How do we know the Long Island Medium is a fraud? Because all mediums are frauds

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The "Long Island Medium"It appears questions are beginning to be raised about the veracity of the clairvoyant claims of Theresa Caputo, the star of the TLC reality show Long Island Medium.

Radar Online reported last week, “exclusively,” that “many viewers, audience members and even a private investigator believe Caputo’s ‘gift’ is a “total hoax.'” Even some longtime fans of Caputo, the report says, are jumping ship.

There are, let’s be clear, some problems with the Radar Online story. That a reality show is staged or fake is not exactly shocking at this point, much less one about a person who claims the ability to communicate with the dead. That some people watching a reality show about an obvious charlatan don’t believe she’s on the level is not news at all- nor, for that matter, is it “exclusive.”

Furthermore, the “private investigator” quoted in the story is a guy, Ron Tebo of, who seems to make a full time job of calling Caputo a fraud and making silly, sound-effect-laden YouTube videos about it. And the headline “Theresa Caputo Subject Of Fraud Investigation,” is not in any way backed up by the story itself, unless we’re talking about the private investigator’s own “investigation.” The phrase “fraud investigation” tends to imply that a law enforcement entity is investigating Caputo with an eye towards bringing criminal charges, something which is not stated in the story.

But all that said… of course the Long Island Medium is a fraud! Because EVERY psychic and medium is a fraud. It’s not like there’s some fraternity of “legitimate” or “on the level” psychics, of whose standards Caputo falls short. There is not. It is a discipline and profession absolutely no different from con artistry. These people are liars and scammers, dedicated to taking advantage of vulnerable, grieving people.

Human beings do not possess the ability to speak to or communicate with the dead. They just don’t. Everyone claiming that they can is a grifter, fame-driven, or both. That people like Caputo and John Edward were able to parlay her particular grift into big-time fame just shows that they’re better at this particular hustle than most others. But it doesn’t mean they’re honest people. They are, obviously, not. And it doesn’t take an “exclusive” news story- most people have pretty much figured it out on their own.

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  • Ron Tebo

    Maybe I can bring some attention (readers) to this pathetic journalism. The ROL story is on target and the story exposes a fraud! One who takes advantage of those who grieve and seek closure. In regards to my videos, love them or don’t ..I really do not care.

    Have a great rest of your day.

  • Elizabeth

    So refreshing to read an article by someone who just says it like it is. Preying on others who are suffering, especially to get their money, should be considered a criminal act.

  • barb

    can you please stop making broad statements! You have no prove in what you are saying!
    There are those, who will continue to support her, myself included! You are just wasting
    your time, find something better to do!

  • Ron Tebo

    I respect your opinion and I’m not here to change your mind.

  • Eileen

    Just want to know what background or expertise do you have to state that all mediums are frauds? Is this article just your opinion or do you have some type of educational background, experts that you have interviewed or the like in order to come to this conclusion. Looking forward to hear from you

  • Laurie Ann

    Ah the scientific mind. It’s the “prove it to me” attitude. I wonder are you an atheist as well? No medium can be “on” all the time. They’re not like machines. There is no proof that Theresa Caputo is a fraud, only accusations. I really wouldn’t waste my time with this closed minded man who calls her a fraud. He sounds like a poop stirrer, some people just get their rocks off by stirring up trouble. I believe in God yet I have no proof!

  • jean

    The miracle of birth is proof enough that God is for real. I mean no disrespect. Just expressing my opinion.

  • Christian

    You don’t have to respect her opinion if it’s ridiculous. You should laugh and mock her for making such an ignorant assertion. Like this other person “proving” God exists because of the end product of sexual reproduction. The world is full of idiots, and will continue to be full of idiots because there is currently no environmental advantage to not being an idiot. You are always entitled to your opinion, and we are entitled to tell you that your opinion is nonsensical. We need less Bibles and more Textbooks in this world. It’s 2014 and people still believe in magic and evil spirits. Your loved one is dead, death is commonplace. You can’t talk to them, you can’t reach them, and they’re not watching over you from heaven. They’re just dead, like that cockroach you slaughtered the other night. Dead. That cockroach isn’t in heaven and neither is little Timmy. Grow up.

