10 Premonitions that Predicted Tragedy

Have you ever had a gut feeling that something bad was about to happen? Well, the following people suffered strong premonitions that seemingly foretold horrible tragedies and disasters.

1. 9/11


Barrett Naylor, a Wall Street executive, had two premonitions about the World Trade Centre that saved his life. On 23rd February 1993, Barrett was sitting on the train to work when he had an overwhelming feeling that he must return home. As he never made it into work that day, and so missed the bombing at Twin Towers that morning.

11th September 2001 was one of the biggest tragedies in modern times, as almost 3,000 people tragically lost the lives following an attack on the world famous buildings. That same day, Barrett suffered the same feeling of dread in his way to work, and so returned home only to watch two planes crash into the Twin Towers.

2. Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook

20 children and 6 adults were sadly killed during shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 14th December 2012. Two weeks before the heartbreaking event, five-year-old Logan Dyer left the school following panic attacks in class.

Logan’s mother removed him from school due to his anxiety, but doctors could find nothing medically wrong with the pupil. When talking of the school, his mother claimed he would scream: “No, no! It’s not a safe place. I am scared”.

Following his departure from the school, Logan would visit some of his school friends; however, he would return home visibly upset, as if he knew something terrible would happen to his classmates soon.

3. Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp painting

The world was shocked when paralympian Oscar Pistorious shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The South African model’s mother believes that Reeva had a premonition of her death when she was just 14, as she painted a picture of an angel standing at the bottom of a ladder that led to heaven, and in the distance was a man with a gun in his hand. The angel in the painting was, quite obviously, petrified, with her hands covering her mouth.

4. Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had many premonitions that came true. One evening during World War II, Winston Churchill had a premonition and so interrupted dinner by sending his kitchen staff down into the bomb shelter. Just moments later, a bomb struck the home and demolished the kitchen.

On a separate day, a member of staff opened the door of the staff car for Winston; however, he walked past the open door and entered the car on the opposite side. Whilst driving a few blocks away from a battery station, a bomb landed near the car, lifting the car precariously onto two wheels. No-one was hurt following the event, and it was thought that the placement of Churchill’s girth prevented the car from flipping over.

Asked about why he chose to sit on the opposite side of the vehicle, Winston said: “Something said “stop!” before I reached the car door held open for me. It then appeared to me that I was told I was meant to open the door on the other side and sit there – and that’s what I did”.

5. RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic

Over 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives when RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and sunk on 15th April 1912. A handful of people, who were all set to travel on the ship’s maiden voyage, cancelled their trip at the last minute due to a premonition.

Anne Ward was a maid for the wealthy Cardeza family, who had bought the most expensive suite on the vessel. However, she refused to board the ship with her employers, claiming she had a premonition something bad would happen.

Major Archibald Butt was an aide to US President Taft, and ignored his premonition of impending doom. Afraid something bad would happen to him aboard RMS Titanic, he prepared his will prior to his journey, in the chance he did not make it back to Europe. He lost his life that fateful night.

6. Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler Hickok, also referred to as Wild Bill Hickok, was a skilled gunfighter from the American old west. On top of being a lawman, he was also a professional gambler; however, he played his last game of poker on 2nd August 1876, as John McCall, a former buffalo hunter, walked up behind Hickok, withdrew his pistol and shouted “take that!” before shooting Hickok in the back of the head.

Wild Bill Hickok reportedly had a premonition of his death, which he told to his travelling companions at the time. He also wrote a letter to his wife that read: “Agnes Darling, if such should be we never meet again, while firing my last shot, I will gently breathe the name of my wife – Agnes – and with wishes even for my enemies, I will make the plunge and try to swim to the other shore”.

7. Littleton School Shooting

Littleton school

In 2010, one gunman walked into Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, and attempted to take the lives of students. Fortunately, no-one was fatally hurt in the incident, not even the shooter. However, 14-year-old Matthew Thieu was shot and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Prior to the shooting, Matthew had a premonition of the shooting in the form of a dream, and imagined that he was shot and taken away from the scene by paramedics.

8. Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate

In 1966, actress Sharon Tate could not shake a sense of foreboding when hiding out in her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom. In a bid to wake up feeling refreshed, Sharon went to sleep, but was awoken by a man entering her room. She instantly recognised him as Paul Bern, her former house owner who had committed suicide years earlier.

Shocked, she ran down the stairs only to find another person with their throat cut open. Shaken by what she had seen, she poured herself a drink and went back upstairs, once again hallucinating Bern and the victim at the bottom of the stairs.

Over the years, Sharon convinced herself that the victim at the bottom of the stairs was her, and so told many people of her hallucinations that night. Unfortunately, her hallucinations may have been a premonition of her own fate, as one night Sharon and her unborn child became victims of Charles Manson and his Manson family cult.

Sharon was stabbed to death, with reports stating that she was hung from a rafter in the living room in the house that was just down the road from where she suffered her hallucinations.

9. General Ulysses S. Grant

General Ulysses S. Grant

Just a few days after General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee, Washington held a number of celebrations. The general and his wife, Julia, attended a reception in his honour. However, the morning after, Julia awoke with a sense of foreboding and a desire to return home.

Despite the fact the general had committed to attend a variety of functions, Grant and Julia left Washington. When they reached Philadelphia, the general learnt that President Lincoln had been assassinated. It was planned that Grant and Julia would sit next to the Lincolns at the Ford theatre that night, and the general soon learnt that his name was on the John Wilkes Booth’s victim list. His wife’s premonition had saved his life.

10. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ronnie van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd tempted fate when he boarded a plane just a day after its engine started fluttering with flames. Before he stepped aboard the plane on 20th October 1977, he said the words: “C’mon, let’s go. If it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go”.

It was his time to go, as the plane tragically went down and crashed into a Mississippi swamp. Jo Jo Billingsley, the band’s vocalist, later claimed she had a vivid premonition of the plane crash. The day before the plane crashed, Ronnie asked her to return to the band as she had recovered from an alcohol and drug addiction. That same day she dreamt of the plane crashing into the ground. It soon became a reality.

Read more spooky stories by taking a look at 10 Strange Extra-Terrestrial Encounters.

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