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Charleston psychic predicted I-526 troubles 30 years ago

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Elizabeth Baron

And you thought psychics were full of it.

Long before Monday's cable snafu made the Intestate 526 bridge over the Wando River unsafe, a spiritual counselor predicted there would be problems.

Elizabeth Baron, a medium who assisted with several Lowcountry police investigations, predicted some 30 years ago that I-526 — aka the Mark Clark Expressway interstate loop around Charleston — would be plagued by construction defects, particularly related to joints between the concrete slabs.

Her forecast rang true (maybe). The Department of Transportation spent $1.5 million dollars in 2001 to replace faulty expansion joints on the Don Holt Bridge that's part of the Mark Clark/I-526 half circle. It joins North Charleston to Daniel Island.

Her prediction about 526 stemmed from an excess of "anger, hate and greed," which spawns "negative vibrations" that are threatening the stability of the planet, she told The Post and Courier in 1989.

She added 526 "is very important in providing truth in the Holy City that we live in."

Baron grew famous for her predictions concerning local and international events. Born in Tennessee, she lived much of her life in Chicago before moving to Charleston in the 1980s.

She claimed to have experienced premonitions and spiritual visits since childhood. Part of that included being able to channel the spirit of St. Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century nun.

Perhaps Baron's most prominent work involved the disappearance in 1989 of Ralph Terry Griggs, a highway inspector involved with the construction of the Mark Clark.

When investigators failed to track Griggs, his wife hired a private investigator who connected her with Baron. Area politicians and media followed the story.

Baron also famously announced predictions for each upcoming year, which were widely reported by local and national media.

In Charleston, she was a frequent source of speculation regarding hurricane seasons. She also offered personal consultations and was a frequent guest on television and radio shows.

Baron died at 76 in 2014. 

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551. Follow him on Twitter at @skropf47.

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