Image: Amanda Berry, kidnapped and held captive escapes after 10 years.
Amanda Berry, who went missing from Cleveland's west side in 2003, was found alive Monday night with her daughter.
"She comes out with a little girl and says 'Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry'âÃ¶ When she told me, it didn't register." A neighbor said he made the call and gave Berry the phone. When police arrived, officers asked him if he knew who he rescued.
There was a child who was about 4 or 5 years old with Berry, as well as other children inside the house. He said he recognized Berry, now 27 years of age, from posters.
A source close to Scripps station WEWS said it was Berry’s daughter.
Missing teens Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight have been found. This is incredible news for their families who have been living a nightmare all these years. …
A woman claiming to be Amanda Berry called Cleveland Police Monday afternoon.
She also told the 911 dispatcher that Gina DeJesus is with her. A third missing woman, 32-year old Michelle Knight, was in the home with Berry and DeJesus. It's believed Knight disappeared when she was 20. …
Berry was last seen in 2003 when she was called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from work at the Burger King on West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue. She was set to turn 17 the day after her disappearance.
Ten years ago, guess who predicted Amanda Berry was deadâÃ¶ …
Amanda Berry's mother traveled to New York to tell her story to Psychic Sylvia Browne on the Montel Williams Show. The show was a shot at getting her daughter's picture before the eyes of millions of Americans. "On April 21st 2003, 16-year-old Amanda Berry left her part-time job never to be seen again," the show began. With that, TV viewers across America now know a girl from Cleveland is missing. But Amanda Berry's mom wanted more than her daughter's picture on national TV. She wants answers. "Can you tell meâÃ¶Is she out there?" Berry's mother Louwana Miller asked. "I hate when they're in the water," Browne said. "She's not alive honey." It was bad news from the world-renowned psychic. It's what Miller didn't want to hear. "So you don't think I'll ever see her again," Miller said. "Yeah in Heaven on the other side," Browne responded. "I'm sorry."
Yep, Amanda's Mom thought her child was dead. She died of heart failure in 2006.
We have seen many MANY, WAY TOO MANY stories of psychics being wrong or at least distracting and unhelpful for solving cases. Sylvia is all those and more. For all that is good and decent in the world — NEVER trust a psychic. DO not waste your time, your effort and your hopes.
Here is a transcript from the show.
Up to this point, her prediction that Shawn Hornbeck was dead was her biggest blunder.
The tragic consequences of listening to psychic advice were brought into sharp focus in January 2007, when yet another psychic vision from Sylvia Browne was revealed to be wrong. Several years ago during one of her many appearances on the Montel Williams show, Browne told the parents of missing child Shawn Hornbeck that their son was dead. His body, she said, would be found in a wooded area near two large boulders. Furthermore, according to Browne, Hornbeck was kidnapped by a very tall, "dark-skinned man, he wasn't Black, more like Hispanic," who wore dreadlocks.
According to a spokesman for the Hornbeck family, following the Montel broadcast Browne tried to get money from the family: "She called Pam and Craig about one month after the show and pretty much offered her services to continue their discussion for a fee. Pam was that desperate that if she had had $700 in her bank account she would have put it on the table. We are talking about a mother who would have sold her soul to have her boy back."
In fact, Hornbeck and another boy were found very much alive January 16, 2007, in the home of Michael Devlin, a Missouri man accused of kidnapping them. Hornbeck had been missing for four years, but his parents had not given up hope of finding him despite Browne's misinformation. Devlin, a Caucasian, is not Black, dark-skinned, nor Hispanic and almost certainly did not have dreadlocks at the time he allegedly abducted Hornbeck.
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To Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight, welcome back! We are amazed and we admire your courage as a survivors. No one can give you the ten years back, but we might learn from your experience to prevent this from happening to other girls. May the Press give you the space you need to go at your own pace.