The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

State & National News

October 20, 2013

MASSACHUSETTS: Fortuneteller investigated for offering to remove curses

Sunday, October 20, 2013 — Police are looking into complaints that a fortuneteller in the so-called Witch City is charging customers to lift evil curses placed on them.

Fatima's Psychic Studio is a 20-year fixture in Salem, which was the setting of the 17th century witch trials and is now a popular tourist destination in the weeks leading to Halloween.

Police are looking into complaints involving four customers from out of town, including one filed by a man from New York state who says he paid $16,800 to have a "shield placed over him to protect him" and to "channel angels," according to a report filed with the city's Licensing Board.

The report, filed by Detective Sgt. James Page, said another complaint involved a New Jersey man who went to Fatima’s in August and was told he had a curse that the fortuneteller would remove for $500. The man declined but a few days later received a call from the reader asking again if he wanted the curse removed. The man said he refused a second time.

A city ordinance defines fortunetelling as “the telling of fortunes, forecasting of futures or reading the past," Page noted in his report, but curse removal isn't covered. The Licensing Board will meet Oct. 28 to consider renewing Fatima's license, which police said expired about a year ago.

Fatima's owner Harry Mitchell said he will respond to the questions raised in the report at that meeting. He told the board this week he has always been licensed but forgot to renew last year.

Asked by a reporter about the complaints, Mitchell denied wrongdoing and said he was “in discussions” with one of the customers in question.

Seperately Mitchell told police one complaint was due to a "misunderstanding and that he would speak with the reader to make sure it did not happen again," according to the detective's report.

Of the four complaints against Fatima's, two were recent, one was from last year, and another was a decade old. Page said there are no similar complaints against any other city fortunetellers or psychics.

Tom Dalton is a reporter for The Salem, Mass., News.

1
Text Only
State & National News
  • The waffle taco's biggest enemy isn't McDonald's. It's consumer habits.

    Gesturing to Taco Bell, Thompson said McDonald's had "not seen an impact relative to the most recent competitor that entered the [breakfast] space," and that new competition would only make McDonald's pursue breakfast more aggressively.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cuba is running out of condoms

    WASHINGTON - The newest item on Cuba's list of dwindling commodities is condoms, which are now reportedly in short supply. In response, the Cuban government has approved the sale of expired condoms.

    April 23, 2014

  • NCSU Study: People Pay More Attention to the Upper Half of Field of Vision

         A new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Toronto finds that people pay more attention to the upper half of their field of vision – a finding which could have ramifications for everything from traffic signs to software interface design.

    April 23, 2014

  • NC State Receives $25 Million NNSA Grant to Develop Leaders, Improve Technological Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

    NC State today was awarded a five-year, $25 million grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development to develop the next generation of leaders with practical experience in technical fields relevant to nuclear nonproliferation. NC State was selected by NNSA over 22 other proposals following a competitive process that began in May 2013.

    April 23, 2014

  • Winter created urge to get out of town

    This year's harsh winter contributed to an exodus of travelers seeking refuge from the weather by booking tours, cruises and hotels in record numbers, according to AAA Carolinas Travel Agency. Trips taken by those booking through AAA, the largest leisure travel agency in the Carolinas, showed an increase in tours (15 percent), cruises (12 percent) and hotels (33 percent) over the first quarter of 2013.

    April 22, 2014

  • NCSU Study: The Trials of the Cherokee Were Reflected In Their Skulls

    Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

    April 22, 2014

  • Do your genes make you procrastinate?

    NEW YORK - Procrastinators, in my experience, like nothing better than explaining away their procrastination: General busyness, fear of failure, and simple laziness are just a handful of the excuses and theories often tossed around. Now researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have added another option to the list: genetics.

    April 22, 2014

  • NCSU STUDY: Impurity Size Affects Performance of Emerging Superconductive Material

    Research from North Carolina State University finds that impurities can hurt performance – or possibly provide benefits – in a key superconductive material that is expected to find use in a host of applications, including future particle colliders. The size of the impurities determines whether they help or hinder the material’s performance.

    April 22, 2014

  • U.S. Archivist to Speak at NC State Commencement

    David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, will deliver NC State’s commencement address on Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at the PNC Center in Raleigh.

    April 22, 2014

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 20, 2014

House Ads
Seasonal Content