  • MsPaula46

    Oh for cripe’s sake, there are no miracles, no gods, no mediums, no real psychics and yes, when people try to tell you the truth it’s for your own good. Stop believing in things without proof. That is a terribly ignorant and flawed way to live your life.
    Why bother going to the doctor? Why bother using technology? Why bother with court and criminal cases? Why not live your whole life without proof? Because you KNOW you need proof. So why in so many other cases will you accept bullshit without proof. No one can talk to the dead. It’s called dead for a reason.

    • Sherrie-Ann Bedard

      so I guess all my thoughts about God are worthless cause I need proof right?

  • Jen

    I just think it’s hysterical that their argument is “because she just is”. This article offers no evidence to back up the opinions of the writer. I, for one, believe in this stuff. Does she have it? I don’t know – I’d like to talk to her to see for myself, but I believe some people do.

  • Ron

    Anyone who believes people can talk to the dead is retarded. You ask, where’s the proof? The proof is that NOBODY can talk to the dead! That’s just a fact. Wake up morons.

  • Faith

    I don’t believe that she is a fake or scam. I can talk to my daughter of. 8yrs passing. I have heard my own daughter speak to me. don’t put people down just because they have a gift & you don’t understand it. leave people alone

  • Art Golden

    To all those who are saying it’s impossible for anyone to talk to the dead, exactly how do you know this? I’m very serious. Matter can neither be created or destroyed, it simply changes form. How do you know that whatever it is that makes you “you” (your soul, your spirt, your energy, etc.) doesn’t retain a communicalbe state when it leaves your body? It seems to me one is amazingly arrogant when they state that they “know” something that, at this point in time, can’t be proven one way ot another.

    • msloco

      Wow.. Thank You for putting in words i couldn’t, myself do not believe she is legit..BUT who is any one person/ people know what happens after death,I do believe certain things hereafter etc. To an extent, I have gone through so much pain all my life until my late hubby saved my sanity etc.i have gone through LOT haunting..mater of speech, finally convinced my caregiver,her daughter and others,as recently they have been with me and things happen, it most definitely was/ is my late hubby of 30 yrs at time of passing, I miss love so so much passed 2002 my depression is bad,extremely bad, he has been with me more, so much I want to be with him,and our dog 1 yr gone dec 23 2014 at age 17 don’t laugh PLZ) long story, I am disabled, useless, not living, only existing, no friends, due to being uselessness can’t walk but few feet, need to move afraid bad area.., but can’t..$$$ ,
      So my thought is.. Is my sweetie trying to keep me here? Or want me with him and Mystie- Blu?
      I am an old lady of 68, what am I to do? They say suicide would mean I would not see him, but again.. Who really knows? We believe/ see what we want??, I hurt sooo bad, this is my first time crying,? Feeling sorry for myself? Me always the strong, toughy no more! I cry so much,
      So you see is the So called medium bringing more pain to those who are suffering enough,
      This whole world all boils down to the ALMIGHTY $$$ including the Almighty Medium .
      Way to extreme to be believed, way to many common sense answers that pertain to majority of humans, everyone lost someone, take notice how she weasels out of wrong answers she gives..
      I am so sorry for long yakking, but I fee better( my hubby and a Dog)..

  • Brett

    As Theresa Caputo is the one making an extraordinary claim–being able to communicate with the dead–the onus is on her to prove it. The burden of proof is not on her critics to prove she is a fraud, which she most assuredly is.

  • Krystal

    Wow. Am surprised at the comments that are so adamant against believing. There are always going to be things that cannot be explained. Makes me wonder about those so against it. Maybe they have a reason to not want to be able to communicate with the dead. I have not witnessed a psychic encounter personally but I have an open mind to the possibility. Though the thought is scary and kind of creepy.

