Specifically, these are psychics who went to prison for fraud (or worse) and are trying to look good in front of the Parole Board.
She worked out of shops on Ninth Avenue in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. In 2009, Ms. Mitchell told a client that a dark spirit was keeping happiness at bay. She asked the client for an $11,450 Rolex watch and a lot of candles and cash to clean the spirits. In all, the client paid $159,205, according to a criminal complaint.
The Rolex should have been a tip-off, no?
But it’s their culture — who are we to judge?
“My culture did not allow me to go to school,” she told parole commissioners. “I never had education. I was to do this fortunetelling business, to make money.”
A lot of otherwise good things go sideways when you start charging money for them.
(Hat-tip: Professor Althouse)