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Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy: Evidence of Reincarnation Through Coincidence and Synchronicity

Dr. John K. Lattimer (1914–2007) was an expert on the Lincoln assassination as well as the Kennedy family’s autopsy expert. This is what he had to say about the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations in his book Kennedy and Lincoln: Medical and Ballistic Comparisons of Their Assassinations:

“The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has turned out to be almost a replay of the assassinations of President Abraham Lincoln, point by point. The similarities, coincidences, and associations are so striking as to be worthy of assembling in the epilogue that follows.”

Dr. Lattimer devoted the entire epilogue of his book (pages 335-365) to these similarities, coincidences, and associations. As you will see in these articles, the evidence is overwhelming.

Table of Coincidences Between Lincoln and Kennedy

  1. Their Photographs
  2. Their Careers
  3. Their Physical Traits
  4. Their Families
  5. Their Relationships
  6. Their Activists
  7. Their Assassinations
  8. Their Assassins
  9. Their Assassin’s Escape
  10. Their Assassin’s Death
  11. Their Funerals
  12. Their Vice Presidents
  13. Their Vice President’s Successor
  14. Their Paranormal Lives
  15. Their Highly Unusual Lives
  16. Links to More Resources
  17. Conclusion

1. Their Photographs

2. Their Careers

— Lincoln’s birthplace is a National Monument.
— Kennedy’s birthplace is a National Monument.

— Lincoln moved a short distance away from his birthplace in early childhood, had a brother (Thomas) born there, and then moved away from his birth state (Kentucky) before the age of ten.
— Kennedy moved a short distance away from his birthplace in early childhood, had a brother (Robert) born there, and then moved away from his birth state (Massachusetts) before the age of ten.

— Lincoln was the second-born child, his older sibling (Sarah) having predeceased at the time of his election to the House in ’46 (1846).
— Kennedy was the second-born child, his older sibling (Kathleen) having predeceased at the time of his election to the House in ’46 (1946).

— Lincoln grew up in a place now known as Lincoln City, Indiana where his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is currently buried.
— President Kennedy signed a bill preserving the Lincoln City, Indiana, farm site as a U.S. Presidential Memorial called the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

— Lincoln was named after his grandfather.
— Kennedy was named after his grandfather.

Interesting Note: Lincoln had no middle name. He was simply (and legally) just “Abraham Lincoln” his entire life.
Interesting Note: During the time Lincoln lived in Kentucky and Indiana, the family name was pronounced “Linkhorn.”

— Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln, owned two 600-acre farms, several town lots, livestock, and horses and was among the richest men in the county.
— Kennedy’s father, Joseph Kennedy, Sr., got rich in part from the Wall Street Crash of 1929. When Fortune magazine published its first list of the richest people in the United States in 1957, it estimated Joseph Kennedy, Sr. to be between the 9th and 16th richest person in the country.

Interesting Note: Lincoln did not attend his own father’s funeral. The two were not close. From the time Lincoln was a child until his 23rd year, his father made him work like a slave almost constantly with an axe and was even loaned him out to neighbors. Upon being informed of his father’s declining health, Lincoln refused to visit him. Thomas Lincoln died 5 days later.

— Lincoln served in the military as an officer (Captain) in the Black Hawk War.
— Kennedy served in the military as an officer (Lieutenant) during World War II. His actions during the war made him a war hero, which proved helpful in his political career. After he became president, his heroics during the war became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring a song, many books, movies, various television series, collectible objects, scale model replicas and toys.

Interesting Note: A good example of Lincoln’s humanity was demonstrated when, as a captain during the Black Hawk War, an old Indian came into his camp and delivered himself to Lincoln, showing him a paper stating how the Indian was a good and true man. Many of Lincoln’s men demanded the old Indian be killed which caused Lincoln to come to the old Indian’s aid. Some of the men were outraged and called Lincoln cowardly for which Lincoln remarked, “If any man thinks I am a coward let him test it,” rising to an unusual height. One of the men replied, “Lincoln, you are larger and heavier than we are.” Lincoln replied, “Choose your weapons.” This quickly silenced all charges of Lincoln being a coward.

— Lincoln was a boat captain and worked as the assistant pilot of the Talisman, a Mississippi River boat.
— Kennedy was a boat captain and skipper of PT (Patrol Torpedo boat) 109. After previous rejections due to a bad back and other health problems, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy. His influential father helped him overcome any obstacles to get in. Kennedy was first assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington and was there during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Eventually, Kennedy transferred to the Solomon Islands as a replacement officer to command the PT-109.

Interesting Note: Lincoln floated down the Mississippi on a flatboat when he was a teenager, and sold fruits and vegetables in New Orleans. Then he sold the boat, and walked 800 miles back home.

— Lincoln almost drowned earlier in life. Lincoln’s life was saved by a playmate from Knob Creek, Kentucky.
— Kennedy almost drowned early in his life when the PT-109 he was commanding was sunk by the enemy and cut in half. Two crew mates were killed, and two others were badly injured. The survivors swam for four hours to a tiny deserted island 3.5 miles away. Kennedy, who had been on the Harvard University varsity swim team, used a life jacket strap clenched between his teeth to tow a badly-burned survivor. Kennedy then swam over two miles more to other small islands in search of help and food. He then led his men to an island which had coconut trees and drinkable water. Kennedy and his men survived for six days on coconuts before they were found by the scouts.

Interesting Note: At age 9, Lincoln was severely kicked by a horse on the forehead by a horse and was unconscious for several hours, and there were fears for his life. The kick came at a moment when Lincoln was halfway through speaking a sentence. Remarkably, his first words upon regaining consciousness were the completion of the sentence.

— Lincoln was an advocate for women’s rights. On June 13, 1836, 24 years before he became president, — Lincoln was the first elected official in U.S. history to favor extending the vote to women. State legislator Lincoln gave an Illinois newspaper a statement endorsing female suffrage.
— Kennedy was an advocate for women’s rights. On June 10, 1963, Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job.

— Lincoln is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln’s career as a bartender was fairly short-lived. In 1834, he ran for state legislator and won forcing him to give up the bar tending business. When Lincoln was seven years old, his father sold his country farm for about four-hundred gallons of corn whiskey.
— Kennedy is the only U.S. president whose father was one of the biggest bootleggers in the country. His father became very wealthy both from the legal and illegal importation of alcohol during and after Prohibition.

— Lincoln was elected to Congress in ’46.
— Kennedy was elected to Congress in ’46.

— Lincoln was the runner-up for the nomination of Vice President in ’56 and ran against the incumbent Vice President (John Breckinridge) in ’60. It was one of two times in U.S. history when an incumbent Vice-president ran for President and lost. Breckinridge later suffered disgrace and fled the country to escape capture as a traitor for serving the South.
— Kennedy was the runner-up for the nomination of Vice President in ’56 and ran against the incumbent Vice President (Richard Nixon) in ’60. It was one of two times in U.S. history when an incumbent Vice-president ran for President and lost. Nixon later suffered disgrace by resigning from the Presidency due to scandal.

Interesting Note: John Breckinridge was the cousin of Mary Todd, Lincoln’s wife.

— The first public suggestion of Lincoln being the Republican candidate for President is believed to have been on November 6, 1858, by Israel Green. He suggested a ticket with Lincoln for President and John P. Kennedy for Vice President.
— President Kennedy’s name is John F. Kennedy.

— The Republican Convention was held in Chicago in ’60 where Lincoln was nominated the presidential nominee.
— The Republican Convention was held in Chicago in ’60. The Democratic Convention was held in Los Angeles in ’60 where Kennedy was nominated the presidential nominee.

Interesting Note: John Connally was the one who revealed to the public that Kennedy had Addison’s disease and how it might cause him to be unable to serve a full term as President. Connally’s words about Kennedy not serving a full term as President was prophetic when in 1963 both Connally and Kennedy faced death in Dallas.

— Lincoln won his party’s nomination against older and more experienced politicians whom he later selected for high places in his Cabinet (William Seward – Secretary of State, Salmon Chase – Treasury).
— Kennedy won his party’s nomination against older and more experienced politicians whom he later selected for high places in his Cabinet (Adlai Stevenson – UN ambassador, Lyndon Johnson – Vice President).

— In the ’60 presidential election, Herschel Johnson was a southerner who ran for Vice President on the Democratic ticket.
— In the ’60 presidential election, Lyndon Johnson was a southerner who ran for Vice President on the Democratic ticket.

— Lincoln ran as a minority party candidate and was considered to be a long-shot for the Presidency.
— Kennedy ran as a minority party candidate and was considered to be a long-shot for the Presidency. He was also a Roman Catholic when nearly all Presidents before him were Protestant.

— Lincoln was a president of many “firsts“. He was the first Republican president. He was the first president born outside the original 13 states. He was the first president born in Kentucky. He was the first president to be assassinated. He was the first president to have a beard which he grew on the advice of an 11-year old girl. Lincoln was the first president to receive a transcontinental telegraph message.
— Kennedy was a president of many “firsts“. He was the first Catholic president. He was also the first Boy Scout to become president and the first president to be born in the 20th century. Kennedy was the first president to have served in the U.S. Navy. Kennedy participated in the first televised U.S. presidential debates in U.S. history. Kennedy debated with then Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy was the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Kennedy was the first president to have live press conferences and to made good use of the medium. In September of 1963, Kennedy participated in television’s first half hour evening newscast in an interview CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. Kennedy was the first president to call on all Americans to embrace Civil Rights as a moral imperative. Kennedy is the only president to have predeceased both of his parents. He is also the only president to have predeceased a grandparent.

Interesting Note: Kennedy donated his salary as president to the Boy Scouts among other charities. Kennedy’s presidential salary was $100,000 per year.

Interesting Note: Lincoln is the only president to have a patent. The patent was for a device designed by Lincoln for freeing ships which ran aground in shallow water. Lincoln received patent number 6469 in 1849 for his invention.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s salary as president was $25,000 a year.

— Lincoln’s “deist religious faith” caused religious bigots to accuse him of being an infidel, if not an atheist, and of having called Jesus “an illegitimate child.”
— Kennedy’s Catholic religious faith caused religious bigots to accuse him of having an allegiance to the Pope which disqualified him from becoming President of the United States.

— Lincoln was loved by the common people and hated by many in the establishment and was called “The People’s President.”
— Kennedy was loved by the common people and hated by many in the establishment and his presidency was heralded as the return of “Camelot.”

— Lincoln was involved in a historically significant political debate in Illinois – the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Lincoln was elected president in ‘60 partly due to these debates with the other main candidate (Stephen Douglas) who was born in ’13, had been a senator, who was better known at the time of the debate, and who sat near the president-elect at the inauguration.
— Kennedy was involved in a historically significant political debate in Illinois – the Kennedy-Nixon Debates. Kennedy was elected president in ’60 partly due to these debates with the other main candidate (Richard Nixon) who was born in ’13, had been a senator, who was better known at the time of the debate, and who sat near the president-elect at the inauguration.

Interesting Note: The location of the Kennedy-Nixon debate was roughly 80 miles from where the Lincoln-Douglas debate took place.

— Lincoln believed people owed the government more than the government owed the people. According to Lincoln’s friend Joseph Gillespie, Lincoln held to this principle: “We are more indebted to our government than it is to us.”
— Kennedy believed people owed the government more than the government owed the people. He spoke these famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

— Lincoln was famous for words ringing out for sacrifice and liberty. In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said, “It is rather this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that from the earth.”
— Kennedy was famous for words ringing out for sacrifice and liberty. Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address, declared, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any the survival and the success of liberty.”

— Lincoln was much younger (17 years difference) than his predecessor James Buchanan. Buchanan’s home was located at Lancaster, Pennsylvania about sixty miles from Gettysburg. He was the oldest president ever at the time. Buchanan was the last president to be born in the 18th century. He was a Presbyterian who was born in ’91, left office in ’61, and died at the age of 78, at the end of the decade he left office.
— Kennedy was much younger (26 years difference) than his predecessor Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s home was located at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania about sixty miles from Lancaster. Eisenhower was one of the two oldest presidents prior to Kennedy (James Buchanan being the other one.) Eisenhower was the last president to be born in the 19th century. He was a Presbyterian who was born in ’90, left office in ’61, and died at the age of 77, at the end of the decade he left office.

Interesting Note: In the midst of the secession crisis leading up to the Civil War, President Buchanan acknowledged the South would be justified in its revolution against the Union. Historians in both 2006 and 2009 voted his failure to deal with secession as the worst presidential mistake ever made. His inability to impose peace when the country was on the brink of the Civil War has led to his consistent ranking by historians as one of the worst presidents.

Interesting Note: Buchanan quietly but consistently bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and then set them free in Pennsylvania.

Interesting Note: Historians agree James Buchanan was the first gay President of the U.S.

Interesting Note: Eisenhower sent federal troops to the South for the first time since Reconstruction to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools. Eisenhower often is ranked in the top 10 among all U.S. presidents. Perhaps he learned from his past life.

Interesting Note: Eisenhower trained tank crews at the site of “Pickett’s Charge” on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Civil War battleground.

— Lincoln was uncharacteristically younger (by 1.5 months) than his Vice President Andrew Johnson.
— Kennedy was uncharacteristically younger (by 8 years, 9 months) than his Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

— Lincoln won the election with less than 50% of the popular vote.
— Kennedy won the election with less than 50% of the popular vote.

— Lincoln was elected on November 8th, for the term in which he was assassinated.
— Kennedy was elected on November 8th, for the term in which he was assassinated.

— The legality of Lincoln’s election was contested (i.e., Southern states seceded from the Union) but Lincoln won anyway.
— The legality of Kennedy’s election was contested but Kennedy won anyway.

— The ’60 incumbent Vice President John Breckinridge, under President James Buchanan ran for President in ’60 and lost to Abraham Lincoln.
— The ’60 incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, under President Dwight Eisenhower, ran for President in ’60 and lost to John F. Kennedy.

— In ’61, outgoing President, James Buchanan, returned to his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
— In ’61, outgoing President, Dwight Eisenhower, returned to his home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Interesting Note: There are a number of coincidences here: (1) Dwight Eisenhower’s farm which was adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. (2) Eisenhower’s son, John, by coincidence, graduated from West Point on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the day his father (as Supreme Allied Commander) led the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time. (3) In 1968, John Eisenhower’s son, David, married Richard Nixon’s daughter Julie.

— War was thrust upon Lincoln almost immediately after his inauguration – the Civil War.
— War was thrust upon Kennedy almost immediately after his inauguration – the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba.

Interesting Note: Lincoln was the first president to ever be seen in a photograph at his inauguration. In the photo, he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin.

— Lincoln ordered troops to fight in a war (the Civil War) which was unpopular and controversial with a large percentage of the population. Many people fled to Canada to avoid the draft. Around the same time, a revolution was occurring in a neighboring country (Mexico) involving limited U.S. intervention.
— Kennedy ordered troops to fight in a war (the Vietnam War) which was unpopular and controversial with a large percentage of the population. Many people fled to Canada to avoid the draft. Around the same time, a revolution was occurring in a neighboring country (Cuba) involving limited U.S. intervention.

— Lincoln fought against enemies of the U.S. government (Confederates) during the Civil War and kept the United States from splitting apart.
— Kennedy fought against enemies of the U.S. government (Communists) during the Cold War and kept the world from splitting apart from nuclear destruction.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, had a brother, half-brothers and brothers-in-law who fought on the side of the Confederate Army. Three of Mary’s half-brothers were killed during the war.

— In ’61, Lincoln ordered a military blockade in the Caribbean of Confederate ports.
— In ’62, Kennedy ordered a military blockade in the Caribbean of Communist Cuba.

— In ’61, a military official gave orders against Lincoln’s foreign policy involving Cuba without Lincoln’s knowledge or permission which could have resulted in the U.S. going to war. A U.S. vessel commanded by Charles Wilkes violated U.S. policy established on April 4, 1861. and operated without orders by intercepting the British vessel the RMS Trent which left Cuba with two Confederate diplomats. This action, known as the Trent Affair, almost resulted in a war against Britain.
— In ’61, a military official gave orders against Kennedy’s foreign policy involving Cuba without Kennedy’s knowledge or permission which could have resulted in the U.S. going to war. Kennedy’s CIA chief, Allen Dulles, decided to operate without orders by not revealing the complete military plans on the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba on April 17, 1961, to Kennedy and lied to him about the possibility of U.S. armed forces intervening. The incident, roughly 100 years after the Trent Affair, almost resulted in a war against Cuba.

Interesting Note: For this betrayal, Kennedy fired Dulles and declared he wanted “to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” For these actions, conspiracy theorists believe that rogue elements of the CIA and anti-Castro Cubans were responsible for the Kennedy assassination.

— Lincoln established the ’61 Civil War headquarters of his General-in-Chief George McClellan to be a house called Hickory Hill in McLean, Virginia.
— Kennedy bought the house called Hickory Hill in McLean, Virginia.

— In ’62, resulting from the ’61 Trent Affair, Britain placed troops in Canada to prepare for a possible American offensive into Canada bringing the British people to war fever.
— In ’62, resulting from the ’61 Bay of Pigs debacle, the Soviets placed troops and nuclear missiles in Cuba to prepare for a possible American offensive into Cuba bringing Americans to war fever during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

— There is evidence that Lincoln ordered the assassination of a leader from another government. Papers found by Confederate soldiers on the body of a killed military officer close to Lincoln named Ulric Dahlgren contained plans to assassinate Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy.
— There is evidence that Kennedy ordered the assassination of leaders from another government. President Lyndon Johnson told Pierre Salinger, former press secretary to Kennedy, that Kennedy’s assassination was “divine retribution” for his role in the assassinations of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. God, Johnson said, puts his mark on those who do evil. So the killing in Dallas “might very well be God’s retribution to President Kennedy for his participation in the assassination of these two people.”

— Lincoln authorized Union soldiers to seize Arlington House, the Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s mansion in Virginia, during the Civil War. The land where Arlington House is currently located later became Arlington National Cemetery.
— Kennedy is buried in front of Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery.

Interesting Note: Robert E. Lee was married to Mary Anna Custis Lee whose father was President George Washington’s grandson (George Washington Parke Custis).

Interesting Note: Because Lee was regarded as a traitor by Union officers, Arlington was confiscated and used as a graveyard for Union dead. In 1874, the heir to Lee’s estate (Custis Lee) sued the U.S. claiming ownership of Arlington and won. The next year, Custis Lee sold it back to the U.S. at a signing ceremony with Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln who was eventually buried there.

Interesting Note: Approximately one million people lined the route of Kennedy’s funeral procession past the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery. Millions more – almost the entire population of America – followed the funeral on television. In all, 220 foreign dignitaries, including 19 heads of state and government, and members of royal families, from 92 countries attended the funeral. Law enforcement officials later acknowledged how Kennedy’s funeral was the biggest security nightmare they ever faced. It was estimated that between 1964 and 1966, 16 million people visited Kennedy’s grave.

— Lincoln was concerned with the civil rights of black Americans and made his views strongly known in ’63 when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves.
— Kennedy was concerned with the civil rights of black Americans and made his views strongly known in ’63 when he submitted his civil rights bill to Congress; and in June of that year, delivered his Civil Rights Address on radio and television in which he proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kennedy evoked Lincoln when he stated, “One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs… are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice… this nation… will not be fully free until all its citizens are free…. Now the time has come for this nation to fulfill its promise.”

Interesting Note: Kennedy appointed more African-Americans to high places of government than any president before him.

— Lincoln quoted Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence phrase “All men are created equal” in his Gettysburg Address.
— Kennedy quoted Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence phrase “All men are created equal” in his book “A Nation Of Immigrants.”

— In ’63, the Russian Tsar sent a fleet of war ships to assist the U.S. President during the American Civil War.
— In ’62, the Soviet Premier sent a fleet of war ships against the U.S. President during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

— On October 3, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. According to tradition, Lincoln’s 10-year-old son, Tad, became fond of a turkey given to the family for a holiday feast. Tad named the turkey “Jack” and begged his father to save the bird. Lincoln did.
— The earliest provable instance of the word “pardon” being used in connection with a presidential Thanksgiving Day bird was a gobbler given to President Kennedy on November 18, 1963 – approximately 100 years after Lincoln’s first Thanksgiving proclamation and just days before his assassination. Kennedy announced he didn’t plan to eat the bird. Newspapers reported the following day how the bird was “pardoned.” Days later, President John “Jack” Kennedy was assassinated.

— On November 19, 1863, Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.
— On November 19, 1963, Kennedy was invited to speak at the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But because Kennedy was needed in Texas for political purposes, he sent Vice President Johnson to Gettysburg in his stead. Three days later, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Interesting Note: Lincoln wrote his Gettysburg Address after his dog ate the original which was a much longer speech. He started out with, “Four score and seven years ago,“ to give him time to think of what to say next while people were busy doing the math in their heads to figure out how many years he was talking about.

— In ’64, a book entitled Mr. Lincoln and the Negroes, by W. O. Douglas, was published.
— In ’64, a book entitled Mr. Kennedy and the Negroes, by Harry Golden, was published.

— Lincoln wanted to switch running mates during his ’64 campaign re-election. Lincoln replaced Hannibal Hamlin with Andrew Johnson.
— Kennedy wanted to switch running mates during his ’64 campaign re-election. He was rumored to have wanted to replace Lyndon Johnson with James Terry Sanford.

— The revolutionary communist Karl Marx wrote to Lincoln in 1865, “Sir: We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority.” He assured Lincoln the European communist movement was with him.
— Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a self-proclaimed Marxist.

— Lincoln is considered to be among the greatest of U.S. presidents.
— Kennedy is considered to be among the greatest of U.S. presidents.

— Lincoln and Congress passed the Legal Tender Act of 1862 and the National Banking Act of 1863 empowering the U.S. Treasury to issue interest-free notes called “Greenbacks.” Lincoln was then able to print the millions of dollars he needed and it was debt and interest free.
— In June 1963, Kennedy issued an Executive Order allowing the U.S. government to issue interest-free notes. Kennedy then ordered the U.S. Treasury to print over $4 billion worth of “U.S. Notes” to replace Federal Reserve Notes and eventually end the Federal Reserve System.

— Lincoln sought to make monetary plan permanent; but after he was assassinated the U.S. moved towards a gold standard and the Greenbacks were taken out of circulation.
— Months after Kennedy’s monetary plan went into effect, he was assassinated. The U.S. Notes he had issued were immediately taken out of circulation. Federal Reserve Notes continues to serve as the legal currency of the nation.

— Lincoln’s portrait is engraved on a U.S. coin – the Lincoln Penny. The Lincoln Penny was first issued in 1909 to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday. It was the first American coin to bear a president’s image on its face. Read about the controversy behind the Lincoln Penny.
— Kennedy’s portrait is engraved on a U.S. coin – the Kennedy Half-Dollar.

Interesting Note: In 1963, the seal of the Lincoln $5 bill was changed from green to red. An urban legend arose claiming this change reflected the nation’s mourning over the assassination of Kennedy.

— Of all of the U.S. coins currently in circulation, the Lincoln Penny is one of the only two coins not having both the front and back designed by the same man. Frank Gasparro designed the reverse side of the Lincoln Penny and was first minted in 1909 and was designed by Victor D. Brenner based on a plaque of Lincoln Brenner did in 1907. The reverse side of the coin changed to the Frank Gasparro design in 1959.
— Of all of the U.S. coins currently in circulation, the Kennedy Half-Dollar is one of the only two coins not having both the front and back designed by the same man. Frank Gasparro designed the reverse side of the Kennedy Half-Dollar. The Kennedy Half Dollar was first minted in 1964.

— In 1867, the Army Medical Library was moved to Ford’s Theater, the site of the Lincoln assassination.
— In 1956, Senator John Kennedy submitted legislation to Congress to transform the Army Medical Library into the National Library of Medicine which eventually became the world’s largest medical library.

— Of the 27 current official presidential memorials, one of them is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts established on June 1956 in New York City. It is only one of two presidential memorials established for the performing arts.
— Of the 27 current official presidential memorials, one of them is the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts established on December 1964 in Washington, D.C. It is only one of two presidential memorials established for the performing arts.

— Lincoln was greatly vilified in the South during his term in office but became very popular and revered by the public after his death.
— Kennedy was greatly vilified in the South during his term of office but became very popular and revered by the public after his death.

Interesting Note: After the fall of Richmond, Lincoln walked through the city and was immediately recognized by black citizens who crowded around him and knelt before him. Lincoln, famously, told them “Don’t kneel to me. That is not right.” One black woman reportedly told her child to touch Lincoln’s garment and the child’s illness would be healed.

— Lincoln is generally remembered in association with a state capital (Springfield, IL), not his birth place (Hodgenville, KY).
— Kennedy is generally remembered in association with a state capital (Boston, MA), not his birth place (Brookline, MA).

— Lincoln gave African-Americans freedom and legalized their equality with other Americans.
— Kennedy enforced equality for African-Americans with other Americans.

3. Physical Traits

— Lincoln had droopy eyelids which would sometimes cause his left eye to deviate but did not interfere with him. Lincoln’s eyes were said to be gray.
— Kennedy had droopy eyelids which would sometimes cause his left eye to deviate but did not interfere with him. Kennedy’s eyes were greenish gray.

Interesting Note: To read Lincoln’s complete health history, read this fascinating article.

Interesting Note: To read Kennedy’s complete health history, read this fascinating article.

— Lincoln was the second child in the family birth order. The first born sibling (Thomas Lincoln Jr.) was predeceased at the time of election to the House of Congress.
— Kennedy was the second child in the family birth order. The first born sibling (Joseph Kennedy Jr.) was predeceased at the time of election to the House of Congress.

— Lincoln was over 6 feet tall and a notable athlete in wrestling and enjoyed impromptu sport with family members.
— Kennedy was over 6 feet tall and a notable athlete in football and enjoyed impromptu sport with family members. During his school years, Kennedy played baseball as a pitcher (right-handed) and third baseman. He also enjoyed golf, sailing, swimming, and tennis. As a child Kennedy sustained “many injuries and bruises while participating in sports where his physique was inadequate.” For example, when he had a bicycle collision with his brother Joe, Joe walked away unhurt, but JFK needed 28 stitches.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s great strength was due to his using an ax more or less all day every day from the time he was about 8 years old until he was 23 years old. Once while visiting troops, Lincoln grabbed an ax and began chopping wood. Holding his arm straight out, and with the handle parallel to the ground, he held the seven pound tool motionless. “Strong men who looked on, men accustomed to manual labor, could not hold the same ax in that position for a moment,” wrote Francis Fisher Browne, a Union soldier who authored a biography called The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln. The ax is now in the possession of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln had the arms of a 7-foot tall man.

Interesting Note: The doctors who did Lincoln’s autopsy were amazed at the condition of his body. Dr. Edward Curtis wrote, “I was simply astonished at the showing of the remains, where well-rounded muscles built upon strong bones told the powerful athlete. Now did I understand the deeds of prowess recorded of the President’s early days.”

Interesting Note: John F. Kennedy smoked 4-5 cigars a day. His preference was for Upmanns or Monticellos.

— Lincoln’s unusual skin color is has been described as “very dark”, “shriveled”, and “leathery” which caused his political opponents to call him a “black Republican” and a “mulatto”. Friends commented how his facial skin was creased and yellow from a young age. The cause of this is unknown. Historians believe Lincoln may have been of Melungeon descent through his mother Nancy Hanks and it was his mixed-race origin which may have been partly responsible for his dislike of slavery. This is supported by the fact that Lincoln was unusually reluctant to talk about his parentage. Lincoln’s law partner and friend, William Herndon, wrote how Lincoln only spoke to him one time about his mother. Lincoln told him his mother, Nancy, was the product of an illegitimate relationship between Nancy’s mother, Lucy Hanks, and a “well-bred” Virginia farmer. According to some historians, the identity of this Virginian is a man named Abraham Enloe who is reported to have privately confirmed it.
— Kennedy’s unusual skin color has been described as “bronzed” which caused some people to mistakenly believe he had a tan year-round. For most North Americans, having a year-round tan is unusual and this raises suspicion of disease. Addison disease, for example, causes bronzing of the skin which is often mistaken for a tan. An Addisonian tan suggests Kennedy’s Addisonism was under-treated despite the use of steroids. Other observers found he had a surprisingly deep tan, or yellowish skin, or skin of a greenish tinge.

— Lincoln was famous for his quick wit, eloquence and for telling hilarious stories and anecdotes. Lincoln’s memory was of sufficient strength that people claimed he never forgot anyone.
— Kennedy was famous for his quick wit, eloquence and for telling hilarious stories and anecdotes. On school entrance exams in 1931, Kennedy scored 119 on an IQ test which is above average intelligence.

— Lincoln had a favorite rocking chair which he sat in at the White House. He enjoyed the rocking chair so much that he would have it taken to Ford’s Theater every time he went to attend a performance. He was sitting in this rocking chair when he was assassinated.
— Kennedy had a special rocking chair for his ailing back which he sat in at the White House. Kennedy originally saw this rocking chair in 1955 at the office of Dr. Janet Travell who suggested he use it to alleviate his back pain. Kennedy enjoyed his rocking chair so much that he would have it brought aboard Air Force One whenever he traveled around the U.S. or the world. Kennedy’s back pain was so bad he often wore a back brace. He was wearing one when he was assassinated. His back brace was partly responsible for his death because it prevented him from bending over thereby allowing his assassin to take a second which hit him in the head.

— Lincoln loved to read great literary works and could recite poetry by heart. Lincoln’s step-mother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, provided the young Lincoln for the first time with books of which he could never get enough of. He memorized a great deal of what he read. One book was the family Bible which he read at times. Other books were The Pilgrim’s Progress, Aesop’s Fables, Robinson Crusoe, and Sinbad the Sailor.
— Kennedy loved to read great literary works and could recite poetry by heart such as the third canto of Dante’s Inferno. One of Kennedy’s favorite poems was “I Have A Rendezvous With Death,” by Alan Seeger.

— Lincoln was one of three presidents who cherished the writings of Shakespeare. Growing up on the frontier, one of the few books he was able to read was the works of Shakespeare which Lincoln cherished throughout his life
— Kennedy was one of three presidents whose cherished the writings of Shakespeare. He would quote Shakespeare from time to time in his comments to the press or notes on reports and memos. The other president who cherished Shakespeare was John Adams.

— Lincoln loved to quote from the Bible. The evidence of Lincoln’s religious faith is clearly located in his writings and speeches. Lincoln scholar Earl Schwartz wrote that his Collected Works are “peppered with biblical references, including several dozen direction quotations.” His “House Divided” Speech is perhaps the best example.
— Kennedy loved to quote from the Bible. A good example can be found at the last dinner of his life in Houston, Texas, when Kennedy told a friend how a combination of biblical references applied to him: “Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” and “Where there is no vision the people perish.”

Interesting Note: Novelist Leo Tolstoy once said of Lincoln: “Of all the great national heroes and statesmen of history Lincoln is the only real giant. Alexander, Frederick the Great, Caesar, Napoleon, Gladstone and even Washington stand in greatness of character, in depth of feeling and in a certain moral power far behind Lincoln.”

— Many of Lincoln’s literary works are considered to be classics. His “House Divided” Speech (1858), Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and Gettysburg Address (1863) are considered to be among America’s most important historical writings.
— Many of Kennedy’s literary works are considered to be classics. His book published in 1956, Profiles In Courage, won a Pulitzer Prize. His other classics are Why England Slept (1940) and A Nation of Immigrants (1964).

— Lincoln was an engaging public speaker whose many speeches are ones with great historical significance such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
— Kennedy was an engaging public speaker whose many speeches are ones with great historical significance such as Kennedy’s Inaugural Address where he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” speech.

— Lincoln had an unusual accent and pronunciation peculiar to his native state of Kentucky. His voice has been described as thin, squeaky, high-pitched, falsetto, and piercing. When excited, the pitch went higher still, and sometimes became unpleasant. However, his unusual voice paid off politically because it would carry for hundreds of yards – a distinct advantage in open-air speeches and debates. (Microphones did not yet exist.) For example, at least 15,000 people heard him give the Gettysburg Address and “acres of people” heard his first inaugural address. According to Lincoln scholar Gore Vidal, Lincoln as a legislator could often be heard loudly proclaiming, “Mister Chairman” pronouncing it as “Mister Cheer-men.”
— Kennedy had an unusual accent and pronunciation peculiar to his native state of Massachusetts – particularly Boston. His voice has been described as the “Harvard accent” or the “Boston accent.” However, Bostonians know this accent as the “Kennedy accent,” as no one other than the Kennedys seem to have this particular accent. This accent is separate and distinct from the Boston Brahmin accent associated with the Boston Brahmin aristocracy.

— Lincoln had a habit of not carrying money around with him and was known for constantly borrowing money from his friends.
— Kennedy had a habit of not carrying money around with him and was known for constantly borrowing money from his friends.

