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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 SciFake.com, 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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  • http://scifake.com 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!

    • Kevin

      Yes and we call those people idiots.

  • http://scifake.com 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

    • Kevin

      Yes my background is in not being a complete idiot. Please provide some supposed experts with the “background” you deem credible which support your assertion that people can talk to the dead.

  • 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!

    • Kevin

      Poop stirrer? Is this a real comment or an atheist troll?

  • jean

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

    • Kevin

      Actually it isn’t. That’s like saying the miracle of water is proof enough of sailors. It doesn’t make any goddamn sense. Birth is a complex process that came about from millions of years of natural selection and gene expression. The real miracle is that life created itself from the raw materials of the universe. I mean how in the hell is that not more amazing and fascinating than God. And there’s actual empirical evidence to back it up!!

  • 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?

      • Kevin

        Yeah pretty much…

        If God is real then why are there so many different conceptions of God? You would think that if he was a real tangible being that people have seen that there would be some kind of consensus on his looks or state of being.

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      Does the writer really need to provide evidence. Okay here’s some pretty damn good evidence right here. Record an episode of Long Island medium then freeze frame the last shot of credits and read all the text there. It says something along the line of:

      “For entertainment purposes only”

      With a bunch of other legal jargon. In fact go right now and read the fine print on any advertisement for a psychic or medium and I gaurentee there is a similar legal clause. That’s how these people keep from getting sued. People who believe this crap are morons, plain and simple.

  • 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)..

    • Kevin

      Science will go where the evidence takes it. That’s the good thing about science. It doesn’t make wild, extraordinary claims without empirical evidence, unlike most psi practitioners. If there comes a day that a logical and evident theory for the existence of psi phenomenon comes along and its varifiable then science will change its stance. It doesn’t claim to know anything as it is constantly changing.

      But considering psi phenomenon has been studied fairly extensively for the past 150 years and so far no empirical data has been presented it seems pretty likely that it doesn’t exist. For reference take a look at the field of medical science which is a relatively new field historically. Lots of empirical data and lots of advances over a short period of time, because there’s actual substance to that research.

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      Maybe they’re just frustrated to be living in a world surrounded by the kind of drooling morons who believe that people can talk to the dead. Maybe they have higher hopes for the whole of the human race. Perhaps some of us want to evolve…

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      Its hard not to feel smarter than people who claim ridiculous things. Because It’s not really an opinion, It’s a fact. Mediums don’t exist. Most supernatural phenomenon can be attributed to the human psyche and it’s complex state of being. Not to mention that every single medium has this weird thing where their powers only seem to work when there are checkbooks near. Hmmmm. This is a real tough mystery a scooby-do!

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      Says the man who can’t type…

  • 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

    • Kevin

      Yeah. There. Is. Actually. Quite a bit of evidence that we evolved from single cell organisms that grew in the super volcanic oceans of early earth.

      Pot meet kettle.

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      So we should just believe anything because we don’t know about it? Just because we have to venture into uncharted territory every once in a while doesn’t mean we shouldn’t bring our critical thinking skills with us. She’s not harmless. She’s lying to people and stealing their money. We usually call these people con men. Do you also give your private information to those free vacation telemarketers? I mean I guess you can’t really disprove that they’re offering a real vacation.

  • 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

    • Kevin

      Wow. Christ. You said nothing there that is anything close to a coherent or cohesive thought process.

  • 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

    • Kevin

      Have you ever head the saying if you run into an asshole on the street he’s the asshole, if you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole?

  • 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

    • Kevin

      Good and evil are just words. Words invented by men. Even if there is a god, who knows if he has the same concept of good and evil as we do. Clearly he doesn’t given some of the stories in the bible. Furthermore, how would you explain the concept of good and evil to someone who had never head of these terms? Would you describe evil as anything that is a personal offense against you and your belief systems? I bet you would. And good is anything that makes “you” personally feel good. Good and evil are highly subjective terms. The things we as a society usually deem evil are those that seem to harm and control people. So under that very logical definition I think it’s fair to say that prophets, mediums, psychics and all the other what-have-you’s are some of the most evil people alive.

