Sylvia Brown the renowned psychic passed away today in San Jose. She was 77. Sylvia appeared regularly on TV and Radio and was a guest frequently on the now cancelled Montel Williams Show for 17 years. Williams posted on social media that he felt like he lost a friend today.
I remember watching Sylvia on TV and was astounded about how she was able to predict things and to seemingly talk to the dead. I would watch her on Montel’s show, but at times my suspicious about her ability, would arise. Little hunches, or some would say psychic abilities, that made me think that maybe she really wasn’t talking to some who had gone on to the great beyond.
It wasn’t until I read a quote from Marc Klaas the father of Polly Klaas, who was only 12-years-old when she was abducted and killed in Petaluma, Calif in 1993, that I began doubted Sylvia completely and every other psychic out there.
When Inside Edition did a story on Psychics in 2011, I wrote an article on the subject, and during my research I found that Klaas had said, “Never in the history of the world has a psychic solved a missing child case.”
So, it is not surprising that Klaas posted on social media that Sylvia’s death was “good news,” and “good riddance.”
|Sylvia Browne and Montel Williams|
Here is the complete post:
“I have good news and bad news. First the good news: So called Psychic Sylvia Brown is dead. She will never again impose her blithering visions upon the family of a missing person. Good riddance Sylvia!”
Comments on Klaas’ post in response have been equally supportive as well as critical.
“He shows no class for a public figure,” wrote Rose.
“Being elated that someone is dead is extremely bad taste,” post Holly.
“People leave mark klass alone he is not happy that she died as a human he is happy that she cant take money from missing or murdered victims family…,” posted Tayler.
We, as a society, over the last 20 years or so, have accepted psychic abilities as a given. We talk about is as it is tangible and many people have it. Police detectives have been known to use psychic’s to solve crime and a popular TV show was based on a psychic that has the ability to solve crimes, but is it true no missing person has been found as a result of a psychic?
According to the FBI and the US National News they have never credited a psychic detective for solving a crime, preventing a crime or finding a kidnap victim or corpse.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry posted a report on Sylvia Browne and said that in about 115 missing persons cases, “Browne has not even been mostly correct in a single case.”
Her most notable faux pas was when she told the mother of missing teen, Amanda Berry, “She’s not alive, honey,” according to NBC affiliate WKYC’s report on the segment. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.” Berry was found alive after being held captive.
“She confidently predicted she would die at 88, not 77, [which] would only be laughable if it did not hurt so many people,” said D.J. Grothe of the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Regardless, if you believed Sylvia could talk to the dead or not, her notoriety will continue on. I can’t help but wonder who she is talking to now.
Note: I ended my 2011 article by asking anyone who has found or knew of anyone who has found a person with psychic abilities to let me know so I could share their story. As of this writing I have received not one story.