Psychic on The Montel Williams Show said Amanda Berry was dead. She wasn't. - Macleans.ca

Psychic on The Montel Williams Show said Amanda Berry was dead. She wasn’t.

This isn’t the first time Sylvia Browne has been wrong about a missing child

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Amanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital on Monday May 6, 2013. (Family Handout courtesy WOIO-TV/AP)

A psychic on The Montel Williams Show told Amanda Berry’s mother that her missing daughter was dead. Amanda Berry was found very much alive Monday, after she went missing a decade earlier.

A story that was first published in the Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer on Nov. 18, 2004, and republished on May 7 after Berry was located, tells the sad story of Louwana Miller, Berry’s mother. Miller appeared on The Montel Williams Show where psychic Sylvia Browne told her: “She’s not alive, honey. Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”

Miller said she believed the psychic “98 per cent” and packed up her daughter’s room. Until then, she had been holding out hope that her daughter was still alive.

“Please don’t misunderstand me. I still don’t want to believe it,” she told the newspaper at the time. “I want to have hope but, after a year and a half, what else is there? It seems like the God-honest truth. My daughter would always call home.”

Berry’s mother died in March 2006 of heart failure, still thinking her daughter was dead. Miller was 44 when she died.

The revelation that Browne was wrong about Berry is creating backlash, with fans posting angry messages on her Facebook page Tuesday.

Here’s a sampling of some of the comments:

You told her mother that you saw her dead and laying in water almost ten years ago! Guess what, she’s alive! Guess you were wrong! You put her mother through hell!!

I remember you on Montel Williams telling the family of Amanda Berry she was dead.. What do you have to say for yourself? You are a fraud! What a horrible horrible thing to say to a family holding on to nothing but hope and faith.. Shame on you!

In 2004 you lied to a distraught about her missing daughter, Amanda Berry. You had absolutely no idea what happened to her yet you lied to the face of a crying mother on television. You are among the worst our species has to offer.

This isn’t the first time Browne has been wrong about a missing child. She told the parents of Shawn Hornbeck that their child was dead, saying he was buried between two boulders and his bike was in a state dump. Shawn Hornbeck was found alive in 2007, four years after he went missing. Browne refused to speak with CNN host Anderson Cooper after Shawn Hornbeck was found alive, but her spokesperson released this statement: “She cannot possibly be 100 percent correct in each and every one of her predictions. She has, during a career of over 50 years, helped literally tens of thousands of people.”

Berry had been missing since April 21, 2003 and was last seen walking home from her job at Burger King. She was just 16 at the time. Berry was discovered, along with two other missing women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, in a Cleveland home. Police have arrested three men.

Browne has yet to speak about Berry, but in a recent interview, she questioned the abilities of another famous psychic: Theresa Caputo from the TLC reality television program Long Island Medium. She also said that she’s an expert at pointing out fakes.

“You can always see when they start doing guessing games,” Browne said in an April 2013 article posted at montgomerynews.com. “They’ll say, ‘Somebody over the years has died.’ Well, come on. The chances of anybody in the audience having somebody who’s died is about 100 percent. That’s just crazy.”

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