Gary and terry magno

Terry and Gary Magno

Real Name: Gary and Terry Magno
Aliases: No Known Aliases
Wanted For: Fraud
Missing Since: 1986


Details: Gary and Terry Magno are phony faith healers wanted for taking money from his "patients" over false pretenses in Arizona. Their method was psychic surgery, a claim that a healer can perform surgery without use of anesthesia or tools. Psychic surgery gained notoriety with the 2000 biographical film Man on the Moon, about actor and comedian Andy Kaufman, who died of spinal breakdown caused by advanced cancer in 1984. Kaufman's ailments were worsened by the fact he seldom sought the services of conventional doctors, believing he had been cured by psychic surgery. The process is often done where the con man opens the skin with his bare hands, but is only performing a variant of a deep tissue massage. Often the con man has an assistant who may be appear to be aiding him in surgery, but in actuality may be abetting the fraud by handing the con man concealed packages of "blood", either actual blood or food coloring, in order to give the appearance of penetration. The assistant may also hand the con man pieces of meat in order to look like diseased items have been removed from the patient.
Police officer Randy Jones took an interest in the Magnos after his mother claimed to have been cured of her maladies after being treated by Magno, only to die shortly afterwards; an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be several tumors. Jones and a couple other undercover police posed as diseased men desiring Magno's services. Randy Jones recalled where he and the others were told to lie down on gurneys, then "prepared" for the psychic surgery by holding Bibles or crucifixes over their hearts. Magno, aided by an accomplice, began removing "tumors" from their bodies, which Jones believed were pieces of chicken anatomy either concealed by Magno or handed to him by his accomplice. A police raid followed shortly thereafter, but the Magnos had fled the country.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the October 18, 1989 episode.
Results: Captured. Terry was arrested in the Philippines in July of 1991. However, due to an extradition problem, Gary Magno could not be arrested.

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