I believe it is possible, but is not a common skill. It is usually spontaneous and not easily turned on or off by those with this ability.
It is very much like psychometry, where you are able to determine facts from touching an object, but I think it may also be possible to use the same ability by being in a place as I have done this myself, and compared notes with people who also have this ability or know the answers directly say if what I am saying is correct or not.
One example is holding a silver ring I was able to determine the face of the person who made it, and the shop where it was bought. Another example - closer to your question almost got me arrested!
I was in a work group and for some reason a WPC was giving a talk and demonstration of crime in the city, and had brought along some archived murder weapons for us to guess the crime. These were the actual weapons used!!
I picked up a small bent knife that was the length of a normal dinner knife. I immediately saw an argument between a woman and a man wearing an apron, where he chased her down the street before cornering her in a doorway, more shouting then he stabbed her in the neck with it, and dragged it across her throat with enough force to nearly take her head off!
Apparently - this was so close to the facts that the WPC started questioning me about where I was!
The true story was that a mans wife confronted him in a butchers shop where he worked holding the knife - he then took it from her, chased her out of the shop and up the street cornering her in a doorway, then cut her throat exactly as I had seen it. The fact he was wearing a butchers apron, the location, and event was accurate.
I try not to touch things that may have harmed people as I don't like seeing that. It also happens when I touch people's scars, and can usually see how they happened. I don't know how this ability works, only that it seems to give accurate information.