Many are calling her fraudulent and even 'evil', but as the online backlash against self-proclaimed psychic medium Sylvia Browne rages, after missing teen Amanda Berry turned up alive fully nine years after Browne had told her mother on national television that she was dead, one man has stepped forward to defend the celebrity spiritualist's battered reputation.
"She was just incredible - it was like she knew me', said Jayson Green, a veterinary assistant from Richmond VA recalling his telephone session with Browne.
"The first thing she said to me was, 'I sense you're a really gullible person'. Bam! Straight away she's got me nailed."
Then, despite being almost three thousand miles away on the other end of a phone line, Browne went on to describe aspects of Mr. Green's home life in minute detail,
"She said, 'I can see a statue of a unicorn on your mantlepiece and a cupboard full of worthless herbalist shit in your bathroom. On top of that, you think you can cure your friends' migraines by squeezing their frigging toes and you've got at least two cats. Am I right?'
I was like, whoa! This is way too freaky!"
Browne then went on to relay a "cathartic" message to Green from his long-dead budgerigar 'Mr. Feathers', who had tragically perished after mistaking a deep fat fryer for a bird bath, but it was when it came time to pay the bill that he got his biggest shock of all,
"Just when I thought she couldn't get any more incredible Sylvia says to me, 'Ok, I have a spirit here, probably your great grandfather or someone else, saying that not only are you about to pay me the perfectly reasonable sum of $850 for all of this, he says you're so impressed by everything I've said you're going to give me a $50 tip, and buy two of my books as well.'
And you know what? He was absolutely right, because I did. Unbe-fucking-lievable."