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Product Description: We investigate seven of America's greatest hauntings; cases so compelling that they have been hailed as genuine by parapsychologists, and turned into major media productions in Hollywood.  Just how accurate and reliable are media portrayals of these 'true life' hauntings, and how strong is the evidence supporting the original claims?   We scrutinize the evidence behind such films as The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, An American Haunting, The Conjuring, and The Haunting in Connecticut...read more

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9781440839689 | Praeger Pub Text, June 19, 2015, cover price $37.00 | About this edition: We investigate seven of America's greatest hauntings; cases so compelling that they have been hailed as genuine by parapsychologists, and turned into major media productions in Hollywood.

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Product Description: What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Through ingenious detection, the accepted wisdom of one generation may become the discredited legend of another―or vice versa. In this wide- ranging study of historical investigation, former detective Joe Nickell allows the reader to look over his shoulder as he demonstrates the use of varied techniques in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries...read more

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9780813117669 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, October 1, 1991, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: Investigates the Nazca markings, the disappearance of Ambrose Bierce, the identification of a Nazi war criminal, lost silver mines, and historical facts concerning Lincoln, Daniel Boone, and Nathaniel Hawthorne

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9780813154176 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, July 7, 2014, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change.

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Product Description: An entertaining, comprehensive, and science-based study of miracle claimsIs the Shroud of Turin really the burial cloth of Jesus, produced by a miraculous burst of radiant energy at the moment of Resurrection? What happens at faith-healing services to provide apparently miraculous cures? Steering between the twin pillars of belief and disbelief, experienced paranormal investigator Joe Nickell examines these claims and more...read more

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9781616147419 | Prometheus Books, May 7, 2013, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: An entertaining, comprehensive, and science-based study of miracle claimsIs the Shroud of Turin really the burial cloth of Jesus, produced by a miraculous burst of radiant energy at the moment of Resurrection?

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Product Description: Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries and more--even answering the question of why we care so very much...read more

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9781616145859, titled "The Science of Ghosts: Searching for Spirits of the Dead" | Prometheus Books, June 26, 2012, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Are ghosts real?

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Product Description: A noted investigator of the paranormal explores the historical, geographical, and cultural reaches of various "manimals" and other humanoid entities—among them such monster men as Gigantopithecus and Neanderthals; hairy man-beasts like Sasquatch and the elusive de Loys’ Ape; supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and devil men; and supposedly spaceship-borne entities like Mothman and the Roswell humanoids...read more

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9781616144159 | Prometheus Books, March 22, 2011, cover price $19.00 | About this edition: A noted investigator of the paranormal explores the historical, geographical, and cultural reaches of various "manimals" and other humanoid entities—among them such monster men as Gigantopithecus and Neanderthals; hairy man-beasts like Sasquatch and the elusive de Loys’ Ape; supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and devil men; and supposedly spaceship-borne entities like Mothman and the Roswell humanoids.

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9780813191249 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, June 10, 2005, cover price $25.00

Miscellaneous:

9780813126913 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, September 12, 2010, cover price $25.00

Will the rare autographed baseball your great-uncle gave you put your children through college? Is your grandmother's chest of drawers really a seventeenth-century antique, or merely a reproduction? A leader in forgery detection and forensic investigation, Joe Nickell reveals his secrets to detecting artifacts items in Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication.Detailing how the pros determine whether an Abraham Lincoln signature is forged or if a photograph of Emily Dickinson is genuine, Nickell provides the essential tools necessary to identify counterfeits. In this general introduction to the principles of authentication, Nickell provides readers with step-by-step explanations of the science used to detect falsified documents, photographs, and other objects. Illustrating methods used on hit shows such as Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, Nickell recommends that aspiring investigators employ a comprehensive approach to identifying imitations. One should consider the object's 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 Nickell's 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 Ripper's diary, a draft of the Gettysburg Address, notes by Charles Dickens, Jefferson Davis's musket, and debris from the Titanic.

