Several psychics that are in jail admit that they were scamming people. In other news, water is wet. But, there are several more interesting threads to this story that I encourage everyone to read in its entirety.
Celia Mitchell, 38, was pointedly asked that exact question last year: “What is the psychic business? Is it real, or a bunch of baloney?”
She answered, “It’s a scam, sir.”
“The whole thing is a scam?”
It’s not unusual these days for convicted psychics to sit for interviews before the parole board and request an early release. They promise never to do fortunetelling again or look for “marks” again. Isn’t that the typical sentiment for convicted criminals?
Two woman both named Sylvia Mitchell, Celia Mitchell, Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, and Betty Vlado are highlighted in the story that is informed from the transcripts of their hearings. The board examiners appear annoying and silly, asking if the psychics can predict if they will be let go. That’s uncalled for.
What is briefly mentioned is the fact that many of these women, including the queen of jailed psychics, Rose Marks, have come from the Roma culture, known as “gypsies”. They were not allowed to receive a normal course of education and were taught to do psychic readings to support their families. While Marks used this as an excuse, it didn’t wash, obviously. But it does show that there are many facets to the problem of the psychic trade including what the women feel forced into doing. Also sad are the people who pay them that are looking for life coaches and personal help because they can’t find it in their own personal circles. It’s a complicated problem that does not excuse the crime. But to fix it completely will be difficult, more difficult than just throwing those who get caught in jail for a while.
There are many different flavors of psychics — some run storefronts, reading tarot cards and palms. Others target very wealthy people and become their confidant. Then there are those who most certainly believe they have powers even though they do not. They even fool themselves.
People who truly believe in psychic powers claim that these women in jail, these scammers, are not representative of the rest of those calling themselves psychic. Well, we have yet to find that such divination techniques or claims to talk to the dead are actually true. So, odds are your favorite psychic is not a TRUE psychic, but just another scammer or personally delusional. Be skeptical or be taken.
Tip: David Wood