The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 23, 1991 · 9
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.SUNDAY. JUNE ?3. 1391 THE HOME NEWS A9 SENSE : Continued from Page A1 . movies, proved to be true, police said. Twice, Monti has persuaded South Amboy police to search for Timothy. Neither search has been successful, but Monti claims that is because Timothy is being moved from location to location. "The boy has been moved so many times that it's hard to locate him," said Monti, who added that he gets "strong readings" from Timothy in several South Amboy spots, especially near Lodzinski's old address and her current Augusta Street home. Young has also been in touch with South Amboy police, and has visited the city twice in search of Timothy. On Young's first visit, during the Psychics pound the pavement for unseen clues By JENNIFER HUTCHINSON Home News staff writer On a street in South Amboy, on a recent, hot Thursday morning, psychic John Monti and his assistant, Apple Braunstein, were out pound ing me pavement, looking tor 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey, who disappeared from a carnival one month ago. A cigarette dangling from his : mouth, Monti stood in front of a large abandoned building on South Broadway and stopped a man walking by. "Excuse me, do you know what this building used to be?" Monti asked the man. The man told Monti that the building used to be a candy store and sub shop. Braunstein took notes while the man talked. Next, Monti crossed the road and walked over to where a street cleaner was sweeping. Monti asked the street cleaner more questions about the red brick building, and learned that a lawyer used to rent offices upstairs. i While Monti talked with the ; street cleaner, a mailman walked by . and, at Braunstein's urging, Monti stopped him, and again, . asked about the building. t; Casually, while the mailman l talked, Monti slipped in a question t about Michelle Lodzinski, Timo-i thy's 23-year-old mother, who used .' to live a few blocks away. ; A few minutes later, Monti was in front of Lodzinski's old house, gently questioning a woman who i had just left the building and was i about to get into her car. Charles Pickett, a case manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia, has seen psychics like Monti before. i rf'To me, psychics are articulate people who tend to encloud themselves in investigative debris," Pickett said. "Whether they have super powers, I don't know, but they information that helps bring a case to conclusion." There are times when a familv - will ask police or a missing chil- ; dnen agency to recommend a psy- . chic. ! 'So desperate' "People get so desperate, they ;. don't know what else to do," said . June Viasaty, executive director of ('. Child Care, a society for young vic- tims based in Rhode Island. "They i. feel as though they can't live until j" they have found their child." Viasaty said she is "dead set against psychics," but added that if ;a family asked her for a psychic, " she would send them to Monti because Monti's daughter was once ,,. missing. ' "John is good and sincere and he has been through all this," said 7 Viasaty, who first met Monti when "his daughter Emily disappeared '' several years ago. , "John knows what resources to : check, he knows how to follow a lead and he knows how to deal with ,a parents' pain." Monti's daughter was taken by ' his estranged wife. Viasaty's orgasm nization helped find the child, who j .now lives with her mother. "People get so desperate, they don't know what else to do. They feel as though they can't live until they have found their child. 55 June Viasaty, executive director, Child Care week of June 10, he said he told South Amboy police that there would be a helicopter crash in the next few days that would kill three people, including a police officer. On June 13, a helicopter crashed in Los Angeles killing three people; two of them police officers. Young, who said he gets his information from God, offered to help find Timothy because he thought police were taking too long to solve the case. "When I saw the first news flash (about Timothy), I thought it would be cleared up soon," Young said. "Sometimes, I like to give the police more of a chance, but when it comes to women and children, I can't stand still." Kindergarten student But Timothy, who would have graduated from kindergarten earlier this month, is still missing. June Viasaty, executive director of Child Care, a society for young victims in Rhode Island, thinks psychics can sometimes hurt missing children cases. - "I don't like to deal with psychics at all," said Viasaty, who has worked with the society for 15 years. A parent desperate for information on his or her missing child too often will cling to a psychic's "vision" and treat it as fact, ignoring evidence police have compiled, Viasaty said. ' Once, a Rhode Island psychic predicted that a missing child would be found at the bottom of a cesspool that police had already searched, Viasaty said. The psychic was right the child was at the bottom of the cesspool. But Viasaty doesn't credit the psychic with any special vision. He just had common sense, she said. Monti said he couldn't find his daughter because he was too emotionally involved in her case. "I can't even predict what's going to happen to me," Monti said. "I could walk outside right now and get hit by a car." Offers spurned Himself aside, Monti claims his best work is done when the mother or the father of the missing child works with him. But Lodzinski no longer returns Monti's telephone calls. Lodzinski's family said that she has spurned Monti's offers to help because Monti is a publicity hound who does not act without first calling television camera crews and reporters. Monti claims Lodzinski will not speak with him because his readings of her are "too accurate." "She doesn't like what I'm seeing," Monti said. Lodzinski could not be reached for comment Unable to work with Lodzinski, Monti recently turned his efforts to George Wiltsey, Timothy's father. On Father's Day, Monti tried to persuade the 25-year-old Wiltsey, who lives in Iowa, to come to New Jersey to help search for Timothy. Monti said he even got Wiltsey a plane ticket to Newark International Airport. But Wiltsey, who could not be reached for comment, did not come. "He told me that the FBI told him not to