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.