Psychometry Reveals Terror at 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. George Armstrong Custer was a man who took a lot of chances. Credited with bravely thwarting Jeb Stuart’s wild Confederate cavalry charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, Custer felt he always had to maintain his dashing reputation.

Reportedly, Custer had anticipated quickly subduing an uprising that consisted primarily of Cheyenne and Sioux Indians. What he hadn’t counted on was the gross underestimation of how many warriors were actually present. This group of warriors had come together for one last congregation of the great tribes under the leadership of Chief Sitting Bull. The Indian warriors were camped in the thousands at what we call today, The Little Bighorn, in Southeast Montana.

On a sweltering hot day in June of 1876, after splitting his forces, Lt. Col. George A. Custer led his 7th Cavalry regiment of 236 men into a trap. History tells us that largely outnumbered, and rather than calling a retreat, Custer led his troops to engage Sitting Bull’s warriors. This decision, considered by most today as tantamount to suicide, resulted in Custer and his small regiment of soldiers being slaughtered to the last man — it’s said, some saving their last bullet for themselves.

The Indian’s claimed the battle lasted only for a short time, about twenty to forty minutes before all of Custer’s command was wiped out. What many people don’t know is that a second battle took place by a river five miles away led by Major Marcus Reno. Reno and his men had blundered into an Indian encampment. Though terrified at being immediately surrounded, they bravely fought their own desperate battle. Some soldiers did survive that battle including Reno.

Over a hundred years later, archaeologists painstakingly excavated what small artifacts they could find from both sites. Items recovered included rusty spurs, cartridge casings, old boots, arrowheads, and parts of rifles. They even found buttons belonging to the uniforms of soldiers who fought and died. 


Insights into the Thoughts of Soldiers and Indians

in the 1970s, a fascinating experiment involving Psychometry (the holding of an object and psychically obtaining the its history) was conducted to hopefully find out more about the catastrophic battle at Little Big Horn as well as the other skirmish which took place with Major Reno’s unit five miles distant. Psychic Howard R. Starkel was called in to try and glean more information about what really happened during the two battles by using Psychometry on some of the artifacts recovered (see above). 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, sometimes as a spectator commenting, and sometimes as thoughts of different people.

Starkel: “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.” Starkel 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 main 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:

Starkel: “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 recoil of his rifle. Others [meaning Indians] are starting to scavenge dead things too.”

Source: Ghosts of The Old West, Earl P. Murray, 1988. Tor Books


A year after the battle, soldiers returned and horse and soldier bones alike were piled in a heap to be mass buried. Little markers were left where each soldier’s bones were found and this is how we know today where many of the men died — including Custer.

Many historians who knew the battle as well as anyone, 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 grove of trees  is approximately where Major Reno’s’ band first dashed 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 archaeologists are all too happy to get some additional insight into what really happened on that one particular and fateful day.

*This to me also demonstrates there was high emotion on both sides. For the Indians, the fight was about protecting their lands and families and, their sacred way of life. Unfortunately for the Indian tribes, as history proved out, it was their great last 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>