Perhaps it is in poor taste not to be a bit more sad and respectful of the dead, but if that is the case, let me be in poor taste.
There are many self-proclaimed psychics who take advantage of people who are in a state of grief or desperation. One of the most odious has been Sylvia Browne. A frequent guest on the Montel Williams show, she is known for having made a series of predictions that turned out to be dead wrong, such as saying Shawn Hornbeck was dead when he was later found alive.
While the more skeptical of us would not pay much attention, it did cause a great deal of pain to the families searching for their lost loved ones.
Well, now she is stopped….
Sylvia Browne: Dead Psychic’s Legacy Riddled With Failed Predictions, Fraud
When celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne died Nov. 20 at the age of 77, it marked the end of a career of immense fame marked by inaccurate predictions — including one she made about her own death.
In May 2003, Browne predicted to Larry King that she would die when she was 88. She was off by 11 years.
Browne rose to fame in part because of her frequent appearances on the Montel Williams Show between 1991 and 2008, where she would claim to speak to the dead and offer information about missing people.
One of her most infamous predictions came in 2004, when she told Louwana Miller, the mother of Amanda Berry, that her kidnapped daughter was dead.
“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne said at the time, according to NBC affiliate WKYC’s report on the segment. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
In May, it was discovered that Berry was still alive and had been held captive by Ariel Castro for nearly a decade. Miller died in 2006 and was not alive to hear the good news — or the news that she was exploited by Browne.
Browne responded to media questions with a prepared statement that included this line: “Only God is right all the time.”
Although Browne claimed to have a psychic success rate between 87-to-90 percent, a 2010 analysis of of 115 predictions she made on “The Montel Williams Show” by Skeptical Inquirer magazine put her success rate at zero.
In some cases, she charged a police department $400 for her services.
In 2002, Browne told the parents of missing 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck on the Montel Williams Show that the child was dead and kidnapped by a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks.
Hornbeck was found alive in 2007 and his accused kidnapper, Michael Devlin, was Caucasian and short-haired. Hornbeck’s stepfather, Craig Akers, told Anderson Cooper that Browne offered to do a more extensive psychic reading off-camera for $700. She denied the claim.
When she was asked about her inaccurate prediction, she responded with the same sentence, “Only God is right all the time.”
I can’t say I will miss her…
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