Meet: the crime-solving psychic who wanted to be a designer

Debbie Malone never wanted to be a psychic medium.

She’s had the gift since she was a child, where a couple of near death experiences opened her up to the other side. But Debbie didn’t pursue it, and in fact, she started listening to the radio at night to drown out “the noise”. Later, after a visit from her grandfather as a teenager, Debbie did everything she could to go down a different path.

“When I was 15-years-old, my grandfather began to visit me; I could see him in a blue haze. I had been very close to him, but still, I shut it down,” Debbie says.


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She gave a normal life a valiant go, establishing a career as a graphic designer typesetter, working in community newspapers.

But before long, the visions and experiences were back.

“I had a couple more near-death experiences, and then after my miscarriage, I had a very vivid dream – I actually saw the backpacker murders,” she shares.

“I was seeing things about the case before they were revealed to the public –really brutal, really weird, disturbing stuff. I thought it was just an elaborate dream, as it was a big case and it was all over the news and in the papers.”

She kept seeing things, so one day Debbie told a journalist about her dreams. “After that, I contacted the police – I kept thinking that if I talked about it, the visions might go away,” she says.

The police, fearing she knew too much, wondered if she was involved in the crimes. In Debbie’s new book, she explains how their position changed from one of doubting her innocence, to engaging her help.

Eventually, Ivan Milat was jailed for the horrific crimes that claimed the lives of at least seven young backpackers.

After that experience, “I didn’t want to do any more work with police,” Debbie says, as the work was physically and emotionally draining.

And though she was growing accustomed to her abilities, she was weary of the visions she was having – and the implications they could have for her with law enforcement, if she continued offering them ‘evidence’.

She began working with a group that offered Haunted Sydney tours, where she was the resident psychic on board; fittingly, they drove around hearses.

“One night, we came back from a tour and I had a dream about a lady. In the dream, I was in the hearse driving around Sydney, and there was a guy and girl in a hearse directly beside us. It had no roof, and the girl was looking at me as she drove away. She kept looking back at me, and I had the overwhelming feeling that she needed to get out of the car,” Debbie says.

Two weeks later, Debbie saw a news report about a young woman who was missing.

She was last seen in a hearse.

“I knew it was linked to my dream. The detective on her case was the head of the taskforce on the backpacker murders, so I reconnected with him. We did a number of searches for her, and a lot of the information that I passed on was correct,” she says.

“But, we have never been able to find her. Sometimes I wonder; I was given all of this information, yet I’ve never been able to help that family lay that loved one to rest. So what was the purpose?”

It’s obvious that even with all of the emotionally gruelling work Debbie puts in to helping solve brutal crimes, the cases she can’t solve continue to haunt her.

“All of my police work is pro bono; it’s not about making money,” she adds.

“It’s about working with the police, if I’m asked to. If I can help in a small way, I’m willing to put myself through that experience and help.”

Read all about Debbie’s fascinating experiences helping to solve crimes across the country in her latest book, Clues From Beyond.