— Lincoln received many threatening letters against his life. In the year of his death, Lincoln received over 800 such letters.
— Kennedy received many threatening letters against his life. In the year of his death, Kennedy received over 80 such letters.

— Lincoln appeared to have had no fear of his own mortality.
— Kennedy appeared to have had no fear of his own mortality.

— Lincoln’s maladies included Scarlet Fever, Malaria, depression, digestive disorder (chronic constipation), hypersexuality, sexually transmitted infection (Syphilis), and a genetic disorder of the adrenal glands (MEN 2B). Read this source article.
— Kennedy’s maladies included Scarlet Fever, Malaria, depression, digestive disorder (Colitis), hypersexuality, sexually transmitted infection (Gonorrhea), and a genetic disorder of the adrenal glands (Addison’s Disease). Read this source article.

— In 1860, Lincoln contracted Scarlet Fever which lasted for a few days. Simultaneously, his son Willie was in bed with the same illness.
— In 1920, Kennedy contracted Scarlet Fever and almost died. He was almost three years old at the time.

— At least four people close to Lincoln knew he had chronic constipation at the time. One of them, John Stuart, urged Lincoln to take mercury-containing “blue mass” pills which he did for several months, but stopped, saying they made him “cross.”
— Kennedy had digestive troubles as early as 1934 (age 17). Years later, when he joined the Navy, these were described as “severe spastic colitis.” It is believed the steroid treatment for Kennedy’s colitis began in 1937 and ascribes several later medical problems to complications of steroids.

— Because of a severe health problem (depression), Lincoln would conduct important presidential affairs from locations considered very private (his bed). On March 14, 1865, a sick President Lincoln conducted a cabinet meeting from his bed.
— Because of a severe health problem (back pain), Kennedy would conduct important presidential affairs from locations considered very private (bed and bathtub). According to Kennedy biographer Richard Reeves, Kennedy would hold meetings from his bathtub, giving the orders of the day to assistants sitting on toilets and leaning on sinks.

Interesting Note: Lincoln was called “Old Abe” as early as age 30.

— Historical records suggest Lincoln having a type of cancer affecting his adrenal glands. Lincoln began losing weight in 1860 of which many people wrote concerning his declining appearance and increasing thinness. Casts of his face in 1860 and 1865 show a striking loss of soft tissue. Temporal wasting is present on the 1865 cast. In his last months, Lincoln exhibited symptoms compatible with a genetic cancer syndrome of the adrenal glands.
— Doctors who treated Kennedy’s Addison disease concluded he had a form of the illness which caused a slow atrophy of of the adrenal glands. After his diagnosis in 1947, he was given less than a year to live. He was so ill during the sea voyage home from England he was given the last rites of the Catholic Church.

— Lincoln suffered from genetic diseases such as Marfanoid Habitus which accounts for his height, long legs, long arms, long thin feet, long hands, a long thin face, a long thin neck, flat feet, and a “sunken breast”. Lincoln also suffered from depression throughout his life.
— Kennedy suffered from genetic diseases such as Addison disease, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and sodium. For all his maladies, Kennedy took a deluge of drugs that often had side effects, including grogginess or even depression. To treat this Kennedy took more still anti-anxiety medications.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s height and long arms helped him immensely when, in 1842, Lincoln was challenged to a duel after writing unflattering letters to the Springfield newspaper satirizing the state auditor, James Shields. As the challenge, Lincoln was to make the choice of weapons. He chose cow pies. Shields would not be deterred, however, and eventually Lincoln chose to duel with cavalry broadswords. When Lincoln and Shields met at the appointed place, Lincoln picked out a sword and, with his remarkable height and long arms, began slashing at tree branches the shorter Shields could not reach. After this, an accommodation was reached and the duel never took place. Although humorous in retrospect, the affair was deadly serious. Shields later became a Brigadier General and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Interesting Note: Another example of Lincoln’s prowess was demonstrated when upon returning from New Orleans in 1828 by boat, Lincoln and a companion were attacked in their sleep by seven men, “with intent to kill and rob them.” Lincoln seized a club, and with his long, powerful arms knocked three of the bandits into the river, then chased the others ashore.

Interesting Note: In 1954, Kennedy received the last rights of the Catholic Church after an infection following spinal surgery.

Interesting Note: Knowledge of Kennedy’s severe health problems were kept hidden from the public eye which would be impossible today given the competitive news atmosphere of today. But throughout Kennedy’s presidency, reporters provided an unusual cloak of privacy around his unusual personal life.

Interesting Note: Kennedy gained weight while president causing his mother to remark in her diary in 1960: “Jack looks unusually well. His cheeks have filled out amazingly since I saw him in June. He has lost that lean Lincolnesque look which I secretly like better.”

— After Lincoln’s death, his sexual habits came into question. According to his law partner and friend William Herndon Lincoln had frequented prostitutes in his young adulthood and had an uncontrollable libido. Herndon went so far to say Lincoln “could scarcely keep his hands off” prostitutes, whom he treated differently than eligible women. At one time Lincoln patronized a whorehouse with some buddies during the Black Hawk War. Lincoln once confessed to Herndon he had been infected with Syphilis in 1835 or 1836. Hearndon, believing both Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln had syphilis, suspected it in the premature death of three Lincoln children.
— After Kennedy’s death, his sexual habits came in to question. According to some sources, Kennedy had an uncontrollable libido and may have been a sex addict. His friends affectionately called him “Mattress Jack.” Kennedy once confided to Britain’s Prime Minister how the would get headaches if he went too long without a woman. Kennedy’s close friend, Senator George Smathers, once remarked, “He has the most active libido of any man I have ever known,” and a fellow congressman observed how “traveling with him was like traveling with a bull.” Kennedy was taking testosterone in 1963 for his endocrine problems and this could have had an enhancing effect on his libido. In 1940 Kennedy became infested with a sexually transmitted disease.

Interesting Note: There have been recent claims about Lincoln causing some people to question his sexuality; specifically that Lincoln was a homosexual. These claims are based on Lincoln having shared a bed with a total of eleven boys and men throughout his life. One of these men was Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed, who shared a bed above Speed’s store for four years. Lincoln often slept with other lawyers when he was traveling the circuit in Illinois. However, it is important to note there was no central heating in the 1800’s and Illinois is extremely cold in the winter. It was not uncommon in those days for an entire family to share a single bed in order to keep warm. Also, beds were somewhat rare in the West at the time; and it was considered very special for a “hotel” on the circuit Lincoln traveled to have two beds. Lawyers would routinely share any available bed. It had nothing to do with sexual preference – just with comfort.

4. Their Families

— Abraham Lincoln was married while in his thirties (age of 33) to a dark-haired woman (Mary Todd) who was within six weeks of her twenty-fourth birthday; who had been previously engaged to someone else; was well educated and came from a socially prominent family; had ancestors from Ireland; was fluent in the French language; was raised with step-brothers and step-sisters and a step-parent; lived in Washington D.C. before her husband’s presidential election; was known for her exquisite taste and fashion sense; and was in the care of a minor son (Tad Lincoln) after the assassination of her husband.
— John Kennedy was married while in his thirties (age of 36) to a dark-haired woman (Jacqueline Bouvier) who was within six weeks of her twenty-fourth birthday; who had been previously engaged to someone else; was well educated and came from a socially prominent family; had ancestors from Ireland; was fluent in the French language; was raised with step-brothers and step-sisters and a step-parent; lived in Washington D.C. before her husband’s presidential election; was known for her exquisite taste and fashion sense; and was in the care of a minor son (John Kennedy Jr.) after the assassination of her husband.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s father married his first wife, Nancy Hanks, in 1806. She died in October 1818. Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston, married her first husband in 1806. Her husband died in October 1818. Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, was born in December 1818.

— Mary Lincoln was at least nine years younger than her husband and survived him by at least seventeen years. She died around the age of sixty-four – exactly 63 years and 215 days.
— Jackie Kennedy was at least nine years younger than her husband and survived him by at least seventeen years. She died around the age of sixty-four – exactly 64 years 295 days.

— Lincoln’s wife was known mostly by her three names: Mary Todd Lincoln.
— Kennedy’s wife was known mostly by her three names: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (later Jackie Kennedy Onassis).

— Lincoln had a relative (a cousin named Fredrick W. Lincoln) who became Mayor of Boston for an extraordinary number of terms (seven).
— Kennedy had a relative (a grandfather named John F. Fitzgerald) who became Mayor of Boston for an extraordinary number of terms (five).

— Lincoln could trace his ancestors to a suburb of Boston – Hingham – and then to Great Britain.
— Kennedy could trace his ancestors to a suburb of Boston – Winthrop – and then to Great Britain.

— Lincoln was related (a cousin) to a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Isaac Barnard (1791-1834).
— Kennedy was related (brothers) to a U.S. Senator from New York (Robert Kennedy) and a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (Edward Kennedy).

— Lincoln had a relative (Lincoln’s son Robert) who became Ambassador to the Court of St. James (Britain) and a relative who was Attorney General (Levi Lincoln, Sr. in Thomas Jefferson’s cabinet) who graduated from Harvard University.
— Kennedy had a relative (Kennedy’s father Joseph) who became Ambassador to the Court of St. James (Britain) and a relative who became Attorney General (brother Robert Kennedy) who graduated from Harvard University.

— The only child of the president to have children (Robert Lincoln) had exactly two girls and one boy. The boy (Abraham Lincoln II) was named after his president grandfather who was known as “Jack”. It was claimed Jack was much like President Lincoln. John Kennedy was also known as “Jack”.
— The only child of the president to have children (Caroline Kennedy) had exactly two girls and one boy. The boy (John Schlossberg) was named after his president grandfather who was known as “Jack”.

Interesting Note: “Jack” has traditionally been a nickname for “John”. “Black Jack” was the nickname of Jacqueline Kennedy`s father. “Black Jack” was also the name of the riderless horse serving at the head of Kennedy’s funeral.

Interesting Note: In 1975, Caroline was visiting London to complete an art course at Sotheby’s when a bomb, placed by the IRA under the car of her host Hugh Fraser, exploded shortly before they were due to drive to Sotheby’s. Caroline was running late and had not yet left the house. A passerby, however, was killed.

— Lincoln had a brother (Thomas Lincoln Jr. who died before the presidential election, who had been named after his father, and is buried in an unmarked grave. Thomas Lincoln Jr.’s grave site is unknown except as to general location.
— Kennedy had a brother (Joe Kennedy Jr.) who died before the presidential election, who had been named after his father, and is buried in an unmarked grave. Joe Kennedy Jr. was blown up in a plane and his body was never recovered.

— Lincoln lost a very close sister (Sarah Lincoln) before his election to Congress. Sarah died in 1828 while giving birth to a boy who also died the same day.
— Kennedy lost a very close sister (Kathleen Kennedy) before his election to Congress. Kathleen was killed in an airplane crash in France in 1948.

— In ’61, Mary Todd tastefully and expensively re-decorated the White House after many years of neglect. She was criticized by her husband for her money-spending habits.
— In ’61, Jackie Kennedy tastefully and expensively re-decorated the White House after many years of neglect. She was criticized by her husband for her money-spending habits.

Interesting Note: Mary Todd had a history of public outbursts throughout Lincoln’s presidency, as well as excessive spending which has led some historians and psychologists to speculate Mary suffered from bipolar disorder.

Interesting Note: There are 130 known photographs of Abraham Lincoln; but never once was Lincoln photographed with his wife Mary.

Interesting Note: The Kennedy re-decoration included a decoration of the Treaty Room with printed borders reproducing the wallpaper in the Peterson House where Lincoln died.

Interesting Note: During Jackie Kennedy’s televised 1962 White House tour she referenced Lincoln seven times. This is not surprising because Lincoln was a hero of hers. President Kennedy had inspired in her an interest in American history, one of his favorite subjects, and she had done much reading on Lincoln and the Civil War. That is certainly how she became inspired by Lincoln’s funeral to model her own husband’s funeral.

— Mary Todd had four children, two of whom died before becoming a teen; had three children living in the White House; lost a son (Willie Lincoln) in ’62 while her husband was President, and lost one child (Edward Lincoln, consumption) before the presidential election.
— Jackie Kennedy had four children, two of whom died before becoming a teen; had three children living in the White House; lost a son (Patrick Kennedy) in ’63 while her husband was President, and lost one child (Arabella Kennedy, stillborn) before the presidential election.

Interesting Note: Willie Lincoln was the first child to die in the White House.

— Lincoln had two sons named Edward and Robert. Edward died and Robert lived on. Robert Lincoln married Mary Eunice Harlan.
— Kennedy had two brothers named Edward and Robert. Robert died and Edward lived on. Kennedy had a sister named Eunice Mary Kennedy.

— Lincoln had a child who would ride a pony on the White House grounds and who was allowed to run and play in the Oval Office.
— Kennedy had a child who would ride a pony on the White House grounds and who was allowed to run and play in the Oval Office.

Interesting Note: Throughout his life, Lincoln had several dogs including a dog in the White House named Fido. He also loved kittens and cats. An example of Lincoln’s tender nature was demonstrated when Lincoln once found three stray kittens and gave them to a Colonel and made him promise he would take good care of them. Read the full story of Lincoln and the three kittens.

Interesting Note: The Kennedy White House had many pets around including a dog named Pushinka, a gift from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. The dog’s mother was one of the first dogs in space and. Kennedy referred to its pups as “Pupniks.”

— Lincoln’s son Robert graduated from Harvard, later became a lawyer, pursued a non-legal career, served in the Civil War and on the cabinets of two presidents (James Garfield and Chester Arthur, Secretary of War), and was supported to run for president.
— Kennedy’s brother Robert graduated from Harvard, later became a lawyer, pursued a non-legal career, served in World War II and on the cabinets of two presidents (John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, Attorney General), and was supported to run for president.

Interesting Note: Shortly before Lincoln’s assassination, the brother of John Wilkes Booth (Edwin Booth) saved the life of Robert Lincoln when he almost fell off a train platform. See the highly unusual lives of Lincoln and Kennedy for more details.

Robert Lincoln was buried at Arlington Cemetery about 400 feet away from the grave of President Kennedy.
Robert Kennedy was buried at Arlington Cemetery about 800 feet away from the grave of President Kennedy.

Interesting Note: Robert Lincoln was present at the assassinations of three presidents moments after each occurrence: Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. See the highly unusual section of this article for more information.

Interesting Note: The last person known to be of direct Lincoln lineage was Robert’s grandson Robert “Bud” Beckwith who died in 1985.

— Lincoln’s youngest surviving son (Tad) died on JULY 16, 1871 after dying from a lung disease. Exactly 10 years before Tad’s burial, on JULY 16, 1861, President Lincoln ordered the first men to the first major battle of the Civil War. Mary Todd Lincoln died on JULY 16, 1882.
— Kennedy’s youngest surviving son (John Jr.) died on JULY 16, 1999 when his plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Exactly 30 years before John Jr.’s death, President Kennedy’s 1961 order to send the first men to the moon was fulfilled on JULY 16, 1969. On July 16, 1963, President Kennedy nominated Abraham Lincoln Marovitz to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Illinois.

— The President’s son (Tad Lincoln) had a birthday near the time of his father’s assassination. Tad turned 12 just ten days before his father was shot.
— The President’s son (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) had a birthday near the time of his father’s assassination. John Jr. turned 3 on the very day of his father’s funeral.

— Of all the Lincoln children, only one survived past the age of 40 – Robert Todd Lincoln.
— Of all the Kennedy children, only one survived past the age of 40 – Caroline Bouvier-Kennedy.

— Lincoln was survived by his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, who had raised him from the age of nine.
— Kennedy was survived by his mother, Rose Fitzgerald. Rose outlived four of her nine children, dying at the age of 104 in 1995.

— After her husband’s assassination, Mary Todd lived in Europe and in a major U.S. city (Chicago) where she had not lived before during her marriage to the President.
— After her husband’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy lived in Europe (Paris) and in a major U.S. city (New York) where she had not lived before during her marriage to the President.

— A member of Lincoln’s family (Mary Todd) was held to be mentally incompetent and confined to an institution for the insane. After Lincoln’s assassination, Robert Lincoln became alarmed at his mother’s increasing psychological instability. She roamed the streets with cash pinned to her undergarments and went on elaborate shopping sprees, buying truckloads of drapes when she had no home to furnish. At one point she bought 84 pairs of kid gloves in less than a month. In 1875, while staying at a hotel with her son, Robert, she wandered half-dressed into the elevator, mistaking it for the bathroom. When Robert tried to help her return to her room, she screamed her son was trying to murder her. Eventually, a despairing Robert committed her to a psychiatric hospital. She was unable to walk safely without assistance, and eventually paralysis of the legs ensued. A report in 1999 which reviewed the work of her four physicians concluded that her’s was a clear case of an untreated Syphilis infection.
— A member of Kennedy’s family (Kennedy’s sister Rosemary) was held to be mentally incompetent, and confined to an institution for the insane. Considered as either retarded or psychological instability, doctors told her father about a new neurosurgical procedure, lobotomy, which would help calm her mood swings and sometimes-violent outbursts. At the time, relatively few lobotomies had been performed. In 1941 at age 23, she underwent a prefrontal lobotomy which left her permanently incapacitated. Afterwards, she lived at a private psychiatric hospital and was visited regularly by her mother and by her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Interesting Note: Publicly, Rosemary was declared to be mentally handicapped. Perhaps because of this episode, Eunice Shriver later founded the Special Olympics.

— The president’s wife, Mary Todd, died in her sixties after an untimely decline in health, during the administration of a president (Chester A. Arthur) who met her husband in Washington, D.C. the same year as the assassination.
— The president’s wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, died in her sixties after an untimely decline in health, during the administration of a president (Bill Clinton) who met her husband in Washington, D.C. the same year as the assassination.

5. Their Relationships

— Lincoln was the friend of a prominent Illinois Democrat named Adlai E. Stevenson who became the Vice-President under Grover Cleveland.
— Kennedy was the friend of a prominent Illinois Democrat named Adlai E. Stevenson who was the grandson of Lincoln’s Adlai Stevenson and who would twice run for the U.S. presidency in 1952 and 1956.

Interesting Note: Stevenson’s maternal great grandfather, Jesse Fell, served as Abraham Lincoln’s campaign manager in his 1858 race for the U.S. Senate.

Interesting Note: On October 22, 1963, one month before the Kennedy assassination, Adlai Stevenson went to Dallas and was met and spat on by angry right-wing demonstrators, one of whom hit him on the head with a placard denouncing the United Nations. Stevenson warned Kennedy to stay away from Dallas because of the ugliness he found there but his advice was not heeded.

— One of Lincoln’s attending physicians on the night of the assassination was Charles S. Taft. His younger siblings (Horatio, Halsey, and Julia) were constant playmates with Lincoln’s children and frequent White House guests. Dr. Taft removed a lock of Lincoln’s hair and placed it in a ring which eventually came into the possession of President Theodore Roosevelt. He wore the ring in 1905 when he was sworn in as President.
— One of Kennedy’s business relationships was with Charles P. Taft II who was the president of the Committee for a National Trade Policy and the son of President William Taft.

Interesting Note: In 1957, a Senate committee chaired by John Kennedy named Charles P. Taft II’s brother, Robert Taft, as one of the five greatest senators in American history.

— Lincoln had a friend and spiritual advisor named William “Mentor” Graham, an Illinois schoolteacher and Baptist, who helped Lincoln learn the complex language of trigonometry and logarithms.
— Kennedy had a friend and spiritual advisor named William “Billy” Graham, the Baptist evangelist.

Interesting Note: Billy Graham told newsmen he had a strong premonition in a dream for Kennedy not to go to Dallas. Graham attempted to contact Kennedy by phone before he left for Dallas but couldn’t reach him.

— Lincoln’s favorite poet was Robert Burns who was widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is best known for the poem and song “Auld Lang Syne” which is often sung on the last day of the year. Lincoln’s love of Robert Burns’ poetry was so widely known during his presidency he received many invitations to annual celebrations of the Scotsman’s birthday.
— Kennedy’s favorite poet was Robert Frost who was the national poet laureate of America, and is celebrated worldwide. Frost wrote a new poem entitled “Dedication” for special delivery at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. However, he never read it because the sun’s glare upon the snow blinded Frost from seeing the text. Instead, he recited “The Gift Outright” from memory.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s favorite poet Robert Burns’ last name (BURNS) corresponds with Kennedy’s favorite poet Robert Frost’s last name (FROST) and with one of Robert Frost’s famous poems entitled “FIRE and ICE” where he ponders the world’s end by “FIRE” (desire) and by “ICE” (hate) and concludes either one would suffice. Note the metaphors BURNS-FIRE and FROST-ICE and the possible synchronistic reference to reincarnation.

— In ’61, Lincoln’s Vice President was Hannibal Hamlin (whose monogram was “H. H.”) followed by Andrew Johnson. Hannibal Hamlin returned to serve in the U.S. Senate after leaving the Vice Presidency.
— In ’61, Kennedy’s Vice President was Lyndon Johnson who chose Hubert Humphrey (whose monogram was “H. H.”) for his Vice President. Hubert Humphrey returned to serve in the U.S. Senate after leaving the Vice Presidency.

— Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, served the Lincoln-Johnson Administration from ’61 through ’69.
— Kennedy’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, served the Kennedy-Johnson Administration from ’61 through ’69.

— New York Police Superintendent, John A. Kennedy, played a major role in Lincoln’s protection during his 1861 inaugural train trip and also in the investigation immediately following Lincoln’s assassination.
— Kennedy had a secretary was named Evelyn Lincoln whose husband was Harold “Abe” Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln was in the motorcade when Kennedy was assassinated.

Interesting Note: Lincoln’s Secretary of State telegraphed John A. Kennedy roughly three hours after Lincoln was shot.

Interesting Note: Lincoln never had a secretary named “Kennedy” contrary to urban legend. However, the first name of Lincoln’s private secretary was named John (John Hay) – the same as President John Kennedy.

Interesting Note: Abraham Lincoln hated being called “Abe” – his friends called him “Lincoln.”

Interesting Note: Evelyn Lincoln believed Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination. She claimed rumors concerning Kennedy’s womanizing were being fed to Johnson from J. Edgar Hoover who was blackmailing Kennedy.

— Lincoln’s personal valet was a black man named William H. Johnson. Johnson was born in 1835 and first met the President in Illinois in early 1860. Johnson traveled with Lincoln and Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who played a key role by managing Lincoln’s security to to Washington, D.C. On March 16, 1861, Johnson became the President’s messenger to the Treasury Department. On November 18, 1863, Johnson traveled by train with Lincoln to Gettysburg where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. At the time, Lincoln was leading the nation against Southerners for the Civil Rights of African Americans. Johnson died in 1864 from smallpox. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 by a conspiracy of Southern sympathizers.
— Kennedy’s personal security agent was the first black man, Abraham William Bolden, to be assigned to a President’s personal Secret Service. Bolden was born in 1935 and first met the President in Illinois in early 1961. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated from Lincoln University. Bolden was with the Pinkerton Detective Agency before entering the Secret Service in 1960. On June 16, 1961, Bolden became the President’s Secret Service agent as part of the Treasury Department at that time. Following the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Bolden sought to inform the Warren Commission investigating the assassination about the culpability of some Secret Service agents.

Interesting Note: Kennedy angered many Southerners concerning his Civil Rights policy toward African Americans. Some such Southerners were employed in the Secret Service. Abraham Bolden was framed and unjustly arrested in 1964 on bribery charges as he was on his way to testify before the Warren Commission on Secret Service misconduct. Bolden was denied a retrial in 1965 even though evidence of a conspiracy against him existed against him for attempting to reveal Secret Service secrets.

— In July 1864, President Lincoln visited Fort Stevens and was shown around by the general’s aide, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935). As Holmes pointed out the enemy lines in the distance, Lincoln, wearing his customary stovepipe hat, stood up for a better view – prompting a salvo of musket fire from the enemy trenches. “Get down, you fool!” Holmes shouted, hauling the president under cover. A moment later, having come to his senses, he began to worry that disciplinary action would be taken against him. Lincoln said nothing, however, until he was preparing to leave the fort. “Goodbye, Captain Holmes,” he then declared. “I’m glad to see you know how to talk to a civilian.” Holmes later became a Supreme Court Justice.

— At President Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural address, Kennedy spoke these famous words: “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Many people would be surprised to learn this phrase did not originate with Kennedy. The phrase originated with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in a Memorial Day address to the Grand Army of the Republic on May 30, 1884: “It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”

Interesting Note: One of the Confederate commanders at Fort Stevens was Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge who was a former U.S. vice president and one of Lincoln’s opponents in the presidential election of 1860. This battle at Fort Stevens marks the only occasion in American history when two former opponents in a presidential election faced one another across battle lines and the only time in American history a sitting president was under fire in combat. During the Battle of Atlanta, Union officer William Breckinridge captured Major Gen. John C. Breckinridge, his own brother.

Interesting Note: Both Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Kennedy were former residents of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts – a neighborhood covering approximately one square mile. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth’s brother, is also a former resident.

— Months before his death, Lincoln visited Fort Monroe, Maryland to discuss the possibility of peace with Confederate representatives.
— Months before his death, Kennedy had a less-than-private affair with Marilyn Monroe. Her song sung to Kennedy, “Happy Birthday, Mister President” only increased public speculation.

6. Their Activists

— Lincoln was close to one of the most important civil rights figures in U.S. history – Frederick Douglass. In ’63, Douglass conferred with President Lincoln on the treatment of black soldiers, and with President Andrew Johnson on the subject of black suffrage.
— Kennedy was close to one of the most important civil rights figures in U.S. history – Martin Luther King, Jr. In ’63, King met with President Kennedy at the White House to discuss black civil rights legislation. In ’64, King attended the White House ceremony of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson.

Interesting Note: Concerning Lincoln, Frederick Douglass said of him, “In all my interviews …. I was impressed by his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race.” In 1872, Douglass became the first African-American nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate. Douglass ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket with Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President.

— Frederick Douglass was one of the two most prominent black leaders in American history. Douglass had an impact on some very important people such as President Lincoln. In his day, Douglass led the fight for black rights. The civil rights issue of the Douglass era was the abolition of slavery.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the two most prominent black leaders in American history. King had an impact on some very important people such as President Kennedy. In his day, King led the fight for black rights. The civil rights issues of the King era was the abolition of segregation and discrimination.

— Frederick Douglass warned how racial problems would plague America “until the American people shall make character and not color, the criterion of respectability.” Douglass was a strong advocate of “All men were created equal.” Douglass’ abolitionist movement led to many conflicts – eventually leading to Civil War. Douglass was not afraid of being lynched, punished by jail, or even death.
— Martin Luther King Jr. stressed the importance of judging people not by the color of their skin, but by the “content of their character.” King was a strong advocate of “All men were created equal.” King’s civil rights movement led to widespread demonstrations, riots, and violence. King was not afraid to be punished by jail, persecution, or even death.

— During the Douglass era, blacks in the South were not permitted to have an education. From youth, Douglass yearned for knowledge and knew education was the key to freedom. Douglass was fortunate enough to receive an education even though he was a slave in the South.
— During the King era, blacks in the South were not permitted to have an integrated education. From youth, King yearned for knowledge and knew education was the key to freedom. King was fortunate enough to attend a college in the North. It was the first time he ever attended an integrated school.

— Douglass was known for his great oration skills and famous speeches like his “What to the Slave is your Fourth of July?” speech. Douglass used metaphors such as “the Promised Land” and “Eden”. For example, Douglass wrote how slaves were literally shut out of the master’s garden, a metaphoric “Eden,” by a perverse chief gardener. Douglass criticized the Christianity of southern Christians who endorsed slavery and all its attendant violence and injustice.
— King was known for his great oration skills and famous speeches like his “I have a Dream” speech. King used metaphors such as “the Promised Land” and “Eden”. For example, King proclaimed, “I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen the promised land.” King criticized the Christianity of Southern churches which endorsed racism. King asked, “What kind of people worship in these churches?”

— On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in 1863 which was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal“. He defined the war as an effort dedicated to these principles of liberty and equality for all. The emancipation of slaves was now part of the national war effort. He declared that the deaths of so many brave soldiers would not be in vain, that slavery would end as a result of the losses, and the future of democracy in the world would be assured, that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. Lincoln concluded that the Civil War had a profound objective: a new birth of freedom in the nation.
— On February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Lincoln. In 1963, the year of Kennedy’s assassination, the NAACP organized a March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial: “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream…” This event was widely credited for encouraging President Kennedy to initiate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

7. Their Assassinations

— President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater which is now a museum because of the assassination and has been restored to look like the site at the time. Read about Lincoln’s last day alive.
— President Kennedy was assassinated near the Texas Schoolbook Depository which is now a museum because of the assassination and has been restored to look like the site at the time. Read about Kennedy’s last day alive.

Interesting Note: President Lincoln was shot at twice before John Wilkes Booth killed him. Both times were while he was on his way to the Soldier’s Home and Lincoln joked about them and ordered that they not be publicized.

Interesting Note: Kennedy’s grandmother was living in Boston when he was assassinated. She was also alive the year that President Lincoln was assassinated.

— The location of the assassination, Ford’s Theatre, is 511 TEN STREET, NW Washington, DC.
— The location of the assassination, the Texas School Book Depository is 411 ELM STREET, Dallas, Texas. Ford’s Theater and the Texas School Book Depository have addresses with the number 11 in them – an important number in numerology.

— Before assassinating the President, Booth attempted to commit a violent political crime but failed. He tried first to kidnap Lincoln on March 17, 1864 when he learned Lincoln would be attending a play near the Old Soldier’s Home. Booth assembled his team near the area in an attempt to kidnap Lincoln but the President did not appear. Booth later learned Lincoln had changed his plans at the last moment to attend a reception at the National Hotel where, coincidentally, Booth was then living.
— Before assassinating the President, Oswald attempted to commit a violent political crime but failed. He attempted to assassinate retired General Edwin Walker on April 10, 1963 at the old soldier’s home but missed.

Interesting Note: Oswald’s failed attempt to assassinate General Walker occurred almost exactly 99 years after Booth’s attempt to kidnap Lincoln.

— General Ulysses S Grant was spared from assassination by Booth when Grant declined at the last minute Lincoln’s invitation to join him at Ford’s theater.
— General Edwin Walker was spared from assassination by Oswald when the bullet fired by Oswald missed its target and struck the window pane of General Walker’s house. After Oswald killed both President Kennedy and Dallas police officer Tippit, it is believed Oswald was preparing to assassinate General Walker but was caught before attempting to do so.

Interesting Note: General Grant and his wife declined the invitation to see the play with the Lincolns because Mrs. Grant did not like Mrs. Lincoln. On several occasions Mrs. Lincoln would rudely complain to Mrs. Grant when she failed to observe proper protocol to her as First Lady. This led Mrs. Grant to never want to be in her company again. Ironically, had the Grants attended the play with the Lincolns, there likely would have been more security and the assassination might not have ever happened.

November 19, 1863 is a date made famous when Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
November 22, 1963 is a date made famous when Kennedy was assassinated – almost exactly 100 years apart (98.5 years) from Lincoln’s assassination.

— A major reason for Lincoln going to Ford’s Theater was to be seen by the media and the public. The newspapers reported that General Grant was going to be at Ford’s Theater with Lincoln that fateful night. But later, Grant decided not to go so. After the assassination, the New York Times reported that Lincoln was reluctant to go to the play; but because of Grant’s cancellation, Lincoln felt obliged to attend.
— A major reason for Kennedy going to Dallas was to be seen by the media and the public. Kennedy went to Texas to shore up political support for his reelection by being seen in the media smoothing over frictions in the Democratic Party between liberals Democrats and Conservative Democrats.

— Lincoln’s last words seconds before he was shot were uttered in response to a comment by one of the women in the group (Mary Todd). She asked the President what Miss Harris would think of them holding hands. Lincoln’s answer was, “She won’t think anything about it.” Notice that Lincoln’s final words were in the negative sense.
— Kennedy’s last words seconds before he was shot were uttered in response to a comment by one of the women in the group (Mrs. Connally). She asked the President, “You can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you,” to which Kennedy replied, “No, you certainly can’t.” Notice how Kennedy’s final words were in the negative sense.

— Lincoln would travel openly around the country by horse or carriage without guards being present.
— Kennedy would travel openly around the country by convertible with the bubble top down without guards immediately present. Kennedy’s orders were to always remove the bubble top of his 1961 Lincoln Continental on clear days. The bubble top was also removed in order to prevent excessive heat and discomfort to the passengers as was the case in Dallas on November 22, 1963. On that day, Kennedy ordered no Secret Service agents were to ride on the running boards at the rear of the car.

