In 2011 police raided a ranch house in Texas because of information given to them by a psychic. The tip turned out to be untrue. Now the ranch owners are suing the psychic, the police department, and news agencies. This whole ordeal started on June 6th, 2011, when a psychic who gave the name “Angel” made a phone call to the police department.
She tipped them off about a massacre at the ranch and gave gruesome details of this event. She said 25-30 bodies had lay butchered in a ranch outside Houston. Angel informed them of a mass grave at the farm full of children and rotting corpses that were chopped up and decapitated. When the Liberty County Sheriff’s office received the phone call, they sent deputies to the ranch to look into the property, but they did not find anything wrong or out of the ordinary.
However, they received yet another call describing the same thing the next day. This time, the FBI, Texas Rangers, and dozens of officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety showed up at the location. Cadaver dogs accompanied them, news reporters (including news helicopters), and bystanders there to see what was going on.
It Was All A Farce
It turns out that there was no cause for concern, everything was normal, and authorities found no dead bodies or anything illegal. Psychic “Angel” either made a mistake or had purposely lied for some reason. This event caused deep embarrassment for the police department and the authorities involved. Despite the embarrassment, they declined to apologize to the ranch owners. They stated that they followed procedures by taking action when they received news of heinous crimes.
It doesn’t matter where the information of a mass murder comes from; they must investigate it, so they are just doing their job. Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton are the ranch owners, and they filed a lawsuit in early 2012. The “psychic” who called in the tip to the police department vanished into thin air shortly after. Since no one could find Angel, Bankson and Charlton couldn’t sue her. The couple sued the sheriff’s office for undue search and seizure.
They also filed a lawsuit against the news agencies that showed up, considering it unjust defamation. They later discovered Angel’s location and set up a suit against her. Her real identity is a woman named Presley Gridley, who goes by the psychic name “Rhonda.” She lives in Stanton, Texas, located about 800 miles away from the ranch house. Anna Merlan is a reporter for The Dallas Observer and has been watching the case unfold.
Who Is This Supposed Psychic?
According to Merlan, a blogger named Allen Youngblood investigated the psychic independently. He found a call that Gridley had placed to a nearby county Sheriff’s Department, telling them to look into a rural Texas ranch house in hopes of finding two missing children with an Amber Alert. Gridley told the person who answered her call that the missing children were in horrible shape and in a farmhouse near a little town named Hardin. She said the homeowners had him in a cellar with another young boy. Gridley also told them how she knew this:
“You’ll think I’m crazy, but have you ever heard of Sylvia Browne? She’s actually a psychic. And I’m a reverend and a psychic… The spirits talk to me. There were 32 of them that told me they were kids and they’re there, and they think these kids are there… These 32 souls are kids; they said that’s where someone murdered and sacrificed them… y’all will find their bones there. They said their bones are like in the walls. Also, if you’ll look with some kind of light or whatever, there’s stuff written all over the walls in blood.”
Whoever the psychic is, Angel, Rhonda, or Gridley could not have been further from the truth. When police searched the ranch house, they didn’t find any of that. There were no bodies, blood on the walls, bones in the walls- nothing pointing to foul play. The two missing children were found unhurt and in perfect health later by the side of the road. It turns out that their older sister had kidnapped them for some reason. There has been an update to this story since this article was published.