The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

Psychic Charlatan Sylvia Browne Dies… Good Riddance

Posted by mattusmaximus on November 21, 2013

The title of this blog post may seem harsh, but when it comes to douchebag charlatans who bilk the desperate and grieving out of their money, self-declared psychic Sylvia Browne was the bottom of the proverbial dung-heap.  And now she’s dead. Ironically, in 2003 she predicted that she would die at the age of 88, yet she died 11 years earlier than that…


Good riddance to bad rubbish (image source)

Over the course of writing this blog, I have dedicated some posts specifically to the late Ms. Browne in order to point out just how much of a self-aggrandizing and deceitful person she was, claiming to have psychic powers and often failing spectacularly in her “predictions” (none of which she ever apologized for, even given the pain she caused).  In honor of her death, I shall reproduce those posts below in the hopes that people do not celebrate her as a “lost light to the world” or similar rubbish.  Rather, it is my hope that people take the time to reflect upon Ms. Browne’s life and death and think carefully about just how much damage she did by hoodwinking the most gullible and vulnerable among us.  Hopefully, perhaps people will be a bit more skeptical of the next psychic scumbag who comes along.

When Psychics Fail: The Sylvia Browne and Amanda Berry Fiasco

Psychic Charlatan Sylvia Browne Gets a Dose of Skepticism

Jay Leno Sticks It to Sylvia Browne — On Live TV

6 Responses to “Psychic Charlatan Sylvia Browne Dies… Good Riddance”

  1. Steve said

    Now that she is in the afterlife she is having to eat her words and take responsibility for her unethical behavior. She is now with her long lost love Paul Kurtz and they are having a wonderful time planning their next incarnation.

  2. Sarah said

    I think by doing this you are being disrespectful to her family. We’re all entitled to our opinions, but I think it’s in poor taste what you are doing. Obviously, you are not a Christian because your words a hateful.

    • Kaleo said

      She was an evil predator that preyed on the weak minded now she is burning in hell where she belongs – How is that for poor tast and hatefull?

      • Woody said

        Indeed Kaleo, the truth is not always tasteful, pleasant and tolerant of fraudulence is it? … but it is the truth (although I don’t know if or where she might be burning!)

        All the best,

  3. Sarah, don’t you think it was a little disrespectful for that woman to lie to so many families? At leas this is the truth, finally. Don’t drag religion into it …she made her choices, and we are all free to comment on them. Her public persona and disingenuous business is not one worth celebrating.

  4. […] in order to line their own pockets or push an agenda (other notable examples include the late Sylvia Browne and creationist Ken […]

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