Interesting Note: Lincoln would travel by carriage with his wife, Mary, without guards because they could not hear each other talk for the ”jingling of spurs and the jangling of sabers.” Lincoln often traveled alone at night without guards until a would-be assassin shot off his stovepipe hat in August 1864 and sent him galloping for safety.

— Lincoln exposed himself to danger many times to please crowds and had been shot at before. In August of 1864, Lincoln was almost killed when his hat was shot off his head on one occasion by an unknown assailant.
— Kennedy exposed himself to danger many times to please crowds and had been almost killed during in August of 1943, during World War II.

— Lincoln was fatalistic and disdained bodyguards. He once remarked how easy it would be for an assassin to shoot him. His Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, once complained to Lincoln about his careless manner of exposing himself to potential assassins. Lincoln replied that if anybody desired to assassinate him he did not suppose any amount of care would save him.
— Kennedy was fatalistic and disdained bodyguards. He once remarked how easy it would be for an assassin to shoot him. The day before he was shot, Kennedy mused to his wife, and to that same Kenny O’Donnell, about the ease with which “a man with a rifle” could kill him.

— Lincoln’s security at Ford’s Theater was uncharacteristically weak. Lincoln’s bodyguard was away from his post at the door of the President’s box at Ford’s Theater leaving Lincoln unprotected from his assassin. He left at intermission to go to a saloon giving Booth unobstructed access to the box.
— Kennedy’s security in Dallas was uncharacteristically weak. Kennedy’s bodyguards were away from their posts on the running-boards of the President’s Ford Lincoln convertible leaving Kennedy unprotected from his assassin.

Interesting Note: Hours before Lincoln’s assassination, he signed the order authorizing the creation of the Secret Service.

Interesting Note: Despite his poor character and reasons not clear, on April 3, 1865 John F. Parker was picked for bodyguard duty at the White House. Ironically enough, the letter which informed Parker’s bosses of his new duties was signed by Mrs. Lincoln herself.

Interesting Note: It was only after the Kennedy assassination a law was passed making it a federal crime to murder the President of the United States (U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 84)

Interesting Note: Because of his bad back, Kennedy would sometimes wear a back brace as he did at the time he was killed. Unfortunately, the back brace kept him erect after Oswald’s first bullet went through his neck. Had he been able to fall forward after this first bullet hit, the second, fatal bullet may have missed him and he may have survived.

— Lincoln had a bodyguard named William Crook in 1865 when Lincoln was assassinated. Crook worked in Washington D.C. as a policeman after serving in the Military (Army). Crook tried to prevent the assassination by trying to persuade Lincoln not to Ford’s Theater. Crook testified in 1865 before a military commission investigating the Kennedy assassination. No bodyguards were reprimanded or disciplined for their failure to protect the president. But the president’s wife, Mary Todd, was bitterly critical of one of the bodyguards (John F. Parker). Some people considered Parker to be part of the conspiracy to kill the president. Crook served more than four U.S. presidents: Lincoln, Johnson (Andrew), Grant, Hayes. Crook died in 1915 within 48 hours of being aged 75 years, 5 months.
— Kennedy had a bodyguard named William Greer in 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated (98 years after Lincoln’s assassination). Greer worked in Washington D.C. as a member of the White House staff while serving in the Military (Navy). Greer tried to prevent the assassination when driving the Ford Lincoln carrying Kennedy in Dallas. He attempted evasive maneuvers when the shots rang out. Greer testified in 1964 before a military commission investigating the Kennedy assassination. No bodyguards were reprimanded or disciplined for their failure to protect the president. But the president’s wife, Jackie, was bitterly critical of one of the bodyguards (William Greer). Some people considered Greer to be part of the conspiracy to kill the president. Greer served more than four U.S. presidents: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower,Kennedy and Johnson (Lyndon). Greer died in 1985 within 48 hours of being aged 75 years, 5 months.

Interesting Note: John F. Parker was assigned to guard the entrance to the President’s box on the night of the assassination. But during the intermission, Parker went to a nearby tavern thereby leaving the president vulnerable to assassination. Later that night, Mrs. Lincoln was overheard bitterly complaining to Parker, “So you are on guard tonight, on guard in the White House after helping to murder the President.” Parker then delivered a heartfelt apology to Mrs. Lincoln by stating that he “could never stoop to murder much less to the murder of so good and great a man as the President. I did wrong, I admit, and have bitterly repented.” Mrs. Lincoln told Parker that she would always think he was responsible for the President’s death and angrily dismissed him from the room.

Interesting Note: At the time when Kennedy was being shot, agent Roy Kellerman, who was seated next to Greer, shouted, “Let’s get out of line, we’ve been hit.” But instead, Greer hit the brakes and turned to look at Kennedy, initiating a fatal delay before accelerating the car out of the danger zone. According to Kellerman, “Greer then looked in the back of the car. Maybe he didn’t believe me.” Mrs. Kennedy, Jackie, bitterly complained about Greer that, “Agent Greer had not acted during the crucial moment … He might just as well been Mrs. Shaw (the nanny of John and Caroline). You should get yourself a good driver so that nothing happens to you.” Greer later delivered a heartfelt apology to Mrs. Kennedy.

Lincoln was shot from behind, in the head, in public, in the presence of his wife seated next to him who was uninjured and who cradled the bullet-torn head of her husband who did not die immediately after being shot in the head.
Kennedy was shot from behind, in the head, in public, in the presence of his wife seated next to him who was uninjured and who cradled the bullet-torn head of her husband who did not die immediately after being shot in the head. Visit one of the leading websites devoted to the Kennedy assassination. Examine the medical evidence.

Interesting Note: Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The same play was also running at the Maverick Theatre in Chicago on May 18, 1860, the day Lincoln was nominated for President in there.

Interesting Note: Lincoln was laughing the moment he was shot in the head by Booth.

Interesting Note: Kennedy was shot just a few months shy of the 99th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination.

— Lincoln was given the best medical attention available at the time which included closed chest massage. Lincoln also had artificial respiration and had a leading doctor rushed to his side who could not save the president because the brain was partially destroyed.
— Kennedy was given the best medical attention available at the time which included closed chest massage. Kennedy had artificial respiration and had a leading doctor rushed to his side who could not save the president because the brain was partially destroyed.

— Immediately after Lincoln’s assassination, it was claimed and later discredited that the shot was fired from another direction in Ford’s Theater.
— Immediately after Kennedy’s assassination, it was claimed and later discredited that shots were fired from another direction – the grassy knoll.

— Lincoln died within hours of being shot, although he was for all practical purposes dead when hit in the head with a bullet.
— Kennedy died within hours of being shot, although he was for all practical purposes dead when hit in the head with a bullet.

Interesting Note: The other two assassinated presidents, James Garfield and William McKinley, lived for weeks after they were shot.

— Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater while sitting in box seven with another couple of whom one was seriously injured. Major Henry Rathbone was injured in the arm from a knife wound, but not fatally. Clara Harris was uninjured.
— Kennedy was shot in a Ford Lincoln while riding in car seven with another couple of whom one was seriously injured. Governor John Connally was injured in the arm from a gunshot wound, but not fatally. Nellie Connally was uninjured.

Interesting Note: Fifteen people turned down the Lincoln’s invitation to join them at Ford’s Theatre until finally Major Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris accepted the invitation.

Interesting Note: Both the rocking chair Lincoln was seated in at Ford’s Theater and Kennedy’s Ford Lincoln are on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Interesting Note: On April 14, 1956, the last surviving person who was in Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865, passed away. His name was Samuel Seymour and he was 96 years old. He died exactly 91 years to the day of the Lincoln assassination. At the time of the assassination, he was just 5 years old when his godmother took him to Ford’s Theater to see the play. They sat facing opposite the Presidential box and witnessed the assassination and Booth’s leaping onto the stage.

Interesting Note: Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, was president of the Ford Motor Company before becoming part of Kennedy’s Cabinet. As president of Ford, McNamara came very close to terminating the Lincoln limousine altogether but instead ordered the smaller ’61 Lincoln Continental limousine to be built – the model of Lincoln limousine Kennedy was assassinated in.

Interesting Note: In 1963, President Johnson appointed the future president Gerald Ford to the Warren Commission to investigate the Kennedy assassination.

Interesting Note: In 1962, Oswald and his wife lived with Katherine Ford who was a member of the Russian community in Dallas.

— The date “April 15th” is associated with critical dates in the history of America and the ‘karma” of President Lincoln. When Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter, South Carolina, thereby officially starting the Civil War, Lincoln responded on April 15, 1861, by issuing a public declaration that an insurrection exists for which Lincoln mobilized a Federal Army by calling for a 75,000 militia to stop the rebellion. As a result of Lincoln’s call for volunteers, four southern states seceded from the Union. While the Civil War was happening, Lincoln passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which included a tax on personal incomes – the first in U.S. history – to help pay war expenses. Since 1955, April 15 has been Tax Day on which personal income tax returns are due to the U.S. government. Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, the day after being shot in the head at Ford’s Theatre.
— The date “April 15th” is associated with critical dates in the history of America and the ‘karma” of President Kennedy. Nikita Khrushchev was born on April 15, 1894 and led the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War during the Kennedy Administrastion, serving as premier from 1958 to 1964. On April 15, 1959, without U.S. government invitation or approval, Fidel Castro began a tour of America which directly led to the rapid deterioration of relations between the U.S. government and Castro. On April 15, 1961, U.S. B-26 bombers began the attack on Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion; thereby alerting Castro to quickly order his military forces to the area and ultimately defeat the invaders. The Bay of Pigs invasion attempt directly led to Nikita Khrushchev taking actions against Kennedy which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Other “April 15” disasters within the 20th century include: the Great Mississippi Flood of April 15, 1927, which was the most destructive river flood in the history of the U.S.; and the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters in modern history. During the Cold War, nuclear bombs were tested on April 15 by the following nations: the U.S. on April 15, 1952 at a Nevada Test Site; Great Britain on April 15, 1978; and the Soviets on April 15, 1984 at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.

— After Lincoln’s assassination, much trouble came to the couple with the President and his wife. Henry Rathbone later married the woman who was with him, Clara Harris; but her life came to an equally dismal conclusion. Rathbone obtained a post in the foreign service and was stationed with his family in Germany. There he became progressively more depressed and finally murdered Clara. He was committed to a German insane asylum and eventually died there.
— After Kennedy’s assassination, much trouble came to the couple with the President and his wife. Although not disastrous, John Connally became disenchanted with the Democratic Party and switched to the Republican side and became a cabinet member in the Nixon administration, just as the Republican standard-bearers suffered a crushing blow from the Watergate fiasco. Connally himself was harried, but was exonerated.

— Many high government officials were nearby when Lincoln died at the Peterson House, including Vice President Andrew Johnson, although he was not in the room.
— Many high government officials were nearby when Kennedy died at Parkland Hospital, including Vice President Lyndon Johnson, although he was not in the room.

— Lincoln’s wife was forced to wait outside of the room where doctors made unsuccessful attempts to save her husband.
— Kennedy’s wife was forced to wait outside of the room where doctors made unsuccessful attempts to save her husband.

— The First Lady’s clothing which Mary Todd’s wore on the night of the assassination became a symbolic relic because it was stained with the President’s blood. Visit the outstanding Chicago Historical Society’s online display of Lincoln assassination relics.
— The First Lady’s clothing which Jackie Kennedy wore in Dallas became a symbolic relic because it was stained with the President’s blood. For two days after her husband’s death, Jackie refused to remove her blood-stained clothing, and even regretted having washed the blood off her face and hands. The photograph of Jackie wearing her bloody dress while her husband’s casket was loaded unto the plane was an image which shocked the nation. The reason she continued wearing her bloody dress became known when she told Lady Bird Johnson, “I want them to see what they have done to Jack.”

Interesting Note: The National Archives has the original blood-stained theater program which was in Lincoln’s hands when he was shot. The National Archives also has Jackie Kennedy’s bloody dress. Unfortunately, her pink “pill hat” has mysteriously disappeared.

— One particular woman was severely traumatized by the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Fanny Seward, the daughter of William H. Seward (Lincoln’s Secretary of State), suffered amnesia of the events following the attempted murder of William H. Seward (her father) at the hands of Lewis Paine. Seward was one of the victims in a conspiracy by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate the president and members of his cabinet. Fanny Seward had no memory of raising the window and screaming for help, or shouting “Murder,” in the moments after she saw the assassin Lewis Paine butchering her father with an enormous knife. She was sure her father had been killed.
— One particular woman was severely traumatized by the assassination of President Kennedy. Jackie Kennedy suffered amnesia of the events following the murder of her husband. Jacqueline Kennedy had no memory immediately after her husband’s head exploded in her face as she was peering intently into his face, only inches away, asking, “What’s the matter, Jack?” She does not remember rising to let him fall down on the seat where she had been sitting, or being precipitated onto the rear of the limousine, as it jerked forward, or scrambling back into the seat. She does remember holding her husband’s shattered head together during the frantic ride to the hospital.

— On the day of the assassination, Lincoln was wearing clothes from Brook Brothers.
— On the day of the assassination, Kennedy was wearing clothes from Brook Brothers.

— At least one Governor, William M. Stone of Iowa, played an active role during the Lincoln assassination. Stone was a friend of Lincoln and was present in Ford’s Theatre when Lincoln was assassinated. Stone helped carry the wounded Lincoln across the street.
— At least one Governor, John Connally of Texas, played an active role during the Kennedy assassination. Connally was a friend of Kennedy and was present in the Ford Lincoln limousine when Kennedy was assassinated.

— Lincoln was shot on a Friday before a Christian holiday – Easter.
— Kennedy was shot on a Friday before a Christian holiday – Thanksgiving.

Interesting Note: The significance of Lincoln being shot on Good Friday was not lost on his religious contemporaries who immediately began the Lincoln-Christ comparisons which have continued down to this day.

Interesting Note: Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who was present when Lincoln died, gave perhaps the most celebrated epitaph in American history when he said of Lincoln, “Now he belongs to the AGES.” But a new round of scholarship suggests Stanton actually said, “Now he belongs to the ANGELS.”

— Lincoln died in a building with the initials P and H (Petersen House).
— Kennedy died in a building with the initials P and H (Parkland Hospital).

Interesting Note: During the previous month, John Wilkes Booth rested on the exact same bed upon which Lincoln died. In March 1865 actor Charles Warwick had rented the room and, on a visit with Warwick, Booth fell asleep on the very same bed President Lincoln later died upon.

Interesting Note: The first physician to see Kennedy at Parkland Hospital had delivered Oswald’s baby one month before.

Interesting Note: Both Oswald and Jack Ruby also died at Parkland Hospital.

Lincoln’s autopsy was performed by military personnel. Lincoln had gross bullet damage to one cerebral hemisphere of his brain. Lincoln’s brain was destroyed by the shot and was removed during a partial autopsy. Lincoln was buried without it.
Kennedy’s autopsy was performed by military personnel. Kennedy had gross bullet damage to one cerebral hemisphere of his brain. Kennedy’s brain was destroyed by the shot and was removed during a partial autopsy. Kennedy was buried without it.

— Photographs of Lincoln’s body were forbidden by a cabinet member, Edwin Stanton, but photos of the body were published in later years.
— Photographs of Kennedy’s body were forbidden by a cabinet member, Robert Kennedy, but photos of the body were published in later years.

Conspiracy theories surrounding the Lincoln assassination and a government cover-up became popular in the eyes of the public.
Conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination and a government cover-up became popular in the eyes of the public.

Interesting Note: On the day of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Richard Nixon was also in Dallas meeting with Pepsi-Cola executives who were seeking to regain its cheap sugar interests in Cuba taken away by Fidel Castro.

Interesting Note: Historical facts concerning the Lincoln assassination had a profound effect upon one of the two Kennedy assassination pathologists, Dr. James Humes, who performed the autopsy of President Kennedy on that fateful day. So much so, it led to Dr. Humes burning his original autopsy notes the next day – an act which conspiracy theorists use to support their idea of a cover-up. What was the reason Dr. Humes burned his original autopsy notes? He stated he once saw the Ford Museum’s exhibit of the blood-stained rocking chair in which President Lincoln was assassinated in and was “appalled at this type of display”. Dr. Humes goes on to say: “When I saw that my own notes were stained with Kennedy’s blood, I vowed that this type of revolting object would not fall into the wrong hands. I burned the notes that night in my fireplace.”

Interesting Note: A memo from FBI head J. Edgar Hoover was found which said, “Mr. George Bush of the CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President Kennedy.” (Source: The Nation, 8/13/88). On the day of the assassination Bush was in Texas, but he denies knowing exactly where he was. Since he had been the supervisor for the secret Cuban teams, headed by former Cuban police commander Felix Rodriguez, since 1960, it is likely Bush was also in Dallas in 1963.

Interesting Note: The above information reveals an astonishing coincidence. On November 22, 1963, a total of four U.S. Presidents were in Dallas, Texas (three of whom became future U.S. Presidents): The four Presidents were John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush. Another future U.S. President, Gerald Ford played an important role in the Kennedy assassination when he was appointed to the Warren Commission by President Johnson in November 1963.

— One particular conspiracy theory holds that Lincoln’s Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was knowledgeable about Lincoln’s assassination beforehand. In a letter to a friend, Mrs. Lincoln wrote “…that, that miserable inebriate Johnson, had cognizance of my husband’s death – Why, was that card of Booth’s, found in his box, some acquaintance certainly existed – I have been deeply impressed, with the harrowing thought, that he, had an understanding with the conspirators and they knew their man… As sure, as you and I live, Johnson, had some hand, in all this…”
— One particular conspiracy theory holds that Kennedy’s Vice President, Lyndon Johnson was knowledgeable about Kennedy’s assassination beforehand. Johnson was accused of complicity in the assassination by former CIA agent and Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt. Shortly before his death in 2007, Hunt authored an autobiography suggesting Johnson had orchestrated the killing with the help of CIA agents who had been angered by Kennedy’s actions as President.

— Critics of the prevailing Lincoln assassination theory attempted to convince the public into suspecting a larger assassination plot existed. Skillful innuendo at the time suggested the involvement of other, unspecified, plotters which intrigued Lincoln assassination buffs but have never been proven true. To this date, no other theory hasn’t even approached the level to which author Otto Eisenschiml raised in his provocative 1937 book on the Lincoln assassination where he proposed how a senior member of Lincoln’s Cabinet (Edwin Stanton) orchestrated the plot to kill the President.
— Critics of the prevailing Kennedy assassination “lone nut” theory attempted to convince the public into suspecting a larger assassination plot existed. Skillful innuendo suggests the involvement of other, unspecified, plotters which have intrigued Kennedy assassination buffs but have never been proven true. Other conspiracies involve a New Orleans plot, the CIA, a shadow government, the military-industrial complex, the Secret Service, Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, the Cuban exiles, the Mafia, Fidel Castro, the Soviets, the Israelis, and the Federal Reserve.

— Two major investigations were conducted into the assassination of the President. The first investigation concluded there probably was a conspiracy involving Jefferson Davis, but there was not enough conclusive evidence. The second investigation concluded there was probably a wider conspiracy without resolving who exactly was involved.
— Two major investigations were conducted into the assassination of the President. The first investigation (by the Warren Commission) concluded there was no conspiracy involving Oswald and there was conclusive evidence he acted alone. The second investigation (by the House Select Committee on Assassinations) concluded there was probably a wider conspiracy without resolving who exactly was involved.

— The Lincoln assassination inquiry was reopened in 1868 during the impeachment of Andrew Johnson over his firing of Secretary Stanton. None of the further investigations or inquiries resolved who else may have been involved in the assassination.
— The Kennedy assassination inquiry was reopened in 1968 by medical experts appointed by Attorney General Ramsey Clark to examine assassination evidence. None of the further investigations or inquiries resolved who else may have been involved in the assassination.

— Many conspiracy theories about the Lincoln assassination still exist today but are unproven, some of which suggest possible involvement by prominent persons. The official version of the assassination is in dispute and conspiracy theories concerning his death have been hotly debated for many decades, and have never been resolved satisfactorily in the mind of the public.
— Many conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination still exist today but are unproven, some of which suggest possible involvement by prominent persons. The official version of the assassination is in dispute and conspiracy theories concerning his death have been hotly debated for many decades, and have never been resolved satisfactorily in the mind of the public.

— More is known today about President Lincoln because of his assassination. Lincoln became very popular after death and a number of books were written about him by people who knew him and could detail many personal incidents which would have been otherwise lost to history but for the sudden increase in public interest and fame. Lincoln’s son, Robert, tried to suppress many of these books.
— More is known today about President Kennedy because of his assassination. Kennedy became very popular after death and a number of books were written about him by people who knew him and could detail many personal incidents which would have been otherwise lost to history but for the sudden increase in public interest and fame. Kennedy’s brother, Robert, tried to suppress many of these books.

— Shortly after Lincoln’s assassination, the telegraph system in Washington D.C. mysteriously shut down, thus delaying the news of Booth’s escape.
— Shortly after Kennedy’s assassination, the telephone system in Washington D.C. mysteriously shut down.

Interesting Note: Read about all the bizarre events which occurred after Lincoln’s assassination.

Interesting Note: When Kennedy was assassinated television networks went on 24 hour coverage for the first time in history.

— Some people involved with the assassination of Lincoln received financial rewards. Boston Corbett and others received rewards for the capture of Booth. Corbett was immediately arrested for violation of Stanton’s order not to kill Booth, but Stanton later had the charges dropped. Corbett received roughly $1,653 in reward money for his part in capturing Booth.
— Some people involved with the assassination of Kennedy received financial rewards. Abraham Zapruder sold his film of the assassination for the financial reward of $150,000 to Life Magazine. Zapruder gave the first $25,000 to the widow of Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit who was murdered on the same day as Kennedy. Read the fascinating details behind the Zapruder film.

Interesting Note: Zapruder’s first name is the same as Lincoln’s first name: Abraham.

Interesting Note: On September 1, 1960, years before Kennedy’s assassination, the son of Abraham Zapruder (Henry Zapruder) sent a letter to Kennedy suggesting an academy for training members of the diplomatic corps. Then on November 22, 1963, Henry Zapruder had just heard the news of Kennedy being shot and wounded. Zapruder’s father, whose name was Abraham, called and said, “The President is dead.” The younger Zapruder protested he had just heard on the radio that Kennedy was on his way to the hospital. “No,” said his father. “He’s dead.” Zapruder senior explained how he had seen JFK’s head explode through the lens of his home movie camera. The night after the assassination, Zapruder is said to have had a nightmare in which he saw a news stand in Times Square advertising “See the President’s head explode!” Although he made a profit from selling the film, he was so disturbed by the nightmare he filmed, he did not keep a copy of it. Nor did he ever own or use another camera again. Zapruder died in 1970 from carcinoma.

— Lincoln’s assassination became a highly traumatic cultural tragedy which resulted in a flood of historical, journalistic, fictional and even poetical responses which, taken all together, left Americans with a very large psychological wound which can even be felt today.
— Kennedy’s assassination became a highly traumatic cultural tragedy which resulted in a flood of historical, journalistic, fictional and even poetical responses which, taken all together, left Americans with a very large psychological wound which can even be felt today.

— Numerous movies have been produced about the assassination of Lincoln, while the other presidential assassinations have been virtually ignored. One particular contemporary movie about the assassination, The Lincoln Conspiracy, proposes as fact a possible conspiracy theory widely disputed and unproved.
— Numerous movies have been produced about the assassination of Kennedy, while the other presidential assassinations have been virtually ignored. One particular contemporary movie about the assassination, Oliver Stone’s “JFK”, proposes as fact a possible conspiracy theory widely disputed and unproved.

— The late John Lattimer, Ph.D., was an expert in both the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations. He accumulated one of the world’s largest archives of materials concerning the Lincoln assassination – even keeping a secret archive of Lincoln items. Lattimer was a compulsive collector with an obsession for Lincoln’s possessions.
— The late Evelyn Lincoln, Kennedy’s secretary, accumulated one of the world’s largest archives of materials concerning the Kennedy assassination – even keeping a secret archive of Kennedy items. After Evelyn Lincoln’s death, hundreds of Kennedy related items were offered up for auction which prompted John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy to break their silence and publically denounce her actions in March 1998. “It is now clear that Mrs. Lincoln took advantage of her position as our father’s secretary … by taking home with her countless documents and objects that belonged to our father and the United States government.” According to Paul G. Kirk, chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Mrs. Lincoln was “a compulsive collector” whose “obsession” with President Kennedy’s possessions and writings led her to the delusion that even the most personal effects, letters and most significant historical writings were hers to keep or give away.”

Interesting Note: In 1972, the Kennedy family chose Dr. John Lattimer to examine the autopsy evidence related to the Kennedy assassination. He became the first medical specialist not affiliated with the government to do so.

8. Their Assassins

John Wilkes Booth was born in ’38. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was an excellent swordsman and is one of the most notorious assassins in recorded history.
Lee Harvey Oswald was born in ’39. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was an excellent sharpshooter and is one of the most notorious assassins in recorded history.

— Booth was known by all of his three names – John Wilkes Booth. His middle name was derived from a distant relative.
— Oswald was known by all of his three names – Lee Harvey Oswald. His middle name was derived from a distant relative.

— Booth came from a broken home and lacked a strong father figure in his life. His father died when Booth was a child. Booth was survived by his mother.
— Oswald came from a broken home and lacked a strong father figure in his life. His father died when Oswald was a child. Oswald was survived by his mother.

Interesting Note: According to Dr. Fred B. Charatan, the former New York’s health commissioner, all seven presidential assassins, including those who attempted assassinations, and the killers of Reverend Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy, were “lacking fathers through death, divorce, work schedule, or a very poor paternal relationship.”

— Booth had two older brothers whose acting careers he coveted.
— Oswald had two older brothers whose military careers he coveted.

— Booth had a family member named June. His brother was born with the name Junius; but he was called in the family by his nickname, June.
— Oswald had a family member named June – Oswald’s first daughter.

— Booth was the “junior” in the family. Booth’s older brother Junius was named after his father.
— Oswald was the “junior” in the family. Oswald’s older brother Robert was named after his father.

Interesting Note: Booth’s brother, Edwin, once saved the life of President Lincoln’s son Robert. Read the details further down in this article.

Interesting Note: Booth gave Lincoln’s son a rose. Once when Lincoln’s son Tad saw Booth perform, he said the actor thrilled him, prompting Booth to give the president’s youngest son a rose. Booth ignored an invitation to visit Lincoln between acts, however.

Booth’s father, Juinius Brutus Booth, was named after a famous traitor, Brutus of Julius Caesar’s fame.
Oswald’s father, Robert Edwin Lee Oswald, was named after a famous traitor, Confederate General Robert E. Lee who was also John Wilkes Booth’s commander-in-chief.

— Robert E. Lee’s application for U.S. citizenship was not recognized. At the end of the Civil War, former Confederate General Robert E. Lee sought to have his U.S. citizenship restored. So on October 2, 1865, Lee signed and submitted an application but the document was never recognized. Five years later, before his U.S. citizenship could be restored, Lee died, and his Confederate citizenship was not renounced. Then in 1975, one hundred years later, President Gerald Ford signed a bill restoring Lee’s citizenship posthumously.
— Lee Harvey Oswald’s application for Soviet citizenship was not recognized. At the height of the Cold War, Lee Harvey Oswald applied for Soviet citizenship on October 16, 1959. Five days later, his application for Soviet citizenship was never recognized and his U.S. citizenship was not renounced.

— Booth had a scar on the left side of his neck which was three inches below the ear. Shortly before the assassination, Booth underwent surgery and had a tumor removed from his neck which, according to Booth himself, “was a hole in my neck you can run your fist in.”
— Oswald had a scar on the left side of his neck which was three-inches long. When he was a child, Oswald had mastoidectomy surgery which left the scar.

— In 1859, Booth was determined to attend the trial of abolitionist John Brown in Virginia. He bought a Virginia military uniform and infiltrated the Virginia militia unit guarding John Brown. When John Brown was hanged, Booth stood at the foot of the scaffold.
— In 1956, Oswald enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps headquartered in Virginia. For a detailed timeline of the important events in Oswald’s life visit Dr. John McAdams JFK website.

— In October 1860, Booth accidentally shot himself when the pistol he was cleaning accidentally discharged striking him in the thigh and nearly missing his femoral artery. It took weeks of recuperation until he was able to return to work.
— In October 1957, Oswald accidentally shot himself when a pistol fell from his locker to the floor and accidentally discharged striking him in the upper arm. It took weeks of recuperation until he was able to return to work.

— Booth’s mother thought her son was a spy for the Confederate military.
— Oswald’s mother thought her son was a spy for the U.S. military.

— Booth seemed to have been involved in military intelligence work.
— Oswald seemed to have been involved in military intelligence work.

— During Booth’s lifetime, the most controversial issue in America was over Confederate slavery. Booth wrote a speech about the issue, a rough draft with spelling errors, but never delivered it. It was this issue which motivated Booth to kill Lincoln.
— During Oswald’s lifetime, the most controversial issue in America was over Communism. Oswald wrote a speech about the issue, a rough draft with spelling errors, but never delivered it. It was this issue which motivated Oswald to kill Kennedy.

Interesting Note: Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” Lincoln also once said, “As I would not be a SLAVE, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

Interesting Note: Kennedy is quoted as saying, “There are many people in the world who really don’t understand – or say they don’t – what is the great issue between the free world and the Communism world. Let them come to Berlin!”

Interesting Note: After her husband’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy lamented, “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It had to be some silly little Communist.”

— Booth was fond of writing his thoughts down in a diary, some of which disappeared or were destroyed while under federal possession.
— Oswald was fond of writing his thoughts down in a diary, some of which disappeared or were destroyed while under federal possession.

— Booth was a Southerner who favored extremist views and was a dedicated enemy sympathizer with a craving for fame.
— Oswald was a Southerner who favored extremist views and was a dedicated enemy sympathizer with a craving for fame.

— Booth was arrested and jailed for a petty crime. In ’63, a provost marshal in St. Louis arrested Booth for making anti-government remarks. Booth was briefly detained, then paid a fine and let go.
— Oswald was arrested and jailed for a petty crime. In ’63, Oswald was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace while distributing anti-government literature and fighting with another man. Oswald was briefly detained, then posted bail and let go.

— Booth traveled to more places than most people at the time: New Orleans, New York City, Washington DC, Maryland, Philadelphia, Virginia, Boston; Chicago; Ohio, Missouri; Georgia; Alabama, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, and Canada.
— Oswald traveled to more places than most people at the time: New Orleans, New York City, Texas, California, Japan, Philippines, France, England, Switzerland, Finland, Soviet Union, and Mexico.

— Booth was believed to be a mentally unstable fanatic who was a lone assassin in search of national attention. Booth wrote in his diary how, “that one blow would have made me great” and, “Something decisive and great must be done.”
— Oswald was believed to be a mentally unstable fanatic who was a lone assassin in search of national attention. While living in Moscow, Oswald told Priscilla Johnson McMillan, “I want to give the people of the United States something to think about.”

— Booth was a traitor to the U.S. government and was a known sympathizer to enemies of the U.S.
— Oswald was a traitor to the U.S. government and was a known sympathizer to enemies of the U.S.

— Booth traveled to enemy territory (the Confederate state of Virginia) and put a uniform on pretending to be a soldier so he could witness the hanging of John Brown in 1859.
— Oswald traveled to enemy territory (the Soviet Union) and wrote to his brother saying, “In the event of war I would kill any American who put a uniform on in defense of the American Government.”

— Booth stayed in New Orleans visiting an uncle shortly before the assassination.
— Oswald stayed in New Orleans visiting an uncle shortly before the assassination.

— In October of ’64, Booth was out of the country in Montreal, Canada, visiting with Confederate spy officials.
— In October of ’63, Oswald was out of the country in Mexico City, Mexico, visiting with Communist embassy officials (Russian and Cuban).

— Days before the assassination, Booth attempted to kill President Lincoln when he urged Lewis Powell to shoot the President on the spot for announcing his support of giving suffrage to former slaves. Powell refused to do so.
— Days before the assassination, Oswald attempted to kill General Edwin Walker when he fired a shot at him through the window of his home. Walker was an outspoken segregationist who was relieved of his command in 1961 by President Kennedy for distributing racist literature to his troops.

— Booth spent his last days living in a hotel all alone in a single room and was estranged from the woman in his life.
— Oswald spent his last days living in a rooming house all alone in a single room and was estranged from the women in his life.

Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate states.
Jefferson Davis Tippit was the police officer Oswald murdered shortly after murdering Kennedy.

Interesting Note: Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born less than eight months of each other and less than 100 miles apart.

Interesting Note: Jefferson Davis Tippit was a near double for JFK. So much so, his nickname was “JFK.”

