Psychic Must Pay $7M Over Very Bad Prediction
She told police that a couple had mass grave on their property
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 5:52 PM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2013 7:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A psychic peering into the lives of a Houston couple a few years ago should have seen a future filled with riches. Instead, she labeled them as mass murderers—falsely, as it turns out—and now a judge has ordered her to pay them $7 million for defamation, reports the Houston Chronicle. The strange case began in 2011 when Presley "Rhonda" Gridley called police to say that she had a vision of a mass grave on the property of Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton.

At the time, police were looking for some missing kids in a high-profile Amber Alert case, notes Houston.culturemap. When the psychic told them the kids could be found in the alleged mass grave, cops acted on the tip and mounted a search. The media got wind of it and, voila, Bankston and Charlton were in the news as potential child-killers. They've now got their revenge thanks to the defamation ruling, although it's not clear how Gridley could possibly come up with the money.

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Jun 17, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
The article doesn't mention how much digging up of the property was done. Using ground penetrating radar would save a lot of trouble.
Jun 17, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Nostradumass predicted this incident: "and the one of great sight shall massively distort the murderous truths of those who strove for riches in the land of wide expansion and the judge will see the grievance". Oh my god, so dead on.
Jun 16, 2013 10:57 PM CDT
Both the psychic and the police would have been heavily criticized if it had turned out to be true and they did nothing. And, of the newspaper would have publicized it. The psychic was trying to do the right thing and the police tried to solve some murder cases. They should have sued the newspaper that published the information. The newspaper would be able to afford to pay more than the psychic, anyway.