Sylvia Browne – Predictions and Is It Too Soon?

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When the news broke Sylvia Browne died, shock waves were felt across the the country. The cause of death has yet been revealed, but many allude to her declining health. Browne died in San Jose, California while hospitalized at Good Samaritan Hospital. As the news spread, many discussed the thousands of predictions Browne had accomplished. Millions of her fans grieved, while millions of others let loose their distaste of the psychic, many taking to Twitter to blast the psychic, upset fans decrying the pain of their favorite author and writer – stating it is too soon to make jokes at the expense of the deceased and pain of loss for her family.

Sylvia Brown: Predictions Gone Wrong

Berry (center) on day she escaped captivity.
Berry (center) on day she escaped captivity.

In recent news, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found, after escaping from a home in Cleveland, Ohio owned by Ariel Castro.  The girls had been missing for over a decade and desperation to find them overcame their grieving parents. Amanda Berry’s mother visited the Montel Williams show a year after her daughter went missing, where Browne stated she sensed “water” and in no uncertain terms told the upset mother that her daughter was not alive. Sadly, Louwana Miller, mother of Amanda Berry died in 2006 after being hospitalized with pancreatitis. She did not see her daughter emerge from the Cleveland house, alive and fighting to remain so.

Mom and Hornbeck
Mom and Hornbeck

Shawn Hornbeck went missing in the fall of 2002 at 11-years-old. His family was frantic for years, searching for him. The grieving family went to the Montel Williams show to have a sit down with Browne, seeking answers to their son’s disappearance. Hornbeck’s step-father asked questions relating to the disappearance. Browne responded, advising he was within a 20 mile radius and he could be found “near the boulders.” When mom, Pam, asked if their son was alive, Browne responded with a brief, “No.” Four years from his abduction, Hornbeck was found very much alive and reunited with his parents.

Is It Too Soon?

Was Browne a fake?
Was Browne a fake?

Browne has undergone a score of criticisms when it comes to her abilities and the results stemming from them.  One main critic has been computer programmer, Robert S. Lancaster. He developed a site, simply named Stop Sylvia – to detail and expose the fraud of the psychic.  His information pertaining to the fraud stamp, stems from reported stories of predictions gone wrong. Lancaster stated he had read several books of Browne, watched her methods and seen more major wrongs than rights.

Browne had appeared on Larry King Live many times and in 2001 and 2003, was challenged by paranormal skeptic, James Randi. Randi challenged Browne to a scientific test within a closed environment. He offered Browne $1 million to accept. Browne originally stated she would undergo testing, later she withdrew and stopped responding to Randi. In 2007, Browne’s manager stated Browne refused to take the test and felt her client had nothing to prove.

While Browne’s income was never revealed openly, rumors suggest she grossed over $1.5 million annually from books, appearances and readings. For years, the psychic battled harsh critics and reveled in her dedicated fan-base. Sylvia Browne died Wednesday at the age of 77-years-old as many critics are targeting why she didn’t know. Other outlets advise Browne suggested her own death would be closer to 88-years-old. What are your thoughts surrounding Sylvia Browne? Is pointing out these wrong predictions and questioning her own theories too soon or a needed exposure for a controversial field?

 

Angelina Bouc

Sources
CNN
Stop Sylvia
Cleveland
Social News Daily

Anderson Cooper

 

 

5 Responses to "Sylvia Browne – Predictions and Is It Too Soon?"

  1. Dian L. Sharp   December 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Dian Sylvia changed my life for the better, through her books and her readings to me made me a stronger person and one that isnt afraid of death. We talked about when I might die which was 88, and she said she to was going at 88. Then we both laughed and said we still have time to do whatever good we can do in this world. In her books she talks about exit points in our lives in which we can choose to die or go to the other side when our charts in life become too much. Im sure chose this time as her exit point. As a psychic she could not prediict her life. Someone else would have to do this for her like another psychic. How else would she be able to learn about her life lessons. She was a 70% correct psychic for me and I was satisfied with that and I love her, her Church Novus Spiritus, and her Ministers and the wonderful love & Good they give to others and the world. I will miss her deeply but I know she is around.

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  2. Nancy Lomax   December 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I just don’t know what to think now. I felt she revealed an idea about what happens to
    us on the other side that was most comforting. I loved to hear that there was a mother God, Azna besides a father. That we see out pets again. I was raised Catholic like she was and am to this day disturbed by so many of their intimidating teachings to keep “us” in line. I just hope that what she said in her books about her spirit guide talking through her and telling us things we did not know is true. Like I said, I am perplexed now and saddened that she seemed to change as time went on becoming condescending towards others. Maybe she became somewhat burned out like so many people do in long term careers.

    Nancy

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  3. Tina   November 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I believe she had a true gift. There is a fascinating discussion for those familiar with astrology on the Skywriter blog:http://skywriter.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/a-sad-farewell-to-psychic-medium-and-best-selling-author-sylvia-browne/#comments

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  4. Laurie Ann Patterson   November 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Psychics are not 100%. Sylvia had a lot of success with people other than is mentioned here.

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  5. Sharon   November 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Many of my family members (3 generations worth) had faith and belief in Sylvia’s abilities, as members of our family have also been Blessed with “The Gift”. Some have chosen to develop their abilities, some not so much. My Aunt and cousin had telephonic readings from Sylvia which proved to be quite accurate and very telling. At their encouragement, I placed a call to set up an appointment with her as I felt she would be able to help me deal with my father’s unexpected death. I was shocked and saddened at how much they charged for their services! I did not expect them to be free, but I also didn’t expect them to be in the triple digits. That’s when I lost faith in Sylvia and her son. They were utilizing their “Gift” for the wrong reason. Instead of using it for ‘The Good of Others’ by helping people in need, they were using it to selfishly gain financial profit in their own lives. And a large profit at that! That’s when I turned away from her and her son and saw the true nature of Sylvia’s readings.
    I’m not saying she didn’t have the ability as a psychic medium, I believe she did. I also know that mediums aren’t always 100% correct in their readings and interpretations of what they’re reading. They can all misinterpret what they’re being ‘told’ if they aren’t focused and/or aren’t receiving clear messages. It just appalled me to see how she turned from doing ‘good deeds’ for anyone who needed her help by reading those in need, to only doing it for those who could financially afford her outrageous fees. I highly doubt God would approve of their money making ventures based on a ‘Gift’ He Blessed her and her son with. It truly saddened me. That holds true for any of the psychic mediums who charge outrageous prices and are not utilizing their “Gift” for the good of all in need. I have to agree with the person who commented that she seemed to be a bit arrogant. That also disappointed me, as to have been Blessed as she was should have humbled her. Instead, she let it go to her head and became quite condescending toward others.

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