Interesting Note: Officer Jefferson Davis Tippit was killed by Oswald two blocks south of Davis Street and one block north of Jefferson Blvd. The streets run almost parallel and were named after Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president.

Interesting Note: Charles Darwin was born on the same day and year as Abraham Lincoln – February 12, 1809 – and roughly four hours apart. These two great “Emancipators” were religious “non-believers” in a world were both Biblical slavery and Biblical creationism were the status quo. They became near-mythic figures in the 19th century for their imposing and radical visions. They were astrological “twins” born under the sign of Aquarius and whose birth chart foretold they would tend to be free-spirited, stubborn, visionary, rebellious, tolerant, genial but remote and detached. Other parallels between the lives of these two great men can be found throughout the Internet.

— Booth was a frustrated, self-important attention seeker with a grandiose self-image who drew no boundary between his small life and important affairs of state and who seemingly had an overwhelming desire to make history no matter what the price. Read a good psychological profile of Booth.
— Oswald was a frustrated, self-important attention seeker with a grandiose self-image who drew no boundary between his small life and important affairs of state and who seemingly had an overwhelming desire to make history no matter what the price. Read a good psychological profile of Oswald.

— Booth was in his mid-twenties when he murdered the President.
— Oswald was in his mid-twenties when he murdered the President.

— Booth learned from a newspaper his intended victim would be coming to him at his place of employment.
— Oswald learned from a newspaper his intended victim would be coming to him at his place of employment.

— Booth made physical changes to his work area beforehand so that no one outside of the presidential box could see him kill the president.
— Oswald made physical changes to his work area beforehand so that no one outside of the sniper’s nest could see him kill the president.

— Booth assassinated the President while at his place of employment – Ford’s Theater.
— Oswald assassinated the President while at his place of employment – the Texas School-Book Depository.

Interesting Note: Lincoln watched Booth perform Richard III on April 11, 1863, precisely two years and three days before the actor shot him. Lincoln even expressed an interest in meeting the performer who would become his murderer.

— Booth used a 2.5 inch long barreled pistol to kill Lincoln. Boston Corbett used a Colt revolver to kill Booth.
— Oswald used a 2.5 inch long barreled pistol (38 Smith and Wesson revolver) to kill police officer J.D. Tippit. Jack Ruby used a Colt revolver to kill Oswald.

Interesting Note: The handgun Kennedy used to announce his location after his PT-401 shipwreck was a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver.

— After Booth shot the President, he stood boldly on stage before a captive audience and proclaimed the actions he had taken.
— After Oswald shot the President, he stood boldly on stage before news cameras and a captive audience and proclaimed the actions he had taken.

Interesting Note: At one point during a performance in November of 1864, Booth was said to have shaken his finger in Lincoln’s direction as he delivered a line of dialog. Lincoln’s sister-in-law, sitting with him in the same presidential box where he would later be slain, turned to him and said, “Mr. Lincoln, he looks as if he meant that for you.” The President replied, “He does look pretty sharp at me, doesn’t he?”

— Booth’s infamous act of murder dramatically altered the course of the nation in the aftermath of the assassination of the President.
Interesting Note: It is highly ironic how a U.S. flag was greatly responsible for John Wilkes Booth’s demise. The Confederate sympathizer/spy broke his leg after catching a spur in the U.S. flag draping the balcony where Lincoln sat. Had Booth not tripped and broken his leg, there was a good chance he would have gotten away.
— Oswald’s infamous act of murder dramatically altered the course of the nation in the aftermath of the assassination of the President.

9. Their Assassin’s Escape

— Booth was aided in the conspiracy by a man named Lewis (Powell) Paine.
— Oswald got his job at the Texas School-book Depository through the aid of Ruth Paine, his landlady.

— The concession operator at Ford’s Theater where Booth fled was Joseph Burroughs. Joseph “Peanuts” Burroughs was given the duty of guarding the stage-door during plays, and was a part-time concessions operator at Ford’s Theatre. Burroughs testified how on the night of the assassination Edmund Spangler told him to hold Booth’s horse. When Burroughs replied, “I had to go in to attend my door,” Spangler told him he should hold the horse anyway and “if there was anything wrong to lay the blame on him.” During Booth’s escape from the theater, Spangler opened a rear door and Booth rushed out to the horse being held for him by Burroughs. Booth mounted the horse and disappeared into the Washington darkness.
— The concession operator at The Texas Theater where Oswald fled to was Butch Burroughs.

Interesting Note: When Oswald was captured at the Texas Theater, the movie playing was “War is Hell” starring Baynes Barron who was born on May 29, 1917, the same day and year President Kennedy was born – and roughly 200 miles away from each other.

Interesting Note: The phrase “War is hell” was coined by one of President Lincoln’s Civil War generals – William Tecumseh Sherman – whose capture of the city of Atlanta was such a military success it significantly contributed to the re-election of President Lincoln.

Interesting Note: The last movie which Kennedy saw in the White House before his ill-fated trip was ironically “From Russia With Love” on November 20, 1963. The Ian Fleming’s novel was also among Kennedy’s ten favorite books of all time according to Life Magazine. “From Russia With Love” was released with “War is Hell” as the second feature of a double bill.

— Booth shot the President in a theater and then fled to a warehouse (a tobacco barn).
— Oswald shot the President from a warehouse (a book depository) and then fled to a theater.

Interesting Note: Oswald entered the theater without paying and this aroused the suspicions of the theater manager which led to Oswald’s arrest and later murder by Jack Ruby.

— Booth suffered an injury while in a theater when trying to escape his captors. After shooting the president, Booth broke his left leg when he jumped from the presidential box fleeing Ford’s Theater.
— Oswald suffered an injury while in a theater when trying to escape his captors. After shooting the president, Oswald was punched in the face by a Dallas policeman when he attempted to flee the Texas Theater.

— Booth was detained by an officer named Baker. Lieutenant Luther B. Baker was the leader of the cavalry patrolman who detained Booth at Garrett’s barn.
— Oswald was detained by an officer named Baker. Officer Marrion Lewis Baker, a Dallas motorcycle patrolman, briefly detained Oswald on the second floor of the School-book Depository.

— Booth was briefly detained and released at the Navy Yard Bridge over the Anaconda River by an armed sentry named Sergeant Cross after shooting the President because the alarm for finding the assassin was not yet given. Booth was released after telling the sentry he was a legitimate resident of the area on the other side of the river.
— Oswald was briefly detained and released in the Texas School Book Depository by an armed policeman (Baker) after shooting the President because the alarm for finding the assassin was not yet given. Oswald was released by an policeman after being told he was a legitimate worker in the building.

— Booth was aided in his escape from Washington by Oswell Swann and Lewis Paine.
— Oswald got his job at the Texas School Book Depository with the help of Ruth Paine, his landlady.

— Booth escaped to Dr. Samuel Mudd‘s house where Mudd set, splinted and bandaged Booth’s leg.
— Emmy Award-winning journalist Roger Mudd is a descendent of Dr. Samuel Mudd. At the moment Oswald was shot, Roger Mudd was on television doing a news piece for CBS News. By the time Mudd was finished, CBS missed its live broadcast from the basement of the Dallas Police Department of Oswald being murdered.

10. Their Assassin’s Death

— Booth’s killer, Boston Corbett, was reared in the North (New York), was a private in the U.S. Army. Was thought to be psychotic and prone to violence. He was a bachelor who castrated himself “to avoid the temptations of prostitutes.” Read about the bizarre story of Boston Corbett.
— Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, was reared in the North (Illinois), was a private in the U.S. Army. He was thought to be psychotic and prone to violence. He was a bachelor who was purported to be a trafficker in prostitutes.

Boston Corbett had his name changed from Thomas Corbett.
Jack Ruby had his name changed from Jacob Rubenstein.

Booth was killed in the same month (April 26, 1865) as his victim (Lincoln) in a state (North Virginia) adjacent to the state of their birth (Maryland).
Oswald was killed in the same month (November 24, 1963) as his victim (Kennedy) in a state (Texas) adjacent to the state of their birth (Louisiana).

— Booth was killed with a single bullet from a Colt revolver and bled to death.
— Oswald was killed with a single bullet from a Colt revolver and bled to death.

Interesting Note: After Booth was shot, he begged the solders to tell his mother he died for his country. Then he asked the soldiers to lift his paralyzed hands to his face when he whispered his last words, “Useless, useless!”

Interesting Note: Oswald’s last words were, “There ain’t nobody gonna shoot me.” Moments later Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby.

Interesting Note: Single pistol bullets rarely kill their victims (Lattimer, p.363)

— Booth was killed in a blaze of light from a fire set in front of a burning barn.
— Oswald was killed in a blaze of light bulbs in front of television cameras.

— Booth died while in police custody before going to trial, before he could learn the full outcome of his murderous act, and before his version of events could be told.
— Oswald died while in police custody before going to trial, before he could learn the full outcome of his murderous act, and before his version of events could be told.

— Booth survived for about two hours after being shot.
— Oswald survived for about two hours after being shot.

— An autopsy was performed to validate Booth’s identity.
— An autopsy was performed to validate Oswald’s identity.

— Booth’s fame as Lincoln’s assassin came posthumously because Booth was killed before it was known for certain he was the assassin.
— Oswald’s fame as Kennedy’s assassin came posthumously because Oswald was killed before it was known for certain he was the assassin.

— Access to Booth’s body came under extremely tight security after the assassination. Even his family had unusual difficulty accessing his body..
— Access to Oswald’s body came under extremely tight security after the assassination. Even his family had unusual difficulty accessing his body.

— Some conspiracy theorists believed the “real” Booth was not buried in his grave. Years later, his body was exhumed for verification.
— Some conspiracy theorists believed the “real” Oswald was not buried in his grave. Years later, his body was exhumed for verification.

11. Their Funerals

— After Lincoln’s state funeral at the U.S. Capitol, the funeral procession with Lincoln’s body left Washington, D.C.
— For Kennedy’s state funeral, Jackie Kennedy insisted her husband’s funeral mirror Lincoln’s funeral as closely as possible.

Interesting Note: Jackie Kennedy consulted a book on Lincoln’s funeral to make her husband’s funeral as close as possible to his.

Interesting Note: Some of Lincoln’s hair was kept when he died. Some of it will be DNA tested to check for diseases Lincoln suffered from. Most of his hair is in a museum, but some was sealed in a ring which President Theodore Roosevelt wore during his Inauguration.

— In 1856, the construction of the U.S. Capitol Dome began and was occurring when the Civil War began. Construction was briefly halted but the President ordered it to continue because he believed its continuance was a symbol of continuity for the “Citizens of the Union.” Construction of the Capitol Dome was completed on December 2, 1863.
— The celebrations over the completion of the U.S. Capitol Dome was occurring when Kennedy was assassinated. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s printing of a historical guidebook was briefly halted but the Society’s President ordered it to continue after adding a tribute to Kennedy’s funeral in the Capitol Rotunda. Kennedy lie in state there on November 24, 1963 – almost exactly 100 years after its completion (99 years, 11 months, and 22 days).

— Lincoln’s funeral services were held in the East Room of the White House where all of the windows, mirrors and chandeliers were draped in black silk.
— Kennedy’s funeral services were held in the East Room of the White House where all of the windows, mirrors and chandeliers were draped in black silk.

— Lincoln’s casket was carried on a catafalque and caisson.
— Kennedy’s casket was carried on the same catafalque and caisson as Lincoln.

— Lincoln was buried in a mahogany casket.
— Kennedy was buried in a mahogany casket.

— Shortly after the funeral, Lincoln’s surviving family moved to Georgetown at 3014 N Street (Google map).
— Shortly after the funeral, Kennedy’s surviving family moved to Georgetown at 3017 N Street (Google map).

— In ’62, Lincoln lost a son (Willie) whose casket was exhumed and re-buried next to Lincoln.
— In ’63, Kennedy lost a son (Patrick) whose casket was exhumed and re-buried next to Kennedy.

— The Lincoln family was eventually all buried together except for one son (Robert Lincoln). The remains of Tad, Edward and Mary Todd were moved to be placed with Willie and Abraham in the family tomb in Springfield, Illinois. Robert oversaw the security of this tomb, but was buried somewhere else himself (Arlington National Cemetery) next to his son Abraham Lincoln II.
— The Kennedy family was eventually all buried together except for one son (John Kennedy, Jr.). Jackie Kennedy had the remains of her two infants (Patrick and Arabella) moved to Arlington Cemetery and herself buried there next to the President. John Kennedy, Jr. was buried somewhere else (at sea) because of Caroline’s concerns about any gravesite of his being defaced.

— Lincoln’s Presidential Memorial is geographically aligned with the Presidential Memorial of John Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery across from Memorial Bridge.
— Kennedy’s Presidential Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery is geographically aligned with the Presidential Memorial of Abraham Lincoln across from Memorial Bridge.

Interesting Note: On November 11, 1963, exactly eleven days before his assassination, while touring Arlington National Cemetery, Kennedy prophetically remarked: “The view up here is so beautiful. I could stay here forever.”

12. Their Vice Presidents

Andrew Johnson was the Vice President to President Lincoln. He was from the South in his mid-fifties who was older than the President.
Lyndon Johnson was the Vice President to President Kennedy. He was from the South in his mid-fifties who was older than the President.

Interesting Note: Lyndon Johnson was the first Vice-President from the South since Andrew Johnson – 100 years later.

— Andrew Johnson was born in ’08 not far from Johnson City, Tennessee, into a poor family.
— Lyndon Johnson was born in ’08 not far from Johnson City, Texas, into a poor family.

Andrew Johnson’s father worked as a janitor at the State Bank of North Carolina in Raleigh.
Lyndon Johnson’s father worked as a janitor at Southwest Texas State Teachers College.

— Andrew Johnson’s education was an important influence in his early adult years as a professional tailor.
— Lyndon Johnson’s education was an important influence in his early adult years as a professional teacher.

— Andrew Johnson was a large man who had two daughters and had urethral stones – one of two presidents to ever have them.
— Lyndon Johnson was a large man who had two daughters and had urethral stones – one of two presidents to ever have them.

— Andrew Johnson was an officer (Brigadier General) in the Civil War and a Southern Democrat who served in the House of Representatives in ’47 and was a former U.S. Senator.
— Lyndon Johnson was an officer (Lieutenant Commander) in World War II and a Southern Democrat who served in the House of Representatives in ’47 and was a former U.S. Senator.

— Andrew Johnson opposed efforts to abolish slavery throughout the ’40s and ’50s.
— Lyndon Johnson opposed black civil rights legislation throughout the ’40s and ’50s.

— Andrew Johnson was initiated as an Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft in Freemasonry. On May 5, 1851, Johnson was initiated at the Greeneville Masonic Lodge No. 119, in Greenville, Tennessee. After becoming president, Johnson became as Master Mason. In 1859, Johnson joined the Nashville York Rite Commandery of Knights Templar No. 1. In 1867, Johnson received the Scottish Rite degrees in a ceremony at the White House.
— Lyndon Johnson was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in Freemasonry. On October 30, 1937, Johnson was initiated at the Johnson City Masonic Lodge No. 561, in Johnson City, Texas. But a week after his initiation, he won an election as a Representative in Congress and his congressional duties took so much of his time he was unable to pursue advanced masonic degrees.

— During the election of ’60, in order to recapture Southern votes, Hershel V. Johnson (Governor of Georgia) was chosen as the Vice Presidential candidate with Stephen A. Douglas as the Presidential candidate.
— During the election of ’60, in order to recapture Southern votes, Lyndon B. Johnson (Senator from Texas) was chosen as the Vice Presidential candidate with John Kennedy as the Presidential candidate.

— Lincoln chose Johnson as a running mate with the goal of bringing more widespread appeal to his campaign – called ticket balance. Lincoln, a Northern abolitionist Republican, chose Johnson for his running mate mostly to appeal to Southern Democrats and Abolitionists.
— Kennedy chose Johnson as a running mate with the goal of bringing more widespread appeal to his campaign – called ticket balance. Kennedy, a Northern liberal Catholic Democrat, chose Johnson for his running mate to appeal to Southern Democrats and Protestants.

— Andrew Johnson became President, not by election, but because of the assassination of his predecessor. Johnson’s Presidency was overshadowed from the very beginning in comparison to one of the most impressive presidents in American history – Abraham Lincoln.
— Lyndon Johnson became President, not by election, but because of the assassination of his predecessor. Johnson’s Presidency was overshadowed from the very beginning in comparison to one of the most impressive presidents in American history – John F. Kennedy.

— President Andrew Johnson vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 during the time of Reconstruction but Republicans in Congress overrode the presidential veto.
— Senator Lyndon Johnson was responsible for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first civil rights legislation passed by the Senate since Reconstruction.

— Andrew Johnson was a heavy drinker and exhibited crude behavior on occasion.
— Lyndon Johnson was a heavy drinker and exhibited crude behavior on occasion.

Interesting Note: Johnson was the first and only Vice President to be drunk at his inauguration. His doctor had prescribed an alcoholic drink to relieve pain.

— Andrew Johnson was criticized for what many saw as his callous attitude towards President Lincoln immediately following the assassination.
— Lyndon Johnson was criticized for what many saw as his callous attitude towards President Kennedy immediately following the assassination.

— A conspiracy theory arose that Johnson was knowledgeable beforehand of the plot to assassinate the President. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln was rumored to have accused Johnson of playing a role the assassination plot. When Johnson assumed the Presidency after Lincoln’s assassination, he was distrusted by members of the dead President’s Cabinet.
— A conspiracy theory arose that Johnson was knowledgeable beforehand of the plot to assassinate the President. First Lady Jackie Kennedy was rumored to have accused Johnson of playing a role of the assassination plot. When Johnson assumed the Presidency after Kennedy’s assassination, he was distrusted by members of the dead President’s Cabinet.

— Andrew Johnson appointed a commission of inquiry into the assassination but covered up or suppressed incriminating evidence concerning the assassination.
— Lyndon Johnson appointed a commission of inquiry into the assassination but covered up or suppressed incriminating evidence concerning the assassination.

— Andrew Johnson was faced with the major task of dealing with the problems of a nation (i.e., America) geographically divided after the American Civil War.
— Lyndon Johnson was faced with the major task of dealing with the problems of a nation (i.e., Vietnam) geographically divided during the Vietnamese Civil War.

— Andrew Johnson had a volatile presidency culminating with impeachment and chose not to run for re-election in ’68 leaving the presidency in disgrace. Yet historians regard him as among the “most colorful” of American Presidents.
— Lyndon Johnson had a volatile presidency culminating with the unpopularity of his Vietnam policies and chose not to run for re-election in ’68 leaving the presidency in disgrace. Yet historians regard him as among the “most colorful” of American Presidents.

— Andrew Johnson was opposed for re-election by a man whose last name started with “G” (Grant).
— Lyndon Johnson was opposed for re-election by a man whose last name started with “G” (Goldwater).

Andrew Johnson died 10 years after the death of President Lincoln leaving no living former U.S. Presidents.
Lyndon Johnson died 10 years after the death of President Kennedy leaving no living former U.S. Presidents

13. Their Vice Presidents’ Successor

Ulysses S. Grant had a mother named Hannah and a father from Ohio who was a Methodist. Grant became a member of the Republican party and was elected President following an unpopular Democratic President whose last name was Johnson (Andrew).
Richard M. Nixon had a mother named Hannah and a father from Ohio who was a Methodist. Nixon became a member of the Republican party and was elected President following an unpopular Democratic President whose last name was Johnson (Lyndon).

— During the American Civil War, General Grant conducted a costly war of attrition against the Confederacy.
— During the Vietnam Civil War, President Nixon conducted a costly war of attrition against the Communists.

Interesting Note: John Brown, the abolitionist whose actions ignited the Civil War, once lived briefly in Ohio with Ulysses S. Grant’s father.

— Grant was elevated to the rank of a 5-star General – the highest ranking General in the U.S. Military. Grant was also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
— Nixon served directly under a 5-star General – the highest ranking General in the U.S. Military – Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower was also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

— In his ’68 campaign for President, Grant ran against a Democrat by the name of Horatio Seymour.
— In his ’68 campaign for President, Nixon ran against a Democrat by the name of Hubert Horatio Humphrey.

— Grant was elected President in ’68. He was re-elected in ’72. He became involved in a scandal in ’72. His administration was racked with scandals, most notably, the Whiskey Ring scandal. Notice the name of this scandal, “Whiskey Ring“, refers to a drink involving water.
— Nixon was elected President in ’68. He was re-elected in ’72. He became involved in a scandal in ’72. His administration was racked with scandals, most notably, the Watergate scandal. Notice the name of this scandal, “Watergate“, refers to a drink involving water.

— In ’60, a sitting Vice President named John C. Breckinridge ran against Abraham Lincoln.
— In ’60, Nixon became the first sitting Vice-President to run for President since John C. Breckinridge ran against Abraham Lincoln exactly 100 years prior.

— During Grant’s Presidency, members of his administration took part in illegal activities including tax evasion. Because of this, the term “Grantism” became a common term for political corruption and greed.
— During Nixon’s Presidency, members of his administration took part in illegal activities including tax evasion. Because of this, the term “Watergate” became a common term for political corruption and greed. Many scandals since Watergate have been labeled with the suffix “-gate” (e.g. “Troopergate”).

— Grant’s Vice President had an unusual name: Schuyler Colfax (pronounced “sky- ler cole-fax”).
— Nixon’s Vice President had an unusual name: Spiro Agnew. His birth name is Spyros Anagnostopoulos; but his Americanized name is pronounced “spear-o ag-new”.

— In ’73, Vice President Schuyler Colfax left office because he was not re-nominated for Vice President under Grant because of criminal charges committed before becoming Vice President.
— In ’73, Vice President Spiro Agnew left office and resigned under Nixon because of criminal charges committed before becoming Vice President.

— In ’73, William Richardson (1821-1896) was a cabinet secretary (Treasury) under Grant. Richardson was born in Massachusetts in ’21. He was a Republican who graduated from Harvard University. In ’74, Richardson was a prominent figure in a major scandal (the Sanborn Incident) and resigned from his position.
— In ’73, Elliot Richardson (1920-1999) was a cabinet secretary (Health, Education and Welfare) under Nixon. Richardson was born in Massachusetts in ’20. He was a Republican who graduated from Harvard University. In ’74, Richardson was a prominent figure in a major scandal (Watergate) and resigned from his position.

— In ’73, Henry Wilson succeeded Schuyler Colfax as Vice President. Then about one year later, Wilson died.
— In ’73, Gerald Ford succeeded Spiro Agnew as Vice President. The following year Nixon resigned causing Ford to resign the Vice Presidency and assume the Office of President without having ever been elected to that Office.

— Allegations of antisemitism were brought into question against President Grant mainly because of an anti-Semitic order he issued stating, “The Jews, as a class, violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department, and also Department orders, are hereby expelled from the Department.” Later, Grant maintained he was unaware a staff officer issued it in his name.
— Allegations of antisemitism were brought into question against President Nixon mainly because the Watergate tapes revealed anti-Semitic statements Nixon made. Nixon would repeatedly demand to know who in various government organizations was Jewish and said Washington and the IRS were “full of Jews.” When speaking of Jewish people in general, Nixon once said, “Most Jews are disloyal” and “you can’t trust those bastards”. However, several Jewish people worked for Nixon including Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, speechwriter Ben Stein, and economic adviser Herbert Stein.

— Grant wrote his autobiographical “Memoirs” which became an immediate bestseller and is considered among the greatest of military memoirs.
— Nixon wrote his autobiographical “Memoirs of Richard Nixon” which became a New York Times bestseller.

Interesting Note: Grant was defrauded of his estate which left him and his family completely destitute. His financial situation was so poor he had to resort to selling wartime souvenirs and swords to keep afloat. But with the help of his publisher, Mark Twain, Grant wrote his memoirs up to the very end of his life to leave some kind of financial legacy for his family. Grant died of throat cancer three days upon completion of his memoirs. When his memoir was published, it became a bestseller. Grant’s wife received a first royalty check of $200,000 and eventually received between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Grant remains the only U.S. President to die of cancer.

Interesting Note: President Richard Nixon was a tremendous admirer of President Woodrow Wilson. Nixon saw himself as the President who would establish Wilson’s vision of global stability and usher a new “Wilsonian” world order of security with the Russians and Chinese. So Nixon was very proud to use the historic “Wilson desk” for 13 years while Nixon served in the White House. But later research revealed the desk belonged to Henry Wilson, the Vice President of Ulysses Grant, and not Woodrow Wilson.

— Grant died in Wilton, New York.
— Nixon died in New York City, New York.

— President Grant was succeeded by RUTHERFORD Birchard Hayes.
— President Nixon was succeeded by Gerald RUDOLPH FORD.

14. Their Paranormal Experiences

— The famous astrologer, Dr. Luke Broughton, predicted the death of President Lincoln in a magazine article in 1864 using the infamous 20-year astrological cycle.
— The famous astrologer and psychic Jeane Dixon, predicted the death of the next U.S. President in Parade Magazine article in 1956. In a recurring vision, she would see a black cloud hovering over the White House and Kennedy, the ominous sign having first appeared to her clairvoyant sight 11 years before the fateful event. In another incident, during a meeting at the Ambassador Hotel, Jeane Dixon was asked if Robert Kennedy would ever become President. She responded, “No, he will never become President of the United States because of a tragedy right here in this hotel.” Twelve years later, Dixon’s prophecy was fulfilled in 1968 when Robert Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel.

Interesting Note: Weeks before Lincoln’s assassination, the psychic Charles J. Colchester warned Lincoln about a threat on his life. The medium became known to the Lincoln family after he was summoned by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln when she was looking to communicate with her dead 11-year-old son, Willie. But Colchester’s source for this information may not have been from psychic powers. Colchester happened to also be one of Booth’s drinking companions.

John Hogue (left) and Nostradamus (right)

— Nostradamus scholars believe Nostradamus wrote numerous quatrains pertaining to the future of the U.S. although the U.S. had not yet to come into existence in his time. One quatain appears to be a prophecy about Lincoln, his accomplishments and his greatness. “The old office (slavery), shall be brought down (the Civil War), by the coming of the great Legislator (Lincoln), He shall be good to the humble (his humble origins) but will vex the rebellious ones (the Confederacy), None like him shall ever be born on this earth.”
— According to Nostradamus scholar, John Hogue, Nostradamus may have given a prophecy about the rise and assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, and the psychic Jeane Dixon who predicted them all: “The great man (President Kennedy) will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt (a bullet from above), The evil deed predicted by the bearer (Jeane Dixon) of a petition (a warning). According to the prediction (by Dixon) another falls at night time (Robert Kennedy). Conflict in Reims (France), London, and pestilence in Tuscany.” According to Hogue, Nostradamus dates the time of the assassinations with conflict in France and London which refers to the student riots that occurred from 1968 to 1969. The “pestilence in Tuscany” refers to the 1966 Florence flood when authorities feared that pestilence in Tuscany would follow the disaster.

— Lincoln had numerous close brushes with death throughout his life. When he was 7 years old, he fell into a stream and almost drowned. Unable to swim, Lincoln was “almost dead” when his childhood friend pulled him out of the water with a stick. Then when Lincoln was 10 years old, he was kicked in the head by a horse and “apparently killed for a time” according to Lincoln. Then in July 1864, Confederate troops fired shots at him while he was visiting Fort Stevens. The man standing next to Lincoln was wounded. Then in August 1864, while riding a horse one evening alone, a “disloyal bushwhacker” fired a shot at Lincoln from around 50 yards away knocking his hat off. A bullet hole was later found in it. Then on March 17, 1865, John Wilkes Booth learned Lincoln would be attending a play near the Soldier’s Home. Booth assembled his team on a stretch of road near the Soldier’s Home in an attempt to kidnap him but Lincoln never showed up. The President had changed his plans at the last moment and attended a reception at the National Hotel in Washington where Booth was living at the time.
— Kennedy had a close brush with death in World War II when the PT-109 boat he commanded, along with a crew of 11 men, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. The explosion killed 2 of his men and Kennedy was thrown into the cockpit on his bad back and almost drowned. Despite a severely injured back, Kennedy led the surviving men on a week-long survival struggle. Swimming over vast distances, they found very little food or water on the series of tiny deserted islands they swam to. Despite his injuries, Kennedy towed one of his men for 3 miles with the strap of the man’s life jacket in his teeth. After 15 hours of swimming, they eventually found an island with several natives. Kennedy carved an SOS message on a coconut and handed it to one of the natives to take to another island with a PT base. The next day, help arrived and they were finally rescued.

— Did a “Lincoln curse” exist? Author Michael Williams makes the case for it in his book called “Stranger Than Fiction: The Lincoln Curse.” It is about the true mystery of how four American presidents were assassinated and each time a member of the Lincoln family (Robert Lincoln) was present.
— Did a “Kennedy curse” exist? Author Edward Klein makes the case for it in his book called “The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America’s First Family for 150 Years.” It is about the true mystery of how the Kennedy family was subjected to such a mind-boggling chain of assassinations and public calamities.

— Lincoln was a victim of the so-called “20-year Presidential Death Cycle” – also known as the “Tecumseh Curse” – which is a astrological conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter which occurs roughly every 20 years. In Lincoln’s case, his presidency began on March 4, 1861, during which the astrological conjunction occurred on October 25, 1861 which was 235 days into his presidency.
— Kennedy was a victim of the so-called “20-year Presidential Death Cycle” – also known as the “Tecumseh Curse” – which is a astrological conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter which occurs roughly every 20 years. In Kennedy’s case, his presidency began on January 20, 1961, during which the astrological conjunction occurred on February 18, 1961 which was 29 days into his presidency.

— Lincoln was the first U.S. President to be assassinated under the infamous 20-Year Presidential Death Cycle which ran for 120 years, beginning in 1840 and ending in 1960.
— Kennedy was the last U.S. President to be assassinated under the infamous 20-Year Presidential Death Cycle which ran for 120 years, beginning in 1840 and ending in 1960. It involved every U.S. President elected or re-elected in 20-year intervals beginning in 1840 had died in office 1840: William Harrison (pneumonia); 1860: Abraham Lincoln (assassination); 1880: James Garfield (assassination); 1900: William McKinley (assassination); 1920: Warren Harding (heart attack); 1940: Franklin Roosevelt (brain hemorrhage); 1960: John Kennedy (assassination).

— Spiritualist psychic Nettie Colburn Maynard once warned Lincoln, “The shadows others have told of, still hang over you.” Lincoln replied he received letters from spiritualists all over the country warning him of impending doom.
— British astrologer John Pendragon, in October 1963, wrote an urgent letter to President Kennedy warning him of impending doom. The letter was also published in Fate Magazine and was on the news stands that fateful day in Dallas. The letter stated, “I would not rule out the possibility of an attempted assassination or worse if he is caught off his guard. Mr. President, I am deeply concerned for your personal safety and would respectfully urge you to strengthen your bodyguard, especially when you are in the streets and other public places.”

— When Lincoln was 22 years old, he sought the advice of a “Negro oracle” (a Voodoo woman) while in New Orleans with his cousin John Hanks. Lincoln asked about “his history, his end, and his fate.” Gazing into Lincoln’s eyes she made the prophetic statement, “You will be President, and all the negroes will be free.” (Source: “Sketch of the Life of Abraham Lincoln” by Isaac N. Arnold, 31)
— The 20-Year Presidential Death Cycle ultimately broke with Ronald Reagan who was elected in 1980 and survived being shot in a March 1981 assassination attempt. It was no secret how the Reagan presidency was literally controlled by astrology and the astrological forces of the cosmos. The Reagans relied heavily on astrology in the making of important decisions in the White House. Reagan’s entire schedule was coordinated by an astrologer named Joan Quigley who planned almost all presidential travel, press conferences, and even the president’s cancer surgery based on astrology. Many astrologers credit the Reagans’ adherence to astrology for “breaking” the 20-year cycle.

— In 1864, Lincoln consulted a black prophetess in Georgetown about his future. She retired to a dark room to raise up mystic spirits to speak with them. Afterward, she returned and told Lincoln, “General Grant will capture Richmond, you will be the next President – but beware of Chase.” (Source: Sandburg, Carl. “Abraham Lincoln“, 496) Obviously, this prophecy became true. Salmon P. Chase was Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury till 1864, the year before Lincoln was assassinated. Chase had an insatiable desire for high office. Throughout his term as Treasury Secretary, Chase exploited his position to build up political support for another run at the Presidency in 1864 against Lincoln. He also tried to pressure Lincoln by repeatedly threatening resignation, which he knew would cause Lincoln difficulties with the Radical Republicans. In June 1864, Lincoln surprised Chase by accepting his fourth offer of resignation; perhaps as a result of the black prophetess’ warning.
— On May 27, 1968, Robert Kennedy, President Kennedy’s brother, gave a speech to the Voice of America and made this prophetic statement, “Things are moving so fast in race relations a Negro could be President in 40 years.” On November 4, 2008, the first black man was elected President – Barack Obama – exactly 40 years, 5 months, 9 days after Robert Kennedy gave this prophecy.

