Carol Nicholson, PhD.
Carol Nicholson, PhD.

Psychometry Reading Reveals Terror at Custer’s Last Stand


 What Psychometry Is

psychomPsychometry is the named used for holding objects and gleaning information from them. The sensitive, or psychometrist, has the ability to “pick up on” the vibration, or electromagnetic impulses, emitted from various objects held or simply gazed at. Some refer to the the energy contained within and around an object as a force field imprint. or psychic trace. Perhaps an imprint was made on an object during extreme emotional stress. The imprints may reveal themselves to the adept as a series of pictures, movies, or the intense emotions felt while in the possession of the owner. A psychic investigator, for example, might hold the picture of a missing person and be able to tell others what happened to that person–even recounting the last moments of their death! There have been amazing cases recorded where a psychic was able to help solve a crime, just by gazing at the picture and relaying much of what occurred prior to death.

Not all uses of psychometry have to do with a grim crime or major catastrophe. Commonly, everyday articles which were once beloved or worn constantly by a person, give off a great deal of information about that person. It’s as if the thoughts and emotions are encapsulated in the object. People might bring in rings, earrings, and watches for a psychic to get trace impressions. And, the reasons people want an item pschometrized can vary. In cases of Mediumship, for example, a relative might bring in a much-loved article to assist the medium in make a strong connection with the deceased.

Custer’s Last Stand

Every school child has heard of Custer’s Last Stand. It is an iconic part of American history and one of the darkest. General George Armstrong Custer was a man who took a lot of chances. Credited with bravely thwarting Jeb Stuart’s confederate cavalry charge on the last day of the battle of Gettysburg and keeping Stuart’s cavalry from entering into the fray, Custer had a reputation to live up to. He anticipated easily subduing an uprising that consisted of mainly of Cheyenne and Sioux Indians. What he hadn’t counted on was the gross underestimation of how many warriors were present. This group had come together for one last congregation of the great tribes under the leadership of Sitting Bull. Their warriors had amassed in the thousands at what we call today, The Little Bighorn.

On June 25th, 1876, George A. Custer basically led his regiment men into a trap after splitting forces. History tells us, that largely outnumbered and rather than calling a retreat, Custer lead his troops into sure death to meet Sitting Bull’s warriors.

Custer and his small group of soldiers were quickly overrun and slaughtered to the last man. The Indian’s claimed the battle listed only for a short time–about twenty minutes before all of Custer’s command were dead. A second battle took place site five miles distant by a river where Major Marcus Reno and his 112 men, under Custer, fought as well. It is a lesser known part of the Little Big Horn story.


Over a hundred years later, archeologists have been carefully gathering what artifacts they could find from both sites. Those items retrieved included rusty spurs, cartridge casings, old boots, and parts of rifles. They even found buttons from the uniforms of soldiers who fought and died. They are hoping these pieces of history will tell them more about the battles that took place on June 25, 1876.

Insight a Into Soldier’s Terror

A fascinating experiment in psychometry, as it relates to earlier American history, was performed in the latter part of the 1970’s relating to a horrible battle on the plains of America. Custer’ last stand. The psychic, Howard R. Starkel was called in to try and glean more information about what really happened during the infamous battles by using psychometry on some of the artifacts recovered. Starkel was handed a spur found on one the battle sites and was told nothing of its origins. After several seconds, Starkel began to speak as if he were the owner of the spur — sometimes recalling the battle in real-time and sometimes as a spectator.

“I was hurt. This was found in a desolate area… I was with other people.. .close to a stream… want to get on my horse… I am hurt and want to get across the stream to an area on a hill about 150 yards away where I can defend myself.” He continues with, “I want to take off a black boot… I was shot… I am in pain but still running.” Starkel goes on to say, I am crossing the stream with a few others… the larger group is elsewhere… I am a big man but have no hat… people are chasing me… one has a bull’s eye painted on his chest… this spur was found on the other side after I crossed the stream to climb the high ridges in a panic to leave… I want to cross the river and go north to the main body but can’t. … The enemies have backed away… they don’t have time to play with us… They go back to fight the main body in the northwest…” (This must be Custer’s group he is referring to.) Starkel goes on to say, “This man did not survive the skirmish.”

In another session, Starkel was handed a .50-caliber Martin primed Army shell case. The psychic impressions related from this particular object was as follows:

“The user was a hostile [Indian] kneeling and shooting — not too far from the water… the user feels hostile and angry at the soldiers… doesn’t have much ammunition… a careful user of ammunition… he shot three soldiers… 50 yards from soldiers… other Indians are closer and mounted… the recoil of the rifle hurt his shoulder… he has leggings but no feathers… hair is divided into three braids… I feel his wife was killed in the recent past… he blames the Army men for this… south and a little west — a long distance up against some mountains.” Starkel continues, “At one point a lot of the Indians leave the battle and move northwards… this Indian does not. He stays to the end. An occasional shot is heard. He goes through the saddlebags of a dead horse. His shoulder is sore from the shooting. Others [Indians] are starting to scavenge dead things too.”


Horse and soldier bones were jumbled together some time after the battle took place.

Many historians who knew the battle as well as anyone could, were amazed at the information Starkel came through with. Starkel, with nothing to go on but a rusty spur and a shell casing, pretty much described the terrain and mentioned both battles. Furthermore, Starkel accurately described where each artifact had been found.

Another small yet significant piece of verification came about when the psychic was handed a Spencer rifle cartridge and asked to read the impression on it.

Starkel said the cartridge was loaded from the butt end of the rifle then stopped the session and asked, “How can that be?” Those unfamiliar with vintage military weapons would have no way of knowing about a Spencer rifle. The Spencer carbine was one of the most popular firearms used in the Civil War (fought 11 years before Custer’s battle) . The magazine full of bullets was loaded through the butt of the rifle.


This is approximately where Major Reno’s’ band fled for cover.

This is just one amazing example of what can be divined with the use of psychometry. The battle and so many other massacres involving Indians nations and soldiers alike was a sad blot in early America’ history of the 19th century but today, historians and archeologists are all too happy to get some additional insight into what really happened that particular and fateful day. It also demonstrates there was great emotion on both sides. For the Indians, the fight was about protecting their lands and families, and, their sacred way of life. Unfortunately, it was their last great stand as well.


*1970-1981, Don G. Ricky, Jr., Professor and Author directed extensive experimentation with psychometry and historical events. Some sessions appeared in The Courier a National Park Service Publication and Applied PSI, Vol. 5, Number 1, Spring 1986.,.p>