Channeling is of the devil, period.
So, we have a morbidly obese ex-nun who is encouraged by her brother - who is a psychologist and an ex-Jesuit - to engage in this behavior.
The scammitude just drips from this little circus freakshow.
"Mrs. Zimmerman said she channels other spirits besides Padre Pio. Every Saturday, for example, she channels her mother, who died two years ago, by typing out a letter to her surviving father, which she has collected in a looseleaf binder. "He really looks forward to it because he misses her so dreadfully," she said. She also channels her late husband, John, who "crossed over" 16 years ago."
But wait - there's more:
"Regarding the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy, Mrs. Zimmerman said while channeling that everyone who 'transitioned' that day went immediately 'home,' or into heaven, 'including those who perpetrated this particular incident. They didn't have their 21 virgins in their party but they were celebrated for three days in partying and love and acceptance because they did what they thought they were supposed to do.' "
This woman may not be a scam artist per se - she may just need to be hospitalized.