What did happen when Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo took the stage at the Nutter Center in Dayton was very much like what happens on her show when she does a group reading: spirit came through and she relayed their messages.
I know, I know. Some of you are smirking and shaking your heads thinking she’s a fake. Maybe, maybe not. It really doesn’t matter to me either way. I find her fascinating. Whether she really hears spirit (and I like to think she does) or whether she’s just got an uncanny knack for reading people’s psyches, what impresses me about her is that she has the rare gift of being able to make the bereaved feel better. I believe people actually start healing and feel relief when Theresa gives them a message from their loved ones. I, for one, never know what to say. So I don’t care if she’s making the whole thing up. She’s connecting with people in a way that is truly remarkable to me.
But here are a few reasons I think she is legit.
Much like on her show, Theresa wandered around the arena, honing in on groups of people and asking her typical questions. Who’s the young man who passed from a car crash? Who’s the mother figure that filled up with fluids? Who’s the sister figure who died suddenly? And in almost all the cases, it was a description that related to someone in the very close vicinity of where she was standing. Once she zeroed in on who the message was directed toward, she did her usual reading with more personal details and messages.
Yes, some of those descriptions could be considered pretty generic. But there were a couple that weren’t. At one point, Theresa stood in the middle of the floor and said she saw a train. People on either side of the arena cried out and Theresa couldn’t figure out which group spirit was referring to. So she added that this person had been severed by a train. That descriptor still applied to both sets of people. Then she asked what the bushes meant. One cluster of people didn’t know what she was talking about, but the woman on the other side of the arena said she did. Her friend had hidden behind bushes and then jumped in front of a train when it approached.
Tell me Theresa made that up.
You know what, it doesn’t even matter if she did. She went on to tell this woman that she saw prescription bottles and that the woman wasn’t taking them. All true. Whether she guessed that this woman was mentally ill, or spirit came through, she took a great burden off the audience member’s chest by telling her there was nothing she could have done to prevent what happened. Maybe she’s even heard that before, but coming from Theresa, it seems to mean something.
The woman behind us, the woman in front of us, and the woman right next to me all broke into tears at different points during the show. Their grief, like that of so many others in the audience, is still so raw. What surprised me was when Theresa asked, “Who was shot point blank, right here in the head?” and pointed to the middle of her forehead. Cries and hands went up all over the arena. I was taken aback. So many fatal gunshot wounds! She zeroed in on the couple who’s son was presenting to her, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all those senseless deaths.
Theresa went on for two hours and read a few dozen people in the audience. It was very much like her show. I’m a huge fan, made even more so by learning that she donates all the money from her private readings to her two favorite charities: Meals on Wheels and the Wounded Warrior Project. I can’t help it; I like her.
I wish my stepfather or father-in-law had come through, but I think other people in the audience needed messages from their loved ones more. A lot of people needed that closure to start healing, and a lot of people walked out of that arena feeling better than when they walked in. So, I don’t care whether Theresa is a fake or not. She definitely has a gift.
What do you think about psychics and mediums?