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Allison DuBois

Allison DuBois is a medium based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on January 24, 1972. She has written two books, "Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye" (Simon and Schuster, 2005) and "We Are Their Heaven" (Simon and Schuster, 2006). Allison is probably best-known as the person who inspired the fictional television series Medium.

Much of Allison DuBois' fame comes from her alleged history working on criminal cases for the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Police Department, as portrayed in the TV series. Allison claims in her first book and on her website:

"...[The TV show] is an accurate portrayal of my life and the people who share it...."
Source: http://www.allisondubois.com/default.htm

However, others have disputed the accuracy of this claim. The Two Percent Company investigated Allison's claim to have assisted the Texas Rangers. Lisa Block of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Public Information Office replied to an enquiry:

"According to Texas Ranger senior management, the Rangers have not used psychics, including Ms. DuBois."
Source: http://www.twopercentco.com/rants/archives/2005/03/medium_the_dubi_4.html

In addition, Texas Ranger spokesman Tom Vinger is on record as saying:

"The Texas Rangers have never used psychics and have no plans to do so"
Source: http://www.livescience.com/othernews/reason_medium_050204.html

As for Allison's claims to have regularly worked on criminal cases for the Glendale Arizona Police Department, the Live Science website reports that:

Glendale police spokesman Michael Pena stated that the detective who handles missing persons cases "does not recall using Dubois at all in [one specific] case, or in any other cases."
Source: http://www.livescience.com/othernews/reason_medium_050204.html

When researching this article I was unable to find any corroboration to back up Allison's claims. Not one single person can ever recall Allison DuBois working on a real criminal case, let alone providing any useful information.

Research Studies

Allison DuBois participated in a series of studies at Arizona University over four years. This study is often quoted as proof of her abilities, as on the NBC's Medium website :

"...researchers at the University of Arizona documented her ability through a series of tests in which she scored exceptionally high on accuracy and specificity."
Source: http://www.nbc.com/Medium/bios/Allison_DuBois.shtml

Unfortunately this research was conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartz , a widely discredited individual whose research has been shown to be fatally flawed . In fact even Allison DuBois has distanced herself from him, saying:

"One person who has been included on shows with me that I do not endorse is Dr. Gary Schwartz. I was disappointed to find out that the four years that I spent in the lab for "science" are, in my view, being misused by Dr. Schwartz -- even after I expressed my disapproval."
Source: http://www.allisondubois.com/news.html

Dr. Schwartz is the only person to have published any research which supports Allison DuBois.