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Jim Walsh, Bismarck, Published August 09 2013

Letter: ‘Psychic’ Browne is not welcome

Sylvia Browne, the self-described “psychic” who told the mother of kidnapping victim Amanda Berry that her daughter was “not alive,” is scheduled to appear in Bismarck in late October. I have a very high opinion of the folks who operate the Civic Center; they have done a fine job over the years in bringing quality entertainment to the region. That being said, I must protest the decision to book Browne.

Browne is a charlatan who preys on the bereaved. Browne, along with people like John Edward and James Van Praagh, are flim-flam artists who use mind tricks to convince vulnerable people that they can communicate with the dead.

I have experienced my share of personal grief in my life, and know firsthand how crushing the loss of a loved one can be. I fully understand how desperate and vulnerable a person can be at such a time.

But I would urge you in the strongest terms possible not to turn to people like Browne for the answers. They’re only interested in your money. If you agree that Browne has no business bringing her “act” to North Dakota, I hope you will contact the Bis-marck Civic Center and respectfully register your protest.