Following the rescue of three women held captive in a suburban Cleveland home for more than a decade the role of TV psychic’s has been called into question after the role of one in the disappearance of Amanda Berry. After Amanda Berry disappeared in 2003 her mother, Louwanne Miller appeared on an episode of The Montel Williams Show to meet with celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne. When Browne claimed Amanda was dead Miller said she was 98 percent sure of the claim and died one year later of heart failure.
After a series of high profile failures Sylvia Browne has been targeted by angry viewers and families of missing persons after a series of claims were proved wrong. In 2003, Browne also told the parents of Shawn Hornbeck the teen was dead, he was found alive almost four years later. A website has also been operated called Stop Sylvia Browne that is updated regularly with wrong predictions of the psychic detailed. Amanda Berry escaped from the suburban home in Cleveland on Monday with her daughter leading local residents and police to two other women held captive in the house. The owner of the house and his two brothers have been arrested by Cleveland police.
Amanda Berry now home with family
Today the three women are reconnecting with their families after a decade-long absence, as questions continue as to how their imprisonment went undetected for so long.
Crowds of onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse Gina DeJesus have gathered around the 23-year-old’s home, where she is expected to return Tuesday afternoon.
Metal barriers have been erected around the property and colourful balloons adorn the front gate.
DeJesus’ aunt is expected to make a statement on behalf of the family.
Earlier today, Amanda Berry returned to home 10 years after she went missing.
Minutes after the 27-year-old arrived home, her sister, Beth Serrano, made a brief statement asking for privacy and thanking the public for their support over the years.
Cleveland police had earlier said Amanda herself would speak, but that changed moments before Serrano emerged to address the throngs of reporters gathered outside the family’s house.
Amanda berry 911 call
A transcript of the 911 call placed Monday by a woman missing since 2003, when she was 16.
Caller: Help me. I’m Amanda Berry.
Dispatcher: You need police, fire, ambulance?
Caller: I need police.
Dispatcher: OK, and what’s going on there?
Caller: I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.
Dispatcher: OK, and what’s your address?
Caller: 2207 Seymour Avenue.
Dispatcher: 2207 Seymour. Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.
Dispatcher: Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.
Caller: I can’t hear you.
Dispatcher: Looks like you’re calling me from 2210 Seymour.
Caller: I’m across the street; I’m using the phone.
Dispatcher: OK, stay there with those neighbours. Talk to police when they get there.
Dispatcher: OK, talk to police when they get there.
Caller: OK. Hello?
Dispatcher: OK, talk to the police when they get there.
Caller: OK (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: We’re going to send them as soon as we get a car open.
Caller: No, I need them now before he gets back.
Dispatcher: All right; we’re sending them, OK?
Caller: OK, I mean, like …
Dispatcher: Who’s the guy you’re trying — who’s the guy who went out?
Caller: Um, his name is Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: OK. How old is he?
Caller: He’s like 52.
Dispatcher: And, uh –
Caller: I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.
Dispatcher: I got, I got that, dear. (Unintelligible) And, you say, what was his name again?
Caller: Uh, Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: And is he white, black or Hispanic?
Caller: Uh, Hispanic.
Dispatcher: What’s he wearing?
Caller (agitated): I don’t know, ’cause he’s not here right now. That’s why I ran away.
Dispatcher: When he left, what was he wearing?
Caller: Who knows (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: The police are on their way; talk to them when they get there.
Caller: Huh? I – OK.
Dispatcher: I told you they’re on their way; talk to them when they get there, OK.
Caller: All right, OK. Bye.
Source: Cleveland law department