Real Name: John A. DeMars
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Manhattan, New York
Date: December 20, 1974
Details: On December 20, 1974, thirty-year-old New York banker John DeMars left his Manhattan office to ride the train home to New Jersey. He was happily married with two young children; he would always call his wife if he was going to be late. However, when his train stopped at Nutley, he was not on board. At first, police thought he either embezzled money or ran off with a lover. However, both of those theories were soon discounted.
Detective Sal Lubertazzi went to psychic Dorothy Allison to help him with this case. She told him that John had fallen off of the train and drowned. At first, he did not believe her. He asked for more clues, and she said that she saw: a stack of tires; a little park where children go down a hill on their sleds; a fire engine; the numbers "2, 2, 2"; and a bow and arrow. However, detectives were unable to locate John.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired of the May 6, 1988 episode.
It was solved prior to the broadcast; it was profiled to demonstrate Dorothy's psychic abilities.
It bears eerie similarities to a story named The Ghost Of Dead Man's Curve, written by C.B. Colby and originally published in Strangely Enough in 1959, later reprinted in World's Best "True" Ghost Stories in 1989. In the story, the disappearance was said to take place in 1908, between Port Chester and Rye, and the victim was a never-identified stranger whose body was never found.
Results: Solved. Two months after John vanished, a father and son were target shooting with a bow and arrow on a bluff overlooking the Passaic River. One of the arrows missed the target and landed a few feet from John's body. It had been found on February 22, which matched what Dorothy said about the numbers "2, 2, 2". Also, there was a nearby park where tires had been arranged to make a sled run.
Police determined that John had fallen asleep on the train ride home. The conductor made an unscheduled stop on the Passaic River Bridge, and opened the doors to let another passenger off the back of the train. John, who was still half asleep, thought that this was his stop and got off the train. He then fell off the bridge and drowned.
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