Friday, June 14, 2013

Murky Crystal Ball: Texas Psychic Ordered to Pay $7 Million for Bad Prediction

How come she didn't see this coming?

A psychic medium in Texas has been ordered to pay up almost $7 Million US in damages to a Houston area couple after her murky crystal ball churned out some very bad predictions. The bizarre case all began back in 2011 when the alleged psychic Presley "Rhonda" Gridley (who goes by the name of Angel), told authorities she had been having clairvoyant dreams and visions of a mass grave on the property of Houston couple Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton.

Madame Zelda's claims brought about a media frenzy in the city, as at the time there were a series of missing and abducted children in the area. The couple filed suit against Gridley, alleging that she called the Liberty County Sheriff's Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies—including those of young children— were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs' residence. The complaint also stated that the defendant's false statements injured the couple's reputation in the community and exposed them to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and grievous financial injury as well as putting their lives in danger.

Judge Carl Ginsburg awarded $3 million in damages to Bankson and $3,849,000 to Charlton, plus 5 percent interest from the date of the occurrence in 2011. Ginsberg found that Gridley had made defamatory statements about Bankson and Charlton when she volunteered false information to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was located on the plaintiff's property.

No word on how Grindley is going to conjure up that $7 Million!

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