Vicki Monroe comes to Auburn

AUBURN – Carole Rosenberg always wanted to talk to the spirits around her: the brother who drowned three years ago, the father who died when she was 30, the grandfather who had been like a father to her.

On Friday, she believed she got her wish.

Sitting in the front row of a Central Maine Community College lecture hall, the Lewiston grandmother was the first person psychic Vicki Monroe chose.

“Is there a Greg? Or Jeff? Gary?” Monroe asked.

Said Rosenberg quietly, “Those are all my people.”

Monroe, a self-described “spirit messenger,” spent an hour with Rosenberg and more than a dozen others for area cable access show “The Edge.” Taped Friday, the show is expected to air later this month.

The taping offered a rare chance for audiences members – most of whom had lost children, parents or siblings – to talk with the internationally known psychic. While the Dayton, Maine, resident takes calls every Thursday from radio station Q97.9 listeners, her personal readings are booked months or years in advance. She usually charges $400 an hour.

Monroe agreed to do a special segment for “The Edge” for a nominal fee after talking with the show’s 17-year-old creator and host, Jake Sasseville.

“It was his mannerism. He’s very professional,” she said.

In a light green tank top, jeans and a black headset microphone, Monroe took the lecture hall stage Friday morning and pointed to Rosenberg immediately.

“I think I need to go to you first,” she said. “There’s a man. Your husband? Your father? I need to know who wore a military uniform.”

For a few minutes, Monroe talked about a man she was “seeing,” some problem he had in his chest, the feeling she got that he had died while Rosenberg was young.

“I did love you,” Monroe said, speaking for Rosenberg’s father. “I just didn’t know how to live life.”

Rosenberg was astonished.

“It was terrific,” she said afterward. “My father came through and my brother and my grandfather. She really has a gift.”

Others agreed. Many cried as Monroe described their loved ones and offered messages of love and forgiveness.

But some audience members weren’t so enthralled.

Bob Nixon, a local magician, was the last person Monroe called on. After asking if he knew an Elizabeth, Liz, Lindsay or Beth, she said she was looking at his father.

“He says ‘just keep smiling,'” she said.

She asked about a house on the lake, drinking beer, fishing and smoking cigars.

Nixon agreed, even filling in the blanks by making up a brother. He said he wanted to see how far the reading would go.

But afterward said he knew no one who had a house on the lake. He said he didn’t drink, fish or smoke cigars.

“I thought it was a bunch of inaccuracies and BS,” he said. “She was on a fishing expedition on everybody.”

Even Sasseville, who invited Monroe on his show, remained largely skeptical as she chose his mother from the audience and talked about her late son’s friends and hobbies.

“It was kind of general,” he said.

He remained doubtful until Monroe suddenly came up with “Alexander,” the name of Sasseville’s 13-year-old brother, who died two weeks ago.

“That kind of confirmed things up,” he said.

To skeptics, Monroe offered little argument.

“If they could just get a glimpse of what I saw, they would believe,” she said.

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