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 even some 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 that was happening at the ranch. The psychic gave gruesome details of this event.
She said that 25-30 bodies had lay butchered in a ranch right outside the city of Houston. She informed them of a mass grave at the farm full of children and rotting corpses that were all chopped up and decapitated.
When the Liberty County Sheriff’s office received the phone call, they sent deputies out to the ranch to look into the property, but they did not find anything wrong or out of the ordinary. However, the next day, they received yet another call describing the same thing.
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 all of 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 does not matter where the information of a mass murder comes from; they must investigate it, so they were 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 were unable to sue her at the time.
The couple decided to sue the sheriff’s office for undue search and seizure in the meantime. They also filed a lawsuit against the news agencies that showed up, considering it unjust defamation. They later discovered the location of Angel, and they 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 her, a blogger named Allen Youngblood investigated the psychic on his own. 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 children who were missing and who had an Amber Alert on them.
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 stated that they were being kept in a cellar along 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, and they said that’s where they were actually killed. They were sacrificed there… y’all would also 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. No bodies, blood on the walls, bones in the walls- nothing pointing to any foul play of any type.
The two missing children were found later, unhurt and in perfect health, 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.