New York Psychic Phil Jordan was in Thomaston Sunday and Monday in an effort to unravel clues in a more than two-year-old murder case.
Jordon came to Thomaston at the request of police and family members to help solve the case of the beating death of Tom Bragg.
The psychic is to produce a report on his findings for local authorities in "three to four weeks."
Bragg was found by a neighbor laying in the bed with a fractured skull the morning of Sept. 9, 2002.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Family members initially offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but as the months passed by, Thomaston police found themselves with very little to go on.
Family members, with the help of Thomaston police, last week enlisted the aid of the psychic.
The Thomaston Times interviewed the psychic, who was flanked by Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse and Investigations Commander Ken Patrtidge in a Monday afternoon press conference.
Jordon, himself a police academy graduate, went to the house where the murder occurred and met with one of Bragg's sisters.
"I just go over the case and reconstruct the events in my mind," said Jordon, who also runs two funeral homes in upstate New York.
He said images of the past - as well as clues in the present - come to him "very quickly." He said it's important that police tell him nothing about the case as he begins his probe.
"I made it clear in the beginning I didn't want to know anything about the case," he said.
Jordon, who has a web site - www.philjordon.com - has worked with law enforcement agencies all over the country and claims to have helped solve dozens of cases.
The psychic, a non-denominational minister who has a church in Candor, N.Y., went to the house where Bragg was killed, spending much of the day with police and family members.
According to the initial incident report, a neighbor was supposed to take the carpenter to buy parts for his truck that morning, but when he knocked on the door before 9 a.m., there was no answer.
He entered the house, calling for Tom. When he still didn't get an answer, he continued to call out his name, finally going into the bedroom. There, he saw Bragg lying on the bed under a sheet. A pillow covered his face. There was a lot of blood.
No one else was in the home at the time.
Emergency medical personnel and the police were called to the scene, and then the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In addition to the blood in the bedroom, there were dried blood drops elsewhere in the house and on the driveway.
Tom's wife, Mary Ann, arrived on the scene after being contacted by a friend.
However, police have indicated that no weapon was found at the scene. The report does note wounds to the victim's head. There is no mention of the house being burglarized.
Sister: Medium will solve case
By Billy Vaughn
The sister of a Thomaston man murdered in September of 2002 said she believes Psychic Phil Jordon will solve the two-year-old murder.
"I was the one who called him," said Linda Hunt, sister of Tom Bragg. "I think that he (the psychic) is a Godsend and that this case will be solved."
Hunt said she has had several "telephone readings with Jordon. She said one of the findings is that her brother was killed in a murder-for-hire scheme.
"In one of the phone readings he mentioned the weapon," Hunt said. "He told me it was a blunt object that was sharp on one end.
"The only thing I could think of was a roofing hatchet," she said. "Tom did a lot of roofing work."
Police have yet to recover a weapon in the case, but Hunt, now a resident of Locust Grove, said it's just a matter of time.
"He told me in one of my phone readings that by the springtime, the case will be moving. I believe him," she said.
Hunt said she first learned of Jordon's abilities while watching Court TV. she said that after several readings over the telephone, she was convinced that Jordon was legitimate.
She said she took information gleaned to Ken Partridge, commander of the Thomaston Police Department's Investigative Division.
"That's when Partridge agreed to call him," she said. "I am so thankful that he agreed to come to Thomaston to help."