Sylvia Browne: Legacy Tarnished At Death
Arguably one of the most popular psychics of recent times, celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne who passed away this past year on Nov 20, 2013 left the world with a legacy of fraud. The famous psychic who had made a career out of TV appearances in the early 90’s on shows like The Montel Williams Show between 1991 through 2008 was a common fixture on our TV sets claiming to be able to speak to the dead as well as offer help in cases of missing persons.
Always a controversial figure, Sylvia Browne did at times bring hope to those that wanted to reconnect with those who have passed on. Though in hindsight her legacy would be riddled with inaccurate predictions. Though psychics aren’t expected to be correct 100% of the time, it seemed the Sylvia Browne had a significant blunder sheet for someone who was supposed to have supernatural insight.
Perhaps the most famous inaccurate prediction Sylvia Browne had made in recent times regarded the life of Amanda Berry, the woman who was held captive for almost a decade with two others by now deceased Ariel Castro. In 2004 she had told Louwana Miller (Amanda Berry’s Mother) that her daughter was dead, and that she should move on. However as we all now know Amanda Berry was in fact found alive, and Sylvia Browne received a massive amount of media backlash over her inaccurate prediction.
Interestingly enough Sylvia Browne’s fraudulent ways was not only restricted to her supernatural powers. In 1992 her and her husband were found guilty of a theft and investment fraud. There have also been many reported instances of Sylvia Browne soliciting money from authorities and others for her services, though she has denied all of these claims.
Ironically shortly after Amanda Berry was found alive Sylvia Browne’s health would take a turn for the worst. Many years ago she predicted on Larry King Live that she would die at 88. She passed away last month at 77, again inaccurately predicting the future. Her loss is said to come with mixed feelings among the psychic community, but one thing is for sure, whether she was a real psychic or not it seems assured that her legacy will be one of fraud.
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