Psychics & crime; Local lessons from the Cleveland case
Stephanie St. Claire chooses not to work in criminal cases.
CREATED May. 14, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Louanna Miller, Amanda Berry's mom, wasn't able to celebrate Mother's Day with her daughter this year.
Friends say she died of a broken heart, after celebrity psychic Sylvia Browne told her, her daughter was in Heaven.
Now, Browne is coming under scrutiny.
It was a parent's incredible heartache: not knowing where her daughter is, if she's even alive.
Amanda Berry's mother desperately searched for answers.
"It been 370 something days, and just not knowing any little detail it's really really hard," said Miller on the Montel Williams show.
She appeared, wanting any detail from a psychic, who dealt a devastating blow.
"She's not alive honey," said Browne.
It was a detail that led to more heartache.
It was a detail, experts in the field say, never should have been uttered.
"I don't think that's very ethica," said Stephanie St. Claire.
St. Claire is a Tucson psychic and medium.
She says she chooses not to work on abduction and murder cases, adding this psychic made a terrible mistake.
"Because it is devastating if a psychic is wrong, and you know psychics can only be so accurate," she said.
And that's a reason Tucson Police police say they're cautious when dealing with psychics.
"We don't have a whole lot of faith in what psychics tell us. However, we never turn down an opportunity for a lead," said TPD Sergeant Chris Widmer.
Celebrity psychic and inspiration for the TV series 'Medium', Allison Dubois, lives in Phoenix.
9OYS spoke to her via phone.
She says the Cleveland case is an example of why she only works with law enforcement and avoids talking with grieving families.
"We have to be held to a high degree of responsibility. You don't give information like that."
That is, she says, unless the psychic has a proven track record of being right.
Thousands of people have flooded Browne's Facebook page, telling her what they think.