Best of Why Witches, since the prone-buried lead-poisoned slave: The business of being a psychic and medium: WEST BRIDGEWATER — Maureen Hancock speaks with the dead. She first discovered her abilities after getting lead paint poisoning as a young child, she said, after she consumed enough lead paint to kill five adult men and spent a year in the hospital. It opened up something in her, where she was able to see spirits, she said. Hancock had what she called a “second awakening” at age 25 after she got in a serious car crash that broke every bone in her face. After the crash, she said she started to hear spirits and thus started her career as an internationally-renowned medium.