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Rose Mary
By Rosemary McKittrick
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Jeane Dixon's Crystal Ball; on gilt-metal stand; 4 inches diameter; sold for $11,950. Photo courtesy of Sloans & Kenyon.
Jeane Dixon is probably the most well-known psychic of the 20th century. She made one prediction that catapulted her into infamy.

Dixon predicted in a 1956 interview in “Parade Magazine” that a democratic president elected in 1960, would die in office. She described him as a tall young man with blue eyes and brown hair.

She later said in an interview that she also told reporters that day the president would be assassinated. When the article appeared in print, the assassination part was left out.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president By 1963 Dixon said she began to have premonitions about the President’s safety and made several attempts to warn him.

On the morning of November 22 Dixon told friends, 'This is the day it will happen.” That afternoon Kennedy was shot and killed as he rode in an open-car motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

Five years later Dixon addressed a meeting in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. A person in the audience asked her if Robert Kennedy would ever become President.

“No,” she answered. “He will never become President of the United States because of a tragedy right here in this hotel.” .

A week later Robert Kennedy won the California primary. He just finished addressing the ecstatic crowd from the stage of the Ambassador Hotel's ballroom when he was shot and killed.

Those predictions alone were enough to make even the most diehard skeptic nervous.

After John Kennedy’s death Dixon became a phenomenon. Her predictions seemed other-worldly.

Perhaps, they were. Is there something going on here few of us understand? Dixon would say yes. In Dixon’s world there was no death. The spirit or soul simply dropped the body when it ceased breathing and continued on.

Political columnist Ruth Montgomery wrote a book about Dixon called “A Gift of prophecy: the Phenomenal Jeane Dixon.” In the book Montgomery described numerous other predictions Dixon made. Published in 1965 the book sold more than three million copies.

In 1945, a few months before Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death, Dixon told the President he didn't have long to live. She was right.

In 1949, Dixon predicted Nixon would be president someday. She was right.

Dixon also said that when all was said and done Nixon would not be disgraced by the Watergate scandal. She was wrong. She also predicted the Russians would land the first man on the moon. She was wrong.

Obviously, not all of Dixon’s predictions came true. But she was on target enough of the time for people to take her seriously.

A Catholic, the soothsayer said her ability to predict the future was a gift from God. “The same spirit that worked through Isaiah and John the Baptist also works through me,” she said.

A well-known Washington, DC., conundrum, Dixon advised famous people including Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The celebrity clairvoyant authored seven books and passed away on January 25, 1997.

Dixon’s estate from her Dupont Circle townhouse went up at auction on July 26, 2009, at Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers in Bethesda, Md. Included among lots of antique furniture, silver and artwork were two crystal balls, transcripts of her visions and letters from Harry Truman, Billie Graham, Betty Ford and George Bush, to name a few.

Say what you will, but the captains of our culture seemed to take Dixon very, very seriously.

Here are current values for items from Dixon’s estate.

Jeane Dixon

Oil on Canvas; portrait of Dixon; Alexander Benjamin Clayton; dated ‘69; 54 inches by 38 inches framed; $1,076.

Crystal Ball; on separate gilt-metal stand cast as three Egyptian cats; 3 ½ inches diameter; $3,346.

Crystal Ball; on separate gilt-metal stand cast as four figural caryatids; 4 inches diameter; $11,950.

Palace Mirror; Italian Baroque; carved gilt-wood; 18th century; 64 inches by 48 inches; $14,340.

Wishing Well; Continental gilt brass-mounted bas relief cast composition; 19th century; 77 inches by 29 inches by 29 inches; $22,108.

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