Thursday, May 11, 2006

She should have seen it coming...

"Gypsy Psychic" Linda Marks has finally been brought to book for years spent defrauding the foolish and the gullible. She was sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered by the court to pay back $2-million to her victims.

Linda, with the help of husband James and police detective Jack Makler, stole millions of dollars from the desperate, who believed her when she told them their money was cursed, and they had to give it to her for cleansing. For some reason, they believed her when she said she'd give it back. Linda commited fraud again, and again, and again, and again (and that was just from the very first page off a google search). Each time she managed to slither out of trouble, with the help of her paid-off police officer. So it was only fitting that when she finally went down, she brought him down with her.

There is a lesson to be learned here - not every psychic out there is a well-meaning but delusional fool. Some of them are master manipulators, who will exploit your credulity for all it is worth. Marks' scam only worked because people believe in things like curses, magic and miracle cures. As far as I'm concerned, the court should certainly have jailed Marks and Makler, but they shouldn't have made her give the money back to her victims. They don't deserve it, and an example needs to be made of them, fools that they are. Because her 'victims' were practically willing accomplices, so quickly and unquestioningly did they fall for her tricks. Their punishment for idiocy and for believing in flim-flam is that they got burned, and they shouldn't be made to feel any better about that. If anything, they should be put up on the stocks next to her.

She should have been forced to donate the cash to the JREF or some other organization dedicated to teaching the slobbering masses not to fall for this kind of crap.


Blogger Mr Angry said...

I don't know about some of them moonflake. I don't believe their are any true psychics so they are either all frauds or mentally deranged. Which is better?

May 12, 2006 12:22 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

yeah, that's what i said. Those that aren't delusional fools are just manipulators and frauds. There's no other option, so either way you're throwing your money down a hole.

and i'm not really sure which is worse... at least the fraudsters can be outed for all their followers to see. But the true believers... those will continue to hurt people over and over, all the while thinking that they are helping them, and you will never be able to make them see differently.

May 12, 2006 12:37 PM  
Blogger Bast said...

I believe in a miracle cure! Vitamin C. I am now a rabid follower of taking tens of thousands of mg when you feel like you're getting sick, as opposed to the 1000 mg RDA when your body is not in any way stressed out. Read the wikipedia article, I have fought off getting sick 4 times now.

May 15, 2006 2:10 PM  

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