Psychic black ‘Marks’ appear again

I’m fascinated by the fact that every other case about psychic crimes include someone with the last name “Marks”.

Psychic charged with taking Starkville senior’s life savings.

Willie Mae Allen who suffers from arthritis turned to a psychic reader for help, but the psychic reader is accused of helping herself to Allen’s life savings, WLBT reported.

Starkville police are handling the case against, Fatima Marks, a psychic reader from Alabama who calls herself Mrs. Lamar.

Police say Marks took $8,025 from the elderly woman.

Fatima Marks is due to appear in court May 15th. Meanwhile the police are looking for possible other victims with additional information about the psychic.

Photo credit: The Clarion-Ledger

Fatima Marks’ mugshot. Photo credit: The Clarion-Ledger

It’s not easy or may be impossible for me to find out if this Marks is a relation to the notorious Marks family indicted in Florida. But I suspect they ARE related.

According to Rose Marks’ wiki page, the Marks family immigrated from Greece in the late 19th or early 20th century. They adhere to Romani cultures and beliefs, calling themselves “Rom” but known by the vulgar term “gypsies”. The Marks family was identified as relatives of the late Gypsy leader, Jimmy Marks of Spokane, Washington. A movie was made about Marks and his fight against the state of Washington.

The Marks family stepped into the limelight in 1986 after a controversial police raid of their homes, during which police destroyed sacred items, searched babies’ diapers, body-searched women, removed decorative gold finger nails from their hands and seized a large amount of cash – without a valid search warrant. The Marks were charged with trafficking in stolen goods, but they claim they were suspected only because of racist assumptions that Gypsies are born thieves. More importantly, they say that police robbed them of their honor by misconducting the search, in the belief that Gypsies would not fight back. Police probably weren’t even aware of the degree to which their search would affect the family: ritual purity laws mean that women are permanently tainted by the touch of outsiders. The family still has not recovered, but they have retaliated, in one of the most American ways of all: they filed a multi-million dollar civil rights lawsuit against their hometown, Spokane, in Washington state.

I’d like to be able to connect the family relations. But since the Rom culture is SO family-oriented, it would not be a stretch to believe that this is a huge family tree spread across the country and specializing in psychic consults. They likely need to change their traditional roles because this psychic bubble has kind of collapsed.

All DN stories on the Marks family

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  3 comments for “Psychic black ‘Marks’ appear again

  1. Ben Radford
    April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I strongly suspect you’re right about the Marks family… Lots of Roma families are huge and fortunetelling is often a family business…

  2. Walter Turner
    April 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    The woman in the picture appears to have been beaten into a stupor. Who was responsible for that?

    • Adam
      April 29, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      Beaten into a stupor or drank into a stupor?

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