Celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne is now in hot water after telling Amanda Berry’s late mother, Louwana Miller, that her missing daughter was dead. In 2003, the missing Amanda Berry was all over the news. After almost ten years, many believed, including Browne, that she was dead. Berry, however, was found very much alive this year in Ohio.
Berry was found attempting to escape from a residence in Cleveland where she was allegedly held captive for ten years. Along with her rescued were a young child and two women, who also went missing around the same time Berry was abducted. The suspects, brothers Ariel, Pedro, and Onil Castro, have been put under arrest after Berry and the other abductees were discovered.
In 2004, Berry’s mother Louwana turned to Browne, who describes herself as a teacher and psychic, on the “Montel Williams Show” for help in locating her daughter. Berry, then 16, had disappeared almost a year ago and her mother wanted to know what had happened to her. Browne told Louwana that her daughter was dead. Louwana then asked Browne if she was ever wrong, and Browne replied that when it comes to matters like this, she always hopes that she is wrong. “After 50 years of doing this work, I’d better be more right than wrong,” Browne added.
Louwana was convinced about her daughter’s death and believed in Browne’s prediction “98 percent,” according to a report by Cleveland Plain Dealer. Although the FBI still considered Berry alive at the time, Louwana started cleaning out her daughter’s things. Louwana died of pancreatitis in 2006 at the age of 43.
Browne’s mistake earned her the ire of critics and the public after Berry was found alive. Her Facebook page has since been removed due to a flood of angry comments. Berry’s cousin Sherry Cole, however, stated that she and her family do not blame Browne in any way. She added, “This doesn’t change anything. We still love her and believe in her.” Cole has reached out to Browne offering her love and support.