Psychic and astrologer Jeane Dixon (1904-1997) became the most famous prophetess in America after successfully predicting the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1956.
Her prophecy went… ‘1960 presidential election will be won by a Democrat who would be assassinated or die in office, though not necessarily in his first term.’
After the event, other versions provided extra details. ‘He would be tall and young with thick brown hair and blue eyes’. She later said she specifically told the newspapers he would be assassinated. But they refused to print it.
Dixon contradicted herself by later admitting she believed Nixon not Kennedy would win the 1960 Presidential Election. This might be why Nixon, when in office, followed her predictions and met with her in the Oval Office in 1971. The following year, after her prediction of terrorist attacks in the United States after the Munich massacre, Nixon set up a counter-terrorism committee.
After Kennedy’s assassination Dixon became so renowned she was known as the ‘Seeress of Washington’ – where she resided. Two books published about her: A Gift of Prophecy (1965) My Life and Prophecies (1969) shot her to international stardom.
I first heard of Dixon in The News of the World, a Sunday scandal sheet somewhat like a British version of the National Inquirer. It ran regular articles about her, until its own (unforeseen) demise; mired in a phone tapping outrage more iniquitous than any ever gracing its pages.
The paper claimed she predicted the assassinations of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy, the launch of Sputnik, and the 1947 separation of Pakistan from India. They always ended with dire future predictions, such as a comet striking earth. By this time those about World War III starting in 1958 and the Russians putting the first man to the moon were well consigned to the scrapheap.
Other apocalyptic visions concerned the coming messiah… ‘A child born in the Middle East on February 5, 1962 will revolutionize the world. Before the 20th century ends, he will unite mankind in one all-embracing faith; the foundation of a new Christianity.’ (Good luck with that one!)
The Papacy… ‘One Pope will be attacked and suffer bodily harm. Another one will be assassinated and this will be the final blow to the Holy Catholic Church.’
Supporters claimed this referred to Pope John Paul II’s attempted assassination. In fact he suffered 3 attempts: 1981, 1982, with a 3rd by a suicide bomber foiled by an accidental fire. They claimed the 2nd part related to his successor Benedict; or perhaps now Francis or maybe some future pope.
I think they can safely be put in the bin along with her 1992 prediction of George Bush’s re-election of over Bill Clinton. Funnily enough, Monica Lewinski was never mentioned.
Given Dixon’s association with Nixon and Bush, and that she advised Nancy Regan while her husband was in the White House I predict Jeane was a bit of a Republican.
My brush with Dixon came when I bought a house – no she didn’t predict it. While replacing a carpet I found some ancient newspapers, including The News of the World containing an article about Jeane Dixon. Really, you couldn’t make it up!
Here she predicted a glittering career for Northern Irish Politician Bernadette Devlin. It stuck in my mind, because I remembered her career was sadly cut short a few years after the article when she was shot 14 times in front of her children in 1981.
At the age of 79, Dixon died of a heart attack in hospital. A trooper to the very end her last words were… ‘I knew this was going to happen!’