- By Michael Collins
- Kentucky Post Staff Writer
Patricia Mischell knew Harold "Sandy" Cohen was dead the
moment she touched his picture. She also knew he had been
murdered by a young man, she says.
psychic told friends and family members they could find the battered
body of the former Covington city commissioner near water, gravel
and railroad tracks.
"I told them it would probably be within one or two miles of
where he lived,: Ms Mischell said. They found him two days
Friends and relatives discovered Cohen's badly beaten body Thursday
night less than two miles from his Covington home, across the Ohio
River. They found the body under an old couch near the gravel
beds of the Amtrak railroad tracks, close to the river. Two
22-year-old men - Gregory A. Moore and James "J.D."
Messmer - have been charged with aggravated murder in Cohen's death.
Cohen, 43 had been missing since the Fourth of July weekend.
Friends contacted police after he missed a dinner appointment on
Saturday, July 5, and didn't appear on Sunday.
later called Ms. Mischell at her office in the Cincinnati community
of Hartwell to ask if Cohen were still alive. She told them
she didn't know but asked them to bring pictures of him to her
she touched the pictures, she knew. "As I started to look
at him, all of a sudden he moved out of the picture and over a
wall," Ms. Mischell said. "To me, that was an
indication. That is the wall between this life and another
"It's almost like those pictures started talking to me.
It's like, "Pat, I've been murdered." Not just
"I'm dead, "but I've been murdered.'"
"I was starting to feel how he always befriended people,"
she said. " "I felt that he took people in, that he was a
person who was for the underdog. I felt (he was) an
independent person, but probably one who would befriend
also envisioned details of his personal life, which she discussed
with the family.
Learning about one's life is never easy, she said. It once was
difficult for her.
Mischell avoided crowds when she first discovered she could predict
the future. She didn't want to know what would happen.
"I didn't like the idea that I was prying into other people's
business. It took a long time to learn not to do that,"
"I had a lot of pain because people started to walk away from
me. It was almost like they thought I was reading their
minds. I can't do that. I won't tune into their private
side unless they ask me."
decided to use what she calls "a gift of God" to help
others improve their lives. She founded the Hope Ministries, a
non-denominational church. She began providing counseling
service and established the Positive Learning Center, which offers
courses in self-development, meditation and healing.
said she spent two years making predictions about world events on
the Bob Braun television show in Cincinnati. She also began to
work with police on difficult crimes.
said police seek her help on crimes including murders and
the discovery of Cohen's body, Cincinnati police said they did not
consult psychics in the case and do not have confidence in
information they provide. Covington and Boone County police
said they follow up tips from psychics.
Mischell said police usually turn to her as a last
resort. Often, a victim's family comes to her
first. "I guess I do wonder why the police don't come
before the family comes," she said. "I think their idea is
that they have a team of people that are professionals. And
people in the area who pay their salaries would be upset that they
use somebody like a psychic to help them out."
usually finds out her predictions are accurate from news reports or
family members. Police do not acknowledge when she's right,
"Never, never have they done that," she said. But
that's all right. I'm here to help." "At least
their hearts and minds are at ease."