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SidDithers

(44,228 posts)
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 02:14 PM Jun 2013

'Psychic' who reported mass grave north of Houston must pay $7 million

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Psychic-who-reported-mass-grave-north-of-4596687.php#src=fb


A self-described psychic who triggered a media frenzy when she told authorities a Liberty County couple had a mass grave on their property has been ordered to pay the couple $6.8 million.

A Dallas County judge issued the judgment May 7 against Presley "Rhonda" Gridley, the sole remaining defendant in a lawsuit filed a year ago.

"Whether it will be collectible, we're going to pursue that," said Dallas attorney Andrew Sommerman.

He represents plaintiffs Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton in the suit that has concluded, except for efforts to collect the judgment.




And if the Sheriff had told the "psychic" to fuck off, none of this would have happened.

Sid
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'Psychic' who reported mass grave north of Houston must pay $7 million (Original Post) SidDithers Jun 2013 OP
Awesome post Sid! Cooley Hurd Jun 2013 #1
You'd think she would've seen that coming. Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2013 #2
DUzy! LOL nt Lisa0825 Jun 2013 #3
I'm just waiting for Sylvia Browne to get sued. Archae Jun 2013 #4
I sense a bankruptcy in her future thelordofhell Jun 2013 #5
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2013 #7
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2013 #6
I sense agent46 Jun 2013 #9
Bring back the Bunco Squad! longship Jun 2013 #8
Yeah, I keep hoping for that day too... SidDithers Jun 2013 #11
pure slime this woman is ProdigalJunkMail Jun 2013 #24
Didn't she see this coming malaise Jun 2013 #10
She just needs to buy a Lotto ticket with the right numbers. Make7 Jun 2013 #12
That is the proof to my that psychic powers are not real..... Logical Jun 2013 #22
And the idiot who took her seriously? What happens to that person? n/t cynatnite Jun 2013 #13
Good point. The cop who believed her... SidDithers Jun 2013 #16
Yes, why did the judge let the sheriff's office off the hook? csziggy Jun 2013 #21
That is so weird warrior1 Jun 2013 #14
Maybe they did not dig deep enough. asjr Jun 2013 #15
How was the Sheriff's Department not liable? Jeff In Milwaukee Jun 2013 #17
Agreed. I believe police get lots of psychic "tips" in this sort of case SwissTony Jun 2013 #18
Take being psychic out of the equation... Jeff In Milwaukee Jun 2013 #32
I'm sure that she was a fraud and not representative of real psychics. Orrex Jun 2013 #19
REAL psychics?????? SwissTony Jun 2013 #27
Well, I foresaw that someone would post something like that. Orrex Jun 2013 #28
"Well, I foresaw that someone would post something like that" SwissTony Jun 2013 #29
Idiot cops. Who the fuck is dumb enough to believe in psychics? The cops should pay also. n-t Logical Jun 2013 #20
Roughly half of Americans believe in psychics, per most polls. Rod Walker Jun 2013 #25
Good point! n-t Logical Jun 2013 #26
How did she not see this coming? zappaman Jun 2013 #23
Don't feel so smug, DUers WolverineDG Jun 2013 #30
Anyone who claims to be psychic... NaturalHigh Jun 2013 #31
Or both... SidDithers Jun 2013 #33

Archae

(46,198 posts)
4. I'm just waiting for Sylvia Browne to get sued.
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 02:26 PM
Jun 2013

She's made so many fake claim, most recently a girl she said was "dead" already turned out to be a captive of that Ohio Castro pervert.

Response to thelordofhell (Reply #5)

Response to SidDithers (Original post)

longship

(40,416 posts)
8. Bring back the Bunco Squad!
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 02:46 PM
Jun 2013

I remember it from 1950's TV. Also, Dragnet often had Jack Webb and Ben Alexander (later Harry Morgan) on the Bunco beat. "Just the facts, Ma'am."

