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PostPosted: 08-05-2013 13:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Utterly unforgivable. Just read her Facebook page, she's a complete fruitcake.
Maybe this will become the beginning of the end for TV psychics.
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PostPosted: 14-06-2013 23:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Presley 'Rhonda' Gridley, Self-Described 'Psychic,' Ordered To Pay $7 Million For False Mass Grave Claim

We see financial pain in her future.

The Houston Chronicle reported this week that Presley "Rhonda" Gridley was ordered to pay $6.8 million to a Texas couple after she made false claims about a mass grave at the home of Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton.

Gridley called the Liberty County, Tex. Sheriff's Office in June 2011, "claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was at the plaintiffs' home," according to the Chronicle.

The sheriffs' office told the media about these accusations and, before long, the story had garnered international headlines and set off a wave of bad will toward the victims of the false intel, according to a previous report from the Dallas Observer.

The lawsuit claimed that Bankston and Charlton were on vacation when the story was first reported. They returned home to find "a house full of broken dishes, overturned furniture, and 'animal urine and feces'" according to the Observer. The suit also said the couple has lost friends because of the debacle.

Discovery's Benjamin Radford provides some context for psychics who make less than truthful accusations:

Psychic information often wastes police time and resources following up on false leads. Despite popular belief and claims to the contrary, there is not a single documented case of a missing person being found or recovered due to psychic information. Psychics have consistently failed to find missing persons, including high-profile disappearances like Natalee Holloway and Holly Bobo (the Tennessee woman abducted in April 2011 who remains missing despite efforts by dozens of psychics).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/presley-rhonda-gridley-psychic_n_3442066.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 11:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooh -

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Daily Mail payout to Sally Morgan over psychic 'scam' article

The publisher of the Daily Mail has agreed to pay "substantial" damages to a psychic after an article suggested she had "perpetrated a scam" on a theatre audience, a judge has heard.

Associated Newspapers has apologised to Sally Morgan and also agreed to pay her legal costs, the High Court was told.

Mr Justice Tugendhat heard Mrs Morgan was a psychic who had become well-known through TV and theatre appearances.

A statement on Mrs Morgan's website revealed the payout had been £125,000.

And she herself was quoted as saying: "It was an unjustified and unfair attack and it has been a very difficult, costly and painful process to get where I am today and to rectify that wrong.

"There will always be sceptics who attack my work and I understand and accept that. However, to libel me and falsely accuse me of a con trick does not constitute rational commentary or debate. I hope now this settlement and apology will repair the damage that has been done."

Mrs Morgan sued for libel after the article was published in September 2011.

Her lawyer, Graham Atkins, had told the court: "She has performed in over 600 shows in more than 100 different theatres or venues to audiences stretching into the hundreds of thousands."

"It was following a theatre performance in September 2011 in Dublin that an article appeared in the Daily Mail which, in the context of a general attack on psychics as being charlatans, accused Mrs Morgan specifically of having used a hidden earpiece during her performance in order to receive instructions from her team which she then repeated on stage as if she had received them from the spirit world."

He added: "The article thereby suggested that Mrs Morgan had deliberately and dishonestly perpetrated a scam on her audience in Dublin."

The allegation had "caused enormous distress to Mrs Morgan, who decided, given the newspaper's initial defence of the article, that she had no choice but to commence legal proceedings against the publisher of the Daily Mail", he said.

Brid Jordan, for Associated Newspapers, told the judge: "The Daily Mail withdraws the suggestion that Mrs Morgan used a secret earpiece at her Dublin show in September 2011 to receive messages from off-stage, thereby cheating her audience, which it accepts is untrue."

She added: "It apologises unreservedly to Mrs Morgan for publishing the allegation. It has agreed to pay her substantial damages, together with her legal costs, and it has also agreed not to repeat the allegation."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22988215
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 12:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

For once my sympathies lie with the Daily Mail.
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 13:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramonmercado wrote:
For once my sympathies lie with the Daily Mail.

Not mine. I'm saving mine for something worthwhile.
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 16:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope the paper digs deeper into her dodgy dealings and gets some irrefutable proof.
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 19:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I hope the paper digs deeper into her dodgy dealings and gets some irrefutable proof.

Or, makes some more up?
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 21:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
Ronson8 wrote:
I hope the paper digs deeper into her dodgy dealings and gets some irrefutable proof.

Or, makes some more up?

The story originated from people at the back of the audience who heard a man who appeared to be describing something he had heard from another member of the audience which was repeated by her on stage.
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 22:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here she is removing an earpiece as she leaves the stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDeg_UEjWw So I suppose the question is what she hears in that earpiece.
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PostPosted: 20-06-2013 22:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here she is removing an earpiece as she leaves the stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDeg_UEjWw So I suppose the question is what she hears in that earpiece.

I quite like Scott Holmes comment. Very Happy
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kamalktk wrote:
Here she is removing an earpiece as she leaves the stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDeg_UEjWw So I suppose the question is what she hears in that earpiece.

Possibly the feed from the radio mike handed to the members of the audience she talks to?
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Ronson8 wrote:
Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
Ronson8 wrote:
I hope the paper digs deeper into her dodgy dealings and gets some irrefutable proof.

Or, makes some more up?

The story originated from people at the back of the audience who heard a man who appeared to be describing something he had heard from another member of the audience which was repeated by her on stage.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/jun/20/daily-mail-libel-damages-tv-psychic

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Atkins told the court that the article appeared in the Daily Mail "in the context of a general attack on psychics as being charlatans".

