In June 2011, a woman who claimed to get her information from angels, called in a tip to the Liberty County Texas sheriff’s office that sent the FBI and officials looked for buried bodies at a home in Hardin. The media heavily covered the story showing the house as the search was underway. The tipster knew details about the house but there were no bodies. She was never charged because the police concluded she did not have criminal or malicious intent. But the home owners will have their say, they have sued the woman for defamation.
A Texas couple claim in court that they were defamed by major media companies, including The New York Times, Belo Corp., CNN, Thomson Reuters and ABC News, after a self-proclaimed psychic told the sherriff that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at their home.
Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton sued the news outlets, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Houston-based KPRC-TV and Jane Doe aka “Angel” – the self-proclaimed psychic – in Dallas County Court.
The couple claim that Angel called the sheriff’s office on June 6, 2011, and said that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried at the plaintiffs’ house.
Bankson and Charlton claim the sheriff’s office searched their home unreasonably and without probable cause, inviting the media along to watch the intrusive execution of the search warrant.
Tip: CFI’s Morning Heresy
The psychic had this to say back in June:
“They up front asked me how I got the information, and I am a reverend. I am a prophet and I get my information from Jesus and the angels, and I told them that I had 32 angels with me and they were giving me the information and then it went from there,” she said.
While a search at the home turned up nothing, Angel said she still believes there are children in trouble, but for now she says she’s staying out of it.
“I want to be left alone, I want to go back to my little life, my little quiet life, and I want this to stop,” she said.
The sheriff’s department alleged they did nothing wrong in the investigation (except perhaps the “angels” part they overlooked). However, if she KNEW details, they may have believed it was legitimate. I’m not clear how and why the media were so involved in the actual search which made things into a circus for the homeowners.
It seems quite fair that after what the homeowners must have had to endure after such an allegation against them, that they would want some reparations. The psychic may have learned her lesson and it would be hoped that OTHERS who call in such supernatural visions to “help” police will shut up. But they probably won’t. As we note every time one of these stories come up, no psychic has EVER led police directly to solving a crime or finding a body that anyone else couldn’t have done by knowing the same details and using logical guesses. Psychics don’t help, they hinder.