— Months before his death, Lincoln stated, “If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”
— Kennedy was once asked how, if given the choice, he would prefer to die. He replied, “You never know what’s hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.”

— Days before his assassination, Lincoln had a premonition of his death in a dream in which he saw himself dead in a coffin in the White House.
— Days before his assassination, Kennedy was given a premonition of his death from his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, who said his trip to Dallas could have tragic consequences and urged him not to go.

— Lincoln made a prophetic statement when he wrote to his wife to be watchful with their son Tad because Lincoln had experienced an “unpleasant” dream. On the day of his assassination, April 14, 1865, he was so troubled by a dream he actually discussed it at a Cabinet meeting. He told his colleagues he had seen himself sailing “in an indescribable vessel and moving rapidly toward an indistinct shore.”
— Kennedy made a prophetic statement on the day of his assassination. Kennedy said to Jackie and his personal advisor Ken O’Donnell, “You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President.”

Interesting Note: According to Jackie Kennedy, the President joked darkly about being assassinated after discussing Abraham Lincoln’s legacy with Princeton historian David Donald.

— Lincoln made a prophetic statement just hours before his death. He said to his bodyguard William H. Crook, “Crook, do you know I believe there are men who want to take my life? And I have no doubt they will do it … I know no one could do it and escape alive. But if it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it.”
— Kennedy made a prophetic statement just hours before his death. He said to his wife Jackie, “If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?”

Interesting Note: William Crook then advised Lincoln not to go that night to Ford’s Theatre, but Lincoln said he had promised his wife they would go. As Lincoln left for the theater, he turned to Crook and said, “Goodbye, Crook.” According to Crook, this was the first time he said that. Before, Lincoln had always said, “Good night, Crook.” Crook later recalled: “It was the first time that he neglected to say ‘Good Night’ to me and it was the only time that he ever said ‘Good-bye’. I thought of it at that moment and, a few hours later, when the news flashed over Washington that he had been shot, his last words were so burned into my being that they can never be forgotten.”

— Lincoln was haunted by a ghostly vision of himself which appeared to him on the evening of his Presidential election. While lying on a sofa, he glanced into a large opposing mirror across the room and saw a “ghostly double” image of himself. The ghostly face was paler than his actual image and the image disappeared when he stood up. The vision greatly disturbed him; but with all the election excitement, he dismissed it and laid back down on the sofa. But when glanced at the mirror again, the ghostly double image appeared again with the one face paler than the other. Startled, he stood up and the vision disappeared again. But when it returned once more, he became greatly distressed. A few days later he tried it again and the ghostly double image appeared again – for the last time. Lincoln told his wife about the haunting experience and she believed the vision was a sign he would be elected to a second term but would not survive it.
— In another prophetic statement just hours before his death, Kennedy saw a startling picture of himself in a full page ad in the Dallas newspaper published by Ted Dealey (as in Dealey Plaza). Kennedy’s picture was ominously bordered in black like an announcement of mourning. It was paid for by a major hate-Kennedy organization based in Dallas. It included a “Wanted for Treason” page complete with a “criminal profile” of Kennedy. Upon seeing the ad, Kennedy’s face turned grim and he turned to his wife and said they were “heading into nut country today.” Later, still fuming from what he saw, Kennedy said to one of his aides, “You know who’s responsible for that ad? Dealey.” Then he said something derogatory about Dealey. Hours later, he was assassinated in Dealey Plaza.

— When the President’s wife (Mary Todd Lincoln) was a young girl, she predicted she would grow up to be the wife of a U.S. President. It happened just as she predicted it would.
— When the President’s Vice President (Lyndon Johnson) was a young boy, his grandfather predicted Lyndon would grow up to be a U.S. Senator. It happened just as he predicted it would.

— The mother of President Lincoln’s assassin described having a nightmare while dozing beside the cradle of her infant son, John Wilkes Booth. She watched the infant’s hand as it suddenly grew to gigantic size and became the grotesque paw of a monster. Later in life, when John Wilkes was a student at a Quaker School in Cockeysville, Maryland, John Wilkes and some of his friends paid a visit to an old gypsy palm reader who told him, “Oh, you have a bad hand. It is full of trouble and sorrow. You’ll die young and you’ll make a bad end. Young sir, I have never seen a worse hand. You’d best try to escape by turning missionary or priest.” Asia Booth, John Wilkes’ sister, recorded both of these prophecies.
— The wife of President Kennedy, Jacqueline had a recurring nightmare of her son, John Jr., dying in a plane crash. On July 16, 1999, her nightmare came true when John Jr. was killed in a plane crash at sea.

— There have been several reports from credible people who have seen the ghosts of former Presidents haunting the White House. The most popular and most observed ghost is of President Lincoln. Lincoln’s ghost, also known as “The White House Ghost,” is said to have haunted the White House since his assassination.
— President Kennedy was an avid “history buff” and read books on history including ones about President Lincoln. Kennedy frequently said he believed in life after death and claimed to have regularly sought Lincoln’s advice on matters of utmost importance.

15. Their Highly Unusual Experiences

(1) John Wilkes Booth’s Brother Saved the Life of Abraham Lincoln’s Son

Shortly before Lincoln’s assassination, the brother of John Wilkes Booth (Edwin Booth) saved the life of Robert Lincoln (the son of President Lincoln on a train platform in Jersey. Upon turning to thank his rescuer he saw it was the famous actor Edwin Booth whose face was well known to him. Robert expressed his gratitude to him and called him by name. Because of his heroic action, Edwin Booth was invited to give a command performance in the White House and was forever after a Lincoln sympathizer although he was raised in the South. At the time, Booth was unaware the man whose life he had saved on the train platform had been the President’s son. After Lincoln’s assassination, the incident was said to have been of some comfort to Edwin Booth following his brother’s assassination of the President.

(2) Ford’s Theater Collapsed on the Day of John Wilkes Booth’s Brother’s Funeral Killing 22 People

There is another unusual connection involving Edwin Booth occurred around the time of his death on June 7, 1893. Two days later, at the very moment Edwin’s casket was being carried from the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, all three floors of Ford’s Theater collapsed killing 22 people and injuring 68 others.

(3) Robert Lincoln, the Son of Abraham Lincoln, Was Associated With the Assassinations of 4 U.S. Presidents and 1 New York City Mayor

President #1: Abraham Lincoln

Robert Lincoln was invited to accompany his parents, President Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, to the Ford’s Theater on the night his father was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. Citing fatigue from riding in a covered wagon for an extended period of time, Robert declined and remained behind at the White House where he immediately went to bed. He was informed of the President’s assassination just before midnight.

President #2: James Garfield

At President Garfield‘s invitation, Robert Lincoln was at the Sixth Street Train Station in Washington, D.C. where President Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881. Robert Lincoln was an eyewitness to the event and was serving as Garfield’s Secretary of War at the time.

President #3: William McKinley

At President McKinley‘s invitation, Robert Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, where McKinley was shot by Leon F. Czolgosz on September 6, 1901 although he was not an eyewitness to the event. After McKinley’s death, Lincoln let it be known he wanted no further invitations from any U.S. President. Interestingly enough, Robert Lincoln would not have been able to attend these events had not John Wilkes Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, saved his life years earlier.

Mayor #1: William Jay Gaynor

Robert Lincoln witnessed the assassination attempt on New York Mayor William Jay Gaynor on August 9, 1910. After Gaynor was shot, Robert Lincoln rushed to his aide.

President #4: John F. Kennedy

Robert Lincoln chose as his grave site a nice quiet spot in Arlington Cemetery. In 1926, Robert Lincoln died and was buried in that spot. Then, in November 1963, a military honor guard carried yet another assassinated President, John F. Kennedy, and laid him to rest just yards away from Lincoln.

(4) A 1864 New York City Terrorist Attack Involved John and Robert Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, the Booth Brothers, and the Warren Commission

Confederate agents planned a desperate act of terrorism in New York City for Election Day, 1864 to disrupt elections by firebombing a large number of the city’s hotels. The Lincoln administration knew about the plot through a Union double agent. The New York City Superintendent of Police, John A. Kennedy, believed the plot to be a hoax; but on November 25, 1864, the firebombing began. At the exact same time, three famous acting brothers, Edwin Booth, Junius Booth, and John Wilkes Booth were performing together for one day only in New York City at the Winter Garden Theatre in a Shakespeare’s play about the assassination of Julius Caesar. The terrorist act failed and only one of the Confederate agents was apprehended, namely Robert C. Kennedy, who had escaped six weeks earlier from Johnson’s Island Prison. Robert C. Kennedy’s trial was presided over by the Warren Commission of General Fitz-Henry Warren which lasted 23 days. Robert C. Kennedy was hanged on March 25, 1865 and was the last Confederate soldier executed by the Union.

(5) John Kennedy Thwarted an Assassination Plot Against Abraham Lincoln

New York Police Superintendent John A. Kennedy played a role in President Abraham Lincoln’s protection during his 1861 inaugural train trip and in the investigation immediately following Lincoln’s assassination. Kennedy was so influential in his role in protecting the President that Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of State, telegraphed Kennedy roughly three hours after Lincoln was assassinated. In 1951, John A. Kennedy was the subject of a movie called “The Tall Target” based on his role in protecting President Lincoln. Actor Dick Powell starred in the role of Kennedy who foils an assassination plot against Lincoln.

16. Links To More Resources

Abraham Lincoln Links:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum – (alplm.org)
Abraham Lincoln Research site – (rogerjnorton.com)
Abraham Lincoln Assassination site – (rogerjnorton.com)
Abraham Lincoln Mega-links page – (rogerjnorton.com)
Mary Todd Lincoln Research site – (rogerjnorton.com)
The Lincoln Institute – (abrahamlincoln.org)
Abraham Lincoln Association – (abrahamlincolnassociation.org)
Abraham Lincoln Institute – (lincoln-institute.org)
Lincoln / NET – (lincoln.lib.niu.edu)
The Lincoln Log – (thelincolnlog.org)
Lincoln Archives – (lincolnarchives.us)
Lincolniana Blog – (lincolniana.blogspot.com)
Lincoln Images – (lincolnimages.com)
Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln – (wikipedia.org)
Lincoln Timeline – (historyplace.com)
YouTube Videos about Abraham Lincoln – (youtube.com)
History Channel: Abraham Lincoln – (history.com)
Library of Congress: Abraham Lincoln – (loc.gov)
Abraham Lincoln Online – (abrahamlincolnonline.org)

John F. Kennedy Links

JFK Presidential Library and Museum – (jfklibrary.org)
National Archives: JFK Assassination – (archives.gov)
Wikipedia: John F. Kennedy – (wikipedia.org)
List of the Best JFK Assassination sites – (mcadams.posc.mu.edu)
History Channel: John F. Kennedy – (history.com)
YouTube Videos about JFK – (youtube.com)
The Sixth Floor Museum – (jfk.org)
Mary Ferrell Foundation on JFK – (maryferrell.org)

Synchronicity and Coincidence Links

Wikipedia article on Synchronicity – (wikipedia.org)
Wikipedia Category on Synchronicity – (wikipedia.org)
Carl Jung on Synchronicity – (carl-jung.net)
Synchronicity Times Online Magazine – (synchronicitytimes.com)
Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal – (bibliotecapleyades.net)
C.G. Jung’s Synchronicity and Quantum Entanglement – (academia.edu)
20 Most Amazing Coincidences – (oddee.com)
29 Coincidences You Won’t Believe Happened – (cracked.com)
6 Insane Coincidences You Won’t Believe – (cracked.com)
6 Random Coincidences That Created The Modern World – (cracked.com)
The 5 Most Mind-Blowing Coincidences of All Time – (cracked.com)
10 Incredible Coincidences

17. Conclusion

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” – William Shakespeare

A good analogy of the way reincarnation works can be found in the movie “Groundhog Day” starring funny man Bill Murray. In the movie, Bill Murray played a man who suddenly discovered that he’s continuously reliving the same day over and over again. Every day was identical to the one before it with the same events happening and the same people saying the same things. The only difference was the man played by Bill Murray who remembered all the previous days and therefore learned to adapt to his strange situation. The allegory to reincarnation is how, with each succeeding lifetimes, we must face the same situations and problems that we did in previous lives until we learn from them and overcome them by finally “getting it right.” Where reincarnation differs from the movie analogy is that, unlike Bill Murray’s character, we do not retain our memories of previous lifetimes at the conscious level. We enter each lifetime with a “clean slate” at the conscious level. But at the subconscious and “superconscious” level our past life memories are retained. NDEs reveal that Earth is a “World-School” – a “School of Hard Knocks” – of which we come to learn important lessons. The reason we don’t retain our past life memories at the conscious level is the same reason that students in school are not given the answers to an examination before they take it. It appears that this is the ideal way of learning in the physical realm.

So this is why it is said that history tends to repeat itself. And those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Concerning divine justice, Jesus said that those who “live by the sword will die by the sword.” This is an excellent definition of “karma” and it means that those who do not overcome their problems in one lifetime will have to face these same problems in a future lifetime.

The best example that I am aware of which shows how history repeats itself can be found in the lives of President Abraham Lincoln and President John F. Kennedy. Their lives had so many similarities that, in my opinion, they provide strong circumstantial evidence supporting the reality of reincarnation. According to the laws of probabilities, it is difficult to dismiss these similarities as pure coincidence. These similarities strongly suggests to me that President Kennedy was in fact the reincarnation of President Lincoln. Read the evidence in this article and decide for yourself.

The plethora of highly unusual connections between Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy cannot be skeptically dismissed as mere coincidence. The evidence presented in this article points to a very special type of transpersonal phenomenon. In analytical and transpersonal psychological terms, events occurring simultaneously which have no causal relationship yet have a very strong relationship in terms of meaning which reveals the existence of some hidden “acausal” connection is referred to as “synchronicity” – a word coined by the pioneering psychologist and near-death experiencer Carl Jung. The inspiration for Jung’s research into synchronicity was an actual event that happened to Jung while one of his patients was telling him of an impressive dream she had the night before. As she was telling Jung about how someone in her dream had given her a costly piece of jewelery in the form of a golden scarab (a beetle), Jung heard something behind him out of her view which was gently tapping on the window. Jung turned around and opened the window and immediately caught the large insect that flew in. It was a scarabaeid beetle, or common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), whose gold-green color most nearly resembles that of a golden scarab. Jung handed the beetle to his patient with the words, “Here is your scarab.”

By studying synchronistic patterns between the lives of two people, researchers have found underlying evidence suggestive of reincarnation. Dr. Ian Stevenson, for example, studied children with past life memories who had synchronistic evidence to support it – such as an unusual birthmark correlating with the child’s past life memory. Cases of synchronicity have been well documented throughout history; but in my opinion, there is no greater historical example of synchronicity and reincarnation than the lives of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. To examine Stevenson’s scientific evidence suggestive of reincarnation, visit the main reincarnation section of this website. The near-death experience itself offers many insights into the mechanics of reincarnation.

According to ancient religious traditions, this underlying, hidden law of “cause and effect” is known as “karma” and it expresses itself through reincarnation. It is the law of “divine justice” found in many religions and is described as “an eye for eye, a tooth for tooth,” or “all who draw the sword, will die by the sword,” or “a man reaps what he sows.” But common sense tells us many people have “drawn the sword” and have gotten away with it scot-free. The logical conclusion is such people must “die by the sword” in some future lifetime. Divine justice demands when we do unto others, the same will eventually be done to us – for the purpose of spiritual instruction. Karma is also popularly known as the principle of “what goes around, comes around” or when something “comes full circle” or “violence begets violence.” In everyday terms, karma is like the impersonal law of gravity: what goes up must come down. Apparently, this law of cause and effect exists more for educational purposes rather than a form of punishment as many near-death experiencers have learned.

Modern physics is also getting in on the act. Following discussions with both Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli, two founding fathers of quantum theory, Carl Jung believed there were parallels between synchronicity and the relativity of time and its connection to consciousness. Some physicists also see a theoretical grounding for synchronicity in quantum physics, fractal geometry, chaos theory and consciousness. Scientists are discovering how objective reality is more of an illusion than subjective reality. At deeper levels, everything – atoms, cells, molecules, plants, animals, and people – participate in a connected flowing web of information. At the quantum level, the observer becomes a part of the reality he or she observes and the distinction between observer and object disappears. Space and time are concepts we bring with us to the quantum level but they do not seem to objectively exist there. If they do, they are created only by means of our observation and our measurements which has subjective meaning only to us but not at the quantum level. Time flows both forward and backward symmetrically according to relativity which is suggestive of the reality of time travel. And because all matter is mostly composed of empty space (including our brains and bodies), due to the structure of atoms held together by atomic energy, a metaphysical case can be made about how we are mostly composed of “spirit” — an energy which can neither be created or destroyed only transformed. At the quantum level, location becomes nonlocal where everything can be thought of as being in no particular place at no particular time. What we see “out there” has more to do with our own consciousness and subjective experience than anything which might be out there. In light of these findings, we must conclude the notion of objective reality is in error. The study of physics has extended into the study of our own minds.

There is also the quantum theory of superposition which is a condition where matter can exist in more than one dimension at the same time, such as in parallel universes. Both of these concepts in physics can be used to develop a theory of reincarnation. Physicists have demonstrated how two particles can be separated from each other — even billions of light-years away — a change in one particle instantly creates a simultaneous change in the other particle as if they were connected somehow. This phenomenon called “quantum entanglement” which Einstein called “spooky actions from a distance” and is suggestive of an underlying reality which physicists have not yet been able to explain although there are many theories. One of the most compelling theories is called the holographic principle which defines the universe as a single, gigantic hologram where everything is connected to everything else including our minds. Metaphysically speaking, our brains generate mental pictures in the form of holograms commonly known as our “mind’s eye.” The holonomic brain theory originated from one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, David Bohm, and neurophysiologist Karl Pribram who independently (i.e., synchronistically) arrived at holographic models of the universe and mind at the same time. This holographic model may be the basis for all mystical experiences. The holographic model is part of a new emerging paradigm called “holism” (the opposite of reductionism) and is the idea that natural systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) and their properties, should be viewed as wholes, not the sum of its parts. A corresponding theory of consciousness (known as “Orch-OR“) was developed by the joint work of theoretical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose, and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff. Like David Bohm and Karl Pribram before them, Penrose and Hameroff developed their theories quite separately from one another (i.e., synchronistically). Penrose approached the problem of consciousness from the view point of mathematics, while Hameroff approached it from his career in anesthesia which gave him an interest in brain structures. These scientific theories can be used to develop a quantum theory of reincarnation.

Jung theorized how synchronicity serves a role similar to dreams, with the purpose of shifting a person’s egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness. Jung was transfixed by the idea of life not being a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order, which he and Wolfgang Pauli referred to as “one world” — a term referring to the concept of an underlying unified reality of the universe from which everything emerges and returns to. Jung believed this principle of an underlying “world” can express itself through synchronicity and reincarnation and is the basis for quantum mysticism, quantum mind and quantum cognition. Quantum consciousness is the theory of the existence of an underlying consciousness or intelligence connecting everyone, based on the fact quantum fields can be interpreted as extending infinitely in space. Jung referred to this connection between all lives as the “collective unconscious.” These theories also support the ideas of a many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and its corresponding many-minds theory – both of which means everything could well be anywhere at the same time. Quantum immortality is theoretically possible which also means reincarnation is theoretically possible.

In conclusion, quantum mechanics may offer a mechanism for the survival of personality by which memories and emotions could carry over from one life to another. Because the act of observation causes waves of light to become particles, consciousness may not be merely a by-product of the physical brain but rather a nonlocal entity in the universe which influences the physical. If we view consciousness as a fundamental, non-physical, part of the universe it becomes possible to conceive of consciousness continuing to exist after the death of the physical brain. A good analogy of this is the relationship between a television set and the television transmission; the television is required to decode the signal, but it does not create the signal. In a similar way the brain may be required for consciousness to express itself, but may not be the source of consciousness. And because there are so many theories in physics supporting possible theories of reincarnation — not to mention the other fields of research — it is safe to assume reincarnation is certainly within the realm of possibilities.

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After-Death Communications

According to ground-breaking after-death communications (ADCs) researchers Bill and Judy Guggenheim (www.after-death.com), ADCs are defined as:

“A spiritual experience that occurs when someone is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died. An ADC is a direct experience because no psychics, mediums, therapists, rituals, or devices are involved. And an ADC is a spontaneous event because our deceased loved ones always choose when, where, and how they will contact us.”

Their research was published in their book “Hello From Heaven: A New Field of Research, After-Death Communication Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal“. The authors’ research confirms that these spiritual experiences offer hope, love, and comfort for thousands of people. More than 350 first-hand accounts of those whose lives have been changed and even protected by messages or signs from the deceased are documented in their book. The Guggenheims conservatively estimate at least 60 million Americans — or 20% of the population of the United States — have had one or more ADC experiences. And some polls indicate the actual numbers are double these figures — that more than 125 million Americans, or 43% of the population, have had an ADC. As a result, after-death communications appear to be the most common form of spiritual experiences that people have. If you had an ADC and would like to share it with the world — or if you would like to read more ADC testimonies — visit Dr. Jeffrey and Jody Long’s After-Death Communication Research Foundation website (ADCRF.org).

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to After-Death Communications (ADCs)
  2. The Twelve Types of ADCs
  3. The Most Frequent Messages Expressed During an ADC
  4. Recommended Steps For Inducing an ADC
  5. Examples of actual cases of ADCs reported in the Guggenheim study
    a. Tragedy Foretold: A Visual ADC
    b. More Than One Witness: An Example of a Verified Visual ADC
    c. A Sinner Goes To Heaven: A Visual ADC
    d. Healing a Vengeful Heart: A Visual ADC
    e. An Experience Validated: A Visual ADC
    f. A Dream of Hope: An ADC During Sleep
    g. Excessive Grief Holds a Loved One Back: Hearing a Voice ADC
    h. Stepping Into a Vision: An Out-of-Body ADC
  6. More Examples of Types of ADCs Reported in the Guggenheim Study
    a. OBE ADCs: Out-of-Body Communications
    b. Evidential ADCs: Communications of Validation
    c. ADCs for Protecting the Living from Harm
    d. Prophetic Death ADCs: Receiving Information of Death in Advance
    e. Visual ADCs of Partial Appearances
    f. Visual ADCs of Full Appearances
    g. ADCs of Physical Phenomenon: Poltergeist Activity
    h. Fearful ADCs: Unintentional Fearful Contact
    i. Symbolic ADCs: Butterflies, Rainbows and Synchronicity
    j. Olfactory ADCs: Smelling Their Fragrance
    k. Auditory ADCs: Hearing Their Voice
    l. Tactile ADCs: Feeling Their Touch
    m. Telephone ADCs: Phone Calls from Beyond
    n. Sleep-State ADCs: Contact During Dreams
  7. Kevin Williams and his family’s ADCs of their mother

1. Introduction to After-Death Communications (ADCs)

Have you been contacted by a loved one who has died? An after-death communication (ADC) is defined as an experience occurring when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a loved one who has died. ADCs are probably as old as human history and may explain why ancient cavemen buried their dead in ways suggesting they were aware of their afterlife. However, the Guggenheim’s study of ADCs during the twentieth century was the first complete study and analysis of this phenomenon. ADCs are extremely common all over the world and are discussed openly and freely. Between 1988 and 1995, the Guggenheim’s interviewed 2,000 people from all over the U.S. and Canada, ranging in age from children to the elderly, who experienced an ADC. They came from diverse educational, social, economic, religious, occupational backgrounds. The Guggenheim’s conservative estimate is that at least 50 million Americans (or 20% of the population) have had one or more ADC experiences. In their study, they collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts of ADCs from people who spontaneously and directly had such communications. No third parties such as hypnotists, psychics, mediums, or devices of any kind were involved.

2. The twelve types of ADCs

Based upon the Guggenheim’s ADC research, below are the 12 most frequent types of ADCs people report having with their deceased loved ones:

  1. Sensing a Presence: This is the most common form of contact. However, many people generally discount such experiences, thinking it is just their imagination. But ADCs are the sudden, distinct feeling that a deceased loved one is nearby even though they cannot be seen or heard. ADCs are usually felt during the days and weeks immediately after the death; but people can have them months and even years later.
  2. Hearing a Voice: Some people report hearing an external voice; the same voice heard when the person was alive and speaking to them. The majority of such communications occur through telepathy where the voice of the loved one is heard in the mind and not audible to others. When two-way communications are involved, they are usually through telepathy and an entire conversation is possible this way.
  3. Feeling a Touch: This type of ADC involves feeling a loved one touching you with their hand, or placing their arm around your back or shoulders for reassurance and comfort. It may feel like a caress, a tap, a stroke, a pat, a kiss, or even a hug. These are all forms of love, affection, and nurturing. Often times such reassurances occur when the deceased loved one is aware of the tremendous grief from the one being touched.
  4. Smelling a Fragrance: Sometimes the ADC occurs by means of a sudden sense of smelling the fragrance of your loved one’s favorite cologne, after-shave lotion, or perfume. Other common fragrance reported are: flowers (especially roses), bath powders, tobacco products, favorite foods, and his or her personal scent. The human sense of smell is the best source for memories no matter how distant.
  5. Visual Experiences: ADCs such as these include a wide variety of visual experiences and are divided into two categories: partial visualizations and full visualizations. Such appearances can range from seeing a “transparent mist” to seeing an “absolutely solid” vision of a loved one with many gradations in between. It may be only the head and shoulders of a loved one, or it may be a full appearance where the entire body can appear completely solid. Some visual ADCs occur in the bedroom, next to or at the foot of the bed. Other such ADCs can occur virtually anywhere. The loved one typically expresses love and reassurance with a radiant smile and often with a bright light surrounding them. Loved ones who died from devastating illnesses or accidents, even with missing limbs or demented minds, virtually always appear healed and whole regardless of how they died. In such cases, the loved one often appears visually in order to communicate this message. Verbal communication may also take place, but not always.
  6. Visions: These ADCs occur where an image of a deceased loved one can be seen as a “photo” either two-dimensionally or three-dimensional like a hologram. They may also appear as a movie suspended in the air. Visions such as these usually occur in radiant colors either externally with your eyes open or internally in your mind. Audio communication may occur, especially while meditating.
  7. Twilight Experiences: Such ADCs occur while the experiencer is in an alpha brain-wave state: such as when waking up, or just falling asleep, praying or meditating. This type of ADC may involve any or all of the above types of ADCs while in this state of consciousness.
  8. ADCs During Sleep: Sleep-state ADCs are much more lucid, vivid, intense, colorful, and real than normal dreams; and they are very common. Both one-way and two-way communications can occur and are typical. Usually the loved one is there with you in person in a dream situation rather than in a more usual dream experience. These ADCs are not symbolic, confusing, jumbled or fragmented as usual dreams are.
  9. Out-of-Body ADCs: These ADCs occur while you are asleep or in a meditative state and involve a dramatic out-of-body experience where you visit your loved one lives in the afterlife. These are extremely intense, lucid and resemble near-death experiences. The afterlife environment usually contain beautiful flowers, butterflies, colorful bushes and trees, radiant lighting, otherworldly representations of nature and are filled with love, joy and happiness.
  10. Telephone Calls: Strange as it may seem, this type of ADCs can occur while asleep or wide awake. The phone rings and you answer it. Then you hear a loved one giving you a short message. Two-way conversations have been reported. The loved one’s voice will usually be clear but may seem far away. If you are awake when it occurs, you will probably not hear a disconnect sound or a dial tone when the call is completed.
  11. Physical Phenomena: People who are bereaved often report receiving a wide variety of physical signs from their loved one including: lights blinking on and off; mechanical objects being turned on; photographs and various other items being moved or turned over; or a wide variety of so-called poltergeist activity.
  12. Symbolic ADCs: People frequently ask God or their loved one for a sign they still exist. Many report receiving such a sign, though it may take some time to arrive. Occasionally these signs are so subtle they may be overlooked, or they may be discounted as a mere coincidence. Common signs include: butterflies, rainbows, many species of birds and animals, flowers, and a variety of inanimate objects such as coins and pictures.

3. The most frequent messages expressed during an ADC

According to the Guggenheim’s research, the purpose of these visits and signs from the “Other Side” are to give comfort and reassurance to surviving families or friends who are grieving. They want to convey the message that they’re still alive, that you’ll be reunited with them when it’s your time to die, and they’ll be there to greet you when you do. The most frequent messages expressed verbally or non-verbally during an ADC include the following:

“I’m okay … I’m fine … Everything is okay … Don’t worry about me … Don’t grieve for me … Please let me go … I’m happy … Everything will be all right … Go on with your life … Please forgive … Thank you … I’ll always be there for you … I’m watching over you … I’ll see you again … I love you … Good-bye”

You may be asked to pass along a message to somebody else. The Guggenheims recommend writing down such messages verbatim and to hand deliver it, if possible. Such an action may help the recipient far more than one realizes.

Nearly all ADCs reported are joyful and uplifting encounters that can reduce grief, provide lasting comfort and hope, and accelerate emotional and spiritual healing. The Guggenheims encourage people to trust their own experiences and to accept them as being authentic afterlife communications. People who are aware of this ADC phenomenon generally have no trouble accepting and dealing with it. Unfortunately, some people react with fear when they have such an experience which usually stems from ignorance. They may be startled by the “paranormal” aspect of it, or fear they are “losing their mind” or “going crazy.” Other people might find it difficult to incorporate their ADC with their philosophical, religious, or non-religious beliefs.

Obviously, not everyone are not always contacted by a loved one who has died. The reasons for this are unknown; but it appears that anger, fear, and prolonged grief can inhibit the possibility of having one.

4. Recommended steps for inducing an ADC

Based upon the Guggenheim’s ADC research, they recommend the following:

a. Ask for a sign from heaven that your deceased loved one continues to exist.

b. Pray for them and others who are affected by the death, including yourself.

c. Learn how to meditate, especially if you are recently bereaved or have unresolved grief. Meditation enables a person to relax and soften any negative feelings you may have. It reduces depression, improves your ability to function, and facilitates the healing process. Deep relaxation exercises also allows a person to get in touch with their inner self and intuitive senses. You may even have an ADC while meditating.

The Guggenheim’s ADC research reveals how ADCs are a natural and normal part of life. ADCs have been recorded in ancient religious texts such as the Bible where they are mostly mentioned as dream state ADCs. The Book of Revelation appears to be the record of an out-of-body ADC where John of Patmos is actually taken to heaven. ADCs deserve to have the same common knowledge and acceptance as NDEs. For most people, an ADC from a deceased loved one is a profound and sacred experience that will be cherished for the rest of their lives. ADCs can also expand one’s understanding of life, death, and life after death. They are consistent in communicating this critical spiritual message: “Life and love lasts forever and does not end with death.”

Another technique to induce ADCs is a method discovered by Dr. Allan Botkin (www.induced-adc.com). He began experimenting with variations of a relatively new and very powerful psychological treatment called Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He discovered, by accident, how one variation of EMDR reliably induces an experience almost all patients believed was authentic spiritual contact with the deceased. Dr. Botkin believes the most important aspect of this discovery is its clinical application: it simply works and it gives relief to people who are suffering from the loss of a loved one.

5. Examples of actual cases of ADCs reported in the Guggenheim study

a. Tragedy foretold: a visual ADC experience

Christine Baker, a 37 year old real estate manager in Florida, had a blessing of compassion bestowed upon her at the precise instant she truly needed it. Here is what she experienced:

Our fourteen-year-old daughter, Heather, was spending the night at her girlfriend’s house. My husband and I had gone to bed at 11:00. I was asleep when the telephone rang and woke me up about 1:00. A dispatcher on the other end said, “Mrs. Baker, the police are at your front door. Would you please answer it?”

I said, “Okay,” and hung up the phone and kind of just sat there on the side of the bed. I was thinking, “Did I leave the light on in the car or what?”

I put my robe on and was zipping it up as I got to the door of our bedroom. In the hallway, I could see Heather and her grandfather, whom she had been very close to. But he had been dead for six years! They were standing in the air, and he had his arm around her. They were very solid, and I could see them just as clear as day. It stunned me! I kind of shook my head and thought, “Why am I seeing Dad with Heather?”

Then Dad said, “She’s okay, Baby. I have her. She’s fine!”

He was my father-in-law and he always called me “Baby.” It was his voice – I could hear him. Dad was smiling at me and was very peaceful. They were both very happy. I shook my head again in amazement.

The minute I opened the front door, the police were standing there, and they asked me to sit down. I said, “Tell me what’s wrong. Please, just tell me!”

