Edward C. Randall – A renowned trial attorney based in Buffalo, New York, and a member of the board of directors for several major corporations, Randall engaged in over 700 sittings with direct-voice medium Emily S. French over a span of 22 years. In his writings, he stated, “Hundreds, even thousands of spirits have come and conversed with me, and with many whom I have invited to join in this endeavor – thousands of distinct voices, each with its unique tone, thoughts, and personality, none alike; and occasionally, they spoke in different languages.”[i]
Victor James Zammit – A retired lawyer who practiced before the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, Zammit boasts an impressive educational background, encompassing a BA in psychology, a graduate degree in education, an MA in legal history, a Bachelor of Laws, and a PhD in law. Following a thorough examination of the evidence pertaining to life after death, he penned his findings: “After many years of serious investigation, I have come to the irretrievable conclusion that there is a great body of evidence which, taken as a whole, absolutely and unqualifiedly proves the case for the afterlife.”[ii]
John Worth Edmonds – A circuit judge, former state Supreme Court judge, member of the New York assembly, and a colonel in the militia, Edmonds found himself in a state of uncertainty regarding death and the existence beyond this life. Lacking confidence in both traditional religious beliefs and mediums, he initiated an inquiry into the practices of mediums. Edmonds personally visited a range of mediums and subjected their sessions to various forms of evaluation and scrutiny. The outcome of his extensive investigation led him to pen his conclusions: “the phenomena were not produced by any person in the rooms.”[iii]
William Dean Shuart – Serving as a surrogate judge in Monroe County, New York, Shuart participated in the same spiritualist circles as Edward C. Randall. Engaging in a series of meticulous experiments, Shuart arrived at conclusions that were equally strong in their affirmation of the reality and authenticity of these phenomena.[iv]
Aubrey Rose, OBE, CBE – A British human rights lawyer, Rose conducted empirical investigations into transmissions facilitated by his colleague through the direct voice medium Leslie Flint. Following his examination, Rose unequivocally affirmed that the voice he had heard during a session originated from the afterlife and belonged to Judge Lord Birkett, who had passed away some time earlier.[v]
[i] Tymn, “Distinguished researchers.”
[ii] V. Zammit, A Lawyer Presents.
[iii] A. C. Doyle, The History of Spiritualism, Vols. I and II (New York: Arno Press, 1926).
[iv] Zammit, A Lawyer Presents.
[v] Zammit, A Lawyer Presents.