The claim about the hidden earpiece arose during a phone-in programme on Irish radio when two women who attended the Dublin show said they thought they had heard two crew members saying something which Morgan then repeated on stage.

Following the claim, Morgan issued a statement debunking the claim as "nonsense" and the theatre separately denied there had been any scam.

It later emerged that the crew members who were said to be part of the setup were subcontracted by the theatre and not members of Morgan's team.

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You really think I'm going to give, The Daily Mail, the benefit of the doubt? Might as well blame the libel laws. Just like Liberace once did, I'm sure Morgan, 'cried all the way to the bank.'



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Psychic TV channels fined over Michael Jackson and Milly Dowler claims

These charlatans'll stop at nothing:

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Two TV channels have been fined a total of £22,500 after they featured psychics making claims about Michael Jackson and Milly Dowler.

Psychic Today and Big Deal were in breach of broadcasting rules after they showed a psychic telling viewers she had been involved in the police investigation into the death of the murdered schoolgirl, the regulator, Ofcom, said.

Another psychic claimed she accurately predicted that her friend would become close to Jackson, before producing photographs of the pair in private locations including his recording studio.

Ofcom ruled that both instances were in breach of its broadcasting code, which states that services such as astrology, horoscopes and tarot readings should be advertised as for entertainment purposes only.
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Florida woman jailed in 'psychic scam,' accused of bilking Sunnyvale woman

A woman is in a South Florida jail cell awaiting prosecution in Santa Clara County for an alleged "psychic scam" on a vulnerable and superstitious Sunnyvale divorcee, bilking her out of more than $800,000 over the course of a decade for protection against voodoo curses and misfortune.

Peaches T. Miller, 33, of Miami, was arrested Saturday in Florida's Broward County after Santa Clara County authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of grand theft and extortion, with an "aggravated white collar crime" enhancement because the amount involved surpasses half a million dollars. If her extradition is approved at a hearing Thursday, Miller is expected to be transported to California within two weeks.

Nationally, "evil spirit" scams and the like have garnered national headlines in major cities like New York, Chicago and Boston. In San Francisco alone, scammers exploited victims out of $2 million in a string of cases last year.

Those cases involved larger rackets, but in the case of the Sunnyvale woman, it was someone working solo and likely exploiting victims that number beyond her.

Deputy district attorney Cherie Bourlard said the local case is one of many fortunetelling scams that come across her desk and should be a cautionary tale for those who might consider turning to a self-proclaimed psychic or fortuneteller for anything more than entertainment.

"This is a big business and it's all rip-offs," Bourlard said.

"If you have personal problems and have to spend money, seek counseling or a credible therapist."

According to court documents, the Sunnyvale victim -- whose name is being withheld out of privacy concerns -- had endured a messy divorce and was fighting for custody of her daughter in February 2002 when in a moment of weakness, she responded to an ad in the publication India Abroad for services by "Psychic Shanna."

That moniker refers to Shanna Young, which authorities said Miller used as an alias in her fortunetelling operation.

It all started with a $175 reading over the phone, and in the following days and weeks the victim, by her own admission in court documents, was becoming "brainwashed" into believing that her ex-husband was afflicting her with voodoo curses and that Miller was her only salvation.

Miller allegedly conned the woman into funding the purchase of expensive "mirrors, tabernacles, tassels, etc. which were made of gold and silver and needed to be imported from Italy and Spain ... so that Peaches could 'work' with these materials and vanquish the 'evil.' " The till would eventually amount to $838,390.

Miller also convinced her of baseless claims that ex-husband was abusing their daughter and that she "could not question the Spirit in this work" if she wanted full custody of her daughter and to keep her free from "negativity energy."

From February 2002 to November 2010, the victim routinely wired money or sent Miller checks ranging from a few thousand dollars to as much as $70,000, with Miller's promise that she was "blessing" the money in coffins and that the money would be returned. The victim extended her credit and took out home equity loans to keep up the payments and was so thoroughly under Miller's control that "she didn't make any decisions in my life without first obtaining her approval," including selecting a new home, according to court documents.

"There's a common thread of gaining a victim's complete trust through carefully managed manipulation," said Bourlard, the prosecutor.

That manipulation allegedly included Miller giving back $15,000 to the victim when she was in dire financial straits, which was a way of demonstrating "good faith" to keep the scam going, said Bob Nygaard, a private investigator who specializes in fortunetelling schemes and who helped build the case against Miller that was presented to prosecutors.

The ruse unraveled when Miller, seemingly sensing that her window was closing because the victim's daughter was approaching adult age and no longer being subject to custody battles, hired a lawyer to coordinate a repayment arrangement, which Nygaard believes was a ploy to turn a criminal case into a civil matter. This aroused the victim's suspicion. She hired Nygaard, whose case was presented to the FBI and then Santa Clara County prosecutors, who sought the arrest warrant.

"It's more than $800,000," Bourlard said. "We could not just walk away from this case, we had to do something about it."

http://www.mercurynews.com/sunnyvale/ci_23716807/florida-woman-jailed-psychic-scam-accused-bilking-sunnyvale
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PostPosted: 20-10-2013 00:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

" . . . it's not just the distinction between mind and body that is false, but the whole concept of the "conscious" decision-making mind is just another piece of trickery played by the brain."

This Observer piece on seances and mediums gets more interesting towards the end.

Psychology of Spiritualism

"The illusion that the conscious mind has made a decision," seems to turn us all into the puppets of a brain which is essentially reflexive.

If not reflexive, then the cauldron of impulses more mysterious . . . Shocked
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