come," Monti explained. "I told him he should come he's a father and his son is missing." Even without Timothy's mother and father, Monti is convinced he will find Timothy. It's just going to take a while, he said. Monti said he expects to be back in South Amboy on Tuesday. "I know it's taking a long time, but I think I'm getting close to something," said Monti, who is not being paid for his work. Monti expects to stay in the area until Thursday, he said, adding that he has asked South Amboy police for a helicopter to help him look for the missing boy. Detective Sgt Raymond Durski, who is telephoned by Monti almost daily, said Monti is not likely to get a helicopter from his department. Helicopters are used only in emergencies, he said. Pilot killed, six hurt as airplane crashes during Calif, show REDDING, Calif. (AP) A stunt plane crashed near a crowd iof about 5,000 people watching an .air show yesterday, killing the pilot .and injuring at least six spectators, -police said. Those injured in the crowd were 'hit by debris when the T-34 single-engine military trainer crashed ..about 3 p.m., police Lt. Chuck :Byard said. It had been flying in a 'four-plane formation. The injured were taken to hospi-tals, Byard said. The cause of the accident involving a plane flown by a pilot from a group known as the Brew Angels was not immediately known. The Federal Aviatidn Administration was investigating, Byard said. Kip Cady was watching the act when the plane disappeared from view. Cady said there was no explosion. Smoke but no noise "Just all of a sudden there was smoke, but no noise," Cady said. "Then the announcer said something like, 'Oh my goodness.' Then a little bit later he said, 'We've got a grass fire.' He did not mention the crash at all." The Brew Angels, which imitate the kinds of moves made by the Navy's Blue Angels flight precision team, were performing on the first day of the two-day Redding Air Show. The show was to continue as scheduled today, Byard said. "He noticed that the top was off the cesspool and he predicted that the child would be inside," she said. "I could have done that." However, if pushed by relatives of a missing child to use a psychic, ( Viasaty said she would recommend ; Monti, because Monti's daughter " was once missing. She believes he can empathize with families of missing children. , Donna Cutugno, a member of the Friends of Jennifer Organization, a Staten Island, N.Y., group that works to find missing children, has no use for psychics. "We work on facts, the information they (psychics) give you just confuses matters," Cutugno said. "I do believe that there are people out there who are capable (of psychic thought) but how do you know who they are? I never heard of an instance where a psychic found a missing child." Monti, a paralegal who studied ; criminology, said he has found hundreds of missing children, but that the cases are difficult to document. "A lot of these people that I help, they don't want to be found again," said Monti, who said he gets his information from pictures that flash through his mind like photographs. Police may work with a psychic if the family of the missing person makes such a request, said Robert Belluscio, director of the Missing Persons Bureau at the Middlesex County Sheriffs Office. Belluscio said he has worked with psychics twice in his 27 years as a police officer. Both times were at the request of the families of the missing people, he said. "I like working with facts, not possible dreams or theories," Belluscio said. "We use them (psychics) because the families ask us to." The first time the Sheriffs Office used a psychic was in 1978 after William Gangwisch, a research manager at Colgate-Palmolive in Fiscataway, disappeared. Gangwisch is still missing. Missing woman The second time Belluscio remembers using a psychic was when a 25-year-old Edison woman was reported missing by her mother in August 1985. "The psychic thought she knew where the girl was and it didn't pan out that way," Belluscio said. The woman's body eventually was found by two teen-age boys in December 1985 in a Piscataway park. It is believed that the woman committed suicide. Still, Belluscio, who has fielded several calls from psychics since Timothy disappeared, is not ready to write off everything a psychic has to say. For example, if a psychic suggested police search an area where Timothy logically might be, Belluscio said police might search the suggested area. "If a psychic calls and says the kid is in a junkyard in Brooklyn, I'm going to say what are the odds that he's there," Belluscio said One problem with psychics is that it's hard to know which ones to believe, Belluscio sail "You bring in 20 (psychics) and they say 20 different things," he said. At a psychics' fair in Woodbridge recently, seven different psychics offered seven different views on the Timothy Wiltsey case. Rozalynd Sommers, a clairvoyant from Orange, said she can see Timothy and his left sneaker. The sneaker is lying beneath a trailer, she said. "It's not a trailer like in a trailer park; it's near a construction site," Sommers said. "There's machinery and sand there." Sommers, who said that she does her best readings when she can hold something belonging to the missing child, said she used to work with the FBI, but no longer does because the cases are too upsetting. Psychic Bonnie Conduso, of Union, said she had a dream about Timothy and predicted that he would be found on or about July 11. "I was wearing purple when I had the dream and the high moon was up, I was in my high cycle, so I'm sure I'm right," said Conduso, who added that she would have to be wearing purple when she went to look for Timothy since she was wearing purple in her dream about Timothy. None of the psychics who were S at the fair at the Budget Motor Lodge, have contacted the police' about what they "know" of Timo-; thy, they said. "All these psychics are coming out, crawling out of the woodwork over this boy," said Dorothy . Thnrnp a nsvphip (mm Old RriHtrp ', r-j - O who organized the fair. "This is all great publicity for them. "If I'm going to do something, I -do it low key, that's the way it 5 should be," said Thorne, who says : she has worked with local police on missing persons cases. "I don't i think you should get publicity out of other people's heartache." 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