"In the letter, channeled by this medium, the deceased confesses," de Lima explains. "He says his jealousy was the reason for his death. The letter includes details that only people close to him could have known." This letter is then submitted by the defense to the court to exonerate the accused.
One more time: a letter channeled by a medium, supposedly written by a murdered crime boss to his ex-lover, is admitted in a Brazilian court of law.
Judge Hertha Helena Rollemberg Padilha de Oliveira (no relation to Lenira) says there are many cases involving spirits in Brazil. “If the proof is not illegal, it is lawful — you have to accept it in the process,” she says.
So when individuals present letters from the dead, written by a medium, de Oliveira says the judge has to accept it. “He has to accept the proof in the process,” she says. “He can’t say, ‘Take the letter away from the process.’
" "[Brazil] is a very spiritual society," the judge explains. "Ninely percent of people probably will believe in some kind of spiritual influence. Most of the people believe in life after death."
Life after death is one thing; being able to communicate with the dead is another. But it’s an accepted practice in Brazil.
The trend seems to have emerged and then dissipated, but for the previous few summers and some into the fall season, American television shows have explored the more paranormal aspects of crime, particularly the reliance upon the victim to narrate the circumstances of their deaths (or, more aptly, to confirm the narrative uncovered by investigating officers).