A popular television psychic wrongly told Amanda Berry’s family that she was dead a year after her disappearance in Cleveland.
In 2004, psychic Sylvia Browne, who has made a career of televised psychic readings, told Louwanna Miller on the “Montel Williams Show” that her daughter was dead, causing the grief-stricken mother to break down in tears on the show’s set, ABC News reports.
On Tuesday, after learning that the psychic’s premonitions were incorrect and that the missing girl was alive, Fern Gentry, Berry’s grandmother and a Carter County resident, was overjoyed.
“The psychic said she was in a large body of water, and they wouldn’t see her again,” uncle Curtis Berry said. “She was found about a mile from a lake. The psychic had a little bit of it right. She was near water.”
Browne’s direct words to her family were published in 2004 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “She’s not alive, honey. Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
According to the Ohio newspaper, Berry’s mother returned home after the show’s taping and cleaned up her daughter’s belongings. She gave away her computer and took down her pictures. “I’m not even buying my baby a Christmas present this year,” she told a reporter.
Browne did not return phone calls seeking comment today by ABC News. “The Montel Williams Show,” through syndicator CBS, also did not return calls for comment. The show no longer airs new episodes.