A Look at Sylvia Browne's Predictions, Were They As Impressive As She Claimed?
With the intensity the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the world, some people are not far from calling it the end of humanity as we know, of now. The deadly virus has stopped international travel, halted several businesses, and has forced some of the biggest sports leagues like the NBA and English Premier League to postpone all of their games. Even WWE is not interesting enough to watch without the live audience.
This kind of crisis is the first of its nature to severely impact the globe in modern times. Previously, H1N1 influenza or swine flu engulfed the worldwide population in the years 2009 and 2010, but it was not this severe to cause disruption in the progress of the rapidly advancing world.
The Late 'Psychic' Sylvia Browne Has Recently Garnered Attention Around the Globe for Her Predictions
Many love theorizing about the end of the world, time, and humanity. These topics spark interest among people and, at the same time, fear when they realize the limitations of the extent of their mortality. Lindsay Harrison and Sylvia Browne are among those people who have crafted theories of their own, and they have written a book to share them with the world.
The book is titled 'End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World,' and it is now becoming a favorite thing to read when people have nothing to do during the current lockdown.
Sylvia Browne's book 'End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World' attracted attention for her coronavirus 'prediction.'
Even though both writers have presented their views, which are interesting and engaging, by the way, people lately have been fascinated by one of Sylvia Browne's predictions. The reason is because there are rumors widespread on the Internet that she, who claimed herself to be a psychic, predicted the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. How did all of these things come into light in the recent times? And why are people so much interested in the theories made by late 'psychic,' who died on November 20, 2013.
It all started when Kim Kardashian West tweeted to her huge Twitter followers number a picture of a paragraph of the book. It read:
In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.
The tweet has gone viral since then, and the book came into the top 10 bestselling Kindle ebooks on Amazon following the surge in a number of people eager to read it. Here's a clear breakdown of whether the prediction is true or not.
What Were Her Other Predictions?
The 'psychic' Sylvia was the founder of Sylvia Brown Group and she used to make frequent appearances on 'Larry King Live,' 'The Montel Williams Show,' and 'Coast to Coast AM.' She claimed to have an ability to see the past, the future, and the afterlife. She asserted she could talk to the dead people of the past centuries, help find the murderers, and tell parents where their missing children were.
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Once, Sylvia laid claim on accurately predicting the location of death of a government intern Chandra Levy, in Rock Creek Park in Washington. However, the police already had been searching in the area after the victim was reported missing in May 2001.
While her theories and predictions used to be repeatedly debunked, mostly by professional psychic debunker James Randi, she never grew short of people believing her. That's how she made her income source, by charging her customers $700 to ask her questions on the telephone for 30 minutes.
Sylvia used to charge her customers $700 to ask her questions on the telephone for 30 minutes, which was her major source of income.
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Sylvia made several predictions in her lifetime, and nearly all of them turned out to be incorrect. While she may have made a prediction of the coronavirus-like disease to take over the world in 2020, her book contained a majority of theories that turned out false.
Sylvia Browne's prophecy of the cease of the existence of IRAs, mutual funds, retirement plans, and the stock market by 2020 came out to be wrong. Moreover, her forecast of most upscale homes having robots by 2015 and that Pope Benedict being the final pope became untrue. She also said that blindness would be cured by 2020. Well, it hasn't.
Browne also predicted a 'flesh-eating' epidemic that would be transmitted by microscopic mites living in the feathers of imported exotic birds. She wrote, "Antibiotics wouldn't work on this disease, but doctors would discover that a 'combination of electrical currents and extreme heat' would do the trick."
Similarly, in 2004, Sylvia falsely made a claim to the mother of the kidnapped girl named Amanda Berry that her daughter was dead. But after ten years, Ms. Berry succeeded in escaping the house of her kidnapper Ariel Castro in 2013.
Sylvia used to make kidnapping predictions, which almost all resulted untrue.
Sylvia's other kidnapping prediction that turned out to be false was the Shawn Hornbeck kidnapping case. She told that the 11-year-old boy Shawn was kidnapped by a "Hispanic-looking" man with dark skin and dreadlocks. She furthermore said that his dead body would be found next to 'two jagged boulders.' However, the police found Hornbeck alive in 2007, who was kidnapped by a white man.
In addition to kidnapping predictions, Browne also made disaster forecasts. She took credit for predicting the 2006's Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia in which a blast killed 13 underground miners. 'Coast to Coast' radio show host George Noory asked Browne her about the outcome of rescue efforts at the time when mistakenly one miner's survival was reported.
To the question, she had confidently replied, "I knew they were going to be found." But after the correct report arrived, she responded angrily, saying, ''How crazy for them to report that they were alive when they weren't!"
One of her interesting predictions came in 2004 when she said that Osama Bin Laden was already dead, and he would be found hiding in a cave.
In a 2005 interview with Newsweek, Sylvia told that Michael Jackson would be convicted of child sexual abuse, but he got acquitted on all the accusations five months later.
She also prophesied that aliens would visit the Earth in 2015.
Browne made her own death prediction on 'Larry King Live,' where she said that she would live up to the age of 88. But unfortunately, she dies at the age of 77, failing to keep her claim accurate. After her death, her son Chris Dufresne is continuing her legacy of making prophecies.
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