From Stop Sylvia Browne we learn of yet another of Sylvia’s blunders. On October 6, 2002, eleven year old Shawn Hornbeck disappeared while riding his bike to a friend's house in Richwood, Missouri. His anguished parents went on Montel’s TV show on February 24, 2003, to try to learn from “psychic” Sylvia Browne what might have happened to their son. Playing the odds as usual, she told them Shawn was dead ("is no longer with us"), and followed this with several guesses about where his body would be found (in a “wooded area”).
Fortunately, as you may have heard on the news this weekend, Shawn and another boy who went missing just last week, were just found alive in an apartment in Kirkwood, Missouri. Shawn’s father is quoted as saying, after Browne’s reading in 2003:
I don't know what to think any more. The information from different psychics doesn't match up.
No, I imagine it didn’t.
Nor does anything else Sylvia said, match up. Like for example, that Shawn’s abductor was:
…a dark-skinned man, he wasn't black -- more like hispanic [with] long, black hair that he wore in dreadlocks and was really tall.
Somehow, I don’t think that description would have been much help in capturing the man shown on the right – Shawn’s actual abductor. Nor would Browne’s description of the abductor’s car:
an older model blue sedan, a car with fins like in the late 1950's and early 1960's Chevrolets
… have been much help in capturing this driver of “a rusty Nissan pickup truck”.
And while we’re on the subject, James Van Praagh’s description of:
a person who worked in a railroad car plant was involved and the body might be concealed in a railway car
… wouldn’t have been much use either in catching this pizza parlor manager. Van Praagh is the moron who bleated on Larry King last January that “the emphasis should be on [skeptics] to prove it to us this is not real …”, and “Prove that we're wrong though. Prove that we are wrong”. OK, done and dusted – you’re proven wrong you scumbag.
Psychics were of no use at all. I am reminded of how PsiTech played the odds the same way and guessed that Elizabeth Smart was dead while all the time she was alive. A lot of police time and resources were wasted that time searching the locations where her dead body was supposed to be buried. I am also reminded of the time Browne pontificated on how the miners are alive based upon early (false) news reports that they were alive. And yet you know she will be on Montel again this week, dishing out her wisdom to the credulous. Montel should be ashamed.
Who knows how much police time was wasted following up the lame guesses of these millionaire pretend-psychics? Certainly the family of this missing boy were treated cruelly and cynically by these vermin. The comments below are open for the apologists for these liars to post their lame justifications for their heroes’ continued failures to be of any use to anyone in any way. Don’t disappoint.
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