Piet Hein Hoebens

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Piet Hein Hoebens (29 September 1948, Utrecht - 22 October 1984)[1][2] was a Dutch journalist, parapsychologist and skeptic.

Hoebens is most well known for debunking the claims of psychic detectives.[3] He worked as a Dutch journalist and investigated claims of paranormal phenomena. He was a staff member for the newspaper De Telegraaf for 13 years and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

He was an associate of Marcello Truzzi and contributed to the Zetetic Scholar regarding the claims of psychics such as Peter Hurkos and Gerard Croiset which he found to be bogus.[4][5]

Hoebens took his own life in October 1984.[6]



  1. ^ Gerd H. Hövelmann, Hans Michels, Legitimacy of Unbelief: The Collected Papers of Piet Hein Hoebens, LIT Verlag Münster, 2017
  2. ^ Hans Peter Duerr, Authentizität und Betrug in der Ethnologie, Suhrkamp, 1987, p. 419
  3. ^ Stoke, Douglas M. (1997) The Nature of Mind. McFarland. p. 51. ISBN 978-0786477548
  4. ^ Neher, Andrew. (2011). Paranormal and Transcendental Experience: A Psychological Examination. Dover Publications. p. 310. ISBN 0-486-26167-0
  5. ^ Carroll, Robert Todd. (2003). The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions. John Wiley & Sons. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-471-27242-7
  6. ^ Gerd H. Hövelmann, Piet Hein Hoebens (1948-1984)