Category: Psychics

Real-deal “boy next door” medium? Or Hollywood hype?

Back in July, I caught wind of yet another psychic medium “reality” show in development. This one seems tailor-made for Hollywood. Or, should I say… “tyler-made”? The eight-episode hour-long series “follows 19-year-old “celebrity medium” Tyler Henry, as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager.” He’s 20 now. Still, wouldn’t you think…

Rose Marks loses appeal for fortune telling fraud; stays in jail

No surprise here: Rose Marks loses her appeal. Convicted “psychic” Rose Marks, who is imprisoned for defrauding more than $17.8 million from clients of her family’s fortune-telling business, lost the appeal of her criminal convictions Tuesday. Source: South Florida ‘psychic’ who defrauded millions from clients, loses appeal of her criminal convictions  Marks was found guilty…

A “psychic” named “Marks”? Run the other way

A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges she defrauded multiple clients, one of whom sent her more than $1.4 million. Source: Charlottesville palm-reader indicted; claimed ability to see future, talk to spirits A federal grand jury indicted…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

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…

Classes in nonsense: Paranormal investigation school

This irks me –  courses in ghost hunting. There is nothing wrong with doing whatever in your own time but to put on the guise of instruction for an activity that is more often akin to snipe hunting is ridiculous. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Classes, groups offer chance to explore the unknown. Leslie Wood teaches a psychic…

Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over… Spooky Spirits hopes to scare up business at new location – Evening Sun. “Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch…

All in the family: Marks’ daughter in law sentenced for fraud

Another one of the Marks family gets sentenced. This one reached pretty low as well. ‘Psychic’ who claimed she talked to Archangel Michael sentenced to prison – Sun Sentinel. A South Florida “psychic” who admitted she defrauded about $1.2 million from clients – including a mentally ill man who was hearing voices – was sentenced…

Rose Marks gets 10 years for fraud

Alleged “psychic” Marks was found guilty of all counts of fraud last year. She has now been sentenced to jail time. Psychic fraud: Rose Marks sentenced to 10 years – Sun Sentinel. Convicted psychic swindler Rose Marks was sentenced to just over 10 years in federal prison Monday for defrauding clients of her family’s fortune-telling…

Brother of murder victim continues to berate paranormal sleuths

Once again, pararnormal group is slammed as being unethical in their pronouncements and promises. Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett’s brother slams paranormal sleuths over ‘burial spot’ claims – Mirror Online. The brother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has slammed paranormal sleuths for claiming they know where he is buried. Alan, 58, accused them of…

Crystal Marks pleads guilty to the standard psychic scam

This name will sound familiar but I can’t seem to directly connect her with the infamous psychic “Marks” family. But regardless, the name “Marks” raises a giant red FRAUD flag. Self-proclaimed psychic takes no-jail plea deal in scam | New York Post. Smooth-talking “psychic” Crystal Marks pleaded guilty Tuesday to scamming a Greenwich Village lawyer…

Another Marks “psychic” sentenced to jail and hefty repayment

At least the repay comes with notice that she committed crimes. Too often psychics get away with just repaying what they took. That’s not good enough. I’m pleased to see the Marks family serving as an example to psychics everywhere (I hope). This is FRAUD. South Florida and NY psychic Nancy Marks going to prison,…

Missing person search spurred by psychic finds bear bones

At the urging of a psychic tip, the family and friends of a missing person find remains in a park. But… these are not the bones you are looking for. Bones found in Harriman State Park ‘not human’; search for Eugene Palmer continues | The Journal News | lohud.com. Bones found in Harriman State Park…

Alleged psychic Mitchell heads to jail, is apologetic

In an update to this story about the conviction of psychic Sylvia Mitchell, she heads to jail. Sylvia Mitchell Update: “Sorry” NYC psychic gets 5 to15 years in prison for conning clients – Crimesider – CBS News. Sylvia Mitchell, a New York City psychic convicted of conning clients for tens of thousands of dollars, was…

Psychic Sylvia Mitchell found guilty

MORE good news against psychic frauds! Mitchell’s trial ends. Psychic Found Guilty of Stealing $138,000 From Clients – NYTimes.com. A jury found a Manhattan psychic guilty on Friday of swindling two women out of $138,000 in a case that probed the fine distinction between providing an unusual service and running a confidence scheme. The fortune…

More of the Marks family sentenced for psychic fraud

After Rose Marks was convicted (has yet to be sentenced) for various fraud charges, other parts of her clan made a plea deal. Psychic fraud case: First three members of Marks family sentenced – Sun Sentinel. Three members of a South Florida family of fortune-tellers stood before a judge Monday, vowing to turn away from…

Rose Marks found guilty of all counts in fraud trial

This was just announced by the reporter following the story for the Sun Sentinel. Rose Marks found guilty of all 14 counts in […] fraud case. — Paula McMahon (@SentinelPaula) September 26, 2013 More details to follow. Here is the Chronology of the trial that was wacky all the way through. Jury finds […] Rose Marks guilty…

The Marks psychic fraud trial (Chronology. Now gone to jury.)

The chronology is below. We’ll be keeping tabs on this very interesting trial. I’m sure it will be full of revelation and drama. 29-Aug-2013 Psychic fraud charges – OrlandoSentinel.com. A grandma who gave $1 million over 30 years to a psychic she hoped would make her romantic dreams come true. A middle-aged woman convinced she’d…

Romani culture blamed for criminal life

Another update to a previous story. This one has an interesting angle… Woman sentenced in vicious killing of Seattle veteran | Local News | The Seattle Times. Brenda Nicholas was the “mastermind” who plotted to kill a 70-year-old Navy veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient for months because she wanted to get her hands on…

Psychic helped find a body? Not so fast or impressive.

Many people sent us a link to this story. Something is missing. Help us out by providing additional links that fill in the details. Police: Psychic Found Body Of Murdered 11-Year-Old Boy « CBS Los Angeles. A woman who found what appears to be an 11-year-old boy’s body says she knew where to look and…

Blessing scam targeting elderly Asian women hits NYC

This scam, targeting elderly Asian women, is STILL going on, from coast to coast. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Chinese Blessing Scam’ rocks Brooklyn Asian enclaves  – NY Daily News. Elderly women in Brooklyn’s Asian enclaves are facing a frightening choice from sweet-talking thieves: Your cash or an evil curse. Sightings of the bewitching cons who use the “Blessing Scam”…