Ginsberg found that Gridley had made defamatory statements about Bankson and Charlton on June 6, 2011, when she volunteered false information to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was at the plaintiffs’ home. The defendant’s false statement injured the plaintiffs’ reputation and exposed them to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury, the complaint stated.
For damages suffered, the judge awarded $3 million in damages to Bankson and $3,849,000 to Charlton, plus 5 percent interest from the date of the occurrence in 2011. The suit was filed June 5, 2012, almost exactly a year after the alleged incident took place.
The suit alleges that Gridley called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs’ residence. The sheriff’s office repeated the false statements to various news media organizations and provided the plaintiff’s address, the suit states.
Way to go there sheriff! Now, lest I be accused of cursing law enforcement darkness, I hereby light a candle: you wanna see someone who did hazard an informed guess on how this might generally turn out, complete with a time stamp from last year on a reputable website? Another surprise, that “seer” was a skeptic of these confidence operators going by the name of psychic and concluded with this eerily prescient warning to police:
Disc News — Psychic information often wastes police time and resources following up on false leads. Despite popular belief and claims to the contrary, there is not a single documented case of a missing person being found or recovered due to psychic information. Psychics have consistently failed to find missing persons, including high-profile disappearances like Natalee Holloway and Holly Bobo (the Tennessee woman abducted in April 2011 who remains missing despite efforts by dozens of psychics).