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hoaxHARDIN, TX – Two years ago we reported on the couple who had police and media descend on their home after an anonymous caller told police said they had a mass grave on their property. That claim turned out to be false and the anonymous caller, self-described psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley, has been ordered to pay the couple $6.8 million.

A Dallas County judge issued the judgment against Gridley after the couple, Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton, filed a lawsuit against her one year after Gridley called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs’ residence. “Whether it will be collectible, we’re going to pursue that,” said Dallas attorney Andrew Sommerman.

Judge Carl Ginsberg found that Gridley made defamatory statements about Bankson and Charlton when she volunteered false information to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was at their home. He agreed that the false statement injured the plaintiffs’ reputation and exposed them to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury.

The judge awarded $3 million in damages to Bankson and $3,849,000 to Charlton, plus 5 percent interest from the date of the occurrence in June 2011.

For those of you who do not remember this, the sheriff’s office repeated Gridley’s false statements to various news media organizations and even provided the plaintiff’s address. This resulted in law enforcement and the media descending on the property. According to the lawsuit, “media defendants began to exaggerate and eventually make up facts about Plaintiffs, including that a mass grave existed on the property, including the bodies of children.”

Some media outlets even reported that children were buried on the property and that bodies had been recovered. The lawsuit originally included Liberty County and six media outlets, but they were all dismissed.

In case some of you don’t read the original story, or the comments, police and the media did not swarm the property after getting the call from the psychic. After the psychic called, they sent officers to the property to investigate. When officers arrived, no one was home but they saw blood on the front porch of the home. Hell broke loose after they requested a search warrant.

The blood turned out to be from the ex-boyfriend of Bankston’s teen daughter, who tried to commit suicide a couple weeks prior. As to why they were targeted in the first place, Bankston told reporters his son was a convicted sex offender, but hadn’t lived in Hardin for over a year. During an interview with the Houston Chronicle a few days after making the phone call, Presley said she called police after she and two friends had visions of three children in trouble.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Tombsmoker Jon Tombsmoker

    I see a homeless woman pushing a shopping cart down an alley…

  • :-/

    Does she even have that money to give away? Looks like she better tap into her tarot cards & crystal ball & figure out the lotto numbers to play :-/

  • newstarshipsmell

    LOL, I was going to say the same thing, but I was too busy reading the original D’D article from 2011.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Some media outlets even reported that children were buried on the property and that bodies had been recovered. The lawsuit originally included Liberty County and six media outlets, but they were all dismissed.

    I’m curious to know why those were all dismissed… considering they were far more likely to actually have any money to pay damages than some fucking psychic. I’m assuming “dismissed” means thrown out by the judge, not settled out of court, though.

  • IntelligentVirtue

    Now use you’re psychic powers to produce the Power Ball numbers to pay off your debt!!

  • 18th40

    You mean she couldn’t see this coming ?

  • tkaz

    I can’t see leaving blood on my porch – it’s gross & not to mention sad…who wants to see that everytime the come home??

  • Buffettgirl

    People, you never, ever trust the word of a psychic unless they are affiliate with either Dionne Warwick or Miss Cleo – sheesh!

  • Blair Krueger

    Right?
    LE departments are supposed to be trained to deal with crackpot calls.
    not:
    “For those of you who do not remember this, the sheriff’s office repeated
    Gridley’s false statements to various news media organizations and even
    provided the plaintiff’s address.”

    What fucking judge throws out a lawsuit against the County that did that shit?

  • LuvsHorror

    I can’t believe anyone takes “psychics” seriously.

  • JohnQknowitall

    The daughter’s son attempts suicide and the blood is not cleaned up two weeks later and the son is a convicted sex offender. Why am I getting the feeling that wierd things of a different kind might have occurred in that “home?”

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Well, some people only seer what they want to. You don’t have to be a mind reader to see she’s really going to pay for this unforeseen event. Those other people really made a prophet though.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    I really apologize for that.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    I think so too. Of course, I think any situation where you risk having a sex offender, family or not, around your teenage daughter, is at best questionable judgment. I don’t understand how people are so damn careless with the safety of their kids.

  • JohnQknowitall

    The sex offender was the brother and it sounds like he was out of the picture before this psychic shit… What I really wonder is how, not that all psychics are money grubbing deceitful manipulative opportunists (choke), this “seer” pegged this house? Gossip?