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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!

    • Kevin

      Yeah she can. Because you told her without you even knowing. Your body language and the way you react to certain statements she makes helps her to deduce facts about you.

      Some people are born with an innate gift to read people. These are your career detectives and what have you, and also con-artists of which mediums certainly fall under.

  • 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..

      • Kevin

        And that negates the fact that the medium was a fraud how???

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      You’re visited by your father and brother in your dream in the form of a mental construct. You’re brain is playing your memories of them over and over again while you dream; probably because you spend a lot of your waking hours thinking of them. You’re not being visited by their spirits.

      Example. I had a dream I was having sexual intercourse with Kate Upton, does this mean I really have had sex with Kate Upton? And if so do you think I should get tested?

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      No. It isn’t. Not only does it allow charlatans to continue to rip off the public, something called fraud there are laws against it, it detriments humanities search for real answers. If people believe in these two asshats then they will never make the effort to learn about the truth of the universe and that our loved ones aren’t just floating around us in the “ether”. Give people real closure. Your loved one is dead and your next, that’s the way life goes. If you can accept death than you can truly love your life.

      As a side note I’m pretty sure the only reason mediums aren’t prosecuted for fraud is that law enforcement expects peoplen to be intelligent enough to know that this shit is fake. It’s like at this point if you’re dumb enough to give your money to these people it’s your own fault.

  • 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.

    • Kevin

      Yup, you’re absolutely correct. It’s called cold reading it’s an old magicians trick. She makes general statements that could apply to anyone til she gets a hit. Then based of that hit she can continue to make vague statements and deduce facts based off that persons reactions. Not entirely unlike what a police officer does everyday.

      It’s fairly well documented that Edward planted audience members and bugged the studio to listen to people’s conversations. Let’s not forget about the magic of TV editing.

  • shainil binda

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

  • Danielledanberger

    Ok… WHAT?!??! Whether she is fake or not that does not mean in any way that ALL mediums are fakes… Its completely a real phenomenon and you are just an angry skeptical whos probably just mad that you have never gotten a good reading. This almost to me sounds like someone doesnt want other people becoming more aware of the abilities we possess as human beings..

    • Kevin

      Really? Can you please provide the direct link to a published, peer reviewed, replicated, study that has documented and provided empirical evidence for the existence and meaning of said phenomenon? That’s a direct link, not a link to a blog about mediums that talks about the study.

      • karebear

        Here you go: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WM5May4Z5II…..whether you believe or not, its pretty interesting, and he didn’t do this study for fame or recognition, it was an unpaid study and not highly publicized at all…but I’m sure u will have something to say about this too….everyone is entitled to believe what they want to, including you…but there are infinate possibilities in this world…the fact that we exist at all is a miracle in itself…stop being a jerk.

  • Kevin

    Wow, what you just said here is beyond stupid.

    So now mediums don’t talk to the dead? They interpret symbols? Because I’m pretty sure everyone can do that. It’s called logic and intuition and they are two of the many great gifts of our higher brain functions. It’s very smart of her to explain her “gift” in this way because it coincides with the method of cold reading which all mediums use and masquerade as the ability to talk to the dead.

    Second, I can verify who won the lottery by checking public records and then seeing for myself whether or not that person now has money. The claims that people like Kaputo and Edward make are unverifiable and can’t be disproven, they know it and that’s why they have chosen this particular grift to rip people off. Just to be clear, just because something can’t be disproven doesn’t make it a fact; although this clearly doesn’t stop morons from thinking so.

    Third, just because everyone thinks something’s true doesn’t mean it is. This is a logical fallacy known as argumentum ad populum. Plenty of people still believe Michale Jackson is alive, does that make it so?

    Finally, the only thing you were right about is all the beauty in the world. There’s a ton of it! Life is a beautiful and amazing experience and a lot more interesting than assholes like Kaputo and Edward. Life is waiting to be lived, but it can’t be done through dwelling on the dead.