Brenda Nicholas and "Aura Soap"
Nicholas (46) of Seattle worked mainly as a palm reader, under the name Monica Marks.
A Dark Turn
In 2007 Nicholas was working a street fair when she met an elderly women who wanted some help improving her life.
Enter the Aura Soap
Nicholas told the women she had a gray aura, and claimed that it could be improved by using a special soap. (Read more about auras here).
Nicholas ended up giving the women pills that made her feel strange, seeing her every few days and getting her to make large cash withdrawals.
The woman ended up paying Nicholas over a million dollars. The victim was left unable to pay for her assisted living facility.
Many people believe in auras and feel that certain spiritual or meditative practices can "clean" them of psychic debris. However the use of a tangible product like soap for this process is ludicrous whether you are a believer in psychic phenomena or not.
I fully respect honest people who are in a psychic or clairvoyant trade. And of course people are always free to use these services. But when it comes to vulnerable people who may be depressed, unwell or not thinking clearly, it is important to distinguish between visiting a psychic and being outright exploited as in this case.
No honest practitioner will ask a client to pay more than they can reasonably afford. So if you feel a vulnerable person is being exploited by a psychic fraud, do not hesitate to contact the police.
More About Psychic Soap
In sites like eBay you will see people selling "magic" soap that they claim will bring the user wealth or romance, or break curses. The makers generally do not strike me as people with any real standing to expertise. It just seems to be one more way to try and get people to pay more for a product that is not worth very much.