I met Sandra Mendez in 2008. When I called her up and explained I was conducting research as a crime writer she spent an hour on the phone generously answering questions. At the time the Grim Sleeper had resurfaced in Los Angeles and police had gone public with information about cold-case murders they felt were related to him, reaching all the way back to 1985. Sandra relayed to me that flashes of inspiration were coming to her relating to the Sleeper. She could feel him “out there” in the underbelly of Los Angeles, engorged with the satisfaction of taking lives and “getting away with it.” It was the first time she had plugged into the thoughts of a serial killer and in this case, her psychic ability was chilling.
The Grim Sleeper was captured about eight months after we spoke.
Interviewing a psychic can be a rambling, quixotic experience. But sudden flashes of insight are golden and add up to real value. Here is our exchange of 18/06/2014:
How did you get started as a medium?
SANDRA MENDEZ: I’ve lived this way since I was 5 years old with no guidance from my parents. When I sensed a voice coming to me I called it “spirit” and learned not to interfere; to listen, to trust, and see what happens.
My understanding is the deceased victims want help, they want someone to speak for them. The way I learned to accept this contact is to ask first for verification that I’ve heard them clearly or understood them correctly. Over the years I have met other seers and trained quite a few for investigation work. It’s a process of trusting that you are actually hearing a nonphysical inner voice, thoughts and mental movies.
Tell me about your first case.
SANDRA MENDEZ: A man in his fifties asked me if I could tell him how his mom passed. He was only a five-year-old kid at the time and felt no one told him the truth about it. The mother’s voice came to me the following morning and said her husband had killed her saying, ‘If he couldn’t have her no one would.’ He took her life, and she told me how, and later my client verified that his mom and dad had been separated at the time. When the death certificate was ordered it also matched the way I’d “heard” how she died.
I worked on many cases, and all were as if the spirits become your friend. They love and appreciate you [in a way] unlike any live person, and this is something that many of the intuitives I’ve met felt the same way about.
Do clients ever get a second opinion?
SANDRA MENDEZ: I’ve had clients get second opinions from famous readers like John Edwards, Sylvia Brown and James Van Praggh. We all saw the same story. Truth is truth no matter who sees it.
Another case that figured in Sandra’s cold case files was the Jana Carpenter-Koklich murder case. It went unsolved for many years until Jana’s husband Bruce was ultimately convicted as the slayer. Sandra was contacted by a detective, told that Jana, a senator’s daughter, had gone missing but her SUV had turned up with blood in the cargo area and Jana’s purse and gun left behind. She was presumed dead but with no body she was considered officially “missing.”
SANDRA MENDEZ: The homicide detective on the case called me up and wanted to get my reading on the case. I was so happy to show this guy, and I trusted in my skill even though he said the LAPD doesn’t work with seers. So I gave him my read on the case and he tells me I’m wrong, wrong, wrong. I told him off. I said “Why are you asking if you already know?” I was angry but I was also right. They just didn’t care about finding Jana’s body. They only wanted the killer.
The case was on the news so I was able to find out more information as it got released. Jana did tell me the truth. Her husband took her life and he got life in prison.
The last thing I want to say is it’s my belief that spirits look for whomever will listen. When they trust their contact they will stick with those who can help. Dead people can move things, take things, put things in other places, touch you, and speak to you through telepathy. I’m sure there’s more, too, so for these reasons, I keep open to contact.
Find out more about Sandra and her work at: http://www.psychictutor.com