The police and city board in Salem are currently investigating claims that Fatima’s Psychic Studio, owned by one of Salem’s most famous psychics, has attempted to collect a fee from clients to remove evil curses. According to an October 16 report in the Salem News, Fatima’s license does not allow for the removal of evil curses.
According to Salem city ordinances, fortunetelling is defined as “the telling of fortunes, forecasting of futures or reading the past...” reports the Salem News. To confound the issue, although Fatima has held a license for the past 20 years, the owner Harry Mitchell claims he forgot to renew it this year.
A report filed by Detective Sgt. James Page states there have been four complaints made against Fatima’s dating as far back as 2003. While the initial complaint occurred in 2003, another occurred in 2012, but two recent complaints brought the issue to light.
While Mitchell claims the complaints have arisen due to a misunderstanding, clients claim that Fatima’s contacted them on several occasions attempting to collect $500 to remove an evil curse on them.
In September of 2012, the Salem Patch reported an incident involving an unidentified woman who visited Fatima’s Psychic Studio and paid $40 to get her palm read. The psychic reader reportedly informed the woman that she was filled with evil and needed to be cleansed, but that it would cost her $500 for the service.
When the woman informed the psychic reader that she did not have the much money the cost was reduced to $100, leaving the woman suspicious and uncomfortable. When she reported the incident to the police, she was told not to go back to Fatima’s and that the police would forward the information to the Licensing Board for further review.
Page contends that because a fortunetelling license does not include removing evil curses that Fatima’s “is operating a business outside of their license and in contradiction to the city of Salem Code of Ordinances,” reports the Salem News.
An October 28 meeting of the Licensing Board has been scheduled to discuss the renewal of Fatima’s Psychic Studios’ fortunetelling license.
Whether the city of Salem provides licenses that do include the removal of evil curses is not known at this time.