Man wanted hitman to kill psychics, including Van Praagh

Psychics have enemies. But this is ridiculous. James Van Praagh, Maureen Hancock and David M. Baker were targeted in this hitman plot.

Towanda man tried to order hit on three psychic mediums – News – The Times-Tribune.

Craven Vaughn sat down beside the hitman in a car parked outside the Walmart on state route 29 on Thursday. He gave the man $3,000 and the names of three psychic mediums he wanted “eliminated.”

The 32-year-old Towanda man did not want to talk about why the three mediums – two of them television personalities, all of them authors – had to die. But the man Mr. Vaughn spent about two weeks soliciting to kill for him had a secret of his own.

And just moments after Mr. Vaughn got out of the car, climbed into his green Chevrolet 1500 and pulled out onto state route 29, the undercover state trooper he had just hired to kill three people on the west coast radioed the arrest team waiting for his signal.

After his arrest on Thursday, Mr. Vaughn was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer and was sent to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Vaughn discussed the job before his arrest, but did not explain why he wanted the three mediums killed or how he knew them. We’ll update this story if we uncover more. If you have additional info about the story, please use the comment section.

Also, pro tip to all you future want-to-hire-an-assassin people: If you go around soliciting for a hitman, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get caught as the hitman in question will, in almost all cases, be an undercover cop.

And, I predict someone will want to make the obligatory joke about how they didn’t know… Don’t.

  4 comments for “Man wanted hitman to kill psychics, including Van Praagh

  1. December 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    This is terrible. Psychics may be phooey but murder is way, way beyond the pale. Disgraceful.

  2. Brian
    December 22, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    I can offer guesses- they screwed up about his wife/ sig other cheating on him, they told the wife/ sig other *he* was cheating on them, or they bilked him out of some serious cash.

  3. December 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I’m really keen to know the “why” of it. Is it because they’re frauds, or because he regards them as Satan’s Little Helpers?

  4. December 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Whether he was an evangelical fundamentalist religious nut, an evangelical fundamentalist skeptic nut or just a nut; being an extremist ‘anything’ is generally a bad idea that leads to aberrant behaviour.

    Equally likely, he may also simply be someone with mental health issues – something that by definition will not have a rational explanation for the behaviour.

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