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You wouldn’t have to be psychic to see this coming.

A Bay Ridge psychic and medium who works cold cases with the help of her dog is getting her own reality television show.

“This is this awesome break,” said medium Jackie Barrett, who has penned books on her investigations into Amityville Horror slayer Ronald DeFeo and Zodiac Killer copycat Heriberto Seda. “I didn’t want to deal with serial killers anymore.”

In the new show — which she likened to “a spiritual ‘Intervention’ ” — Barrett will help people who have gone through harrowing experiences work through their psychic trauma, she said.

The show won’t be Barrett’s first go-round on the boob tube.

She placed second on the 2008 reality show “America’s Psychic Challenge” and later worked with retired NYPD Captain Sean Crowley on a show about cold cases called “Medium P.I.” But Barrett left the show because working with victims’ families became too depressing, she said.

“After the first show, I wanted to walk away from it,” she said. “There is entertainment, and there’s real life — this is real life. This is people’s children.”

Helping her cope with the dark cases is her pooch pal Violet, who Barrett said has some psychic powers of her own.

“I guess she’s a little intuitive, herself,” Barrett said of the mystic Maltese.

The dog has a knack for picking out sick or ailing people, and once helped Barrett interrogate the New York Zodiac Killer, Barrett said.

“When I asked if he killed a man with little white dog, he would avoid the topic, but Violet would perk up and bark at him,” she said, claiming that the killer eventually admitted the victim was walking a pooch during the attack. “Violet’s not a barker unless she has something to say.”

Barrett, a New Orleans native, moved to Bay Ridge seven years ago for its family-friendly charm and leafy streets, but she may have brought a bit of bad juju with her.

“I have to say, where I am now, I’d probably have a hard time selling my home,” she said. “I’ve experienced a tremendous amount of hauntings. My fireplace that has a mind of its own, lights go on and off...”

A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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