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Croiset, Gerard - The missing patient from St. Joseph Stichting, Apeldoorn



Type of Spiritual Experience


There is something fascinating about this prophecy.  Mental patients are often extremely open to spiritual input and as a consequence suggestion.  This may have been both a prophecy, but the mental patient may have also been 'helped' by Croiset.  It is a shame they didn't interview the mental patient to ask him whether he had had any visions of 'spirit helpers' who told him to lie in the shed until rescued!

A description of the experience

Croiset the Clairvoyant - Jack Harrison Pollack

Mental Patient Flees

Apeldoorn, a "garden city" in the center of Holland aglow with bright flowers, lovely parks, and densely wooded areas, is especially beloved by all Dutch people. One of their most popular holiday resorts, it is visited by a million vacationers every year. The late Queen Wilhelmina's residence, Het Loo, was in this recreation area which is only forty miles from Utrecht.

In this idyllic setting, is a noted psychiatric hospital, the St. Joseph Stichting.

On the afternoon of June 5, 1958, a forty-three-year-old patient was discovered missing from this mental institution.

The usual search was made by the hospital staff and police.

Three days later, when the patient was still at large, Dr. W. J. de Haan, the medical director, who had been aided by Croiset in previous runaway patient cases, decided to consult him again.

Croiset told the psychiatrist over the telephone, "Your patient has been wandering around. But he is now staying at a small shed near a farm. I see a group of buildings which reminds me of a barracks. When you stand with your back to the east near these buildings, then you should look in a northwest direction to find the place where the missing man now is. I see an old farm with a large stone well close by it.  There is a shed there. I now see the man resting there."

Three days later in the tiny village of Emst, a farm woman found the missing patient in a shed, lying on wheat chaff.

Investigation of the area coincided with Croiset's clear, straightforward description of it.

"The attendants who brought the patient back to the hospital," Dr. Haan reported to Professor Tenhaeft on June 19, "observed the surroundings of the farm and concluded that the group of buildings which seemed like a barracks to Mr. Croiset, was actually a bandage factory of the Utermohlen Company. The farm described by Mr. Croiset could be found by looking in a northwestern direction from this group of buildings. The patient was lying in a shed near the farm. And there was a large stone well nearby which resembled a silo."

Dr. Tenhaeff's report on this successful case discusses Croiset's visions of the past, present, and future: "On the day of the consultation, the patient was not yet at the location indicated by Croiset. The paragnost therefore described the place where the patient would be found in the future. This description contains the element of proscopy (precognition), Croiset also seemed to describe the place where the missing man had been in the near past. This is the opposite of proscopy and is called retroscopy [back view]. . . . In between these cases of retroscopy and proscopy, are those in which Croiset describes the present [time of the first telephone consultation], which, of course, is most useful to the police."

The source of the experience

Croiset, Gerard

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