E. Clephan Palmer
Ernest Clephan Palmer (1883-1954) was a British author and journalist.
Palmer was born in Ipswich and worked for forty years as an editor for the Daily News and the News Chronicle. For twenty-three years Palmer was a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Throughout his career he also worked for the West Sussex Gazette, the Daily Express, the Morning Leader and the Daily Mail.
He served in France and Flanders in the First World War. Palmer with the support of his friend Arthur Conan Doyle was involved in solving the Oscar Slater case. Palmer married Claudine Pattie Sapey, they had two sons. He was interested in psychical research and spiritualism, he was a friend of the psychical investigator Harry Price.
In his book The Riddle of Spiritualism (1927) Palmer came to the conclusion that most mediumship and phenomena observed in the séance is the result of fraud, however, he believed telepathy to explain some cases of mental mediumship. He wrote there is no scientific evidence for the spirit hypothesis in mediumship but the question of survival should still be kept open.
- The Solitary Blackbird (1954)
- The Young Blackbird (1953)
- The Riddle of Spiritualism (1927)
- Richard Whittington Egan. (1991). William Roughead's Chronicles of Murder. Lochar Pub. p. 380. ISBN 978-0948403552
- Sally Patrick Johnson. (1962). Everyman's Ark: A Collection of True First-person Accounts of Relationships Between Animals and Men. Harper. p. 62
- Alfred Douglas. (1982). Extra-Sensory Powers: A Century of Psychical Research. Overlook Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0879511609
- E. Clephan Palmer. (1927). The Riddle of Spiritualism. Kessinger publishing. pp. 129-146. ISBN 978-0766179318