  • Jycorro

    I see dead people.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Maybe. It says she and two others all had the vision. Something must be up when you have two other people backing this up. Of course, maybe there were no other people and the police didn’t follow up? Sounds unlikely until you consider that he’s a sheriff who got a call from a psychic with claims of a mass grave, and his instincts told him, yup, sounds legit. Let’s just run with this completely reliable information, as quickly and publicly as possible, because what could possibly go wrong?

  • JohnQknowitall

    Yeah…. File this one under “Cluster Fucks – Huge.”

  • JohnQknowitall

    Oh grow up!!! Next you will claim you don’t even own a Magic 8 Ball like some ignorant twit!!! ;) http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~ssanty/cgi-bin/eightball.cgi

  • JohnQknowitall

    And some pretty damn poor ones too I bet! ;)

  • JohnQknowitall

    Maybe you won’t have that issue if you keep an eye on who your children date.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    So you’re saying even cluster fucks are bigger in Texas?

  • GracieW

    I hate those things! I clicked on your link and asked it if I would lose weight on my new diet. It said “Outlook not so good.”

  • JohnQknowitall

    Only when they involve rich conservative families formally residing in the White House…. otherwise no monopoly. ;)

  • JohnQknowitall

    I asked it if I should cash out my retirement funds, mortgage my condo and get a salary advance to invest in Greece, Spain and Ireland … I got a “thumbs up.” I gonna be rich bitch!!!! Hear that? RICH!!!!

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Great! I was afraid good ole Florida might be out of the running. I would’ve demanded a recount!

  • 18th40

    No need to apologize, remember where we are.

  • restlessvagabond

    The blood might have just been a stain. Its notorious for doing that.

  • Scott McAllister

    how can you sue someone who claims to be a psychic i dont think there is a real one in the world

  • VenusDoom3

    Seriously. Paint over that shit.

  • LuvsHorror

    That’s different, those actually work.

  • Buffettgirl

    Why apologize? It was beautiful, simply beautiful… ;-)

  • Mrs. Beasley

    A place where I can freely use puns without shame! You guys are awesome! I’m never leaving now.

  • Buffettgirl

    Well you’re quite punny – it’s fun to read!

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Ha! Well played madam.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Well that’s because it’s not psychic, it’s magic.

  • mean birch

    P r I c e l e s s

  • ultracreep

    A crooked judge looking after his bread and butter. That’s who.

  • ultracreep

    Cool story. Now I’m going to wait for the pizza I just “oredered.” ;)

  • newstarshipsmell

    You were considering leaving… !?

  • 18th40

    Did you forget to tell her about the whole ‘once your in, only one way out’ thing Tarsh ?

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Pfft hell no. I got a little over excited is all, it was a declaration of love, crazy DD style. Every so often, I get a little dramatic on my posts. I know what you’re thinking- no way! She never posts anything like that on here! It’s true though! My emotions got away from me, won’t happen again. Until it does. I’ll try to reserve it for the pitbull posts though.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Well, then I should at least get some kind of initiation if its that type of commitment. Cloaks, candles, and an alter. By alter I mean open bar of course. Let us commence in the ritual drinking of the booze!

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Just because the sex offender was the girl’s brother, doesn’t mean she’s not in danger of him raping or molesting her.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Huh? He doesn’t live in the same town as the rest of the family. I not sure how the brother plays into this whole story other than to prove what hot mess the whole family is… the boyfriend attempting suicide was a nice touch and shadowed the possible sanity of the daughter.

    What you say is true, how did that argument come to topic?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Just the fact that you said the sex offender was the brother in response to what Mrs Beasley said about the dangers of letting a sex offender around one’s teenage daughter. Just because he’s her brother, doesn’t mean that he won’t rape or molest her. Most sex offenders know their victims. And who’s to say that he doesn’t “pop in” from time to time?

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am still not sure why that comment was thrown in… It sounds like he was many miles away and I doubt his penis is long enough to matter from that distance.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    But he could come back to visit his family from time to time. That’s when he would have the opportunity to harm his sister.

  • Kat

    Well I know for sure that one’s broken because I asked if my daughter would clean her bedroom up by tonight and it said “DEFINITELY”!

  • JohnQknowitall

    As a reader of DD you should have been immediately concerned about what “DEFINTELY!” means with regards to your daughter “cleaning” her room.

  • Kat

    LOL… funny thing is the kid actually DID clean her room properly. It may have had something to do with me witholding the pin numbers for both internet access and cable tv until it was done!

  • Sheamus Warior

    I sent your articles links to all my contacts and they all adore it
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