  • Danielle

    Ron, MsPaula and Christian seem to think they know it all but you’re re not the authority on death and connecting with the dead. (Unless you’ve died and know from experience!) What makes you so sure people can’t talk to the dead? That’s just your belief. You’re not smarter than those that believe. Understand? So keep your opinion, respect others right to their opinion, and grow up yourself.

  • frank Preston

    I just wanna know how do you know that nobody can speak to the dead? is it because you can’t I can’t either but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe anything is possible. I don’t know if this woman is real or fake but she is helping so what does it matter you’re helping nobody you’re just a hater. that’s the problem with the world these days too busy worrying about other people

  • frank Preston

    you make yourself sound stupid to the whole world you have no clue what people to do because you can’t do it don’t be mad because you are a limited person.

  • frank Preston

    there have been people all throughout history that has talk to the dead that have unexplainable events happen without proof there is no proof how humans got on this earth today but we are here yet you think proof has to be seen you sound like a fucking idiot

  • frank Preston

    I am a realistI have been through more than anybody you have known and I don’t know if God is real or fake but one thing I do know is that there was no proof on either situation so you cannot sit here and say someone is a fake when you just don’t know. everybody in this world hates on one person for one reason or another you need to find out why you are devoted to prove her a fake. are you jealous that she has made more money did you? if she is a fake you expose it it will not help you

    • msloco

      I only watched her few times just to see, watch her when asks a question and is wrong which is normally standard,questions most people have in their lives,including death of close one, hard for me to explain, but PLZ watch gift of gab, I do believe in unknown the possibilities , I went through hell, abuse as a child, my father then married my first hubby also abusive, left home at 14 lived on roof landings,streets, friends home sneaking in, forget rest….( survived was a good girl ) PLZ. my late 2 nd hubby was a saint( had to be to put up with me, he helped me grow / learn every way possible).never raised his voice. Now yes I hear his footsteps, hear his cough, had things move and seen, even my late mom has been here, I was able to prove finally to my caregiver, well I didn’t prove.. My late hubby has, a fe times, so I now know I am not nuts, just still in love!!! And heartbroken.

  • frank Preston

    you say you are not on here to change peoples minds then why are you on here because she’s not hurting you

  • frank Preston

    I don’t think she needs to prove anything. if I say I am purple and you say prove it I wanna know who the hell do you think you are that I need to prove anything to you. we are all nobodies to her so she should prove anything if you want proof call her to your house for reading I would

  • frank Preston

    you are the about the only person on these comments to make sense I’m riding with you

  • frank Preston

    this article is just an opinion they are assholes mad because they’re not getting recognized for anything so they attempt to be here

  • dal

    To any person who believes there is no evil is wrong. There has to be balance in the world, there is God and there is evil. My mother passed away several years ago but, she let me know she is still around by changing my music on my itouch. She is always letting me know when something electronic goes crazy and I have to ask her to “please stop” and she does. My mom, sister and I have a connection most people don’t understand. We got it from our grandmother who was very religious and also believed there was great evil in the world. Believe or not there has to be balance and am afraid the balance is tipping towards the bad side

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  • Jenn

    I can’t vouch for Theresa Caputo because I’ve never had a reading from her personally but I have had a reading by a medium and let me tell you there is absolutely no way she could’ve told me what she did without talking to my loved ones. I know everyone says this but I kid you not even I was blown away by what she said to me and I went into my reading a a skeptic. Don’t bash all mediums just because there is some who are fake!

  • Mark

    Hey, anyone remember that Sylvia Browne fraudster who told those parents their young son was dead, only to have him turn up alive years later? These charlatans are not harmless. They fill the world with lies and naive people help them do it. STOP promoting fakery. There’s enough real stuff in the world to focus on.