They told me Heather had been killed in a tragic car accident. I realized later that Dad was trying to lessen the blow for me, and I knew Heather must be with him. This experience has helped me in accepting the loss of my only child.

b. More than one witness: an example of a verified visual ADC

Benjamin, age 21, works in the publishing business in Iowa. He and his wife, Mollie, age 20, reported having a virtually identical after-death communication with his mother just a few days after she died of cancer.

Mollie’s Testimony:

The night of his mother’s funeral, my husband, Ben, and I went to her house and visited with his family. We were there quite late. As we got back in the car, I looked at the front door. I saw his mother standing in the open doorway waving good-bye to us! She looked very peaceful, very healthy, and younger. In times past, when we would visit her, she always stood by that door and waved good-bye. So this was just like she had done many times before.

I looked over to Ben and said, “Did you …?” and he started crying real hard. I realized we had both seen his mother at the same time, but Ben wasn’t able to speak. As soon as I looked over to him, she was gone.

I think the reason I was allowed to see his mother was for confirmation for Ben so he would know she was not a figment of his imagination.

Benjamin’s Testimony:

The day of my mother’s funeral, my wife, Mollie, and I visited my cousin and her husband at Mother’s house. We stayed well into the night, and then Mollie and I got into the car. I put the key in the ignition, and as I did I looked up. About ten yards away, I saw my mother standing in the doorway behind the clear glass storm door! She would always stand in the doorway out of kindness and courtesy to make sure we had gotten safely to the car. This was a common practice of hers – I had seen it a thousand times.

The inside door was open so the light from the house was illuminating Mother from the back, and the porch light was illuminating her from the front. She appeared to be in good health and was very solid. She was there waving good-bye. She seemed relieved – less tired, less stressful. I got the definite impression that this was a “don’t worry” type of message.

Instantly, I had a tremendous physical feeling, almost like being pinned to the ground. It was like a wave came over me and went completely through me from head to toe. It seemed like an eternity, yet it seemed like a split second. I tried to speak but I couldn’t. At the same time, Mollie said, “Ben, I just saw your mother in the doorway!”

I bowed my head and said, “So did I,” and I began to cry.

That was the first time I had shed any tears over my mother’s death. I have never wept so hard in my entire life. And I felt a sense of relief, like “good-bye for now.”

c. A sinner goes to heaven: a visual ADC

Emily, an office manager in New York, was deeply concerned about her brother, Leon, after he died of cancer at age 49. Her is her description of her experience:

Leon was not a religious man, and when he was dying of cancer, I decided I would try to get him to accept Jesus into his life before he passed over. The Lord had made a big difference in my life, and I wanted my brother to be with him, too. But when Leon died, he still had not accepted the Lord into his life, and that really worried me. I was so fearful he was in hell, and I just couldn’t accept that. I prayed about it a lot, and I told everybody how worried I was. I had many, many other people praying for my brother, too, and each day I asked for some sign that Leon was finally with Jesus.

About five months later, I was driving home from my sister’s house one afternoon. It had been raining hard with thunder and lightning, when suddenly the storm started to clear and the clouds separated. A vivid ray of sunshine came down through the clouds, and when I looked up off to my right, my brother was there with the Lord!

They were life-sized – very, very real, very solid and distinct and three-dimensional. They were very close, shoulder to shoulder, and I only saw the upper portion of them. Leon was facing me, the Lord was wearing a robe and facing him, and they were both smiling. My brother appeared younger than when he died and looked very healthy. Nothing needed to be said – Leon was with the Lord, and that’s all I wanted to know.

That was so wonderful! I was so relieved to finally have my answer, and I was so thankful. It was absolutely total relief for me because I knew Leon was finally at peace and with Jesus. I had assumed you could not be saved once you died. I suggest that anyone who is under the same assumption I was to not give up their prayer vigil. I think prayers finally made it possible for my brother to be with the Lord.

I gained an awful lot from this experience, and my own walk with the Lord became that much stronger. Anything is possible through the Lord. I believed it before, but now I know there is nothing that is impossible!”

d. Healing a vengeful heart: a visual ADC

Glen is a mail carrier in the Southwest. He had this spiritually transformative after-death communication with his son, Ron, age 21, who was murdered, and with Ron’s mother, Helen, who had died of cancer 16 years earlier. The following is his description of the experience.

My son, Ron, was killed on a Monday night, but I didn’t find out about his death until Tuesday morning. The next day, because it was a homicide and I was the next of kin, I had to go down and identify his body. That’s probably the hardest thing I ever did in my life. This image of him lying on the table in the morgue remained whenever I would think about my son. It would come speeding to the front of my consciousness, and that’s all I could see – this ugly, dirty picture of my boy.

On Thursday, I woke up about 4:00 in the morning and raised up and looked at the alarm clock. Suddenly, Ron was there standing in front of me! It was like there was a floodlight in back of him, but I could see all of him clearly. He was dressed in a T-shirt and blue jeans. He looked solid, he looked real! When he smiled at me, I knew he was in perfect health. His teeth were all beautifully formed and totally white. Before he was killed his teeth were chipped and discolored.

Then he brought his mother, Helen, to me. When I buried her body sixteen years earlier, I buried her in my mind too. I didn’t believe in God, and I didn’t believe in an afterlife or heaven. I didn’t believe in anything except this life. Ron and Helen were holding hands. She looked perfectly healthy with all of her hair. She had lost her hair to chemo and radiation treatments. Now she looked like I remembered her when we were first married. She was in a flowing dress and looked very pretty.

I said, “Helen, I’m sorry. I forgot…”

And she said to me, “I understand, Glen.”

She understood that I had forgotten about her. Then she was gone, and I could hear myself sobbing. Ron smiled again, and I realized that my son was in heaven or that he was going to go to heaven. I filled up with a glow – I’ve never known a feeling like that before. I felt like I was going to bust all over – I felt so good!

All of a sudden, I believed! I knew that God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the saints, and everything that I had been taught was true! I just knew it. Then Ron said, “No hatred, no anger, Dad,” and he repeated it, “No hatred, no anger.”

I think he was trying to tell me he didn’t hate anybody and wasn’t angry with anybody. And he didn’t want me to hate or be angry with anybody either. Ron also said, “Don’t worry about me. I’m happy.”

That made me feel good, and I asked him if he would be there to meet me when I die. He said, “Hey, Dad, I’m just a rookie here. I don’t know!”

Then my present wife, Linda, who was sleeping beside me, woke up and touched my arm. That ended my experience with Ron. Even though I could no longer see or communicate with my son, I felt so euphoric, so at peace.

A month or so later, I thought, “What if it was the devil that did all this?”

Then I kind of slapped myself in the face and said, “Hey stupid, why would the devil do something like that to turn you away from him?”

Satan had me in his grasp for about forty years. Now I know that God is a lot stronger than the devil. After Ron was murdered, I was going to terminate the man that killed him. I was going to make sure that man’s life was ended. Now I don’t feel that way anymore. I feel sorry for him because he has to live every waking minute with the fact he murdered my boy. You can’t believe how happy I am that my son is in heaven with his mother! This experience changed my life. It opened my eyes. It made me know that there is a God and there is a heaven and he created all of us.

e. An experience validated: a visual ADC

Leslie, age 39, is a volunteer worker in Virginia. She had this happy reunion with her father 4 months after he died of cancer. This is her description of her experience:

I had just gone to bed and turned the light off when I saw my father standing in the doorway! All the lights were out in the house, yet I could see him very clearly because there was a glow around him. I kept thinking, “This is really Daddy! This is really him!”

I was so excited that I sat up and said, “Daddy!”

I wanted to go over and touch him, and I started to get out of bed. He smiled and said, “No, you cannot touch me now.”

I began to cry and kept saying, “Let me come to you.”

He said, “No, you can’t do that. But I want you to know that I am all right. Everything is fine. I am always with you.”

Then he paused and said, “I have to go look in on your mother and Curtis now.”

Curtis is my son, and he and my mother were in the next room. I got up and followed my father to the hallway. But he disappeared – he just faded away. So I went back to bed and kept saying to myself, “This is just your grief. Daddy wasn’t really here.”

Then I finally fell asleep after tossing and turning for quite some time. The next morning I got up, and Curtis, who was three, almost four at the time, came out in the hallway. He said, “Mommy, I saw Granddaddy last night!”

My mouth fell open and I said, “You did?”

He said, “Yes! He came in my room. He was standing by my bed.”

How could a three year old come up with that? I questioned him, “Were you dreaming?”

He said, “No, Mommy. I had my eyes open. I was awake. I saw him!”

So then I knew that Daddy had to have actually been there. There was no way to refute what had happened. It was a wonderful experience for me because I learned that love continues on.

f. A dream of hope: an ADC during sleep

Gwen, an artist in Maryland, had a dream and this after-death communication after her 22 year old son, Christopher, died when his neck was broken in a motorcycle accident. Her experience is as follows:

The day after Christopher’s funeral, I was feeling so awful. I was in a terrible state! The next day, while everybody was out, I was going to take sleeping pills in order to be with my son. That’s how low I was.

That night I had a dream. I was in a place that was very light, and there was soft music playing in the air. I’ve never heard such instruments or such music – it was beautiful. Stretching out from me as far as I could see was this big table covered with a white cloth. On the table were gold dishes with food. Everything was very attractively arranged like you would see on an ocean liner. There were a lot of people there walking around very slowly. Some were helping themselves to the food, and they all looked very happy. Everybody was dressed in long robes of different colors. It was such a beautiful, peaceful, happy scene!

Then I heard Christopher say, “Mom,” and when I turned, he was standing there! He had on a white robe and a large gold cross on his chest. He was all shiny with light and seemed very happy. It was such a joy to be with my son again! Christopher had a big plate of food, and he held it out to me as he said, “Mom, this is for you.”

He seemed very proud to be giving me this food. Then Christopher smiled and turned his head to each side to show me that his neck was no longer broken.

I woke up knowing deep in my heart that I had actually been with my son. And I threw the sleeping pills away at once! Christopher saved my life – I’d swear to it! I’ll believe it until the day I die. And I feel when it’s my time, he’ll be there for me.

Whenever I’m down, I think of this experience, and it lifts me up again.

g. Excessive grief holds a loved one back: hearing a voice ADC

Neil is a retired mail carrier in Mississippi. His 19-year-old son, Ken, died suddenly in his sleep from heart arrhythmia.

For about a year and a half, I couldn’t turn Ken loose because I couldn’t believe that he was gone. I figured if I could just hold on to him someway, I could bring him back.

I always planted beautiful flowers at my son’s grave and kept them watered. One day, I was at the cemetery pulling weeds out of them. I was kneeling down when, out of the clear blue. Ken’s voice came to me. It was happy and real joyful. I heard him externally, so loud and clear, like he was standing there, and I felt his presence. I raised up on my knees and looked around, but there was nobody else in the cemetery.

Ken said, “Dad, it’s me! I wish you would turn me loose so that I could enjoy where I am. You and Mom always taught me and brought me up to be with God. Now you’re keeping me from Him and from enjoying heaven. I cannot reach the fulfillment that God wants for me because you’re holding me back. I would appreciate it if you would just turn me loose and let me enjoy it here.”

He told me that he was perfect in God’s sight. And he described how beautiful and how peaceful it was there. I just busted out crying because I couldn’t believe it. Then I realized. “Who am I to hold him back from what God would want him to do?” So I said, “All right, Ken. This is it then. Son, I’m going to turn you loose and let you go.”

I’m not saying it was easy, but I knew that it was the right thing to do. I had almost hated God before. Then I just sat there and cried and asked God’s forgiveness. And when I did, the whole burden in my heart raised up off of me – it felt like a ten-pound ball leaving. All the pain left, and I felt so much peace in my heart. This reaffirmed my whole faith, and since that day I have drawn a lot closer to God than I had ever been.

When Ken came to me, it all changed. This put everything into perspective. From that day on, it’s been better. It still hurts but not like it was. Now I can look at Ken’s picture and say, “Son, I love you,” and go right on with my day.

h. Stepping into a vision: an out-of-body ADC

Daniel, a social worker in Minnesota, had this illuminating series of ADC visions on four consecutive nights following the death of his 28-year-old wife, Kathy, from cancer:

When I went to bed the night after my wife died, I was just so tired and drained. As I tried to relax, my mind raced with thoughts. Suddenly, a radiant picture of Kathy popped into my head. Her image was there even when I opened my eyes. I felt such a peace and sense of presence. Kathy was so beautiful, with perfect features, wearing a brilliant, white flowing dress. She was more radiant than any time I had ever known her! She had her beautiful, long brown hair again, as she had prior to chemotherapy and radiation. I was so absorbed by her striking beauty!

We talked telepathically, and Kathy said she was very, very happy and that she had met her grandpa and grandma and other relatives too. I told her I loved her and how glad I was that she had gone on and didn’t have to suffer anymore. We enjoyed each other for quite awhile, and I thanked her for being there for roe. As her image faded, I recalled that Kathy had promised to be with me when I needed her.

The second night, after the wake, I felt numb as I lay down in bed. Thoughts started running nonstop through my mind – wonderings about Kathy and if everything we had done for her was okay. Again, I felt her presence and had a beautiful vision of Kathy wearing an even brighter and lighter flowing gown. Light radiated around her, behind her, and from her. She said she had met some more friends and relatives and was very busy. I told her she should go meet St. Francis, since he had meant a lot to her, and she said she would.

We talked about the kids, and Kathy assured me that she would be nearby and not to worry. She thanked me for taking care of her, and I thanked her for trusting me with her care. Then I just drifted off to sleep.

The next day we buried Kathy, and my mind could not comprehend all that had happened. As I went to sleep that night, again this wonderful vision of Kathy returned. She appeared more and more radiant and bright, almost as if a pure light was taking over her body.I asked her what heaven was like, and she replied, “I am so happy here. There are no barriers between us. We can experience totally the goodness we have in ourselves and the goodness we behold in each other. We grow through the experience of coming to know totally the goodness that is in each one here. Our capacity to know goodness is increased, and we are freer yet to know greater goodness in others we meet. I can’t wait for you to know this love and freedom!” We continued to share our thoughts until the vision faded.

The fourth night, as I lay down to sleep, the vision returned. With my eyes open or closed, it was there just as before – except there was less of Kathy visible and more bright light. She said, “Come with me. I want to show you something,” and I somehow stepped into the vision. We moved down a little path to the base of a big valley, with two tall, rugged mountain ranges on each side leading to a summit up the valley far away.

“This is life,” she said. “The paths are many through the valley, and you will meet many people. Each will have their own ideas of what is right and wrong, so just enjoy them for who they are. Some of us get to go to the front of the line. Others have to spend a lifetime working their way along the paths to the top.”

Then Kathy’s features slowly disappeared into a bright, white light at the head of the valley. She was totally enveloped in that light, and the light just disappeared into a similar light at the top of the mountain. It was not as if Kathy was leaving me – it was as though she was in the light, she was the light, and there were no bounds to that light. The light radiated from her to me, and the experience of that light would never leave because now it is a part of me. There was no sense of loss when the visions stopped. These experiences were so vivid and real and reassuring that I had no doubts or questions about them. They seemed complete and whole in and of themselves.

6. More Examples of Types of ADCs Reported in the Guggenheim Study

a. OBE ADCs: Out-of-Body Communications

Out-of-body ADCs (or OBE ADCs for short) sound very much like near-death experiences (NDEs), but there is one extremely important difference. All the people who had these OBE ADCs were in good health and were not in any kind of physical danger or close to dying when they made their trip. OBE ADCs come from people who stated they had contact with a deceased relative or friend during an out-of-body experience. Spontaneous OBE ADCs can occur while you are awake, in the alpha state, or when you are asleep. They are extremely vivid, intense, colorful, and vibrant experiences that people often say are “more real than life itself.”

The following account is an example of an OBE ADC.

Ellie is a dam processor in Michigan who attained a new understanding of life four months after her son, Don, was killed in an automobile accident at age 26:

I had gone to bed and had my eyes closed, but I know I wasn’t asleep. Then I noticed I was moving towards a tiny pinpoint of light. I was in a tunnel and the light was getting bigger and brighter, but it didn’t hurt my eyes. I knew this wasn’t an NDE because I wasn’t even sick!

This intensely bright light was peaceful and comforting – I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It seemed to pull me towards it, and I could see the outline of a figure in a flowing robe with his hands outstretched like he was welcoming me.

As I came closer, I could tell it was my son, Don! He was in this light. I heard Don’s voice in my head very firmly say, “Stop! It’s not your time yet, Mom. Go back! I’m all right and you have much to do.”

I don’t remember going back down the tunnel. The light just pulled away from me and disappeared, and than I was fully awake. I had never thought about my own mortality before, but now I’m not afraid of death. I know that someday, when my work is done here, I’ll be with Don again.

This certainly sounds like a typical NDE account, and just like many NDErs, Ellie was emphatically told, “It’s not your time yet.” This supports the theory that physical life on Earth is a school, and we are not ready for graduation until we have completed all our courses. Our primary spiritual lessons seem to be learning how to love and serve one another.

b. Evidential ADCs: Communications of Validation

Some of the most fascinating ADCs from the Guggenheim’s research are ADCs which are evidential, that is, when the experiencer learns something they did not know and had no way of knowing before. For instance, the experiencer may be told the location of an object that is lost which is later confirmed by acting upon the information and finding the missing item. Such veridical ADCs assure the experiencer that their contact with their deceased loved one was genuine. All sorts of evidential information can be received from deceased loved ones in this manner. However, their true intention seems to be to convince the experiencer that there is life after death and they are watching over you with loving kindness.

The following account is an example of an evidential ADC.

Debra is a 48-year-old psychologist in Florida. She assisted her grandfather with some unfinished business after he died very suddenly from a heart attack:

After my mother called and told we my grandfather had died, I lay down in bed to pray for him and say good-bye. With my eyes closed, I received a message from him telepathically that was very strong and very specific.

Grandpa said, “In my apartment there is a credenza. In the left-hand top drawer there is a yellow legal tablet. It contains a list of stocks and bonds. Some need to be sold immediately. It is imperative that your father get this information!”

He was very intense and very eager to impart this knowledge. There was no endearment at all – he was strictly business. This was very much in character for my grandfather. I got up and called my mother and told her my experience. A few days later, I found out my father had gone to Grandpa’s apartment and looked in the credenza. The legal pad was exactly where Grandpa said it would be. It contained a list of securities, just ache had told me.

I don’t know what my father did about those stocks and bonds – we never discussed it. The only thing my father ever said was, “There must be something to this, Debra, because you had no way of knowing about that list.”

It’s likely Debra entered a semi-meditative state while praying for her grandfather. This can be a very effective way to have an ADC experience.

c. ADCs for Protecting the Living from Harm

Nearly all ADCs are inspired by the ongoing love and concern your deceased relatives and friends feel for you. It is, therefore, understandable that they might attempt to protect you from time to time, especially if you are facing imminent physical danger or some other threat to your well-being. There is no stronger personal evidence that an ADC is real than having your life actually protected or saved by one. And imagine how fulfilled your deceased family members and friends must feel when they accomplish a successful intervention.

The following account is an example of an ADC of a deceased loved one protecting a living loved one from harm.

Bernice is a writer in the Northwest whose son, Gene, gave her some strong advice about three years after he took his life at age 32 when he was terminally ill with Hodgkin’s disease:

The Captain of the Golden Odyssey sent us an invitation to go on their Mediterranean cruise in the spring of 1977. My husband wanted to go, and he asked me to make the reservations.

The next morning I got all dressed up to go to the travel agency. Halfway to the car, I heard my son, Gene, say, “Mom, you must not take that plane to Athens.”

My son’s voice was very calm, but he made me feel we mustn’t go. So I turned right around and went back in the house. That night I told my husband what had happened. He accepted it, and we didn’t make the reservations.

On the night we would have taken the plane From Los Angeles to Athens, I sat in our living room and felt sad that we weren’t going. The next day the same plane took off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands and collided with a Dutch KLM airliner. It was the greatest passenger plane crash in history – 581 people were killed!

This account suggests that our deceased loved ones may have foreknowledge of some human events and, if appropriate, can alert us to life-threatening situation, Perhaps they are telling us indirectly that it is not yet our time to die, as NDErs are frequently told. The implications of this theory are far-reaching because they support the belief that each of us has a spiritual purpose for our life and enough time to fulfill it.

d. Prophetic Death ADCs: Receiving Information of Death in Advance

Some ADCs occur when a deceased loved one contacts the experiencer before they actually learn of their death. That is, first an ADC occurs where the experiencer receives the news of a loved one’s death; then, at a later time (usually very soon), the experiencer is informed that indeed their loved one has died.

The following account is an example of a prophetic death ADC.

Dominic is a 38-year-old physician in Florida who had an ADC while he and a classmate isolated themselves in a country cottage to study for their medical school examinations:

While my friend and I were studying. I experienced the extremely strong and distinctive smell of a medication that my mother used on Grandmother – camphor and alcohol. This home remedy was used as a cold compress that was applied to her forehead when she was feeling weak. There was definitely no alcohol or camphor in the cottage. Yet the odor was so strong that I told my friend I believed my grandmother had just died.

He sort of brushed it off, but noted the time when it happened, 10:10 a.m. Shortly after that, I felt the very peaceful presence of my grandmother. I realized that something extraordinary was happening! The whole feeling was that she was saying, “Good-bye. Don’t worry. Everything is fine.”

Grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. In the last months of her life, she was incoherent. But when I felt her presence, she was the person I had known before she became ill. She left me with a sense of relief and serenity and peace.

When I went home that day, my mother was waiting for me. She said. “Your grandmother has taken a turn for the worse.”

I told her, “Don’t worry. I know what happened. She died at 10:10 this morning.”

Then my mother confirmed that my grandmother had died at exactly that time.

e. Visual ADCs of Partial Appearances

Some ADCs occur as only a partial appearance of their deceased loved one. That is, they were able to see only a part of their body, or if they saw the entire body, it appeared to be less solid. These accounts describe seeing a loved one in one of the following ways: as a bright light, as a face in a bright light, only the upper portion of a body, or as a complete body ranging in solidity from a transparent mist to not quite solid.

The following account is an example of a visual ADC of partial appearance.

Rosalyn, a 39 year old chemical dependency counselor in Washington, had the healing power of prayer and forgiveness dramatically revealed to her:

Uncle Mickey came to live with us when I was seven years old after my parents divorced. He was an active alcoholic, and my mother was trying to help him out. But he sexually abused me during the two years he lived with us, and this was emotionally very traumatic for me. By the time I was seventeen, I was an active alcoholic myself. And at eighteen, I was very heavily into drugs. I drank and drugged for years, and then I sobered up.

In order to stay sober, I had to go back through my past and look at the people, places, and things that had harmed me. I had to be as honest as I could about the effect those things had on my life. I also needed to make peace with my uncle because I chose to believe that if he had been sober he wouldn’t have abused me. So I wrote Uncle Mickey a letter and told him how I felt and told him that I held nothing against him. But I don’t know if he ever received it. Over the years, I asked the Lord to let my love cover that sin for my uncle.

In the spring of this year, I was sleeping and woke up. I turned over and Jesus and Uncle Mickey were next to my bed! I only saw their heads and shoulders, and there was a light behind both of them. There was an overwhelming presence of love and a seriousness too. The Lord was asking me a question that I heard in my mind. There was authority and power and yet a gentleness in his voice.

Jesus said, “Do you hold anything against this man?”

I told him, “No, I don’t.”

Then Jesus turned and looked at my uncle and said, “Neither do I hold anything against him.”

I knew then Uncle Mickey was at peace and was with the Lord – and that he was free. A couple of days later, I got a letter from my mother that said Uncle Mickey had died.

f. Visual ADCs of Full Appearances

In visual ADCs involving the full appearance of the deceased loved one, the experiencer sees their deceased loved one’s complete body which looks absolutely solid and real. Such ADCs often show the deceased as being healed and whole, regardless of their age when they died or their cause of death. Nearly all such apparitions appear much happier and freer than when they were wearing a physical body. Such full appearance by a deceased loved one is generally a very healing event where experiencers gain a new mental/emotional portrait which can replace any old, painful memories they may have.

The following account is an example of a visual ADC of full appearances.

Deborah, a medical researcher in Kentucky, felt grateful when her brother, Joseph, returned after he died of cancer at age 44:

I was a card-carrying skeptic before this experience. I’d had dreams about my brother, but this wasn’t a dream. About three months after Joseph died, I was asleep in bed with my husband. I felt somebody shaking my leg to wake me up. I looked over, and there was Joseph sitting on the edge of the bed with his hand on my leg.

He looked real, like any living person sitting there. He looked great! He radiated a warm, yellowish white light like an aura. He looked very calm and peaceful. He hugged me – I felt his hug – it felt wonderful and warm and loving. And I smelled his cologne too.

Joseph told me, “I am all right, and you shouldn’t be unhappy. Everything is all right. It is beautiful where I am.”

I talked to him with thoughts, and I told him I loved him. Then he just gradually faded away. I felt relief because I didn’t have to worry anymore about my brother being all right.

A number of interviews the Guggenheims conducted began with a statement similar to Deborah’s, “I was a card-carrying skeptic before I had this experience …” Their research reveals that having prior belief in ADCs is not a requirement for having communication with a deceased loved one, as Deborah’s special encounter with her brother clearly indicates.

g. ADCs of Physical Phenomenon: Poltergeist Activity

Many people have an ADC involving unusual physical or “poltergeist” occurrences following the death of a relative or friend which the Guggenheim’s call “ADCs of physical phenomena.” Examples include lights being turned on and off; radios, stereos, televisions, and other electrical devices being turned on; mechanical objects being activated; pictures and other items being moved; and a long list of similar happenings.

The following account is an example of an ADC of physical phenomenon.

Mildred is a retired real estate agent in Florida who reported these affectionate incidents after her husband, Albert, died from cancer at age 70:

One time when Albert was still living, we were cutting up, just kidding each other. I said, “If you die before I do, come back and do something so I will know that it’s you.”

We had two little ceramic dogs. We kept them sitting on the windowsill in the kitchen. Everybody that knew us knew that when we were upset with each other, we would move the dogs apart, separating them. And whenever we were happy, they were kissing each other, snuggled up. Even the kids, when they came home, would go to the kitchen window to see how these little dogs were getting along.

A few days after Albert died, I was standing at the sink in the kitchen looking at the windowsill. His little dog was knocked over. Since I live alone, I thought, “I wonder how it got knocked down?”

So I picked his dog up and put it back with the faces snuggled together. Then I didn’t think anymore about it. About three days later, his little dog was turned backwards, walking away from my little dog. They were about six inches apart! Then I understood that Albert wanted me to know that he had to leave me. This really happened! But sometimes you are scared to tell people things like this for fear they will think you are nuts!

Albert chose a very familiar and trusted method to convey his message. Their long-standing form of nonverbal communication allowed Mildred to easily comprehend his intended meaning, “Now it’s time for me to say good-bye.”

h. Fearful ADCs: Unintentional Fearful Contact

Almost all ADCs are positive, joyful, and uplifting events, and they generally accelerate spiritual growth. But for a variety of reasons, some people may experience fear when one occurs. Many people have never heard of ADCs, so if they have one, they may think they are going crazy or losing their mind. This is especially true if they are bereaved and don’t have a support system which accepts the possibility of ADCs. Adults who have an ADC may have difficulty reconciling it with their own personal philosophy or religions beliefs. Young children may become confused when they attempt to tell their experiences to their parents, who don’t believe them. But based upon the Guggenheim’s research, it is not the content of an ADC that is fearful; but rather the experiencer’s reaction to it.

As the following example clearly illustrates, the intentions of the deceased loved one seem as positive as other ADCs.

Charlotte is a 43-year-old nurse in New Jersey who became a widow when her husband, Glen, died of cancer:

The night Glen died, I needed to talk to someone. So I sat down in the living room and called my girlfriend, Joni, who lived next door. As I was talking with her on the phone, I saw Glen standing right in front of me, just inches away!

He was as solid as a rock, and I couldn’t see through him. But he didn’t look the way he did when he was sick – he looked absolutely healthy! Glen leaned down and put his hand on my knee and said, “Charlotte, it’s me. I’m okay. Everything’s all right. I don’t have any more pain. I feel great!”

Well, all I did was scream! He scared the daylights out of me! And the more I screamed, the more he said, “It’s okay, Charlotte. It’s okay. It’s okay. You don’t have to worry about me. I’m okay!”

That was it, and then Glen just kind of evaporated. I sat there frozen in my chair – spellbound with disbelief! Joni wondered what on Earth had happened. So she came over and we talked, and gradually I calmed down.

Though Charlotte was shocked when she saw Glen and felt his touch, he was probably equally unprepared for her hysterical reaction. The intention of our deceased loved ones who appear to us in an ADC is certainly not to frighten us.

i. Symbolic ADCs: Butterflies, Rainbows and Synchronicity

Many people report receiving a “sign from heaven” which affirms their deceased loved one has survived death and continues to live on the afterlife. The Guggenheim’s call these “symbolic ADCs” or “ADC signs.” They are a relatively common type of ADC. Some people are given a sign spontaneously as a gift, while others ask or pray to receive one. Depending upon one’s belief system, a person may ask their deceased loved one to give them a sign, or they may pray to God or the “universe” for one. Typical symbolic ADCs include butterflies, rainbows, flowers, many different species of birds and other animals, and any number of inanimate objects. Whether a sign comes immediately or takes days or weeks to arrive, most people intuitively recognize their sign right away and feel it was intended just for them. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross often spoke of the numerous drawings of butterflies she saw in the barracks at Hitler’s concentration camps in Europe. These lasting symbols of hope were scratched into the wooden walls by courageous children and adults during the Holocaust. Today, pictures of butterflies can be found throughout almost every hospice. This symbol is also used extensively by many grief counselors, spiritual centers, and support groups for the bereaved.

The following account is an example of a symbolic ADC.

Al is a retired New York police officer now living in Florida who had this unforgettable contact ten months after his daughter, Diana, died in an automobile accident when she was 17 years old:

On the Fourth of July, we were up at our summer home in Pennsylvania. I was there with my wife and her aunt, her uncle, and her cousin. We were sitting out on the lounge chairs, and I was having a cigar. This butterfly just happened to be flying around. I looked at it and right away thought of my daughter, Diana. I thought, “If it’s you, Diana, come down and tell me.” And it did!

Immediately, the butterfly landed on my finger! It waked up and down on my finger, then onto my hand, back and forth. I could even see its little feelers moving. I couldn’t believe it! My wife sort of looked at me – I think she knew what I was thinking.

I finished my cigar and got up. The butterfly stayed right on my hand. I walked all the way to the house, went to the kitchen sink, and drank a glass of water. The butterfly was still with me – I couldn’t believe this! I said, “Well. I gotta go take a shower. You gotta go outside.”

I opened the door and went out on the deck. I sort of pushed the butterfly with my finger and it flew off. I watched it fly away, down the yard. It was just unbelievable! Never had a butterfly landed on me before.

Then I went in to take a shower and cried. I really didn’t know that the butterfly had any significance to The Compassionate Friends until I went to their annual conference a few days later. During the opening ceremony, I realized, “Oh, my God! Their symbol is the butterfly!”

Founded in 1969, The Compassionate Friends has more than 650 local chapters throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest self-help organization for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents in the world.

j. Olfactory ADCs: Smelling Their Fragrance

Some ADCs involve smelling a fragrance associated with a specific deceased loved one. They are a relatively common type of ADC and the Guggenheims call them “olfactory ADCs.” Typical scents include the fragrance of a perfume, cologne, or aftershave lotion; the essence of roses or other flowers; and the aroma of a food, beverage, tobacco, or commercial product. The variety of odors that can be identified is virtually unlimited. During such ADCs, people reported smelling a fragrance which was clearly out of context with their surroundings. The room or area they were in was suddenly filled with a particular aroma, but it had no physical source. Occasionally, two or more people who are together in the same place at the same time can smell this scent. In fact, according to the Guggenheims, an olfactory ADC is the one type of after-death communication that is most often shared by a group of people.

The following account is an example of an olfactory ADC.

Lorraine is employed by an optometrist in New York whose daughter, Tammy, was 25 years old when she was killed in an automobile accident:

When my daughter, Tammy, went to the Bahamas, she bought me a bracelet and a necklace. The night that she died, she had the bracelet on and it was destroyed. For over two years since the accident, I had been trying to find a new bracelet to match my necklace. I would have paid anything for it! It was nighttime, and we were coming out of one of the attractions at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. My other daughter, her friend, and my husband were with me. My daughter turned to me and said, “Ma, do you smell that?”

I said, “Oh, yeah!”

We were smelling the Gloria Vanderbilt perfume that Tammy always wore! But as we looked around, there was nobody near us. Her girlfriend smelled it too and said, “Why don’t we go in here?”

