Pittsburgh Post -Gazette
The reasons are many.
Carol Polo of Westmoreland County is desperate to know who murdered her 22-year-old daughter, Samantha Lang. Vicki Scheller of Butler County was determined to recover the body of her son, Mickey Scheller, 21.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan sought to protect her husband, then-President Ronald Reagan. Former state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister, former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, wanted to learn the outcome of the criminal investigations that eventually would prove to be their undoing.
Suzanne Vincent of Butler said she believes those who dabble in the paranormal are exploring their personal sense of connection to “the other side.”
“Everybody has an ability,” she said. “You might get a vibration or a dream or a hunch or an intuition. Maybe you don’t give it much notice. But, it could be an angel or a spirit guide coming to you.''
She said she became aware of her connection when she was about 4 years old and she received a “visit” from her deceased grandmother. Over the years, as she pursued a conventional life as a hairstylist and caregiver, practicing her Roman Catholic faith, she increasingly began tuning in to her abilities as a spiritual medium. She said she uses them — at no charge — to help others. She and her sister recently came to the aid of two mourning mothers, she said.
In October 2013, Ms. Scheller of Franklin asked the sisters for their help in locating her son. Ms. Scheller said she knew from Aug. 7, 2013, the first day that her son, Mickey, was missing, that he was dead. “But, I wanted to know where he was. I wanted that closure,” she said.
Ms. Scheller credits the sisters for giving her that. With his shirt in hand, they drove to some of the areas her son was known to have frequented until they reached a point where the sisters said they felt his “energy.” Because of rainy weather and the terrain, Ms. Scheller had to wait until the next day, Oct. 20, to return to the site. Her son’s body was found nearby in his Jeep.
“I know it sounds strange, but we were driving around and, all of a sudden, they both just had this feeling. And they were right,” Ms. Scheller recalled. “It was 74 days of Mickey being gone, and it was a very bad time of our lives. Without them, we couldn’t have put all the things together that we put together to find him. They did it out of the kindness and they answered our prayer in helping us find him,” she said. She would not discuss the details of her son’s cause of death.
More recently, the sisters were asked to help Ms. Polo of Latrobe. On April 23, they met at a house in Derry Township — the place where Ms. Polo’s daughter was killed on March 27, 2007 — in an attempt to help Ms. Polo learn something about the circumstances of the homicide.
“It’s been all this time and her murder is still unsolved. As a mother, you’re willing to try anything,” Ms. Polo said.
As for her impression of the encounter: “It was amazing. They said they could hear her laugh. She had such a distinctive laugh and they described it. And they gave us the initials of her killer … I’m a believer,’’ Ms. Polo said.
Police investigation into the murder is ongoing.