Sylvia Browne claimed to have the ability to see the past, present and future and connect with the dead. And through her supposed gift, she made a fortune off selling prophecies to grieving parents. But many have claimed that it was all made up – and suggested that Browne was trying to con the whole world.
On October 19, 1936, Browne – who was born Sylvia Shoemaker – entered the world. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and became an infamous psychic. Browne started her own church, called the Society of Novus Spiritus, in 1986, and details of the history of her alleged gift are outlined on that website.
According to the website, Browne realized that she had a gift at an early age. Indeed, a biography there declares, “Sylvia manifested her psychic ability at the age of three.” Browne started out giving readings and predictions to relatives and friends, but it was a while before she decided to turn her passion into a full-time career.