Allison DuBois was born January 24, 1972, in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a renowed medium and author. She claims she has been able to use her psychic abilities to help law enforcement solve crimes, and the television show “Medium” was partly based on these experiences.
Her education background is at Arizona State University, where she received a B.A. in political science with a history minor, but she says her psychic abilities became clear long before that. When she was six years old, she made contact with a relative who had recently died. This was when she first became aware that she could communicate with people who had passed away. She was able to use this contact to help her mother through the grief process.
As she grew older, she was able to turn this ability into a profitable career as a medium, helping others deal with their grief as well. Her first opportunity to work with law enforcement was in 2000, when she got a job in the homicide department of the Phoenix District Attorney's office. While working there, she started faxing her psychic observations to authorities in the hopes that it would help them on their cases. Her first official case was with the Texas Rangers who were investigating a murder. DuBois says she was able to successfully describe the murderer, his accomplices, and the location of the victim's body.
Since that first case, she claims to have helped solve many murder and missing persons cases. She worked heavily as a criminal profiler and jury consultant, although she cut back on her intense caseload in late 2004. She believes her three daughters have all inherited her gift as well, although they have not used them as publicly as their mother does.
She has stated that she prefers the term “medium” to describe her use of her abilities, rather than “psychic,” as she feels that term has developed negative connotations to the public. She uses her abilities to connect the living to their deceased loved ones and help law enforcement as a criminal profiler and jury consultant.
Testing Her Abilities
Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona ran a series of tests to prove DuBois' psychic powers or lack thereof, and his conclusion was that her abilities were indeed genuine. He published his results in the book “The Truth About Medium.” Although Schwartz is one of her most public supporters, DuBois later made a statement that she does not endorse him or the book he wrote about the testing process.
According to Schwartz, at their first meeting DuBois was able to provide an accurate description of a friend of Schwartz's who had recently passed away. He was impressed and embarked on a series of interviews. In one interview, DuBois recounts an instance where she contacted a woman's deceased husband. That woman later read the interview transcripts and confirmed that it was, for the most part, an accurate description of the experience.
As with anyone who claims to have psychic abilities, DuBois' writings and actions have been met with their fair share of skepticism. James Randi has twice extended an invitation to DuBois to participate in his One Million Dollar Challenge, but she declined both times. One of those times, she included a response that labeled Randi “unintelligent” and “irritating.” Some have criticized Schwartz's testing methods, claiming that DuBois simply used well-known cold reading techniques to convince him of her abilities. Schwartz published a response to several of these criticisms in 2005, explaining why he still believed her abilities to be real.
As of 2014, DuBois has written four books thus far about mediumship. These are all available for purchase on her website, along with several books DuBois recommends for understanding psychic abilities and how they work. Her first book, an autobiography titled “Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye,” was published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster. In it, she talks about her work aiding law enforcement as well as what it's like to be a wife and mother with psychic powers. She also covers other related topics, such as advice based on her knowledge of the afterlife and what to do if you suspect your child has psychic abilities.
“We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us” is her second book, published a year later in 2006 by Simon & Schuster. This book is less of a memoir, focusing instead on how the dead attempt to communicate with the living. She discusses the methods the dead use to communicate using their own language, made up primarily of symbols, signs, and dreams. She also helps explain how she and other mediums interpret this language to receive messages from the other side.
“Secrets of the Monarch: How the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life” was published in 2007 by Fireside Books. DuBois claims that the only way to truly understand life is to understand death. As someone who communicates with those who have crossed over, she has obviously learned a lot about death, and in this book she shares some of the lessons she has learned through her readings.
DuBois' most recent book is “Talk To Me–What the Dead Whisper in Your Ear,” published in 2011 by STTT, Inc. It tells in-depth stories of some more of her life experiences, giving her readers a glimpse into life as a medium. The book uses her experiences communicating with the dead to give advice on how to deal with loss. It even includes a chapter about how the loss of a loved one affects children and discusses how children with psychic abilities can strengthen them to received comfort from those who have passed on.
DuBois has stated that she believes pets undergo the same fate as humans do after death. She says they “cross over” in a similar fashion, and they will be reunited with their owners once their owners have crossed over as well.
From her communication with the deceased, she does not believe in a traditional heaven and hell. She believes that when good people die, they go to be with their loved ones, and when bad people die, they enter a “personal hell.” This personal hell doesn't typically involve fire or brimstone but more often involves being cut off from their loved ones.
Life On TV
In 2005, DuBois' book “Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye” was used as the basis for the television show “Medium,” which aired until 2011 on NBC and CBS. The main character was also named Allison DuBois and was played by Patricia Arquette, who won an Emmy for the role.
While the show was not an exact depiction of the cases DuBois worked on, she did confirm that it was a truthful portrayal of her work overall. Several small details were also the same. DuBois' show character had three daughters, just as she does in real life, and their husbands had the same name and both worked as aerospace engineers. The show told stories about DuBois' work with the Texas Rangers, a law enforcement group that the real-life medium has indeed assisted.
While the show portrayed DuBois as getting her dreams through dreams, that was a bit of artistic license. In real life, she is generally awake when she receives her psychic visions. The show also portrayed the character as occasionally becoming possessed by the deceased she was trying to communicate with, while DuBois' husband states that has never happened. He believes that her ability to maintain control throughout all her encounters is one of the things that makes her such a powerful psychic.