So we all went into the store and I began browsing in the front. My daughter called, “Ma! Ma! Come back here!”

I went to the back of the store, where they were selling jewelry. And there was the bracelet – the exact match to my necklace from Tammy! It was unbelievable!

It seems reasonable to assume that Tammy wanted to replace her mother’s bracelet and found a clever way to provide it.

k. Auditory ADCs: Hearing Their Voice

Receiving a verbal message, by hearing the voice of a deceased loved one, is also a very common type of ADCs. The Guggenheims call them “auditory ADCs.” Some people report hearing an audible voice from an external source, that is, they heard the voice through their ears the same way they would hear any other person talking to them. But most people report hearing a voice internally – inside their head – and are equally certain the voice originated from a source outside of them.

The following account is an auditory ADC experienced as an external source.

Philip is a psychiatrist in Kentucky who was caught off guard when he heard from his 15-year-old daughter, Tina, after she died in an automobile accident:

Tina had friends all over the city. We didn’t realize how involved she had been with so many kids. She was quite a force for good in the community. She had told one of her friends from Sunday school that if she should die, she would like everyone to have a party for her and not to mourn. Her friend reminded us of this statement.

So the night of Tina’s funeral, we had a very large gathering at our home with 200 to 300 kids, some with their parents. It was wall-to-wall people! I was passing through the hallway downstairs when I heard Tina say, “I love you, Daddy!”

I wheeled around because this was an audible, external voice. I am a board-certified psychiatrist, and I’m not given to hearing things that are not there. Having lived my professional career as a pretty hardheaded scientific person, I really hadn’t expected this! However, this experience took a good bit of the sting out of the loss because you know you really haven’t lost them.

l. Tactile ADCs: Feeling Their Touch

Some ADCs involve feeling a physical touch by a deceased loved one. Overall, this type of ADC is relatively less common. The Guggenheims call them “tactile ADCs.” Such ADCs usually are felt as a light tap, a gentle touch, a soft caress, a tender kiss, a comforting arm around the shoulder, or an all-embracing hug. Feeling a touch is a very intimate kind of ADC and it seems they take place only between people who have had a very close relationship. The deceased loved one returns for the purpose of conveying affection and providing encouragement to the experiencer.

The following account is an example of a tactile ADC.

Gail is a nurse in Pennsylvania who was filled with new hope six weeks after her two sons, Matt, age 26, and Eric, age 24, were killed together in an automobile accident:

Every night I would go out and sit on the steps of my front porch and just cry and cry and cry. I was having such a hard time, and I had been doing this for so long. One night in the middle of October, I was looking at the moon, when all of a sudden, I felt this real warmth. I felt Matt to my left and Eric to my right with their arms around my shoulders. I knew Matt was to my left because he was so much taller – Matt was 6’4″ and Eric was about 5’11”.

I heard them saying, “Mom. it’s all right. We’re fine. Just don’t worry. Everything’s going to be okay.”

I felt a peace that I hadn’t felt since their deaths. It just lifted me so. I felt a real relief when they said they were okay and that I shouldn’t grieve so much. That was a turning point tor me, and I gradually began to sleep easier.

Few people can imagine the utter despair of a bereaved parent who has endured the death of two or more grown children. Gail received a triple blessing when both her sons let her know they were still together and were all right.

m. Telephone ADCs: Phone Calls from Beyond

Imagine hearing the phone ringing, and when you answer it, you have a two-way conversation with the voice of a deceased loved one. The Guggenheims call these experiences “telephone ADCs,” or “ADC phone calls,” and they may take place while the experiencer is sound asleep or wide awake. They are the least common type of ADC for obvious reasons. Receiving a telephone call and having a conversation with a deceased loved one while you are sleeping is like a “sleep-state ADC” except the conversation takes place by phone rather than meeting face-to-face. In awake telephone ADCs, the deceased’s voice may sound strong and clear, or it may seem to be coming from far away. After the call is completed, the experiencer doesn’t hear the receiver at the other end being hung up or even a dial tone. Instead, the phone will be silent as though the line had been cut.

The following account is an example of a telephone ADC while awake.

Ellyn is a human resources manager in Nevada who had this phone ADC after her 12-year-old daughter, Ashley, died of leukemia:

This was more than three years after Ashley died. I was going through a real bad health problem. I had been diagnosed with a lung disease, and I was afraid I was going to die too. That night, I was making spaghetti on the stove and the phone rang. I picked it up and I heard this little voice say. “Mommy!”

I thought, “What? Who is playing this terrible joke?”

So I asked, “Please, who is this?”

She said, “This is Ashley. What are you doing, Mommy?”

I said, “Ashley? I’m cooking.”

And she said, “You’re making my favorite meal. You’re making spaghetti!”

It was Ashley’s voice – she sounded strong and healthy – and nobody could imitate her voice.

At that point I thought I was crazy, but no one knew what I was cooking for dinner because it was a spur-of-the-moment thing to make spaghetti. Then I asked her, “Ashley, are you okay?”]

And she said, “Mommy, I’m okay. I just called to tell you that you’re going to be okay too.”

Then the phone went dead. There was no dial tone. No noise. Nothing. I just sat there with the phone in my hand for the longest time. I had lung surgery six months later.

A month ago I went to the doctor. My blood count was normal for the first time in three years, and next month he’ll start weaning me off my medication. Ashley was right – she told we I was going to be okay!

No wonder Ellyn was stunned! Not only did she hear Ashley’s voice on the telephone three years after her death, but she couldn’t begin to find a rational explanation for how anyone could possibly know she was cooking spaghetti at that very moment.

n. Sleep-State ADCs: Contact During Dreams

Many people report having been contacted by a deceased loved one while they were sound asleep. Because they didn’t have any other name for their experience, they usually called it a “dream.” However, most quickly added, “But it just wasn’t like an ordinary dream.” The Guggenheim’s call these experiences “sleep-state ADCs,” and they are a very common type of ADC.

There are many significant differences between an ordinary dream and a sleep-state ADC. A dream is generally fragmented, jumbled, filled with symbolism, and incomplete in various ways. Though some are very intense emotionally, they typically have a quality of unreality about them and are often soon forgotten.

In contrast, sleep-state ADCs feel like actual face-to-face visits with deceased loved ones. They are much more orderly, colorful, vivid, and memorable than most dreams. In fact, some may be ADC visions that occur during sleep.

You can read several accounts of sleep-state ADCs on the Dreams and NDEs web page.

7. Kevin Williams and his family’s ADCs of their mother

My family began receiving after-death communications from my beloved mother which began two days after her tragic death and continued for several years after. Family members and I received a variety of ADCs from her in the form of synchronistic dreams of her, an ADC where I suddenly felt her strong presence around me, audio synchronicities of her favorite song “Moon River,” and many other type of synchronicities for a number of years. Taken all together, it clearly shows how my mother wanted everyone in my family to know that her death was not the end of her. My mother believed in NDEs and ADCs and was always very proud of my research and website. Before my mother’s death in November of 2001, I read many books on the subject of ADCs for many years. When unusual events began happening to my family after my mother’s death, I knew immediately knew were receiving ADCs from my mother and began documenting them. You can read about my and my family’s ADCs at my ADC Synchronicities Page.

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The Psychedelic, Psychotic, Psychic and Spiritual Visions of Kevin Williams

Non-ordinary states of consciousness can be best explained in context of a theory of consciousness described in the NDE documentary entitled Life After Death. A psychiatrist in the documentary, named Dr. Stanislav Grof, M.D., is one of the leading researchers in non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the documentary, he explains a theory of consciousness based on these non-ordinary states. His theory suggests consciousness may not even be localized in the skull. He theorizes how the brain may actually function as a “reducing valve” reducing the cosmic energy and input which continually bombards our skull much in the same way radio signals bombard a radio receiver. Using the same analogy. our consciousness may be a product of this reducing function much like a radio broadcast heard on the radio. When this reducing function is altered (through triggers such as psychedelics, psychosis, etc.) or even shut down completely (when producing an NDE), the cosmic input which once made up our consciousness is then free to expand. This expansion may explain the various types of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Table of Contents

  1. My Psychedelic Experience With LSD
  2. My Christian Spiritual Experiences
    a. An Analogy Describing My Born Again Experience
    b. My Observations of Someone’s Religious Vision
    c. My Observations of a Group Religious Vision
  3. My Manic Depressive Psychotic Hallucinations
    a. Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE Observations of Earthbound Souls
    b. Howard Storm’s NDE of Experiencing Earthbound Souls
    c. My Analysis of Dr. George Ritchie and Howard Storm’s Earthbound Experiences
  4. My Pre-Birth Memory of My Mission From God
  5. My Past-Life Memory as My Grandmother’s Father

1. My Psychedelic Experience With LSD

My only experience with LSD occurred during the 70’s while in college. Although it was a very pleasurable experience for me, I can’t recommend that people try it because the quality of a psychedelic experience depends on personal and situational factors.

I ingested a half of a stamp of microdot that a friend gave me one night and spent the evening alone in my room listened to my favorite music. Before I took the acid, I was feeling very good anyway and had no problems on my mind. The acid multiplied these good feelings and made the music which I was listening to (The Eagles, Poco, James Taylor, etc.) virtually come alive. I was totally immersed into the music and experienced it in a way I never have before. I spent hours with my eyes closed fantasizing and being the music. It is just a completely different level of awareness and feeling.

In the 70’s, drugs were not an unusual thing to do. I also experimented with lesser mind-altering drugs such as pot, hash, speed and alcohol. I have had hallucinations while using these drugs as well. Although I am not really proud of the experimenting I did, my experience with mind-altering and hallucinogenic drugs turned out to be a blessing later in life when I had to begin learning to deal with psychotic hallucinations from the bipolar disorder mental illness I was born with and which manifested itself afterward.

There are many published studies of psychedelics and how they create temporary distortions of reality, alterations of body image, and disorientation as to time and place. An experience with a psychedelic generally convinces people that so-called reality is not the same for everyone and that it depends upon a person’s own perception and perspective (among other factors). This is also supported by such sources as quantum physics, Tibetan Buddhism, and near-death experiences (among other sources). When I left college, I left my experimentation with mind-altering drugs behind and I left with a better understanding of my own mind and reality. And before the 70’s were over, I had a new kind of visionary experience – of the religious kind.

2. My Christian Spiritual Experiences

Spiritual experiences, such as psychic or near-death experiences, do not distort reality as do psychedelics. These spiritual experiences result in a heightened state of mind with clarity and no distortions. My first spiritual experience occurred to me after reading the Gospel of John for the first time in my life. It is an experience commonly known as a “born again” experience or a religious conversion. For years, I didn’t have the concepts or words to describe this experience. But over the years, after learning more about my own mind and non-ordinary conscious states, I discovered a better way to define it. I define it as my born-again “walk-in” reincarnation experience.

a. An Analogy Describing My Born Again Experience

Before my born again experience, I was living inside a bubble all of my life and was not aware it. While inside my bubble, I believed anyone who was a Christian was either a religious fanatic or self-deluded. I believed the Bible was just a fairy-tale book not worthy of any kind of serious study. Then my born again Christian brother challenged me to read the Gospel of John — the most beautiful book I have ever read in my life. Upon finishing the gospel, I realized the bubble I was living in had “popped” and I had become a completely different person — a more spiritual person. And because I became a completely different person, I believe the “born again” experience should actually be called the “walk-in” experience — a type of reincarnation experience. I know this because my Higher (“angel”) Self “walked” into my body and kicked out my lower (“animalistic”) self which had been living inside the bubble. So in less time than it took for me to read the Gospel of John, I had transformed from a “hell-raising party animal” to a person embracing Christian fundamentalism — a strict and narrow mindset which many people who are “spiritual but not religious” refer to as “Spirituality 101.” Later I discovered the true role of all religions and about true spirituality in near-death experiences which led me to even greater levels of spirituality. Interesting enough, Jesus also referred to the born-again experience in terms of reincarnation — or “resurrection” as it was called in Jesus’ day. See John 3:3-7 where Jesus explains the difference between spiritual resurrection (i.e., born of the Holy Spirit) and physical resurrection (being born of water, of the flesh, childbirth, reincarnation).

b. My Observations of Someone’s Religious Vision

I also had paranormal religious experiences that happened to me. When I was in college, I was discussing the Book of Revelation in my apartment with my college roommate who was becoming interested in Christianity. While I was talking about the second coming of Christ, my friend’s eyes got really big in fear and he fell to the floor. I asked him what was wrong. He saw Jesus enter my apartment by walking through the front door. It was a brief but powerful vision because I knew he was sincere. But I didn’t see a thing. I believe it was his born again experience.

c. My Observations of a Group Religious Vision

I had an extended discussion about Bible prophecy with six college freshman who were becoming interested in Christianity. I was showing them how the Bible foretells a future war in the Middle East over Jerusalem, the second coming, the rapture, and a thousand year peace on Earth. I was good at this and I could tell it was having an impact them based on their excitement level. When our discussion finished, they all left in the same car.

Roughly a half-hour later, they all came back and looking like they all saw a ghost or UFO. I couldn’t understand how a group of college men could be freaking out like a bunch of children in the dark. Then they told me what happened.

They were driving out of town and into the barren countryside when, in the distance, they saw a man standing on the side of the road. By the time they passed him by, they were stunned because the man looked and was dressed like Jesus, complete with white robe and beard. Because they were out in the barren countryside, it was very unusual for anyone to be out there – not to mention a man looking like that. They were so baffled by what they saw that they had to turn the car around to get a second look. But the man was nowhere to be found. The man had vanished. Combined with our previous discussion about prophecy and the second coming of Jesus, I believe what they experienced was a group conversion experience.

My experiences with hallucinations, spiritual conversion, and my budding interest in a new phenomenon called “near-death experiences,” helped me understand and cope with the next level of altered states of conscious experience which were to come to me alone with the 80’s.

3. My Manic Depressive Psychotic Hallucinations

Beginning in 1980, I began to have yearly bouts of depression that would happen at the same time every year like clockwork. They would last as long as a month. At first, the bouts were minor. I thought they were just personality problems. I didn’t know what they were. But as they became more severe, frightening hallucinations would occur – hearing voices, seeing distorted faces, and religious delusions involving hell, demons, and the devil.

Then in 1989, I had a bout that was so severe it became a major crisis and caused me to seriously contemplate suicide for the first time in my life.

After weeks of being depressed, I was growing increasingly paranoid and began having delusions. At this time, I didn’t know what was happening to me, I didn’t know I had an illness. Because of my fundamentalist beliefs at the time, I thought I was under attack by demonic forces. I thought I was having a personality problem which brought on this spiritual battle with my mind. Delusions and hallucinations, such as hearing voices in my mind that were not mine, reading the minds of people around me, people could merely look at my face and know what I was thinking, and coincidences that would occur which seemed to reinforce my delusions.

Trying to sleep was a living hell, so I went for days without sleep. Trying to sleep meant being assaulted by what I thought were “demons” (I believe now they were earthbound human souls), contemplating homelessness and even suicide, Jesus appeared in my mind and the assault on my mind stopped. I had been laying in bed for days with no energy to do much else but hug my pillow and fight a battle in my head. Finally, I decided to just give up fighting completely and I knew this would mean demonic possession of my body and mind. But something else happened instead:

I laid there on my bed, hugging my pillow, and decided to surrender to the demons. I didn’t care what happened. To my surprise, I had a sudden realization that I was laying prone before the feet of Jesus with my arms around his ankles – hanging on for dear life just as one would hang on to a lifesaver. No demons were around. Jesus calmed the raging storm in my mind. My mind was as clear and as calm as a sea of glass. He didn’t say a word and he didn’t have to. The message was perfectly clear. At that time, I realized that Jesus was giving me the peace and clarity of mind to understand that something was going horribly wrong with my mind – that I was insane and needed a psychiatrist.

Important Note: It took Jesus to appear in my mind before I would seek the help of a psychiatrist. Admitting to yourself (and maybe even to family members) that something is wrong with your mind and you need a psychiatrist is the biggest hurdle a mentally ill person – or anyone – ever has to make. Once you are able to acknowledge or understand the problem, the recovery process begins. Then, you can receive medications that will immediately help you sleep and be less anxious. Antidepressants take longer to work, but other medication can ease much of the problems associated with depression. After admitting the problem, the rest of the way becomes much easier by comparison – believe me.

The thought of being mentally ill brought all the images of Hollywood to mind: Charles Manson, straight-jackets, insane asylums, lobotomies, brain electrocutions.

Instead, what I found instead was: a doctor who knew exactly what was wrong, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder which is a genetic mood disorder, and prescriptions for medications – many of which began working that day.

In later years, as my illness fully manifested, I would have bouts mania or psychotic depression that would require visits to a psychiatric hospital – the psych ward – where my medicine could be adjusted and myself monitored. The longest stay in the hospital for me was about a month. It was nothing like Hollywood portrays. When I first knew I had to check in to a psych ward, as I mentioned before, all the images of Hollywood movies came to my mind: being committed against my will for life, people walking around in a medicated stupor, retarded-like people staring at you, sadistic medical technicians, insane laughter, Jack Nicholson with a lobotomy, torture therapy, rats, filth, bugs. Instead, what I found was: a normal hospital environment, normal-looking people with mental problems, regular doctor visits, group discussions, recreation rooms, and 24 hour care.

Since I was first diagnosed, I have been on medications which make the bouts less severe and the hallucinations infrequent. My only regret is that I went untreated for more than 10 years. I could have saved myself a lot of headaches (This is a lesson for those suffering depression. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you’ll feel better.)

One brief note: Years later, I came across both Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE account and Howard Storm’s NDE account of a realm in hell, where they described a kind of battlefield of human souls who were locked into harmful mind-sets. Reading these accounts for the first time frightened me because they are remarkable description of the battle I had in my mind with “demons” while I was in a state of profound psychotic depression. Below are excerpts of what I am referring to:

a. Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE Observations of Earthbound Souls

Dr. George Ritchie’s near-death experience excerpt of hell’s battlefield which is a good description of my battle with “demons” during a psychotic hallucination. It was a psychotic depression that caused me to hallucinate very frightening religious images. But mostly it was a battle for my very sanity and for what I thought was the possession of my soul:

“So far in our journeying we had visited places where the living and the dead existed side by side: indeed where disembodied beings, completely unsuspected by the living, hovered right on top of the physical things and people where their desire was focused.

“Now, however, although we were apparently still somewhere on the surface of the Earth, I could see no living man or woman. The plain was crowded, even jammed with hordes of ghostly discarnate beings; nowhere was there a solid, light-surrounded person to be seen. All of these thousands of people were apparently no more substantial than I myself. And they were the most frustrated, the angriest, the most completely miserable beings I had ever laid eyes on. “Lord Jesus!” I cried. ‘Where are we?’

“At first I thought we were looking at some great battlefield. Everywhere spirits were locked in what looked like fights to the death, writhing, punching, gouging. No weapons of any sort, I saw as I looked closer, only bare hands and feet and teeth. And then I noticed that no one was apparently being injured. There was no blood, no bodies strewed on the ground. A blow that ought to have eliminated an opponent would leave him exactly as before. If I suspected that I was seeing hell, now I was sure of it. These creatures seemed locked into habits of mind and emotion, into hatred, lust, destructive thought-patterns.

“Even more hideous than the bites and kicks they exchanged, were the sexual abuses many were performing in feverish pantomime. Perversions I had never dreamed of were being vainly attempted all around us. It was impossible to tell if the howls of frustration which reached us were actual sounds or only the transference of despairing thoughts. Indeed in this disembodied world it didn’t seem to matter. Whatever anyone thought, however fleetingly or unwillingly, was instantly apparent to all around him, more completely than words could have expressed it, faster than sound waves could have carried it. And the thoughts most frequently communicated had to do with the superior knowledge, or abilities, or background of the thinker.

“‘I told you so!’ “I always knew!’

“‘Didn’t I warn you!’ were shrieked into the echoing air over and over. With a feeling of sick familiarity I recognized here my own thinking. In these yelps of envy and wounded self-importance I heard myself all too well. Once again, however, no condemnation came from the presence at my side, only a compassion for these unhappy creatures that was breaking his heart.

What was keeping them here? Why didn’t each one just get up and leave? I could see no reason why the person being screamed at by that man with the contorted face didn’t simply walk away. Or why that young woman didn’t put a thousand miles between herself and the other one who was so furiously beating her with insubstantial fists? They couldn’t actually hold onto their victims, any of these insanely angry beings. There were no fences. Nothing apparently prevented them from simply going off alone.

“Unless – unless there was no alone in this realm of disembodied spirits. No private corners in a universe where there were no walls. No place that was not inhabited by other beings to whom one was totally exposed at all times. What was it going to be like, I thought with sudden panic, to live forever where my most private thoughts were not private at all? No disguising them, no covering them up, no way to pretend I was anything but what I actually was. How unbearable. Unless of course everyone around me had the same kind of thoughts – Unless there was a kind of consolation in finding others as loathsome as one’s self, even if all we could do was hurl our venom at each other.

“Perhaps this was the explanation for this hideous plain. Perhaps in the course of eons or of seconds, each creature here had sought out the company of others as pride and hate-filled as himself, until together they formed this society of the damned. Perhaps it was not Jesus who had abandoned them, but they who had fled from the light that showed up their darkness. There were beings arguing over some religious or political point, trying to kill the ones who did not agree with them. I thought when I saw this: “No wonder our world is in such a mess and we have had so many tragic religious wars. No wonder this was breaking Christ’s heart, the one who came to teach us peace and love.”

b. Howard Storm’s NDE of Experiencing Earthbound Souls

The following is an excerpt of Howard Storm’s near-death experience of hell’s “battlefield” which is a good description of the “hand-to-hand combat” with harmful earthbound souls whom I fought in my mind during a psychotic hallucination:

“Finally, I told them that I wouldn’t go any farther. At that time they changed completely. They became much more aggressive and insisted that I was going with them. A number of them began to push and shove me, and I responded by hitting back at them. A wild orgy of frenzied taunting, screaming and hitting ensued. I fought like a wild man. All the while it was obvious that they were having great fun. It seemed to be, almost, a game for them, with me as the center-piece of their amusement. My pain became their pleasure. They seemed to want to make me hurt by clawing at me and biting me. Whenever I would get one off me, there were five more to replace the one.

“By this time it was almost complete darkness, and I had the sense that instead of there being twenty or thirty, there were an innumerable host of them. Each one seemed set on coming in for the sport they got from hurting me. My attempts to fight back only provoked greater merriment. They began to physically humiliate me in the most degrading ways. As I continued to fight on and on, I was aware that they weren’t in any hurry to win. They were playing with me just as a cat plays with a mouse. Every new assault brought howls of cacophony. Then at some point, they began to tear off pieces of my flesh. To my horror I realized I was being taken apart and eaten alive, slowly, so that their entertainment would last as long a possible.

“At no time did I ever have any sense that the beings who seduced and attacked me were anything other than human beings. The best way I can describe them is to think of the worst imaginable person stripped of every impulse to do good. Some of them seemed to be able to tell others what to do, but I had no sense of any structure or hierarchy in an organizational sense. They didn’t appear to be controlled or directed by anyone. Basically they were a mob of beings totally driven by unbridled cruelty and passions.

“During our struggle I noticed that they seemed to feel no pain. Other than that they appeared to possess no special non-human or super-human abilities. Although during my initial experience with them I assumed that they were clothed, in our intimate physical contact I never felt any clothing whatsoever.

“Fighting well and hard for a long time, ultimately I was spent. Lying there exhausted amongst them, they began to calm down since I was no longer the amusement that I had been. Most of the beings gave up in disappointment because I was no longer amusing, but a few still picked and gnawed at me and ridiculed me for no longer being any fun. By this time I had been pretty much taken apart. People were still picking at me, occasionally, and I just lay there all torn up, unable to resist.

“Exactly what happened was … and I’m not going to try and explain this. From inside of me I felt a voice, my voice, say, ‘Pray to God.’ My mind responded to that, ‘I don’t pray. I don’t know how to pray.’ This is a guy lying on the ground in the darkness surrounded by what appeared to be dozens if not hundreds and hundreds of vicious creatures who had just torn him up. The situation seemed utterly hopeless, and I seemed beyond any possible help whether I believed in God or not.

“The voice again told me to pray to God. It was a dilemma since I didn’t know how. The voice told me a third time to pray to God. I started saying things like, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want … God bless America’ and anything else that seemed to have a religious connotation. And these people went into a frenzy, as if I had thrown boiling oil all over them. They began yelling and screaming at me, telling me to quit, that there was no God, and no one could hear me. While they screamed and yelled obscenities, they also began backing away from me as if I were poison. As they were retreating, they became more rabid, cursing and screaming that what I was saying was worthless and that I was a coward.

“I screamed back at them, ‘Our Father who art in heaven,’ and similar ideas. This continued for some time until, suddenly, I was aware that they had left. It was dark, and I was alone yelling things that sounded churchy. It was pleasing to me that these churchy sayings had such an effect on those awful beings.

“Lying there for a long time, I was in such a state of hopelessness, and blackness, and despair, that I had no way of measuring how long it was. I was just lying there in an unknown place all torn and ripped. And I had no strength; it was all gone. It seemed as if I were sort of fading out, that any effort on my part would expend the last energy I had. My conscious sense was that I was perishing, or just sinking into the darkness.

“Now I didn’t know if I was even in the world. But I did know that I was here. I was real, all my senses worked too painfully well. I didn’t know how I had arrived here. There was no direction to follow even if I had been physically able to move. The agony that I had suffered during the day was nothing compared to what I was feeling now. I knew then that this was the absolute end of my existence, and it was more horrible than anything I could possibly have imagined.

“Then a most unusual thing happened. I heard very clearly, once again in my own voice, something that I had learned in nursery Sunday School. It was the little song, ‘Jesus loves me, yes I know …’ and it kept repeating. I don’t know why, but all of a sudden I wanted to believe that. Not having anything left, I wanted to cling to that thought. And I, inside, screamed, ‘Jesus, please save me.’

“That thought was screamed with every ounce of strength and feeling left in me. When I did that, I saw, off in the darkness somewhere, the tiniest little star. Not knowing what it was, I presumed it must be a comet or a meteor, because it was moving rapidly. Then I realized it was coming toward me. It was getting very bright, rapidly. When the light came near, its radiance spilled over me, and I just rose up not with my effort I just lifted up. Then I saw and I saw this very plainly I saw all my wounds, all my tears, all my brokenness, melt away. And I became whole in this radiance.”

c. My Analysis of Dr. George Ritchie and Howard Storm’s Earthbound Experiences

These two descriptions of a hellish battlefield in the realm of thought are remarkable descriptions of what I believed was happening to me while in a state of profound psychotic depression. This is one of the reason’s why these two NDEs are at the top of my list for being the most credible from my perspective.

By the time of my after-death communication (ADC) of my mother, I was a self-proclaimed expert on hallucinations. Not only had I lost my fear of the hellish hallucinations I have experienced, I was understanding them in light of near-death experiences. People have near-death experiences and religious visions from manic depressive hallucinations.

4. My Pre-Birth Memory of My Mission From God

In the early 60s when I was a child, I used to play with a old, broken television set. For some reason, I knew that I could rebuild it into a machine that would answer any questions that people put to it – like an oracle. This idea of mine was very strong in my head when I was a kid and eventually I didn’t think anymore about it. When I went to college in the 70’s, I took a computer programming class and, at that time, there were no personal computers or computer monitors – only huge mainframe computers and teletypewriters with no monitors. Then, personal computers with television-like monitors came out, and I believe that was the beginning of the fruition of my childhood oracle idea involving televisions. Then, I went back to college to further my education right when the Internet was beginning to take off. I learned the technology behind the Internet, how to create websites, and got my BS degree in Computer Science. While I was taking a class on website design, something reminded me of my childhood oracle idea. At some point in college, as I was learning web design, I knew I was going to create a website on the Internet devoted to what I have been learning about NDEs. And I began to believe that this was the fulfillment of my childhood idea. In 1996, I began this NDE website (www.near-death.com) with the knowledge that I was fulfilling that childhood idea of working on a computer that acts as an oracle which will answer questions put to it and present the results in a television format. What I ended up creating was create a large database of NDE information on the Internet for anyone to do keyword searches on from their personal computers.

People who have NDEs are sometimes given information about their mission in life learned before they were born. We are all on a mission from God in this world whether we realize it or not. And as the years go by, I become more and more satisfied that I am fulfilling my mission by doing just what I am doing now with this website. And I believe my childhood idea was an early memory of my mission. You can read more information about pre-birth memories on my website.

5. My Past-Life Memory as My Grandmother’s Father

When I moved up to northern California from southern California in 1995, I moved in with my grandparents (who were in their late 80s then) temporarily until I could figure out where to go next. But, I ended up staying with them to finishing my last semester in college which I did. At some point, I knew that if I didn’t move out, I would end up taking care of them to the end. I eventually made the decision that I would stay with them to the end. I loved them very much and there where more like parents to me than grandparents. My grandparents and I go way back to when I was a child in the early 60’s and I have many fond memories of them. My grandmother and I had a lot in common. We were both manic depressives who experienced suicidal depressions. She was a fundamentalist Christian and we loved to sit and talk about the Bible. Although she thought my NDE books were “nutty” and even worse, our religious faith had a lot in common. Over the years, I attempted to persuade her from the Bible that when people die, they don’t sleep in their graves and they don’t come out like Frankenstein when Jesus comes. Their idea of death was the traditional view and it was not a good view to have when you’re almost into your 90s.

As the years went by, her health began to deteriorate to the point where she couldn’t take care of herself anymore. It was a slow deterioration and I spent several years moving her around, putting her on the toilet, changing her diapers, etc… It was a labor of love because I loved her so much and we didn’t want to put her in a nursing home. I am a big person and she was not. I found myself talking and thinking of her as more of a daughter of mine that I never had. I was on temporary state disability and almost on permanent federal disability, so I had plenty of time and opportunity to help her all the way to the end. But eventually, her health problems became so severe that we had to put her in a nursing home. After about a year of being there, she died. It was October 2002.

But years before her death, while I was her full-time caregiver, she told me about her father for whom I knew virtually nothing about. She told me about his alcohol problem which caused a lot family problems. He used to make his own beer which many people around the turn of the century did. He even did a little bootlegging. My grandmother told me that her father’s brother owned a bar and both of them had a drinking problem. Eventually, her father lost his job and spent family money on booze. He was eventually kicked out of the house because my grandmother’s mother just had enough. He made many attempts to try to get back into the family, but my grandmother’s mother would not permit it. He would show up at the door and even try to sneak into the house. The final time he showed up with a gun to his head. When he was refused entry, he shot and killed himself in front of his family.

While my grandmother was telling me about her father, a very strong realization was occurring in my mind. As she was talking about him, I remember thinking that it seemed as though she was talking about me. I say this for many reasons. First of all, while she was describing her father and his life, it became obvious to me that he was manic depressive and it was probably from him that my grandmother and I inherited the gene for depression. The combination of alcohol, suicide, genetic predisposition, and his behavior, all made me understand his problem and attempts to self-medicate. But also, I identified with him because I had dealt with my own similar problems with alcohol, suicidal depression, strange behavior, and relations with women. However, it was the fact that I was taking care of my grandmother in her last final years at the time that made this past life realization a reality. If I am the reincarnation of my grandmother’s father, then this explains why I ended up in the position of taking care of my grandmother. I was paying the karmic debt I owed her from my previous life as her father when she was a young girl and I killed himself in this manner. All this went through my mind while my grandmother told me the story about her father. It was much more than an epiphany. And the whole situation made perfect sense: my strong love and feelings for my grandmother, my manic depressive struggles, my former alcohol and drug problems, my episodes of suicidal psychosis, my feelings for her as a daughter, and being her caregiver for the last seven years of her life.

Although I cannot prove that I am the reincarnation of my great grandfather Henry Bollinger (which doesn’t really matter anyway because this life is the one we must focus on), I am convinced that everyone has a past life. NDE insights suggests that past lives generally stay within the family. Birds of a feather flock together. Before learning about Henry Bollinger, I used to wonder who I might have been in a past life. I didn’t seem to really fit anyone in my family’s past who fit the bill. But on the day that my grandmother told me the story about her father, I became aware that she was talking about a man who failed her as a father by killing himself, but who came back to redeem himself at the end of her life to care for her when she really needed it the most – in her final years.

You can read more about reincarnation in Christianity and past-life memories on my website.

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The Odds of My ADC Synchronicity Occurring By Chance

You don’t need to do the math to understand that the probability of turning a TV on at random and hearing the song Moon River is extremely minuscule. An exact figure would not be possible I believe; but it is possible to calculate an approximation. The chart below displays the events and a description of what needs to be calculated.

