Although prophecy and clairvoyance aren't recognized by the scientific community at large, there are compelling anecdotes that suggest some people may be able to predict the future. There are, for example, many people throughout history who foresaw their own ends and some ordinary people who have claimed to see small glimpses of the future through their dreams. There may not be much in the way of scientific evidence, but there are certainly plenty of stories from all over the world about people who have sensed impending tragedies.
No matter the method of prediction, there are bizarre records of accurate premonitions throughout history and many are truly uncanny. From literature to television to children who seem to know too much, these prophetic declarations make you wonder if the idea of a sixth sense isn't so far fetched after all.
An episode of The Lone Gunmen, a spinoff of the popular series, The X-Files, predicted 9/11 just months before it happened, when it aired in March 2001. The plot of the show's pilot episode revolves around a hijacking in which a commercial airliner, through remote control of the plane's computer systems, flies toward the World Trade Center. In The Lone Gunmen, however, the show's heroes divert the plane at the last minute.
In the episode, the act is carried out by an American arms manufacturer who plans to increase sales by compelling America to conflict against an extremist dictator. Similar conspiracy theories surround 9/11.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was loved and adored during her lifetime. She famously died from injuries sustained in a car crash on August 31, 1997. The world was beset with grief and shock over her passing. Months before the incident and after her separation from Prince Charles, Princess Diana gave a prophetic letter to her butler, Paul Burrell.
While some people believed the note was forged, others considered it strong evidence for theories that her death was not an accident. Part of the note reads:
This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous - my husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing but a decoy, so we are all being used by the man in every sense of the word.
Edgar Allan Poe was, without a doubt, the master of telling macabre tales. In 1838, he published a novel titled The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket in which a group of four sailors are shipwrecked and must find a way to survive so they can be rescued. The group captures and eats a tortoise, but it's not enough to sustain them. They decide to draw straws, and the person who draws the shortest must give their life so the others can live. The man who draws the short straw is a sailor by the name of Richard Parker.
The events of the novel were replicated about 45 years later in an incident with the ship Mignonette. Like in Poe’s novel, the Mignonette broke apart and fell into the sea, leaving four sailors shipwrecked. They too found a tortoise and ate it, but it wasn’t enough for all of them. The teenage cabin boy was so thirsty he drank seawater and became very ill. The other three sailors decided to eat him to survive, and were later rescued. Spookily enough, the cabin boy’s name was Richard Parker.
In October of 1966, in the mining town of Aberfan, Wales, Eryl Mai Jones said to her mother, “I dreamed I went to school and there was no school there. Something black had come down all over it!” In the days prior, Eryl told her mother she was “not afraid to die,” and “I shall be with Peter and June,” two friends from school. The mother shrugged off her daughter’s comments.
Aberfan was positioned in a valley below a large pile of coal waste, which was perched atop a nearby mountain. On October 21, 1966, 110,000 cubic meters of coal slurry — a mixture of coal waste, water, and shale — slid down the mountain and engulfed a portion of the town. The slurry consumed and smashed Eryl’s school, Pantglas Junior School, and killed 144 people in total. 116 of them were children. Eryl was buried in a mass grave next to her classmates, Peter and June.