Philadelphia tried to enforce this a few years ago -- as reported on the SGU, the best podcast in the universe -- but withdrew the policy when the psychics complained that it was mere entertainment (also reported by the SGU).

I want Sylvia Browne, and everybody making similar claims, to be subject to prosecution for fraud. The penalties should be severe, especially for Sylvia who is as heartless a person of whom I have ever heard. There is no length of prison sentence too long for the likes of these people.

The story of Sylvia Browne on the Shawn Hornbeck case is heart rending. To see her working over the Hornbecks on the Montel Williams Show, especially so.



And Sylvia was also involved in the recent case in Ohio with one of those girls, Amanda Berty, held prisoner for years and years.


Throw away the key!

SidDithers

(44,228 posts)
11. Yeah, I keep hoping for that day too...
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 03:47 PM
Jun 2013

You'd think after all the times she's been wrong, especially after all the bad publicity she got when the 3 women were found in Cleveland, that she'd have to answer to someone.

But nope. She just keeps making shit up and getting paid.

Sid

Make7

(8,543 posts)
12. She just needs to buy a Lotto ticket with the right numbers.
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 04:05 PM
Jun 2013

That seven million dollars should be easy to raise.

 

Logical

(22,457 posts)
22. That is the proof to my that psychic powers are not real.....
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 09:51 AM
Jun 2013

Lotterys and Casinos are still in business.

csziggy

(34,113 posts)
21. Yes, why did the judge let the sheriff's office off the hook?
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 09:50 AM
Jun 2013

From the article linked in the OP:

The suit alleges that Gridley called the Liberty County Sheriff's Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs' residence.

The sheriff's office repeated the false statements to various news media organizations and provided the plaintiff's address, the suit states.

<SNIP>

When initially filed, the suit's defendants included Liberty County and six media outlets, which over time were dismissed.

Since media is no longer "news" in any sense, I can sort of see letting them off, even though they embellished the story to a ridiculous extent. But the sheriff's office should have had more sense than to accept a psychic's unsubstantiated word or to repeat that fakery to the media as fact OR to give out the location alleged to be a crime scene.

If it had been a legitimate tip to a crime scene, the location and the process of investigation would have been damaged due to the media frenzy. Since it was from a dubious source, why would they give out that information? The SO should have just kept their mouths shut until at least an initial investigation was complete.

IMO the Liberty County Sheriff's Office should be at least as culpable as the "psychic"!

warrior1

(12,325 posts)
14. That is so weird
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 04:16 PM
Jun 2013

I was just thinking about this case a few days ago. Not psychic the thought just popped in my head.

Jeff In Milwaukee

(13,992 posts)
17. How was the Sheriff's Department not liable?
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 08:07 AM
Jun 2013

It appears it was the Sheriff who turned it into a media circus. The alleged psychic's allegation was just a tip to police (massively wrong, of course), but it seems it was the action of the Sheriff that caused the damage.

SwissTony

(2,560 posts)
18. Agreed. I believe police get lots of psychic "tips" in this sort of case
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 09:32 AM
Jun 2013

and 99.9999% of them are tossed in the bin where 100.0000% of them belong.

But this quote "The sheriff's office repeated the false statements to various news media organizations and provided the plaintiff's address, the suit states" seems to point more to sheriff's office than to the psychic.

I'm actually feeling some sympathy for the psychic, which is something I would never have predicted because I'm not psychic.

Jeff In Milwaukee

(13,992 posts)
32. Take being psychic out of the equation...
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 09:52 PM
Jun 2013

If I'm a citizen and think my neighbor is running a meth lab, I might be less likely to cooperate with the police if I think I could be held civilly liable for whatever actions the police might take.

SwissTony

(2,560 posts)
29. "Well, I foresaw that someone would post something like that"
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 04:07 PM
Jun 2013

We're both psychic! Got the numbers for the lottery?

 

Rod Walker

(187 posts)
25. Roughly half of Americans believe in psychics, per most polls.
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:20 AM
Jun 2013

There are a lot of dumb people out there...

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