    • Sherrie-Ann Bedard

      Actually it wasn’t a son it was her daughter, in fact it was the girl Amanda Berry who was kidnapped and taken hostage I read the story..

  • Paul stone

    People grow up. It’s the 21st century. There is no talking to the dead. What Caputo does, she does well- it’s a craft, and it’s been around for ages. Everyone sees butterflies after a loved one dies, we all somehow notice electrical diaturbances like a chance light bulb blowing out, every parent thg loses a child will have a reading mentioning Winnie the Pooh etc etc. these “mediums” know the tricks and things to say. It’s funny how a medium always tells us that our loved ones are happy, in a better place. What, no one that’s ever died ends up in hell? Is love for a medium to say ” your dad was an asshole- he’s suffering in hell right now”. But no, it’s always the same shit-” your mom forgives you”, “your dad knows you were with him in the hospital when he passed and e heard what you said”, ” I see an elderly lady possibly your mother, grandmother, sister or Aunt”, ” who has the ring or necklace?” . Its a con game and Caputo knows it. I can show up at anyone’s house and do a cold reading just based on their age, ethnicity , an a few leading questions. People, when we die , we die. Sad truth but it makes this one go around all the better.

  • meg

    Hi. Keep your faith. I believe as well. I am vusited by my brother and father in my dreams mostly. When i am struggling in my life. I cant figure out all the time, and i think its people like her that can communicate for us.

  • Timmy

    Whether you believe or not, if comfort is found from a reading then surely that’s a good thing. Of course some people after shows will be disappointed because they are grieving and sad that a loved one didn’t come through for them, and that will be hard for some to deal with. There are many things we don’t understand in our world, so it’s probably best not to accuse people of not being able to speak to the dead unless you have absolute proof. Fake or not she helps people, so leave her alone and go after people who do others real harm.

  • Bo Heidelberg

    No it’s not – it’s just pure biology – duh!

  • Bo Heidelberg

    If ther was any chance of this bogus was true then proof would’ve created worldwide attention a very long time ago! Face it people of Earth – magic is NOT REAL – god included!

  • D

    If Theresa Caputo can truly talk to the dead then why does she always need details from the people who’s family members she supposedly speaks to? It’s because she is a low life con artist playing off ignorant, grieving people’s emotions such as yourself. If she could speak to the dead she could give every detail about the person without any assistance. She asks a generalized question like someone lost a loved one like a sister or mother. I am sensing a necklace or something. She is speaking to an audience of 300 people, someone is going to fit the criteria. I feel bad for you, you are too stupid to realize how stupid you are for believing in a piece of shit like Theresa Caputo.

  • Clayton

    Lets not forget this woman charges for her services. I have lost loved ones, and I know that this woman is a pro at reading grieving victims. Like great poker players, she reads their tells.
    The old expression of there’s a sucker born every minute does not fall short for those commenting. If you believe in this fraud, do yourself a favour and give your money to a trusted loved one before you get conned by someone similar.
    If she is the real deal, subject her to random individuals whom she has no prior info on. Let us not forget we live in an age where almost all info can be retrieved from the Internet. She operates locally, and can go through decades of obituaries. She could have private investigators extracting small amounts of info on dead relatives to achieve general hits.
    If anyone believes that someone can talk to the dead, you are telling me that its not possible she is solely exploiting people for cash? She charges 200$ a session. How much you think she makes when she publicly speaks in a room of people who must give their contact info?
    It’s amazing how quickly people still believe that despite the fact that TLC and Theresa make money off her readings and show that she’s real. They could write any reality show to appear real to the gullible. Tell me, is your religion also the only true religion? It must be true if I can’t prove she is fake. Would TLC continue to edit the show in the way they do if she was real? Would they need to edit a show if she was real?
    She is a vulture who preys on the very thing that hurts us all, loss of loved ones.

  • shainil binda

    Listen guys…people can communicate with the death…ok…