Even in a world of utterly bizarre and eccentric characters, Troy Griffin stands out. He isn’t a big cat owner or a gun enthusiast; he hasn’t run for president or launched a dating competition from inside federal prison. And yet he’s an enigma wrapped inside a riddle, an acclaimed Christian medium and “psychic investigator” who has turned up dead and buried bodies using his intuition alone. He debuts in Tiger King Season 2 and sticks around only briefly, but his presence is deeply felt. But who is Troy Griffin? Can he commune with spirits? Is he finely attuned to the “other side”, capable of channeling the thoughts and feelings of those long gone?
Of course not — he’s a charlatan. But he’s a terrifically entertaining charlatan and he totally commits to the bit, so let’s find out more about him.
For your perusal, please enjoy this biography of Troy taken from his own website (all bold annotations mine):
Troy is a devout lifelong Christian. He is also a psychic medium, clairvoyant, empathic, and psychic detective. [None of these things, you’ll notice, are listed in scare quotes, which you’d think they would be.]
An intuitive [what?] since childhood, Griffin kept his psychic gifts “in the closet” as he puts it, for fear of being ostracized by his Christian community which was and continues to be a big part of his life. [Imagine being fortunate enough to be this kind of closeted Christian]. His family consists of pastors, Christian authors, and other strict religious devotees. Contrary to many of their beliefs, Troy Griffin, too, is a devout believer to which he attributes his gifts. [Because of course he does.]
As Griffin points out, “God gave me this gift. I didn’t create it on my own.” When leaders in the Christian community express their disapproval of communication with spirit and other psychic work. [I strongly suspect he’s writing his own web copy since no professional would have allowed this grammar to slide.]
Troy Griffin’s work as a medium, empathic intuitive, and psychic investigator has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia. He is actively working on three cold cases. [Let me know when he solves one.]
With psychic mediums, clairvoyants, and intuitive people coming forward more and more, and their abilities becoming more widely accepted in society, Griffin feels it is time to address Christianity and psychic phenomena. “It’s a conversation that needs to be had,” he says. [It doesn’t.]
Troy has been featured on ABC News Nightline, ABC News7 NY, ABC News Atlanta, ABC Action News2, Fox News21, The CW San Diego Living, Eye Opener TV, Kansas Wichita Eagle, The Denver Post, Westword, NEWSJS, WLOX ABC Bounce, WMUZ 103.5FM, 98.9 Magic FM, Christians Today, and Psychic Access Talk, Investigation Discovery, and many radio shows.
In Tiger King 2, Troy is brought in to examine one of Don Lewis’s properties in Seffner, Florida, which Ripper Jack has decided quite arbitrarily might be the final resting place of his remains. Troy arrives, immediately declares there is “bad juju”, then vomits and cries. As he sits on the ground beside the lake, all damp-eyed and forlorn, he announces that there’s an empty packet of chicken nearby. “Did you guys notice I’ve been talking about chicken all day?” Marvel, readers, at the psychic powers of Troy Griffin.