shadowy creatures. Lake Monster Mysteries is the first book to collectively approach these widespread mysteries from a scientific perspective. By using exhaustive research and results from firsthand investigati
Real or fake studies in authentication by Joe Nickell ( )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One should consider the objects provenance (the origin or derivation of an artifact), content (clues in the scene or item depicted), and material composition (what artifacts are made of), as well as the results of scientific analyses, including radiographic, spectroscopic, microscopic, and microchemical tests. Including fascinating cases drawn from Nickells illustrious career, Real or Fake combines historical and scientific investigations to reveal reproductions and genuine objects. Nickell explains the warning signs of forgery, such as patching and unnatural pen lifts; chronicles the evolution of writing instruments, inks, and papers; shows readers how to date photographs, papers, and other materials; and traces the development of photographic processes since the mid-nineteenth century. Lavishly illustrated with examples of replicas and authentic objects inspected by Nickell, Real or Fake includes case studies of alleged artifacts including Jack the Rippers diary, a draft of the Gettysburg Address, notes by Charles Dickens, Jefferson Daviss musket, and debris from theTitanic
The Mystery Chronicles More Real-Life X-Files by Joe Nickell ( )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"With a foreword by James Randi Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell has spent more than thirty years solving the world's most perplexing mysteries. This new casebook reveals the secrets of the Winchester Mystery House, the giant Nazca drawings of Peru, the Shroud of Turin, the "Mothman" enigma, the Amityville Horror house, the vicious goatsucking El Chupacabras, and numerous other "unexplainable" paranormal phenomena. Nickell has traveled far and wide to solve cases, which include a weeping icon in Russia, the elusive Bigfoot-like "yowie" in Australia, the reputed power of a headless saint in
Inquest on the Shroud of Turin by Joe Nickell ( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unsolved History Investigating Mysteries of the Past by Joe Nickell ( )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Joe Nickell demonstrates the techniques used in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries, such as the authenticity of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Bixby letter, the 1913 disappearance of writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce, and the apparent real-life model for a mysterious character in a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nickell also uses newly uncovered evidence to further investigate the identity of the Nazi war criminal known as ""Ivan the Terrible.""
Tracking the man-beasts : Sasquatch, vampires, zombies, and more by Joe Nickell ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Join veteran paranormal investigator Joe Nickell on an investigative expedition of the historical, geographical, and cultural reaches of various 'manimals' and other humanoid entities..."--Cover, p. [4]
The UFO invasion : the Roswell incident, alien abductions, and government coverups ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of the major investigations and inquiries into alleged UFO sightings, crashes, abductions, and coverups that have been reported in the pages of the "Skeptical Inquirer."
Psychic sleuths : ESP and sensational cases ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Secrets of the supernatural : investigating the world's occult mysteries by Joe Nickell ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features detailed analyses of ten specific cases of reputed supernatural phenomena, relating the original story or sequence of events that gave rise to the legend, and describing the clues and evidence used in an effort to solve each mystery
Mysterious realms : probing paranormal, historical, and forensic enigmas by Joe Nickell ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in Undetermined and English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pen, ink & evidence : a study of writing and writing materials for the penman, collector, and document detective by Joe Nickell ( Book )
18 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and German and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Detecting forgery : forensic investigation of documents by Joe Nickell ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Joe Nickell's Detecting Forgery guides the reader through the process of sniffing out fake documents. The book begins by explaining the evolution of handwriting and moves on to cover topics as varied as spectral analysis and the use of microscopes and fingerprinting. Detailed photographs of known forgeries, including the signature of Robert E. Lee and documents created by Mark Hofmann, along with many other illustrations, enhance the text."--BOOK JACKET
Ambrose Bierce is missing and other historical mysteries by Joe Nickell ( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
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