In 2004, TV psychic Sylvia Browne told Louwana Miller that her daughter Amanda Berry was dead
IN 2002, Michele Knight vanished. She was 21. In 2003, Amanda Berry was working at a branch of Burger King in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 16. Tomorrow would be her 17th birthday. She disappeared. In April 2004, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus vanished on her way home from school. She was just 14.
What happened to them was a mystery.
On November 17, 2004, Amanda’s mother, Louwana Miller, appealed for help on the Montel Williams show. Psychic Sylvia Browne told Miller that Amanda was dead. She saw her “in water“. Miller will see her daughter “on the other side, in Heaven”. Said Browne:
“She’s not alive, honey. Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”
The transcript (not in full):
Montel Williams: My next guest needs to know what happened to her missing daughter. Now, this has been crazy, Sylvia…
Williams: On April 21st, 2003, 16-year-old Amanda Berry left her part-time job never to be seen again.
Louwana Miller: It was the day before her 17th birthday. She had just got off of work, and she was walking home. Then she said, `I got a ride. I’ll call you right back.’
Williams: Amanda never made it home that night. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with three men. Local law enforcement and FBI were immediately called in. The FBI, who had tapped the family’s home phone, discovered that the stranger had called from Amanda’s cell.
Miller: I got a phone call four or five days later, and they said, `Amanda’s with me. She’s fine, and I’ll have her home in a few days.’ And then a few days never came. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve heard anything from my daughter. I need to speak with Sylvia to see if she can help me find out where my daughter is.
Williams: To this day, Amanda Berry has never been found.
Sylvia Browne: Did she know of anybody by the name of…(censored).
Miller: I don’t–I don’t know. That don’t sound familiar.
Browne: Now, what I don’t understand is her jacket was in a dumpster. Because she’s wearing a jacket.
Williams: Was she wearing a jacket?
Miller: She had on a black, hooded jacket, yes.
Williams: Would that give a clue to who–I mean, obviously…
Browne: Oh, yeah.
Williams: …the last witness who saw her said three people?
Browne: Because with the–the “CSI” and everything else we have on now, the forensics–and I’m not trying to knock the police department, because I know they’re overloaded, and I work with a lot of them.
Williams: But did she not say, `I have a ride home,’ as if it was one person?
Miller: Right, she said, `I have a ride.’
Browne: There was only one person.
Miller: Can you tell me if they’ll ever find her? Is she out there?
Browne: She’s–see, I hate this when they’re in water. I just hate this. She’s not alive, honey. And I’ll tell you why, here we go again. Your daughter was not the type that would not have called you.
Browne: Well, there’s got to be somebody that you could track or the police could track.
Miller: He was a young kid? Or…
Browne: He was maybe 21, something like that, 21, 22.
Miller: Does he have…
Browne: Always wore his pants very low, you know?
Miller: So you don’t think I’ll ever get to see her again?
Browne: Yeah, in heaven, on the other side.
Williams: Let me take a little break. We’ll be right back after this.
Miller told the press:
“Please don’t misunderstand me. I still don’t want to believe it. I want to have hope but, after a year and a half, what else is there? It seems like the God-honest truth. My daughter would always call home.”
In 2006, Louwana Miller died. She was just 46.
Here’s Sylvia Browne:
And then Amanda Berry was found.
Charles Ramsey heard shouting from house in Cleveland:
“[I] heard screaming. I’m eating my McDonalds, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house, so I go on the porch and she says: ‘Help me get out, I’ve been here a long time’.” So I figured it was a domestic violence dispute.”
He kicked down the door. The woman told him she was Amanda Berry.
“When she told me it didn’t register. Until I got to call 911. I thought: ‘I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead.’ And then she gets on the phone and she says: ‘Yes this is me’…. That girl Amanda told the police: ‘I ain’t just the only one. There’s some more girls up in that house. So they go up there 30 or 40 deep, and when they came out it was just astonishing.”
Police swooped on a house in Cleveland. They arrested three brothers. One, a 52-year-old man, was one a school bus driver. He knew the DeJesus family.
The women and a child who fled with them are being treated. A Dr Gerald Maloney, an emergency department physician, tells media:
“We’re in the process of evaluating their medical needs. They appear to be in a fair condition at the moment. They are able to speak with us. Beyond that I can’t really go into any further details… This is really good because this isn’t the ending you usually hear to these stories so we’re very happy.”
Photo: March 3, 2004 – Felix DeJesus, holding a banner showing his daughter’s photograph, standing by a memorial in his living room in Cleveland.