BY LAURA CRAMER – Opinion Editor
On Tuesday, May 7, news broke from Cleveland that seemed almost unbelievable. Three women who had been missing for nearly 10 years had been found, alive, in the basement of a house.
They were rescued by a neighbor who heard yelling from inside the house and investigated.
The three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, were all abducted from the same Cleveland street between 2002 and 2004. They have since been reunited with their friends and family.
But heartbreakingly, Berry’s mother, Louwanna Miller, believed “98 percent” that her daughter was dead. She was told this in no uncertain terms by celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne on the Montel Williams Show.
Tragically, Miller died in 2005, believing that there was no hope of finding her daughter alive.
This brings to light how despicable the actions of these “psychics” are. Browne chooses to make her career by capitalizing on grieving families.
She made a similar mistake in 2003, telling the family of the missing eleven-year-old, Shawn Hornbeck, excruciatingly inaccurate details about his killer and the location of his body. Hornbeck was found alive in 2007.
Browne’s actions have caused unnecessary grief to those who are already dealing with a horrible situation. I believe she should make a public apology to Berry’s family immediately.
More importantly, she needs to stop claiming that she can communicate with the dead, since these claims are clearly untrue. Hopefully the tide of criticism that has reached her in light of this most recent scandal will have some impact.