Sylvia Browne claimed to have the remarkable ability to see the past, present and future – even to connect with the dead. And through her supposed gift, she made a fortune selling so-called prophecies to grieving parents. Regardless, though, many maintain the belief that Browne’s shocking predictions were in fact all made up. So, did the medium really possess supernatural powers, or was she trying to con the whole world instead?
On October 19, 1936, Browne – whose given name was actually Sylvia Shoemaker – entered the world. Then after spending her childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, she ultimately grew up to become an infamous psychic. Browne even started her own church, which she called the Society of Novus Spiritus, in 1986. And the details of the woman’s alleged psychic powers that are outlined on the organization’s website make for a fascinating read.
According to the site, Browne realized that she possessed a unique gift at a very early age. In fact, as the biography declares, “Sylvia manifested her psychic ability at the age of three.” And while as a teen, Browne started out giving readings and predictions to relatives and friends, she would one day turn her passion into a full-time job.