8 'She's Not Alive, Honey': She Sent a Mother to Her Grave Thinking Her Daughter Was Murdered
It happened again two years after Hornbeck. Amanda Berry, a kidnapping victim, had been missing for nineteen months in 2004.
“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne told Berry’s mother. Her flippant prediction was nonsense, as was the idea that her corpse was “in the water” or that her jacket “had D.N.A. on it.”
Nevertheless, Berry’s mother died two years later, believing her daughter had been murdered. Berry turned up in 2013.
7 Doubts Boil Over
Despite her massive ratings popularity whenever she appeared, it was becoming clear that her false predictions had started to damage the lives of families already going through hell.
In 2010, the Skeptical Inquirer published a three-year study of Browne’s predictions regarding missing people.
Though Browne claimed to be right a whopping 85% of the time, the study revealed that “Browne has not even been mostly correct in a single case.”
Of the predictions incorrect was a six-year-old boy she claimed had been sold into slavery in Japan, who turned out just to have been kidnapped by a local.
Another involved a young woman she claimed was working in Hollywood as an exotic dancer whose corpse was later identified by dental records.
A follow-up to the piece showed that she was completely wrong in 33 separate cases and mostly correct in none.