Sylvia Browne again under fire after missing Ohio women found

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by Craig Cheatham / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 7:56 AM

(KMOV.com) – Sylvia Browne, a self-proclaimed psychic, once again finds herself in the spotlight in the wake of the dramatic rescue of three kidnap victims in Ohio.

Browne is under fire for her declaration on national TV that then- missing Amanda Berry was dead.

Browne’s repeated failed predictions have become national news. On the Montel Williams show, she told Shawn Hornbeck’s parents that he was dead, but he– like Berry- was later found alive.

But not all of Browne’s gaffes have been televised. While many of her incorrect predictions were far less promoted, their innacuracy has left families just as traumatized.

At a St. Louis performance three years ago, the self-proclaimed psychic told mother Terri Pflanz her cancer-stricken son Mark would get a miraculous treatment and would be better by the end of the month.

She also told Pflanz she should not bring him home for hospice care, but leave him in the hospital.

“I told her my son was dying and asked her if he was going to live,” Pflanz said. “She matter-of-factly said, ‘Yes, he’s going to live.’”

Two days later, Mark was dead.

“Mark didn’t want to die in the hospital,” said Terri. “He wanted to go home. Sylvia Browne told us he was going to live until the end of the month and he was going to get better. My daughter-in-law wanted to take him home with hospice, but she was so negative because she thought she was doing the wrong thing because of what Sylvia Browne said.”

During another appearance in St. Louis, Browne was asked about the Hornbeck case, but refused to comment.

Given the emotional impact her predictions seem to have on families and loved ones, many feel Browne’s claims that she is psychic are irresponsible.

“It’s obvious she doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” said Hornbeck’s stepfather Craig Akers. “It’s all fake stuff. It’s fraud. I think she should be ashamed of herself.”

Sylvia Browne is still on the road. This month, she’s performing in Michigan, Virginia and New York. When she’s not traveling, Browne is available for “psychic” readings over the phone.

Twenty minutes will cost you about $800.

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