Reality check: Psychic siblings appear on 'Six Degrees of Murder'
July 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Judge Christina Tosi shows how you do cake in this week's "MasterChef."
By Maria Sciullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Suzanne Vincent and her sister, Jean Vincent, are getting a reputation for psychic sleuthing.
The Cranberry residents filmed an episode of Investigation Discovery’s “Six Degrees of Murder” in New York. The show, “Sensing Secrets,” airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. and tells the story of young mother Christine Sheddy, who disappeared in 2007.
Her mother, Lynn Dodenhoff, worked with a woman who knew of the Vincent sisters.
“The story is about this lady reaching out to us,” Suzanne Vincent said. “She said her daughter had been missing.”
Ms. Vincent said she and her sister have a combination of psychic ability and intuition. As Catholics, they also pray. She said she “saw” a blond girl, rolled up in a rug, who had been beaten.
Names came to her: Tia and two beginning with the letter J.
Ms. Sheddy’s body was discovered on the grounds of a Maryland bed and breakfast in 2010. Her former housemates — Tia Johnson, her fiance, Clarence “Junior” Jackson, and Justin Michael Hadel — eventually were convicted.
“Six Degrees of Murder” isn’t the first time the sisters have been featured on television. They also were on Travel Channel’s “Dead Files Revisited.”
Also on reality TV
• “MasterChef” was no cakewalk this week, especially for Slippery Rock native Nathan Barnhouse.
The home cooks were charged with a harrowing team challenge: whip up a Sweet 16 dinner for 30 teens. What do kids like these days? Hint to the red squad: certainly not spinach/green pea/parsley puree.
Just the process of choosing sides had to be a disappointment for Mr. Barnhouse, 20. He was picked last and wound up on the blue team of Katie Dixon, a personal trainer from Hattiesburg, Miss.
“I absolutely do not want Nathan on my team today,” Ms. Dixon said, adding, “I want a team player. I want someone that’s good under pressure.”
In the scramble for assignments, she gave him the easy one — grill some corn, chop some tomatoes.
“Clearly, Katie sees me as a baby,” he said.
But he tested her patience by asking for direction in how to chop the tomatoes, then got into a scuffle with teammate Andrea Galan as they scrambled to plate citrus-infused shrimp. All was forgiven, however, when the blue team easily beat the red team’s bland chicken dish. Mr. Barnhouse hugged Ms. Galan after the announcement.
So, let them eat cake! The victorious blue team marched upstairs for a bird’s-eye view of the pressure test.
Red team members had to create a three-layered, frosted and decorated birthday cake. Easy, right? Judge Christina Tosi’s green-and-pink example is Dorothy Draper perfection.
Miami’s Alejandro Toro foreshadowed his downfall, saying he’s really not a cake guy. When he tried to ice his confection before it was properly cooled (frosting + heat = melted sugar), it was all the judges needed to send him home.
Next week’s “MasterChef” episode (Fox, Wednesdays) appears to be a two-hour locavore romp around a farm.
• Season eight of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” debuts Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. with another format change.
This time, it’s a team thing.
Judges Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez will choose from among 30 candidates to populate teams of nine tattoo artists. They will then mentor their teams, with the last man or woman standing winning a grand prize of $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked magazine, and a guest residency in the winning mentor’s shop.
Unlike past seasons, there will be no “human canvas” jury to help sway the elimination vote. Instead, members of each week’s winning teams will help decide who goes or stays. David Navarro returns as host.
• Global warming is no myth on History’s “Ice Road Truckers” (Thursdays).
The 10th season promises “an extreme sense of urgency” among the long-haul drivers who cross frozen water and ice-covered roads in the Canadian north.
Climate change and El Nino created record warm temperatures, forcing roads to open late and close early, a show press release notes. Trucking companies large and small feel the heat.
“Ice Road Truckers” returns Thursday at 10 p.m.
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