Some people don’t go through life quite the way others do. Call it a phenomenon, a gift or call it extraordinary insight, but don’t call it normal.
Pahrump resident Carlo Verdi is a retired cop. He worked as uniformed police officer in Washington, D.C., and patrolled the White House grounds under Dwight D. Eisenhower before transferring into Customs, monitoring imports, exports and travelers. All told, Verdi spent 29 years in federal service.
Verdi is not like other cops. He says he has a “gift” he used in the final two years of his career to apprehend wanted criminals and take drugs off the street.
He says he can see things before they happen and can also “communicate” with higher beings and cure people.
It could be the truth. He used the gift to capture 17,000 pounds of marijuana in the first mother-lode boat case in U.S. history.
He also had an experience in psychic communication and psychometry resulting in the apprehension of two FBI fugitives.
He was a psychic cop, but he says he was not psychic. Verdi believes his gifts are psychic in nature, but don’t come from him. He says he trained his mind over a five-year period and while his gifts were developed from his mind, they are spiritual in nature.
Verdi has written a book, “Psychic Quest,” which documents how he learned of his talent, and it tells how he made his arrests. In his retirement, Verdi is on another quest to make Psychic Quest into a movie.
He explains it like this, “Everyone is familiar with demonic possession. This is not psychic. My gift comes from God and is spiritual possession. In the Bible it says, ‘It’s not me doing the works, it’s the Father in me.’ What I was doing and when I was doing it, I could not figure out what I was doing, until after it was done.”
At first, Verdi tried to use psychics to explain the experience to him.
“The first time I did this I could not figure it out,” he said. “I tried to recruit psychics from all over for help.
“I did a lot of astral travel at first. I thought I was being psychic. When I tried to recruit psychics, I only found one. He was a retired SAC (Strategic Air Command) Air Force pilot. I trained with him. While I was meditating with him a voice said loud and clear, ‘Program on the Christ illumined mind and be in tune with the infinite.’ We all have this gift and not everyone can tune into it.”
Astral travel is defined as “an interpretation of an out-of-body experience and assumes the astral body is separate from a physical body and capable of traveling outside it,” according to Wikipedia.com.
After five years of training, he was able to use the gift for U.S. Customs and bust criminals. The gift works by constantly programming your mind.
As a teen he experienced this gift. He was 17, and walking down the streets of New York. Verdi grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in a Sicilian neighborhood. He said he was walking in the city and happened upon an exhibit of the La Pieta, Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Madonna holding Christ after he was crucified.
Something told him to get in line with other people wanting to see the piece up close. When he got in front of the statue something happened to him.
“I was transported to the time when Jesus had died,” he said. “I firmly believe I was a Roman soldier at the scene of Christ’s death. The next thing I remember is a guard pushing me out. I got back in line and got in front of the statue and I was transported back again. Again, I was pushed out by the guard. Back then I did not even know what was going on.”
Verdi said as a customs agent things would just happen to him.
“Like driving through downtown Miami in an Alpha state, all I could see was tunnel vision.”
He was told by his supervisor to go on patrol because there was an informant that was going to give information on a big stash of narcotics. Once he got in his car, something else took over.
“I drove three-and-a-half miles through downtown Miami traffic and stopped at a traffic light. I went into Dodge Island and parked the car. There were at least 3,000 trailers at the seaport. When I came to my senses again, I looked up and could not figure out how I got there. I opened the door and I was at a trailer. There was nothing in it. I finally inspected the inside and then the outside of the trailer and I noticed the inside was shorter than the outside. They had a false front and inside a hidden compartment there were 18 suitcases of compressed Jamaican gold, 158 pounds worth of marijuana.”
His supervisor went bananas on him until the informant drove up and said that was the trailer.
Verdi said he used his gift in front of someone else only once. It was the only time he commanded it to work. He was guarding a large amount of evidence, all drugs. He called another officer to relieve him so he could use the bathroom. When he came back the officer was karate chopping large sticks and asked Verdi to try two sticks.
“I said I would try and I meditated. The first time I brought my arm down and nothing happened. He told me, “No, you can’t do it that way, you have to karate chop it.’ I told him I wanted to do it my way. So, I programmed my mind that my hand was a steel bar and it went through the two sticks just by passing my hand through them.”
Verdi says he has also healed people. He said a friend put him on the spot but he decided to help anyway.
“My friend told me there was this Captain Knowland from Norwegian Cruise Lines that suffered a stroke and his wife said he needed help. So, I went home to bed. All of a sudden I sat up out of body.
“I looked at the wall and two entities came through it and they were called the Lord’s Host (angels). I asked them, ‘Go to the Captain Knowland and heal him.’ I did this very authoritatively.
“It was not me that was doing it. It was the spirit within me that was doing it, the Holy Spirit. I woke up and it was 2 a.m.
“That morning at 10 a.m. I got a phone call from Mrs. Knowland thanking me. I asked her if he was healed at 2 a.m. and she said it was 2:10 a.m. It took the hosts 10 minutes to go 1,200 miles and heal him.”
Verdi’s gifts were not accepted by his superiors at U.S. Customs. Regardless of his busts, his bosses were either skeptical or feared him. When asked why they feared him, Verdi responded, “My bosses were scared to death of me because they were dirty.”
The customs agent retired in 1977. He moved to Pahrump in 1980 and has been here ever since. He finished Psychic Quest around 1990 and another book about his spiritual beliefs followed, “Your Birthright Denied.”