Famous Last Words
Jeane Dixon
Washington, DC
January 25, 1997

“I knew this would happen.”

Dixon was a self-proclaimed psychic and astrologer who lent her name to the so-called Jeane Dixon effect, a term coined by mathematician John Allen Paulos to describe a tendency to bolster a psychic’s few correct predictions while neglecting to mention the much greater number of incorrect ones. One such correct prediction, and possibly Dixon’s most famous, was from Parade on May 13, 1956, when it was reported “As for the 1960 election Mrs. Dixon thinks it will be dominated by labor and won by a Democrat. But he will be assassinated or die in office ‘though not necessarily in his first term,'” predicting JFK’s presidential victory and assassination, though her critics chalk this prediction up to a good guess and relying on vague statements such as not specifying how or why the president would die or even which term the death would occur.

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