Originally published June 15 2012
More false prophets? Texas couple sues psychic, mainstream media over untrue claims of a mass grave at their home
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against several parties after a convoy of local law enforcement officers, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and various media outlets showed up at their house one day in search of a mass grave filled with dead bodies.
According to reports, a self-proclaimed psychic known as "Angel" tipped police off that three live children were allegedly in danger, which somehow turned into a witch hunt for a non-existent burial ground filled with dozens of dismembered human bodies.
The Houston Chronicle was one of the first to report the story, which allegedly began when Angel -- the woman does not want to be identified by her real name -- phoned police about visions she claims she saw of children in danger. Though she lives many hours north of Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton's Hardin farmhouse, which would later be extensively searched, Angel described in vivid detail the layout of the property and the home itself, and claimed something was amiss there.
Some reports claim Angel warned authorities about numerous dead bodies that were on the property, while Angel herself later said that she merely notified authorities that children may be in danger there. In either case, law enforcement officials and federal agents showed up at the property shortly thereafter, and after seeing blood on the front porch and smelling what seemed to be rotting flesh, obtained a search warrant and essentially raided the property.
No bodies were ever found, and Bankson and Charlton are now filing suit against Angel for defamation, and against the Liberty County Sheriff's Office for unreasonable search and seizure. According to Angel, however, the accusations being levied against her are false -- she never told authorities there was a mass grave, she says, and three children could still be in danger.
"I was calling to have a welfare check on three live children," said Angel, a reverend, to KHOU in Houston. Angel told reporters that she received a vision from "Jesus and the angels" that three live children were, and could still be, in danger. "Everything pretty much got blown out of proportion. I didn't file a false report. If they make it to be false that's up to them, you know."
Another false prophet or a deceptive media psy-op?Angel's side of the story directly conflicts with the one being told by local authorities, who insist that there is "no validity to the report" provided by Angel. And yet the information Angel says she shared authorities differs completely from what authorities say she shared with them -- children in potential danger is not the same thing as a mass grave filled with up to 20 dismembered human bodies.
Somebody is lying in this bizarre story, which on the surface appears to have been nothing more than a hoax propagated by a fake psychic who saw some strange visions. But assuming that Angel really did just tell authorities that living children were in danger, why did they then turn the story into one about a mass grave that obviously did not exist?
This question is not meant to try to validate either of the claims allegedly made by Angel, but merely to point out that something is fishy with the whole thing. Is Angel really the huckster that the media is making her out to be, or are the government and media machines initiating more psychological warfare with the public by lying about the case for their own sinister purposes?
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