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The Dead Files, Fact Or Fiction?

Have you ever seen the show on the TRAVEL channel, The Dead Files, and really watched the behavior of Amy, the self-proclaimed psychic who can speak to the dead? Now, please understand, I don’t make fun of anyone with any kind of mental problem, but I have to ask the glaring question, is she semi-(I can’t use the R word, as I don’t want to offend)mentally challenged? If you watch her ridiculous behavior, you quickly see that there is something off, to say the least, and it isn’t that she is a gifted psychic who has been wore down by all of her experiences either. In the first episodes, Amy didn’t do the head-spinning-Linda-Blair moves while a passenger in the short bus that takes her to the different locations. Then, as you watch the seasons progress, she suddenly rolls her eyes back and whips her head around on the way to the location. I guess that she’s getting herself in the mood to meet up with the ghosts or something.

Once Amy gets to the location that each show is focused on, most times she begins to twirl a strand of hair continually, bug her eyes out, and often talks in a childlike voice, usually saying that she ‘doesn’t like that’, or that she’s scared, and even more bizarre is how she’ll say that someone was chopped up or something while unable to hold back her laughs. Most irritating is how she says the same damned things during each show, this is not good, this is bad, real bad, or I don’t like it, this scares me, it wants to kill me, it wants me to leave. Now look, if she could speak with the dead and enjoys having them around, like she claims, then why is it that every, single show she says that she’s scared, doesn’t like it, and she feels sick? Do I believe that there are things out there that we cannot understand or explain away through science? Absolutely, but I also know that if a person has a unique “gift”, they do not overact, making a spectacle of themselves and giving them all a bad name. They don’t have to prove anything to anyone with bizarre antics, they are comfortable in their own skin and with their abilities, not needing or seeking validation from anyone.

At times you have got to laugh when watching the cameraman, Matt, as he asks her whats going on, or is she alright. With some of her responses you just know that he has all he can do not to bust out laughing at her. When Amy begins her odd behavior of bulging her eyes, twisting the same strand of hair until it seems it’ll snap off of her head, rubbing her hands together like she’s trying to start a fire, and doing her baby talk routine, you have to wonder what poor Matt is thinking; is he feeling embarrassed for her, or does he want to laugh hysterically?

What would be interesting would be to see all of the cases that Amy was part of, where she was (pardon the pun) dead wrong or not even close. Notice something else, too – when they sit down for their big reveal and Steve tells about the history of the house or property, even when it’s something that she said earlier, nearly word for word, her eyes bug and she acts shocked. Well if she supposedly knew the stuff before hand, why is she so amazed? I recall one episode where her sketch looked nothing like the picture that Steve had obtained, she tried to point out the jaw and how it seemed similar, and the nose, as if trying to convince the clients!

Either way, I truly do believe that this Amy Allan is, to put it nicely, mentally challenged. Normal people, even if by chance they are gifted, do not behave like that, even in front of a camera. It’s a shame though because it would be a good concept for a show if they got someone genuine, who was truly gifted and one who did not let the fact that they are going to be on a television show taint them, creating an over-dramatic, pompous wannabe.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Reality TV

 

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A Death In Your Family, Hate And Greed

One of my loved ones is going through an extremely difficult, dark, tragic time right now and I find myself in dire need of reader input, I don’t really know if my opinions are unbiased and fair in this case, as I went through something very similar several years ago. I welcome any comments, any brutally honest input that any of you have, if you too have ever gone through a similar circumstance then you know exactly why it’s a hard situation to offer any advice or guidance on.

I will be as brief as possible, while trying to include all of the pertinent facts, even though the story is a long one. A couple has four grown children and while they divorced many years ago, their property was never settled, both the man and the woman always believed that if one of them died, the other one would inherit their half of their property. Sadly, the man passes away without a will so the majority of the children had to vote for which of them would be in charge of the estate, the younger of the two daughters was in charge and the four learned that each of them owned one eighth of the parents property (1/4 of their dads half ). The mother, in her seventies, had to go and take out a loan to pay off two of the four children, the oldest (daughter) and the youngest (son), for their share of the property. The younger daughter in charge and the oldest son gave their shares to their mother, forfeiting the six thousand five hundred dollars each. The daughter in charge, Emma, tried to do right by her mother throughout the ordeal, because her mother had always wanted to live in the house without having to worry about her ex selling it, Emma was led to believe that her mother always wanted to live out her golden years in the house that she claimed to so love.

Of the four children, the youngest, Jim treated the mother the worst, even going into court to try and sabotage the hearing to settle the real estate, shoving his mother and completely ignoring her when she tried to ask him why he didn’t want her to have her house. He started out using his two children as a tool to get his mother to do what he wanted, which was always to get her house and property out of her, be it for her to give it to him and his wife, sell it to them, co-sign a loan, whatever it took, he wanted her house. When using the kids didn’t work, he began coming back around pretending to care, but never enough to give back the money that he made her pay to buy the house! After the real estate was settled, the mother, Doris, suddenly claimed that she couldn’t keep up the house any longer, she knew that of all of her children, Emma was the one that her ex worried about most and she was the one who needed a home.

Currently, Doris offered the youngest son Jim the house, knowing that it would destroy Emma, who was the catalyst to her getting her property and the one who always tried to take care of her as best she could. When Doris was asked how she could do that after how rotten Jim acted to her and how he made her pay him for the property, her reply was that Jim said that he didn’t know that he took the money from her for the property! Emma states that Doris has played favorites with Jim all of her life, he is the baby and feels entitled to everything, he doesn’t believe that one should have to actually work for what they get, his mom owns a house and he owns a trailer but since she has a house and he never made it a priority to buy one himself, she should allow him to have hers. Emma said that she’d rather see it sold to a stranger than for him to get it.

Emma says that she has shared her feelings with her mother and that as always, her mother thinks more of what Jim feels, she has said right along that she sees Doris put away in the coming years after doing the deal, everyone knows that Jim has no real use for her, that he only wants her property. Please share your thoughts with me on this, I feel that Emma is again getting the short end of the stick, that she’s right about her mother having always wanted sons and not daughters and that she’s still favoring her baby.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Personal Stories

 

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