In a year full of mostly bad news, the recent rescue of three abducted women who’d been held captive for 10 years has brought tears of joy to the nation, and has given renewed hope to families still dealing with cold case disappearances.
In the wake of this wonderful news, a years old prediction by “psychic” and best selling author Sylvia Browne has resurfaced, in which she claimed that Amanda Berry was dead.
In a 2004 episode of the Montel Williams Show, Browne told Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, that her daughter would not be found alive.
“She’s not alive, honey,” Sylvia Browne told her. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
“So do you think I’ll ever see her again?” Miller asked.
“Yeah, in Heaven on the other side,” was Browne’s answer.
Miller said she believes “98 percent” in Browne.
“Please don’t misunderstand me. I still don’t want to believe it. I want to have hope but, after a year and a half, what else is there?” Miller said. “It seems like the God-honest truth. My daughter would always call home.”
To make this sad situation even worse, Miller went to her grave believing that her daughter was dead. Miller passed in 2006.
In response to the negative reaction she’s received in the wake of the wonderful rescue of these women, Browne said in a statement to the Huffington Post:
For more than 50 years as a spiritual psychic and guide, when called upon to either help authorities with missing person cases or to help families with questions about their loved ones, I have been more right than wrong. If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time. Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery.
Sylvia Browne makes mega big bucks with her disgusting dog and pony show. She’s a New York Times #1 Best Selling author, is the president of the Sylvia Browne Corporation; and is the founder of her church, the Society of Novus Spiritus, located in Campbell, California. She’s written over 40 books which have been her primary cash cow, and she also makes appearances all over the world selling bread and circus to her legions of useful idiots. One would presume with all of this exposure, she’d be a little more careful with her high profile predictions, but she isn’t. She’s been wrong before and she’ll be wrong again.
One of her many way way wrong predictions that sticks out in my memory is the prediction that got her pretty much banned from Coast to Coast Am with George Noory.
In 2006, tragedy struck the Sago Mine in Buckhannon, West Virginia, resulting in thirteen coal miners being trapped deep in the mine. National media was all over the story and rescue efforts seemed fruitless during the first two days. Finally, as day three began, welcome news came; all twelve miners had been found alive. Media buzzed with the wonderful news.
That night, Coast to Coast Am hit the air in time to cover the story of the miners having been discovered alive. Host George Noory even interviewed a Virginia reporter about the latest developments. The guest for the next segments of the show was the infamous Sylvia Browne.
The Browne segment kicked off with the following conversation (transcript via StopSylvia.com):
(George) Noory: Of course, this is after the fact, with these twelve of thirteen coal miners that they found successfully.
(Sylvia) Browne: I know.
Noory: Had you been on the program today, and had they not been found, would you have felt as if, because they had heard no sounds, that this was a very gloomy moment, and that they might have all died?
Browne: No, I knew they were going to be found. Uh, you know, I hate people who say something after the fact. It’s just like I knew when the Pope was dead and I said it on, thank God I was on Montel’s show, and I said, according to the time, it was nine-something and whatever Rome time was, I said he’s gone, and he was.
Sadly, during that same broadcast, it was revealed that the media had made their revelation too hastily, and that in fact only one of the miner’s had been found alive, the rest had tragically perished.
Now, Sylvia could have easily copped to having been mistaken, but she didn’t. She arrogantly tried to proclaim that she always knew they’d died.
(After Noory breaks the new information) Browne: Yeah, I don’t think there’s… I don’t think there…. I don’t really think there’s anybody alive. If there is, I think maybe only one. I just don’t believe that there’s…. I haven’t heard anything ’cause I’ve been with you, but uh… I just don’t think they are… alive.
After a return from the break:
Noory: And welcome back to Coast To Coast. I’m George Noory, Sylvia Browne will take your phone calls for the rest of this hour as they line up. Sylvia, with the, with the accuracy rate that you have, and it is very high, of the few that you get wrong, do they sometimes become right, maybe later on?
Browne: Yeah, but see I, I never… I didn’t believe that they were alive
Noory: What… what’s that? The miners?
Noory: Oh, okay.
Browne: Yeah. No, I think that… I think that they’re… and see I’ve been on the show with you, so I don’t know, but I don’t think that there’s any that are gonna, you know – make it.
Noory: Well, that’s not a good situation.
Noory: I’m, well, I’ll talk about that next hour. I’m concerned how the media could just…
Browne: (overlapping) Yeah, what were there, thirteen, wasn’t there?
Noory: Thirteen were in there, and they said one had died, twelve had, had, uh, were alive.
Browne: Well, there’s twelve gone. And there’s one that’s going.
Noory: (overlapping) I think the misunderstanding for you was that I was telling you, after the fact, about the fact that they were alive. Had they… had that story not broken while we were on the air… what do you think would have happened? And that’s where I think we threw a curve ball at you.
Browne: Yeah, no, I, I just believed that they were gone.
Noory: Well, I think unfortunately you may be right.
Later, after Sylvia Browne was no longer on the air, George Noory replayed the above clips for the audience. He shared that he was skeptical of her claim that she knew all along that the miners were dead. He said:
Noory: Well, welcome back to Coast to Coast open lines for you. Now what we’re going to do is I’m going to play a portion – and it’s the wonder of being able to get technology together so quickly. Because this is… I want you to make up your own mind. I want you to listen to Sylvia Browne, and we’re going to come back for a little bit, then I want you to listen to another response of Sylvia, and uh, then you just make up your own mind.
But I will tell you that when I was talking with it, it was my impression that she knew, based on my question, that they were going to be found alive. And then, it sounded like she changed a little bit when we came back after the break. However, she contends now that’s not true, she claims that she merely said that they were going to be found. And by that she meant that, a lot of time in coal mine accidents, the bodies never are found. They’re in there because of the explosion, and the collapse of the mine, they can’t really go in and get them all out. That they’re buried alive, and they stay in.
I share all of this for a reason. I do believe that there are some who are mediums and psychics. I believe they are in contact with powerful and dark forces who feed them information. We are warned in the Bible to avoid these folks, lest we be lead astray.
In the case of Sylvia Browne, I don’t think she’s tapped into anything. She’s not even a good mentalist. This is a woman who has built her empire on the knowledge that a gullible public will buy just about anything if you can deliver your shtick in a forceful manner. Browne hit paydirt when she learned to market herself to the “desperate housewife” demographic. Hopefully, these latest revelations will seal her fate as a phony faker once and for all. But I doubt it.