Psychic Sues NY for $100K: My 'Gifts' Helped Find Inmates

Texas man wants reward money for 'helping' in case of escaped inmates
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 12:50 PM CDT
Psychic Sues NY for $100K: My 'Gifts' Helped Find Inmates
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit on Oct. 7, 2015, in Albany, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

On June 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted that the state of New York had $100,000 for anyone with info that would lead to the arrest of two escaped prison inmates. Now a Texas psychic wants Cuomo to pay up and has filed a lawsuit to demand the reward money, claiming the governor and New York state have violated a "tweeted written contract," Fusion reports. Eric Drake says he called the governor's office during the hunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat after their June breakout from the Clinton Correctional Facility and offered info that was "right on point," including that the "two inmates separated for some reason," that one "was heading for mountains and clear rivers," and that accomplice Joyce Mitchell "had more information than appeared," per the 31-page complaint.

"The odds of someone without the gifts of the Spirit of God, guessing on the information that the Plaintiff provided to the authorities is probably less than (1) one out of 25 billion," the complaint notes. Yet Drake claims the governor's office wouldn't even tell him how to file for payment when he called. Drake says he's "foreseen the deaths of many people"—including family and President Obama's grandmother—and has healed cancer patients through prayer. He also says DC police ignored his advice while searching for snipers in 2002; that no one named Clinton, Trump, or Biden will be the next president; and that "a much deeper sorrow" looms for the Obamas. Why he needs the reward: to publish his book of prophecies "regarding the United States of America, which ... are 1000 times greater than the suffering of the great depression," he notes in the suit. (A Brazilian airline got superstitious because of a psychic.)

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