|This thing can sting|
Prior to the release of this episode of SC, a blog post on Swift was posted by Sheldon Helms one of the other participants involved in Operation Bumblebee. I read it with great interest, but came away from it dismayed. In part because I think the piece was overly long with no good payoff, and it never clearly stated what the goals of the operation were and what the skeptics involved thought they accomplished. I was dismayed in part due to all the subterfuge of taking on false names, personas, and sticking to made up stories...it just struck me as icky. Gerbic’s interview cleared some of this up, and I would recommend listening to it if you read the piece on Swift.
It is clear from both the Swift piece and this interview that a lot of time and effort went into this group investigation of Coffey. People had to be recruited, stories had to be concocted, money had to be raised, etc. From this aspect I found it very interesting, and what Gerbic’s group was trying to attempt to do I commend. Gerbic does recognize the ick factor, and defended its necessity reasonably well. Unfortunately, so far there is no real payoff other than Coffey was not able to suss out that all the hits he seemed to be having with Gerbic, Helms and others in the group were not real hits. Coffey's spirits and psychic powers failed to notify him of the ruse. It is something, but if I were a curious person on the fence about psychics, the end result of this effort just does not have much impact. Coffey did some cold reading, the skeptics played into Coffey's readings as accurate and the great psychic did not figure it out. It falls a bit flat.
I do note that at the end of the interview Gerbic indicated that there may be another shoe that could drop on this apparently ongoing effort. If things pan out there might be more of an ‘a-ha!’ moment. Gerbic begged off into going into specifics. I hope this is the case and there is more of an 'a-ha' moment. This did cause me to wonder why the piece on Swift was published or why Gerbic was doing an interview when apparently this operation is not yet concluded. Perhaps the above noted ‘Ick’ factor would seem more worth it if there is a big reveal to come. Maybe, it will still be as icky. Maybe this round of going public is part of the payoff in the end.
After reading the Swift piece, I do recommend the reader take the 50 minutes to listen to this interview. It does clear some things up, explains what they were attempting to do, but it did not answer everything and does raise the specter of more to come.