TV continues to go lower and get sicker. At least this piece has some warranted criticism included.
A new TV series featuring a psychic who allegedly talks to spirits connected with convicted murderers and crime victims is coming under fire from those who work with their grieving families.
“Cell Block Psychic” features Maine-based medium Vicki Monroe attempting to communicate with the otherworld to provide closure to the loved ones of murder victims.
Not only does Monroe claim to talk to the dead, she also claims to have victims find “closure”. But people who are trained to deal with this kind of grief are disgusted, as are skeptics.
Kristy Dyroff of the National Organization for Victim Assistance finds the whole concept of the show “abhorrent.” She thinks the series wrongly suggests that people who have lost a loved one to a violent crime can find “closure.”
This is harmful and takes advantage of troubled people. It also promises false hope for many victims of crime and presents an image to the public that psychic mediums are real. She even admits to cold reading! Astounding. She says she hasn’t counted how many cases she’s solved. I bet I can…
One thing I hope is that this show dies an early death. It premiers April 21 on the Investigation Discovery channel.