3/31/06 (PMP) Sylvia and Friends, Part II
Psychics....how does one feel about them? I can say from experience that it is a rollercoaster ride...they take your hope of finding your loved one and put it thru a series of ups and downs and just like the ride, the "thrill" is over as soon as they are telling you what you "hope" to hear, because you find later that it did not bring them home or find them.
My friend Audrey has been missing almost 4 years now. In our search for her we have gone through the motions of all that possibly can be done through law enforcement and even further by way of contacting psychics in the desperation of keeping the hope alive that one of them might lead us to her.
At first, it was a few dollars here and there for local unknowns then more dollars for better known ones like Kay Rhea...yeah, like taking a match to your hard earned money. Then there was the Montel Show with Sylvia...I must apologize ahead if what I say next offends her fan club but she, my friends, is a joke. We, Audrey's father, stepmother, and another friend and I were guests on the show the same day Molly Bish's Mother was there. (Coincidently the same day they found the start of what led to Molly's remains)
Sylvia went thru her routine with me and told me just what she thought we wanted to hear along with some crazy story that Audrey had been shot...I was horrified that she did this as each question I asked was a play by me to see if she had even the slightest clue...she did not. I was horrified for Molly's mother as you could see that Sylvia was playing on her hopes, yet told her nothing. Meanwhile her daughter's remains were being discovered right at that very moment of the taping. Why didn’t Sylvia know this? (You can view a clip of the show that featured Audrey on our website and judge for yourself.)
You see, my view on psychics before I became engulfed in this nightmare of a friend going missing was probably much like anyone else's not affected by such loss: fun and entertaining. I knew much of it was just what you wanted to hear, but everyone loves to read their horoscopes, right?
When dealing with a tragedy like Audrey going missing, I, like hundreds of others searching for their loved ones fell victim...I am not saying that some do get lucky and might help solve some cases but much of that is also based on law enforcement being willing to pull apart what the psychic claims.
As for Kay Rhea...We had done a taped session with her by phone. She gave us various details in which we all had thought would help Audrey's case. We paid a $300 fee and were waiting desperately for the tapes to arrive....They came, and to my horror they were blank! When I called her to obtain another, she scrambled to even recall our session. She did not know anything she did before, and in fact gave a totally different "vision". She did not refund our money, and from that point on I believe that was the beginning of the end for me as far as psychics go. I no longer was going to "pay" to have my hope of finding Audrey fulfilled with people who make a living by playing with my emotions.
The fact remains that Audrey is still missing as are thousands of others. Remember that when you contemplate using a psychic to find your loved one.
Searching for Audrey...Marie E. Parker
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