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9780813125343 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, May 1, 2009, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Will the rare autographed baseball your great-uncle gave you put your children through college?

Miscellaneous:

9780813173306 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, July 17, 2009, cover price $35.00

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Product Description: 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 are claimed to be a source of miracles...read more

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9780752445984 | Trafalgar Square, May 1, 2008, cover price $46.95 | About this edition: The Holy Grail, the Lance of Longinus, and the True Cross are some of the most revered artifacts in the world today.

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Product Description: Tales of alien abductions, miraculous relics, and haunted castles have attracted believers and skeptics across the globe for centuries. Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world's most seemingly inexplicable myths in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation...read more

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9780813124674 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, November 1, 2007, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Tales of alien abductions, miraculous relics, and haunted castles have attracted believers and skeptics across the globe for centuries.

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Product Description: Religious relics, defined as "either portions of or objects connected with the body of a saint or other holy person," are among the most revered items in the world. Christian relics such as the Holy Grail, the True Cross, and the Lance of Longinus are also the source of limitless controversy...read more

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9780813124254 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, March 16, 2007, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Religious relics, defined as "either portions of or objects connected with the body of a saint or other holy person," are among the most revered items in the world.

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Product Description: The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue. The secrets behind such daring feats as fire-eating and sword swallowing and bizarre exhibitions of human oddities as "Alligator Boys" and "Gorilla Girls" still remain, only grudgingly if ever given up by performers and carnival professionals...read more

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9780813123585 | Ill edition (Univ Pr of Kentucky, September 9, 2005), cover price $50.00 | About this edition: The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue.

Paperback:

9780813191959 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, September 26, 2008, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue.

Miscellaneous:

9780813171791 | Ill edition (Univ Pr of Kentucky, September 1, 2005), cover price $19.95

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Clifford Irving's autobiography of Howard Hughes. Han Van Meegeren's brilliant reproductions of Jan Vermeer's seventeenth-century paintings. The sensational Mormon papers of document dealer Mark Hoffman. All were important discoveries - until, that is, the tools of forensic investigation revealed each to be a remarkable work of forgery that would send the worlds of literature, art, and history reeling. In a book that's as difficult to put down as a good mystery, Joe Nickell explores the world of questioned documents. He reveals the mission of forensic sleuths and their often nearly impossible tasks: to detect forged handwritings, uncover alterations in documents, and identify the authorship of disputed or anonymous writings - to use the eye and the tools of science to make evident the often imperceptible and to expose the cunning art of the forger. Detecting Forgery covers the essential aspects of forensic document examination and illuminates the scientific with historical information on famous forgers, as well as captivating case studies and numerous illustrations from the author's own files, explaining how forgers ply their nefarious trade and how document examiners uncover the subtly clever deceptions. This enlightening book focuses primarily on documents yet provides considerable information on uncovering forged prints, paintings, and other works of art. Nickell reveals the complete arsenal of forensic techniques used in uncovering forgeries of modern as well as historical documents and provides an invaluable source for collectors and dealers, professional document examiners, archivists, and historians.

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9780813119533 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, March 1, 1996, cover price $36.00 | About this edition: Clifford Irving's autobiography of Howard Hughes.

Paperback:

9780813191256 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, June 10, 2005, cover price $25.00

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Product Description: 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...read more

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9780813191379 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, June 10, 2005, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change.

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Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies including the supposed hauntings known as the 'Amityville horror' in New York, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis. (view table of contents)

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9780813123189 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, April 23, 2004, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies including the supposed hauntings known as the 'Amityville horror' in New York, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis.

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Product Description: The ultimate guide to the quintessential Derby drink! A simple concoction―bourbon, mint, sugar, and water―the mint julep is legendary. Few people know its history and even fewer know how to properly mix this classic cocktail. Lighthearted, entertaining, and informative, The Kentucky Mint Julep explores the lore and legend of the Kentucky Derby's traditional tipple...read more

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9780813122755 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, April 11, 2003, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: The ultimate guide to the quintessential Derby drink!

