(January 3, 1918
-January 25, 1997
), American astrologer
Jeane L. Pinckert Dixon was a Catholic
who attributed her psychic abilities to God
and became the country’s most prominent psychic who moved freely in celebrity and conservative
political circles, most famous for supposedly predicting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
She was born in Medford, WI
to a rich family of German
immigrants in the lumber industry. She grew up in California
and in 1939
married James L. Dixon, an auto dealer who later worked in real estate. They were well off, so in later decades Dixon would donate her psychic earnings to a children’s charity she started, Children to Children Inc.
The Kennedy prophecy is what made her famous. On March 11, 1956
magazine discussed the upcoming 1960
Mrs. Dixon thinks it will be dominated by labor and won by a Democrat. He will be assassinated or die in office "though not necessarily in his first term."
As we all know, Kennedy won the 1960 presidential race, though labor had relatively little to do with it, and the assassination was a pretty safe prediction considering the Presidential Curse
. But what they don’t tell you is that in 1960, she predicted that Richard Nixon
would win instead.
book called "A Gift of Prophecy: the Phenomenal Jeane Dixon" by Ruth Montgomery
popularized the Kennedy assassination prediction and sold 3 million copies. This helped her get the astrology column and those annual predictions that were a staple of that tabloid The Star
for so many years.
math professor John Allen Paulos
coined the phrase the "Jeane Dixon effect" to describe the tendency of many to remember the ‘successful’ prophecies while quickly forgetting the failed ones. Over the decades, those failed ones include:
World War III
would start in October 1958
, sparked by a dispute over the islands of Quemoy
off of China
, and would involve germ warfare
Labor leader Walter Reuther
(who?) would run for president as a Democrat
will be the first to land a man on the moon.
A woman would become president during the 1980s.
Church would dissolve before 1990
President George Bush
would be reelected for a second term.
would be caught by the Secret Service
crashing a presidential inauguration.
Dixon was chummy with FBI
director J. Edgar Hoover
and he provided her with bits of right-wing propaganda about the Soviet Union
funding unrest and left-wing groups in the 1960s. In a plan approved personally by Hoover (his signature appears on a memo approving it in Dixon’s FBI file), she made innumerable speeches attacking the left with this disinformation.
During the presidency of Ronald Reagan
, first lady Nancy Reagan
employed the services of Dixon to plan her husband’s presidential schedule, until she decided that Dixon had lost her powers and unceremoniously dumped her for astrologer Joan Quigley