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Best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux Best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux

Under the spell of psychic Rose Marks, best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux said she truly thought former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was her soul mate, who would marry her and move her to Washington, D.C. after he became vice president.

Best-selling author believed Fort Lauderdale psychic's claims that Colin Powell loved her

However, her letters to what clearly was not the revered diplomat and retired four-star Army general, were not love letters.

In a 14-page missive read to a federal jury Thursday, Deveraux devotes most of her passion to Marks. She complains about how much money Marks has taken from her over the years by filling her mind with the claims that she could improve the writer's life with spirit swaps, and by engineering other supernatural events.

"To call her is to pay her," she wrote Powell in August 2005. "I don't call her until I have to and I wait until I have no money in the bank."

Instead of focusing on the content of the letter, Marks' defense attorney Fred Schwartz honed in on Deveraux's gullibility.

"You're saying as a rational human being you really believed you were having a letter romance with Colin Powell?" he asked.

The 65-year-old said she not only believed Powell was picking up and writing her letters from a post office box in Arizona, but also that he would become vice president after the John Kerry/John Edwards presidential ticket defeated George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in 2004.

Under the scenario Marks painted, Kerry would die shortly after the election. Edwards would appoint Powell as his vice president. Powell's wife would die. Then, Powell would marry Deveraux and she would join him in the vice-presidential mansion.

"That's what Joyce told me," Deveraux said in answer to Schwartz's incredulity.

Deveraux, who claimed she lost about $20 million to Marks' elaborate scheme to defraud her and others, was the star witness for the prosecution. She spent nearly 15 hours on the stand over three days.

Marks, 62, is charged with multiple counts of fraud in connection with the family fortune-telling business. Her sons and their wives, her daughter and son-in-law, grand-daughter and sister have all pleaded guilty in connection with the operation. But, federal prosecutors say as the matriarch of the family, Marks was the brains behind the operation. She faces a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Deveraux, the author of 37 books that hit the New York Times best-seller list, could be called again before the trial wraps up late this month.

Schwartz said he may call her to testify when he begins to present Marks' defense. The trial, which began Aug. 28, resumes Tuesday.

By Jane Musgrave
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