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Product Description: The centuries-old art of handwriting is practiced daily by millions, yet few have any idea of its history or the tools used in handwriting. In Pen, Ink, and Evidence, Joe Nickell traces the development of writing and writing materials from the ancient cuneiform tablet to today's ball-point-scribbled memo...read more

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9781584560173 | Reprint edition (Oak Knoll Pr, May 1, 2000), cover price $49.95 | About this edition: The centuries-old art of handwriting is practiced daily by millions, yet few have any idea of its history or the tools used in handwriting.
9780813117195, titled "Pen, Ink, and Evidence: A Study of Writing and Writing Materials for the Penman, Collector, and Document Detective" | Univ Pr of Kentucky, December 1, 1990, cover price $75.00 | About this edition: Recounts the history of writing and writing materials

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9781584560920 | Oak Knoll Pr, January 1, 2002, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: The centuries-old art of handwriting is practiced daily by millions, yet few have any idea of its history or the tools used in handwriting.

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Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies from spontaneous human combustion and hauntings to aliens and stigmata, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis. (view table of contents)

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9780813122106 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, October 24, 2001, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies from spontaneous human combustion and hauntings to aliens and stigmata, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis.

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Product Description: Weeping icons, relics, stigmata, visions and healing cures. 1998 clean bright copy

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9780879758400 | Prometheus Books, September 1, 1993, cover price $33.99 | About this edition: Examines the evidence for supposedly miraculous objects and events, including pictures, icons, relics, miracle cures, and special powers

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9781573926805 | Prometheus Books, February 1, 1999, cover price $23.99 | About this edition: Weeping icons, relics, stigmata, visions and healing cures.

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9781573921015 | Prometheus Books, October 1, 1996, cover price $25.98 | About this edition: The willingness of people to believe in magical icons, mystical relics, and miraculous pictures (like the Image of Guadalupe) is almost as curious as these phenomena themselves.

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9780813120911 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, December 17, 1998, cover price $29.95
9789990040326 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, December 1, 1998, cover price $0.02

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Product Description: This authoritative book about the controversial "shroud" of Turin, claimed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, presents overwhelming evidence that the cloth is actually the creation of a clever medieval artist.From the earliest known document that mentions the shroud - a letter from a 14th-century Catholic bishop reporting that the artist had confessed - Joe Nickell traces the historical, iconographic, pathological, forensic, and physical and chemical investigations of the purported relic...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9781573922722 | Subsequent edition (Prometheus Books, July 1, 1998), cover price $24.99 | About this edition: This authoritative book about the controversial "shroud" of Turin, claimed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, presents overwhelming evidence that the cloth is actually the creation of a clever medieval artist.

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Essays discuss popular UFO stories, including sightings, contacts, abductions, crashes, and coverups (view table of contents)
By Kendrick Frazier (editor), Barry Karr (editor) and Joe Nickell (editor)

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9781573921312 | Prometheus Books, April 1, 1997, cover price $32.99 | About this edition: Essays discuss popular UFO stories, including sightings, contacts, abductions, crashes, and coverups

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Product Description: Guardian angels, demonic spirits, extraterrestrial visitors--are these entities figments of the imagination, or is there evidence for their existence? Famed psychic detective Joe Nickell answers these questions in his lively book...read more

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9780879759612 | Prometheus Books, March 1, 1995, cover price $33.99 | About this edition: Guardian angels, demonic spirits, extraterrestrial visitors--are these entities figments of the imagination, or is there evidence for their existence?

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Product Description: In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. Particularly intriguing are his discussions of camera tricks, darkroom manipulations, retouching techniques, and uses of computer technology to deceive the eye...read more

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9780813118949 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, November 15, 1994, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes.

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