Sylvia Browne silent after Amanda Berry escapes.

Amanda Berry is one of the three kidnap victims who escaped on Tuesday.  During Amanda’s captivity, her mother spoke with heartless fraud one of America’s most famous “psychics”, Sylvia Browne, who told her that her daughter was dead.

A year after Amanda Berrydisappeared in Cleveland, her mother appeared on “The Montel Williams Show” to speak to a psychic about what happened to her daughter.

Psychic Sylvia Browne, who has made a career of televised psychic readings, told Louwanna Miller on a 2004 episode of the show that her daughter was dead, causing Miller to break down in tears on the show’s set.

“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne told Miller on the show, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”

Miller told the newspaper that she believed “98 percent” in what Browne told her. Miller died a year later from heart failure.

Whoops.  Well, surely she’ll own up or at least apologize…

Browne did not return phone calls seeking comment today by ABC News. The Montel Williams show, through syndicator CBS, also did not return calls for comment. The show no longer airs new episodes.

Never mind.  She’ll lay low for a while and then go right back to doing exactly what religions do: finding someone who is getting beat down by life at the time and attempt to exploit their emotional weakness.

The article talks about similar situations in which Browne greatly missed the mark, and that didn’t change her tune.  The article also describes how psychics descend like vultures when someone’s child disappears.  It’s really pretty disgusting.

Apparently, Browne did release an official statement.  It’s not that she’s a bad psychic, but that god is a better one.  Ophelia Benson has the details.

And she’s sure not going to quit anytime soon.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    While I expressed my contempt for Browne, and we can just extend that to all psychics who milk their marks, I feel the need to express my contempt for people like Montel Williams. These assholes give Browne and her fellow con-artists the credibility they need to con those desperate for answers despite the source.

    Browne played the odds, but gave the impression that she knew. She had an emotionally vulnerable woman, a distraught person in her sights. And Williams gave her a national platform to perform.

    It is beyond disgusting.

  • Roger

    The website has a lot of info on this convicted felon. It’s no longer being updated due to the ill health of the admin, but it gives a chilling view of this fraudster and the lengths she goes to to dupe people out of their money, and the heartbreak she’s caused over the years.

    • Glodson

      The thing is that I used to think that people like Browne were comical. It wasn’t until I dug deeper and thought a bit more about it that I saw the harm that people like her do.

      They are disgusting people. Fuck, they are often worse than the religious fraudsters, as at least some of them believe the shit they spout, and even try to make the effort to help.

      Browne doesn’t believe her own shit, and doesn’t give a fuck about her marks.

      • Roger

        Sylvia IS a religious fraudster. She’s the head of the “Gnostic Christian” church known as the Society of Novus Spiritus.

        • Glodson

          True. But see that as more bullshit flavoring for her psychic fraud. In that, I imagine she uses that to add to her portfolio to sell the bullshit.

  • Pulse

    Sylvia Browne will be appearing at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, OK on June 15. Billboards are already advertising her appearance. I’m tempted to attend her show just on the off chance I might be able to confront her on this issue, but I don’t want to endorse her by paying for a ticket ($30). Is there anything else I can do to protest her coming to my town?

    • beebdeed

      contact the media and picket the show…..

  • Glodson

    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

    No apology for telling Amanda Berry’s mother that her daughter was dead in a body of water?

    Oh, her website says this as well: “Our family in no way blames Sylvia. This doesn’t change anything. We still love her and believe in her.” Attributed to Sherry Cole.

    The piece by Ophelia also notes that of the 115 predictions made about cold cases on the Montel Williams show, zero were correct. It doesn’t matter. She’s got people to buy into her bullshit. And no amount of harm or wrong predictions will deter that. People buy into it, and invest in this. Invest their emotions and money into it, and then rationalize that it had to be a good investment. This creates a pool of people that gives this fraud a following which gets more people, and the cycle repeats.

    I wish I could believe that this would finally end this bullshit. It won’t. In an odd way, this will just serve to reinforce the believers who will cast Browne as being the victim of undue criticism.

  • Dan Marshall

    When I was a kid (maybe 13-14, so around 1994 or so) I remember seeing her on the Montel Williams show. She predicted that JFK Jr would run for and win the presidency in 2000. He died in a plane crash in 1999. I remember it all, and it was my first real-life example that psychics are full of shit.