Criminalizing the Psychic Samaritan

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It’s not easy for us pros, but we’ve got to talk about this.

High Priestess Laurie Cabot, the "Official Witch of Salem," has been successfully assisting law enforcement with criminal investigations for decades.

High Priestess Laurie Cabot, the “Official Witch of Salem,” has been successfully assisting law enforcement with criminal investigations for decades.

Psychics have been a valuable asset to the law enforcement community for ages, all around the world, so the practice is hardly new. Eyewitness accounts can be no more or less valuable than a true divinationist’s or medium’s. And just like any other eyewitness account, we need to be absolutely sure of what we’ve seen before we go on the record. Also, just like any other eyewitness account, we can jump to conclusions or be mistaken.

However, unlike other eyewitness accounts, our practice is constantly scrutinized under the microscope. Our reputations, worth, and integrity makes us work on the edge of a knife, thanks to “superstar psychics” and “gypsies” who exploit their gifts/talents (if they really have any) out of greed without any regard to the very human consequences.

Thanks to over-exposure, exploitation, and fraud, this is how the general public perceives our worth.

Thanks to over-exposure, exploitation, and fraud, this is how the general public perceives our worth.

Because of them and the long history of charlatans in this field, true practitioners who care about our clients and the service we provide have an uphill battle against prejudice, fear, misunderstanding, and even the very legal system we try to assist and prove our worth to.

Take this story right here, for example: A psychic in Texas was judged to pay $7 Million dollar in damages for a false claim of a small town family having a mass grave in their yard.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2340743/Texas-couple-looks-collect-nearly-7million-owed-lawsuit-psychic-said-mass-grave-backyard.html

In regards to this particular story, itself, I have already made a few choice comments on the PE Facebook Page this morning, without even finishing my first cup of coffee:

“…A reverend and medium (she said she talks to spirits, but calls herself a psychic, but technically…ya know) does what she feels is right by reporting her psychic findings regarding a missing child’s case. This is not uncommon…

Now, here’s where the case gets under my skin:

Apparently, not just one but a whole fleet of cops, with camera crew and media in tow, show up at this person’s house where the medium said the bodies were buried. Holy overkill, Batman! But, alas nothing was uncovered and the family of the property was displaced temporarily while the tip was being investigated. I genuinely have sympathy for them because that must’ve been upsetting to say the least.

But, the judge wants to slap a 6.8 MILLION dollar fine on the psychic…? 

…if I was this woman’s lawyer, the first thing I would argue is, “Instead of going out there with the entire police force and the media — which no doubt cost the taxpayer a very inconvenient price — in the first place, why didn’t you just send one car and a sonar? This was obviously not a routine protocol on just any tip. Why did you feel the excessive follow up necessary for this particular tip?” And from there, I would argue that it was entrapment. If the psychic was right, the town could exploit it to their benefit, (most likely not even mention that the tip came from a psychic at all but just claim that the case was resolved through “excellent police work”) and if she was wrong, she could be “made an example of,” which is exactly what I think happened here…”
(The complete commentary can be read here  https://www.facebook.com/PsychicEpisodes )

Now, because of this debacle, regardless of the truth, we will never know of Rhonda Gridley-Presley's true talents or any of the good that she may have done in the past. She is already and most likely permanently labeled "fake psychic."

Now, because of this debacle, regardless of the truth, we will never know of Rhonda Gridley-Presley’s true talents or any of the good that she may have done in the past. She is already and most likely permanently labeled “fake psychic.” If she had a career, it’s done.

However, in regards to the actual practice of a spiritualist working with the police, I’m in full support, of course. But, I urge anyone who does so to take extra precautions in doing so and I also believe it would be particularly beneficial for those to be diligent in accepting divined information to help solve a crime.

In other words, before you say anything, double-check yourself!!

Like it or not, you’re still human. Whenever emotions are higher, especially in regards to crime involving the death or suffering of the innocent, our perceptions can be easily skewed or distorted. So, if 32 spirits are telling you that bodies are buried in a certain area, you better make sure those 32 spirits are:

1) who they say they are
2) are coming from a reliable and safe homing source
3) that you haven’t been in any kind of emotional or mental upset, been influenced by alcohol or certain foods, and
4) that you take the time to meditate or use a different divining tool — or even swallow your pride and just simply check with another professional! — to absolutely confirm that the information you received is sound, reliable, and objective, even if it takes you going to the actual site, itself and checking it out first hand.

In regards to life and death, I do not believe that trusting your reputation is enough. On the contrary, a spiritualist’s reputation is so fragile, one little crack and it can completely shatter, which could take years (if ever) to repair. So, calling 911 or 999, whatever your emergency code may be, while in a tumultuous panic or “grand-mal” vision won’t help you, won’t help the police, can’t help the victims, and absolutely will do nothing but potentially damage yourself and the community.

On the other hand, if you’re on the receiving end and a psychic is telling you that he/she

Implementing specific questions for psychic samaritans can be mutually beneficial.

Implementing specific questions for psychic samaritans can be mutually beneficial.

was given spiritual information regarding a case, there’s no need to be incredulous or rude nor be too accepting, either. It may help you, as well as your informant, to simply ask:

1 – “Is this the first time you were given this information or had this vision?”

2 – “Was this information or vision confirmed by any other source?”

Not only will the answers to these questions help the informant by making them a little more aware of the responsibility that they hold by reminding them that they’re still fallible, it will also potentially help the law enforcement officials feel a little more confident in following up if they’re made aware that the tip wasn’t given “on the fly” or out of cockiness.

Now, it sounds to me in the Texas case, after hearing the actual 911 call http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/06/14/exp-early-brown-psychic.cnn.html this woman was pretty confident.  I have no doubt she believed or had reason to believe, that she was given reliable information. However, regardless of the horrendous mishandling of the follow up, she has now become a pretty scary example of how a simple act of goodwill can be used in an ongoing, and possibly escalating, witch hunt against us.

Take care and hopefully, you won’t get burned.

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About T. Ray

Writer, visual artist, musician, divinationist, playwright, and "armchair nutritionist." She currently resides in Vegas with her jenday conure, is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and is pursuing her Master's in Journalism/Media Studies. All things come down to food and Star Wars. Contact: contact@theblacksiren.com
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