Generally when we read about psychics working on missing persons cases, it is after they have helped have found the missing person or a body. There are many times when psychics are wrong or vague about what they see. Detailed information is most important. It would be great if the facts presented on TV shows like 'Ghost Whisperers', produced by James Van Praagh, were true, but they are not necessarily the case or the psychics/mediums would be called in to find all missing persons. Right or wrong ... we call it a Hit or a Miss. Other psychics I know try their best and few are in it for the glory. The big in the news about the past week is this high profile story about two missing boys, Shawn and Ben, recently found alive and well, details of their abductions still coming in.
Missing boy: psychics get it spectacularly wrong Paranormal Review - January 18, 2007
Shawn Hornbeck went missing on October 6, 2002, after leaving home on his bicycle to visit a friend. He never arrived there. Despite appeals for information from his family and police investigations, he was not found. His parents, Pam and Craig Akers, agreed to appear on TV’s Montel Williams Show with Sylvia Browne on 12 February 2003. Browne makes regular appearances on the show, sometimes giving readings to telephone callers and at other times to studio guests. She told the Akers their son “is no longer with us” – news they were hoping not to hear. Browne had the impression that his body was in a wooded area, some 12 miles southwest of Richwoods, where they lived. It was near two large, jagged boulders that looked out of place in the area. Browne added that Shawn’s bicycle as in a dump “in another state”. Among other impressions given by the medium was that Shawn had been taken by a “dark-skinned man, he wasn’t black – more like Hispanic” who had long, black hair which he wore in dreadlocks and was really tall. Two weeks after the televised psychic reading, the Akers revealed to their local newspaper that they had consulted other psychics, too. “I don’t know what to think any more,” Craig Akers commented. “The information from different psychics doesn’t match up.”
When the Akers also appeared on James Van Praagh’s Beyond TV show, he also indicated that Shawn was dead, but indicated that his body would be found in a different direction. Van Praagh suggested that the person who had taken Shawn worked in a railroad car plant and that the boy’s body might be concealed in a railway car. The “psychic” clues given by both mediums led to extensive but futile searches in the areas they described. Meanwhile, the Akers established the Shawn Hornbeck Search Team to make their own enquiries, and also the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation to assist with the disappearance of other children. They said they would not give up their search for Shawn.
He was found along with another missing boy, William Ben Ownby, on 12 January 2007 by police who went to an apartment in Kirkwood, Missouri, to serve an unrelated warrant. They noticed a rusty white Nissan pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle near to where William had disappeared five days earlier. Their enquiries led them to the apartment of Michael J. Devlin, 41, a pizza parlour manager, where the boys were found.
According to the Daily News (18 January 2007) Browne tried to cash in on her original televised claim by contacting Pam and Craig Akers, a month later, offering her services at $700 per half hour to help locate Shawn’s body. Wayne Evans, a spokesman for the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, told the newspaper: "Pam was that desperate that if she had had $700 in her bank account she would have put it on the table. We are talking about a mother who would have sold her soul to have her boy back. Everybody was angry. Sylvia Browne’s name was never brought up again until Shawn was found. He’s home now, and that’s all that matters." But Sylvia Browne, while admitting she’d got it wrong about Shawn being dead, denied the claim that she had tried to cash in on his disappearance. "I'm terribly sorry that this happened," she told the Daily News. "But I think my body of work stands by itself. I’ve broken case after case. I think it’s just cruel to jump on this one case in which I was wrong. I've said thousands of times I'm not God.” And in rersponse to the claim that she tried to make money out of the case, she added: "There's never been a case that I’ve ever charged for a missing child. I would never do that. Never, never."
Could the lesson be that the kidnapper and victim are here to play out their scenario? This goes to ... why is it that tragic events are not foreseen by psychics and thus prevented - i.e. earth changes, 9/11, other? I believe that these events cannot be altered or the program will reactivate/reboot the event ... cause and effect ... experience complete ... 'free will' zero. We will never know why things play out as they do until the program is over. Never try to second-guess it. It can change an insert in the blink of an 'eye'.
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