Table of Contents

  1. The Equations to Calculate Probability and Odds
  2. Determine the Events Which Made This “Moon River” Synchronicity Happen
  3. Calculate the Probability of Waking Up and Getting Out of Bed at Exactly the Right Time
  4. Calculate the Probability of Turning the TV on After Getting Out of Bed
  5. Calculate the Probability of Turning the TV On with the Correct Channel Already Set
  6. Calculate the Probability of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Being on the TV Channel at That Time
  7. Calculate the Probability of “Moon River” Playing On “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” At Exactly the Right Time
  8. Calculate the Probability and Odds of All These Events Occurring
  9. Comparing the Odds of My “Moon River” Synchronicity with Being Struck By Lightning

1. The Equations to Calculate Probability and Odds

Odds Equation

The “odds” in favor of an event is the ratio of the number of ways the outcome CAN occur to the number of ways the outcome CANNOT occur.

2. Determine the Events Which Made This “Moon River” Synchronicity Happen

Solution: Determine the events quantifying the “Moon River” Synchronicity and calculate the probabilities. I got out of bed in the morning and turned on the TV. The movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happened to be playing and the song “Moon River” began to play at the very beginning.

a. Let “getting out of bed” = Event (Out of Bed) = The event of waking up and immediately getting out of bed in the morning between 8am and 10am

Let P (Out of Bed) = The probability of waking up and immediately getting out of bed in the morning between 8am and 10am

b. Let “Turning the TV on” = Event (Turn TV on) = The event of turning the TV on immediately after getting out of bed.

Let P (Turn TV on) = The probability of turning the TV on immediately after getting out of bed

c. Let the correct TV Channel = Event (Correct Channel) = The event that the TV happens to be set at just the correct channel that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is playing on when the TV is turned on.

Let P (Correct Channel) = The probability that the TV happens to be set at just the correct channel that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is playing on when the TV is turned on.

d. Let “Breakfast at Tiffany’s playing on the TV” = Event (Tiffany on) = The event that the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happens to be playing on the TV when when turned on

Let P (Tiffany on) = The probability that the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happens to be playing on the TV when when turned on

e. Let the “event of the song Moon River plays at the beginning of the song” = Event (Moon River) = The event that the song “Moon River” happens to begin playing from the very beginning of the song

Let P (Moon River) = The probability that the song “Moon River” happens to begin playing from the very beginning of the song

f. Let “all the above events” occurring = Event (All) = The event of waking up, getting out of bed, turning the TV on, and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is on, and “Moon River” begins to play from the beginning.

Let P (All Events) = The probability of waking up, getting out of bed, turning the TV on, and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is on, and “Moon River” begins to play from the beginning

g. Determine the probability equation of all these events occurring:

P (All Events) = P (Out of Bed) multiplied by P (Turn TV on) multiplied by P (Correct Channel) multiplied by P (Tiffany on) multiplied by P (Moon River)

h. Determine the odds equation of P (All Events) occurring:

Odds (All Events) = P (All Events) divided by 1 – P (All Events)

3. Calculate P (Out of Bed) the Probability of Waking Up and Getting Out of Bed at Exactly the Right Time

Conditions: I don’t remember exactly what time it was when I got out of bed that morning on July 2, 2002. I didn’t have a job at the time and I wasn’t using an alarm clock. However, the vast majority of the time when I wake up and get out of bed is anywhere between 8 am and 10 am. And I am fairly sure this was the time frame that morning.

Problem: What is the probability of waking up and getting out of bed at any particular minute between 8 am and 10 am?

Solution: There are 1200 seconds between 8 am and 10 am. The probability of getting out of bed at any particular minute between 8 -10 am is equal to the probability equation below:

4. Calculate P (Turn TV on) the Probability of Turning the TV on After Getting Out of Bed

Conditions: My morning ritual of getting up in the morning is very routine. The moment I am out of bed, I immediately have three things to do and I don’t always do them in the same order. (1) Head for the bathroom. (2) Turn the TV on. (3) Put on my clothes. It is equally likely that I will immediately do any one of these three things first, depending on certain conditions. So, in mathematical terms, for every three mornings, I immediately turn on the TV first.

Problem: What is the probability of turning the TV on after getting out of bed?

Solution: I have estimate that about one third of the time, I immediately turn the TV on when I wake up and get out of bed. That is 1 out of every 3 mornings, I immediately turn the TV on. So, the probability equation is below:

5. Calculate P (Correct Channel) the Probability of Turning the TV On with the Correct Channel Already Set

Conditions: I do not select a TV channel before I turn on the TV. I just turn it on to whatever channel it was set on the last time I shut the TV off. I have Comcast cable TV with hundreds of channels; but most of the channels are garbage in my opinion. However, there are only 11 channels that I like and regularly watch. I don’t watch anything outside of those channels.

Problem: What is the probability of my TV already being set to the channel that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happens to be on?

Solution: I only watch 11 cable channels and anyone of them could have equally been the channel that came on that morning. So the probability equation is below:

6. Calculate P (Tiffany on) the Probability of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Being on the TV Channel at That Time

Conditions: At this time, I have never seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” before. However, I certainly have heard the song “Moon River” many times. So when I turned the TV on that morning and heard the song begin to play, I was completely flabbergasted to say the least. That song was sung at my mother’s memorial only days before. It was her song. And the night before, I had an awesome after-death communication of my mother when I spontaneously felt her enormous presence for about an hour. So waking up the next morning and hearing “Moon River” when I turned on the TV that morning was a coincidence of really beyond measure.

Problem: For any given day of that month of July, 2002, what is the probability that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would be playing on TV on that day?

Solution: Getting an exact probability for this problem is virtually impossible because I would need to know exactly how many days in July of 2002 the movie played. However, for the sake of getting at least an approximation, let us assume “Breakfast at Tiffany’s played only once in that month of July. This is a fair assumption because the movies I watch normally don’t repeat at another time in the same day or month. So the probability equation is below:

7. Calculate P (Moon River) the Probability of “Moon River” Playing On “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” At Exactly the Right Time

Conditions: When I woke up and turned the TV on, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happened to be on at exactly at the time the song “Moon River” began to play.

Problem: What is the probability of “Moon River” playing from the beginning on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?

Solution: The movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is 115 minutes long. The song “Moon River” is played in its instrumental version only two times in the movie. It plays one time during the film’s opening titles, and another time at the end of the movie. So the probability equation is below:

8. Calculate the Probability and Odds of All These Events Occurring

Conditions: When I woke up, I immediately got out of bed and turned the TV on. The movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” just happened to be on at that time. Immediately the song “Moon River” began to play from the very beginning.

Problem: What is the probability of waking up, immediately getting out of bed and turned the TV on and the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” happens to be on and immediately the song “Moon River” begins to play from the very beginning?

Solution: The probability equation is below:

9. Comparing the Odds of My “Moon River” Synchronicity with Being Struck By Lightning

In conclusion, the approximate odds of getting out of bed in the morning, turning the TV on, with the correct channel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to be on and the song “Moon River” playing from the very beginning is approximately 1 in 6.5 million. This is an extremely long shot when you compare these odds with other odds. The odds of being struck by lightning is 1 in 5 million!

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The After-Death Visitation of My Mother

My mother died on November 24, 2001, in the winter when the frozen Montana soil makes funerals and burials impractical. So her memorial and funeral was set for June 22, 2002. I was living in California at the time recovering from another bout of bipolar disorder mania and depression after a stay in a VA psych ward. As the day of Mom’s funeral approached, the more I realized how it would be the most emotional experience of my life, probably too emotional for my mental health, perhaps leading to another stay the psych ward. It had been several years since I had been to my Mom’s home. But she wasn’t there anymore. Her ashes were there. And her presence would be everywhere. So I decided to do the safe thing and stay home. Still, I was sick to my stomach over the decision. Thankfully, my father provided me a videotape of everything. Watching my Mom’s memorial and funeral on video gave me the ability experience it while remain emotionally removed from everything on the video.

Table of Contents

  1. My Spontaneous After-Death Communication of My Mother
  2. The Song “Moon River” and ADC Synchronicity
  3. Interesting Facts About the Song “Moon River”
  4. My Metaphysical Synchronicity With the Moon

1. My Spontaneous After-Death Communication of My Mother

Four days after viewing my Mom’s memorial video, on July 1, 2002, I was sitting alone in my room watching a television show which was a modern version of Candid Camera – except they do cruel tricks on people. I watched as they were playing mind games on an unsuspecting victim who looked remarkably like my twin brother Steve. I was reminded of my brother’s situation and all the pain and grief that he and his wife had been going through. No one was suffering more over the accident than Steve and his family. Along with their grief over Mom, they had to deal with permanent injuries, and lost employment – not to mention the loss of other things that cannot be valued.

As I thought about my brother, the mind games they were playing on the man on TV was bringing him to tears. Seeing this man in tears, who looked remarkably like my brother, made me cry.

Then something very bizarre but wonderful happened to me. I suddenly felt what I can only describe as a large invisible beam of energy made of pure love and happiness hit my chest. This entire experience did not involve any of my five senses. The beam remained focused over my heart as it poured this powerful energy of heavenly bliss into me. Wonderful feelings of intense love and ecstasy such as I have never felt before was filling and transforming my heart, mind and soul. I sensed this beam was coming from the sky, through the ceiling, and into my chest. I wasn’t too concerned about what it was at the time because it felt incredibly good. As it poured in, I grabbed my chest in ecstasy to let as much of this beam of love and happiness in as possible. I remember having a passing thought of concern that this must be some kind of a gigantic manic depressive episode that I have never experienced before. But the wonderful feelings I was experiencing made me dismiss that thought quickly. The strange transformational feeling I was experiencing began slowly from around place where the beam was entering my chest. Then it slowly spread out from my chest to the rest of my body. I remember thinking how it felt like a man of stone coming to life. I remember thinking that God must be jump-starting my heart. This wonderful and magical feeling lasted at least a minute.

Then, at the height of this ecstasy, came the astounding realization in my mind’s eye that my mother was standing next to me. “Oh, Mom!” I cried. Having nothing to grab onto, I intuitively wrapped my arms around myself and felt her hugging me. Any sorrow remaining within me from losing her, just burst right out of me. At the same time, she filled me to overflowing with heaven which she brought with her. Everything I wanted to say to her, since the day she died, came out of me to her in my mind as well.

Although my five senses didn’t detect her, her presence around me was so strong that I didn’t need to use them. The combination of her strong presence and love, and the ecstatic feelings I was having, elevated my awareness to a degree that I was using senses reserved for hallucinations which I was well experienced with. But this was no drug or psychotic hallucination I have ever experienced. Being with her again made me suddenly realize how long I had been without her. This led to the strange realization that, since her death, I had been slowing forgetting about the feeling of being around her – her presence – without even knowing it. I realized this is how people are able to live the rest of their lives without their loved ones. Over time, we just naturally forget. That momentary thought was unsettling and only her strong presence with me took that thought immediately away.

I had the astonishing realization of my mother knowing from heaven I was despairing over my brother and somehow a “door” was opened allowing her to visit and comfort me. I also understood this became a reality because I was open to the possibility, and would want it to happen, and could handle it if it did happen. So she moved heaven and earth to make it happen. I also realized it was too much for her to bear knowing I was grieving about Steve and his family this way. Along with her sheer force of will, the door was opened for her to visit me from the Other Side. I also felt her communications with us from the Other Side was something she strongly wanted to do.

As I basked in her presence, tears of both joy and sorrow flowed out of me at the same time. As she was cuddling me, I transformed into her little boy again. I could view my relationship with my mother from a perspective I never knew before — from the vantage point of my whole life — all at once. For the rest of that night, I was her child. Memories and feelings I had of my childhood flooded my heart and mind.

Although our communication was mostly non-verbal, I remember moments of strongly hearing her voice in my mind. But most of my experience with her occurred on a conscious level too deep for me to recall. But I do remember her telling me these words:

Momma’s here. I’m here to make everything alright. I’m still here.

I understood her words to mean, although she was in heaven, she is still here with us and aware of what’s going on. And right now, she came back to earth to comfort me and bring heaven to me. I felt her presence multiplied to such a degree, it felt like I was in heaven just being with her again. And I wanted this feeling to last forever. I wanted to be with her forever. I wanted her to take me to heaven. But I also knew this was physically impossible.

I overflowed with heaven from her presence; and thanked God and Mom for allowing it to happen.

I knew this was also a goodbye — the goodbye I couldn’t have before she died.

I also realized my mother allowed me to catch a glimpse of heaven and the love awaiting us there when we meet again.

I was not aware of exactly how long my visitation with my mother lasted, but my guess was about an hour or so. And this heavenly experience didn’t just end abruptly. Everything gradually returned back to normal until eventually I couldn’t feel her presence in the room anymore. But within me, my mother had filled my heart and soul with tremendous happiness and love.

I spent the rest of that magical night contemplating what happened. I knew my mother visited me in an after-death communication because I have read so much about them. Now I have experienced what I have been reading about all these years. This experience with my mother made me even more interested in after-death communications.

But because of my own personal experience with psychedelic, psychotic, and psychic (spiritual) hallucinations, I knew the visitation experience with my mother was a form of hallucination. As I said earlier, none of my five senses were involved — only my intuitive and spiritual senses were involved — and this is why I view this as a form of hallucination. But it was a spontaneous hallucination on a massive scale and this is what makes it different than any hallucination I have ever experienced. Hallucinations don’t happen spontaneously unless there is a drug involved or psychosis present. My experience was more like the religious ecstasies I have read about; so I don’t consider them miracles either. Miracles by definition are impossible; but I know these kind of experiences are possible. Even if my mother had materialized in front of me, and I could see her with my own eyes, I would not consider it a miracle. Historical records and recent studies into after-death communications are filled with such accounts of actual materializations. For my mother’s visitation to a miracle, she would have had to leave something physical behind — such as her heavenly shoe or ring. Now that would be a miracle!

My mother didn’t leave me a ring, but she left me with something far more meaningful to me. And I found it only hours later when I woke up the next morning.

2. The Song “Moon River” and ADC Synchronicity

The next morning, I awoke with wonderful thoughts and feelings of my mother and her visit only hours ago. I laid there in bed awhile thinking about how all the happiness I was experiencing might put me in danger of becoming manic — the other side of manic depression marked by elevated mood. I decided I would see my doctor just to be safe.

I then got out of bed and turned on the television set which is something I often do. What happened next was far more difficult for me to believe than my visitation with my mother just hours earlier. What happened when I turned on the TV was practically a miracle.

When I turned the TV set on, immediately the song Moon River began to play! Time seemed to momentarily stop as my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe my ears! By pure coincidence, I turned the TV on to a movie that just happened to play the song Moon River – my mother’s song! This song was also sung by my brother at my mother’s memorial only nine days prior. By randomly turning the TV set on to the song Moon River, I had just experienced the “Mother of all Synchronistic Coincidences” — pun intended. And at the time, I didn’t need to do the math to know how improbable such an event could occur at random. Later, I calculated the odds of turning a TV on anytime at random and hearing the song Moon River in a movie. The odds of this happening at random is over 1 in 6.5 million. By comparison, the odds of being struck by lightning by pure chance is 1 in 5 million. I also discovered that the movie appearing on the TV that morning was called Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The cable records are there to prove it.

When Moon River began to play, I picked up my metaphorical jaw off the floor, sat down in my chair, and let the message of Moon River flow. It was Henri Mancini’s orchestra playing the song and I hadn’t heard this version of Moon River since I was a child listening to it on my mother’s stereo. And it moved me to my very soul. I also knew I would have to see my doctor after this because I knew this was the closest thing to a miracle I have ever experienced. And I feared mania would carry me away – and it was pure heaven.

Hearing the song Moon River that morning meant so many things to me. It was a “sign” from God. It was certainly proof to my mind there was indeed life after death. It was physical confirmation validating my spiritual experience with my mother was a physical reality. It was the biggest coincidence — a synchronicity — that ever happened to me. Just hours before, my mother visited me. Just four days before, I watched my brother sing Moon River on videotape. Nine days before, he sang Moon River at our mother’s memorial. Eleven days before, my sister remembered for the first time since childhood, Moon River as our mother’s favorite song. The message is clear — my mother is still alive though she is physically dead.

3. Interesting Facts About the Song Moon River

Moon River is a beautiful song from the early 60’s which my mother identified with as a young mother. For me, the song represents a time of innocence for my family and for America in general. Those were the illusionary days of Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, and My Three Sons — before the political assassinations, the Vietnam war, and the social upheaval came and blew all the illusions away.

Moon River

Moon River, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re going,
I’m going your way.

Two drifters, off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end,
waiting round the bend,
my huckleberry friend.
Moon River, and me.

— Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini

After the very first screening of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the president of Paramount paced around the room, puffing on a cigar, and said, “Well, I’ll tell you one thing, you can get rid of the song.” Thankfully, Audrey Hepburn was there and to her credit, stood up and said, “Over my dead body.”

Henri Mancini’s version of Moon River won the Academy Award in 1962 for Best Original Song.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount, 1961) starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard and was directed by Blake Edwards. The screenplay was written by George Axelrod based on a novel by Truman Capote. The song Moon River was sung in the movie by Audrey Hepburn.

What is meant by “my huckleberry friend” in the song Moon River? In the book entitled, Our Huckleberry Friend: The Life, Times and Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, it describes how Johnny and his friends would enjoy spending the summers picking wild huckleberries (i.e., blueberries) by a river now known as Moon River. They would put the huckleberries in pails and bring them home to put in ice cream. So this was the origin of “my huckleberry friend” — not about Huckleberry Finn as many people erroneous believe. It was just Johnny as a little boy with his friends enjoying themselves as they picked huckleberries.

Other movies with the song Moon River in it include: The Godfather, Ocean’s Eleven (2001), The Presidio, Born on the Fourth of July, and The Brotherhood.

You can also listen to a clip of the song “Moon River” as performed by Henri Mancini.

4. My Metaphysical Synchronicity With the Moon

My close association with the moon and Moon River intrigues me. I am a moon child born under the sign of Cancer. Moon children are said to be very emotional almost to the point of being unable to control themselves which is often true of me. My manic depressive illness has a connection with the moon. Mental illness was thought by the ancients to be caused by the moon (lunatic = luna = moon). My heavenly visit with my mother occurred in July under the sign of Cancer.

The month of November of 2001, the month of my mother’s death, was unique in that two full moons occurred within that month. This astronomical configuration is termed a “Blue Moon” and it occurs once in approximately once every two and a half years. During November 2001 the first full moon fell in Taurus on the 1st of the month and on the 30th of November Gemini was graced with the second or “Blue Moon”. According to astrologers, the November 2001 Blue Moon would strongly influence the signs of Taurus, Gemini, Scorpio and Sagittarius. My mother was born under the sign of Taurus.

I had my astrological birth chart created by a professional astrologer many years ago. I asked her how fraternal twin brothers, such as my brother and I, who were different in personality and tastes (unlike some identical twins) could somehow be connected to a similar birth chart. She explained how minor differences between birth time in minutes or hours can affect a birth chart. She also explained how one brother’s birth chart can be interpreted using Sun-sign astrological principles and the other using Moon-sign astrology. I clearly fall under a Moon-sign interpretation.

Because I am a male Cancer and moon child, this means the moon also rules my relationship with my mother and other important females in my life. This astrological principle certainly applies to me. I also have a sister and step-mother are moon children.

In astrological terms, the moon represents a general reflection of what humans have been in past lives. Because I have strong memories of some of my past life identities, this astrological principle certainly applies to me.

Considering my connection to my mother is so strong, and my astrological connection with the moon is so strong, and our connection with Moon River is so strong, this may explain why my “Moon River experience” was so strong and why Moon River had such a positive effect on healing the grief of losing the central component of my family, and why Moon River shows how my connection to my mother will never be broken.

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My Transition Through Grief of Losing My Mother

Many people know how the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences anyone can ever have in life. I never knew what losing a loved one meant until I my mother died in 2001. Before this time, I was focused primarily upon the ecstasy experienced by people who experienced death and the afterlife during a near-death experience (NDE). Near-death experiencers (NDErs) tell us there is nothing better on Earth than being dead. I remember one particular experiencer saying it is the living who dwell in the land of death. On the Other Side is eternal life. I heard one particular NDEr say, “You will never be more dead than you are right now.” Other NDErs have expressed a similar thought, such as, no matter how good life on Earth can be, it is a miserable cesspool compared to heaven. One experiencer, Dr. Dianne Morrissey, eloquently put it this way:

“If I lived a billion years more, in my body or yours, there’s not a single experience on Earth that could ever be as good as being dead. Nothing.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

I love this quote so much, it was the inspiration for the title of my book Nothing Better Than Death. Ironically and sadly, while I was writing this book, my mother died in a car accident. My twin brother was severely injured and his wife broke her back almost killing her.

Before she died, I had never before experienced the death of someone so close to me whom I loved so much. I was confident that when the day came for me to experience such a loss, the knowledge in my head which I obtained from NDE books would protect my heart from grief. But I was wrong. When it came to death, I was an expert on the Other Side. But when my mother died, I realized how retarded I was about death on this side of life.

For a long time, I would advise grieving mothers they should try not grieve too much over their lost children because unnaturally excessive grief can hinder their child’s progression on the Other Side. (I cringe every time I think about this because I gave this advice to a great number of people). Although I believe this advice to be correct, it wasn’t until I experienced profound grief myself that I realized how cold and clinical such advice is. I viewed grief as the enemy – not death. I mistakenly believed profound grief could be avoided by becoming properly educated in NDE research. And I assumed people who were already grieving over a loss just needed some NDE education, which I believed would be enough to help them.

But when my own mother died, I eventually learned how untrue all this was. My real education concerning grief began. It would end with me still believing death is the next best thing on Earth (with love at number one.) But now I knew this holds true only for those who have died. For surviving family and friends, death can be a living hell on Earth.

My delusion of NDE education protecting people from grief vanished along with my mother. It was an education on life and death which can’t be taught in classes or learned in books. It can only be learned through the “School of Hard Knocks.” My grief over the loss of my mother was a difficult journey of self-examination which began with extreme denial. Then my denial was eventually penetrated by painful reality checks which bombarded my mind. As my delusions became dispelled, reality and grief began to set in. Grief turned into depression. Depression turned into suicidal depression. But with the help of adjustments to my antidepressant regime and stays in the psych ward, I made it through and recovered. Then, one night my mother suddenly visited me in spirit in an experience called an after-death communication.

When the car accident happened on November 24, 2001, and I learned my had mother died, I was more excited by the fact she had made the ultimate transition than I was over the fact she was gone. After all, everyone returns to “Home” to God when their time is ready, and it was her time. She had graduated. Even when my father broke the news to me about the accident, I didn’t really know at first how to react because my initial feeling was, “Wow, Mom’s in heaven! That’s great! She’s with Jesus!” All those many wonderful hours my mother and I spent watching near-death documentary videos together and now she actually made the transition herself! I was envious.

When our family gathered together to comfort one another, I was a little embarrassed about my mania. Mania is a very elevated, elated, and expansive mood which can lead to psychosis and serious hallucinations for a manic depressive such as myself. I was proud of the fact that I was happy about her death because it meant I passed the test: I really do believe there is nothing better than death. I was not devastated by death! Not even the death of my own mother! After all, what was there to be devastated about? In my mind, my mother’s death was the equivalent of her being freed from San Quentin prison after serving a lifetime of hard labor. And not only this, I believed it was the equivalent of her being transported to Hawaii where I will someday soon join her. What is there to be devastated about?

It wasn’t very long before the mania subsided, the denial faded, and the full reality of losing my mother really meant began to sink in. Ultimately, my delusions of grandeur came crashing down like the mythological Satan falling like lightning from heaven and I fell into a pit of emotional hell. The full magnitude of my loss began to sink painfully into my head and no amount of lithium was going to stop it. The reality checks entered my brain until the full realization came:

She is gone from this world forever. I am never going to see her in this world again. Life will never be the same without her. I will have to live without her for the rest of my life. Only death can reunite us. That may take a lifetime. I wish I were dead now.

My illusions of there being nothing better in this world than death began to crack. Although I was already on many medications for depression, they did not prevent the coming depression, although it may have made it less severe. The loss of my mother triggered a chemical imbalance in my brain which led to depression. The sooner a person visits their doctor at the first signs of depression, the sooner they will get relief. In my case, because I have manic depression and was in danger of psychosis, I checked myself into the psych ward. Because of my mental illness, checking myself into a psych ward was something I had done several times before in my life so it was not a big deal.

At this point, I want to emphasize how critical it is to see a doctor at the first signs of depression. You will save yourself and your family a lot of pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many people are either not aware of the signs or decide to go untreated. Based on my own experience, the highest hurdle I ever had to get myself over was to admit there is something wrong with my mind — to admit I needed to see a “psychiatrist” – to admit I may need to go to a hospital for the mind. People with other physical illnesses, such as cancer patients or heart patients, generally don’t have this hurdle.

The signs of depression are not always obvious at first. But left untreated, these signs can get much worse. They are: profound sadness and hopelessness, sleep problems (too much or too little), loss of energy (you don’t have the energy to even get out of bed), loss of concentration, loss of appetite, and loss of sex drive. In severe cases, there may be: suicidal thoughts, paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. Seeking a doctor’s help can literally be a lifesaver at this point. The following is my description of severe depression:

Depression is so disabling, you have absolutely no energy to think, move, sleep, or take the medicine needed to get well. Depression feels like falling into a 30-foot deep grave and realizing there is no way out and that it’s never going to end. Utter darkness surrounds you as profound sadness, misery and confusion descends upon your mind like a thick fog. It is a devastating mental, emotional, and physical hell, comparable to becoming a zombie, one of the living dead. Depression feels like the death of your spirit; leaving you feeling like an empty corpse with all hope lost forever. As time drags on, you feel like you are rotting away mentally and physically. Left untreated, the illness can get progressively worse. You may begin hearing frightening voices in your head which you are convinced are not your own. If you believe in Satan, your reality might transform into what you believe is a demonic world of persecution involving self-condemnation, self-judgment, self-loathing, and self-delusion. You may feel like demons are everywhere trying to possess your corpse. Your mind can be dragged through the very gates of insanity where the voices of hell, frightening apparitions, bizarre delusions, and reality becomes an endless loony tune show playing out in your head and all around you. The mental, emotional and spiritual torment can become so overwhelming, suicide becomes like a friend and death a welcome way out. All the while, your loved ones may be wondering why you can’t get out of bed. Nobody knows or understands what’s happening to you — not even yourself. They wonder why you can’t just “snap out of it.” Even worse, if you do give in to suicide, your loved ones will die a thousand deaths wondering why. And then your living hell will probably become your after death hell as well.

The unfortunate thing about medicine for depression is that they don’t work immediately. It may take up to a month before the medicine begins to take effect. However, medications for many of the symptoms of depression work immediately: such as medicine for anxiety, insomnia and psychosis. This is why it is best to seek help right away and not wait.

Don’t Believe The Bull Crap About Shock Treatments Being Harmful

There is only one treatment for severe depression I know works within days and sometimes immediately. It is electroconvulsive therapy (or ECT or electroshock treatments or “shock treatments”). This treatment has received a very bad reputation from uninformed people in the media and politics – but especially from the movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” It is very unfortunate how this movie had such a damaging effect upon the psychiatric community because of the movie’s misrepresentation of ECT. And it wasn’t like mental illness had a good reputation to begin with either. The hysteria this movie created ultimately resulted in ECT almost being eliminated entirely as a treatment during the 1970’s. The price paid to make a few Hollywood people rich was the needlessly suffering of millions of mentally ill people who couldn’t get access to ECT thanks to the tremendous falsehoods and misconceptions this movie created. The PR damage can be seen even to this day.

The Truth Is This: Electroconvulsive therapy is safer than taking aspirin. The amount of electricity used in this procedure is very tiny. Heart patients get their hearts resuscitated with a far more amount of electricity than ECT. Electroconvulsive therapy saves lives as well because it can prevent people from committing suicide instantly. The procedure is performed while the patient is asleep under anesthetic so there is absolutely no pain involved. Relief from a catatonic depression can be instantaneous using ECT. This occurred to my grandmother (who was also bipolar) after she underwent ECT after suffering catatonic depression for weeks. I cannot praise ECT enough! In fact, my psychiatrist has informed me how my bipolar disorder will likely get worse as I get older like my grandmother. I will not hesitate to have ECT treatment for myself because of the “miraculous” affect it has in immediately ending severe depression. If you have a loved one for whom ECT is recommended, do not hesitate to have it done. It is a life-saver and you’re loved one with thank you for it!

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Psychology Synchronicity and ADCs

A Brief Timeline of My Family’s After-Death Communications From My Mother

My family began receiving after-death communications (ADCs) from my mother just days after she died suddenly in 2001. We continue to receive ADCs regularly throughout the decades following her death with the latest one occurring in 2018. These ADCs happen spontaneously through lucid dreams, paranormal experiences of feeling her presence, hearing her voice, and numerous “synchronicities” experienced by family members coinciding around her special anniversaries, such as the day of her death, her memorial, and her birthday. These synchronicities are experiences related to my mother’s favorite song, Moon River, a beautiful song by Henry Mancini originally created to be performed by Audrey Hepburn‘s character in the movie adaptation of Truman Capote‘s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a song made more famous by Andy Williams, a song sung her at her memorial, and a song perfectly describing her personality and life. The following is a brief timeline of the ADC synchronicities my family received after my mother’s death.

1961
The song Moon River became famous by Audrey Hepburn in Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A more popular version of Moon River was later made famous by Andy Williams. My mother may have seen this movie with one of more of her friends. This is only speculation. [Details]

Early 1960’s
The song Moon River as sung by Andy Williams became my mother’s favorite song and could be heard frequently on our living room stereo when I was a child. [Details]

1970
My young mother left her young husband and four children for a man named Paul which was remarkably synchronistic with Truman Capote‘s characters in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. [Details]

September 26, 1978
I attended a college lecture on this day by Truman Capote, the inspiration of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the inspiration for the song Moon River. [Details]

September, 1978
Days after the Truman Capote lecture on September 26, 1978, I attended a college fraternity party at a hot springs in the vast wilderness area near Yellowstone National Park just three miles away from where my mother would die in a car accident 23 years later in 2001. [Details]

November 15, 2000
I created a music CD for my mother with her favorite song, Moon River, at the top of the list. [Details]

November 24, 2001
My mother died in a car accident on this day while hunting with my fraternal twin brother’s family near Yellowstone Park. The accident occurred just three miles away from the college fraternity party I attended in 1978 during “Rush Week” festivities when I attended the Truman Capote lecture. [Details]

November 26, 2001
On this day, just two days after my mother’s death, she appeared to my sister and I in similar lucid ADC visitation dreams on the same night. My mother told me about a message she had yet to give my brother Glenn which I would find out later related to my brother’s memory of the song Moon River. [Details]

November 26, 2001
On the same day as my spontaneous visitation dream of my mother sitting on a couch in a heavenly room, my brother Glenn had a spontaneous childhood memory of my mother sitting on a couch in the living room with him in her arms singing Moon River. [Details]

November 28, 2001
On this day, just two days after my ADC visitation dream of my mother, I phoned my sister Debbie and told her about it. She then told me about a remarkably similar ADC dream of my mother she had on the same night as mine. [Details]

June 20, 2002
On this day, just days before Glenn would sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial, Debbie spontaneously remembered Moon River as a song she associated with Mom. It was also a song she hadn’t thought of since childhood. Debbie would experience a major synchronicity when my brother Glenn sang Moon River two days later at my Mom’s memorial. [Details]

June 22, 2002
My brother sang Moon River in my mother’s memory at her memorial. [Details]

June 27, 2002
I watched my mother’s memorial on videotape on this day and heard my brother sing Moon River. [Details]

July 1, 2002
On this evening, just days after watching my mother’s memorial and hearing Glenn sing Moon River, I had a spontaneous and powerful hour-long ADC visitation with my mother where I felt her enormous presence. [Details]

July 2, 2002
The next morning, only hours after my ADC presence of my mother, I turned the television on and by pure coincidence Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s came on and the song Moon River began to play. I immediately understood this to be a profound ADC synchronicity validating the profound ADC visitation of my mother just hours earlier. [Details]

July 21, 2002
My father heard Paul Harvey on the car radio discussing a news item about the real Moon River. [Details]

November 5, 2003
I published these ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website on this day. [Details]

November 5, 2003
On the same day, my brother Glenn heard the song Moon River highlighted on the television show “Sex and the City.” [Details]

November 6, 2003
The next day, Glenn read my email about the ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website. Because he heard Moon River play the night before on “Sex and the City,” this was a big Moon River synchronicity for him. [Details]

November 24, 2003
On this day, the second anniversary of my mother’s death, my sister Debbie coincidentally watched Andy Williams sing Moon River on a cable biography of him. [Details]

November 25, 2003
The next day I phoned my sister Debbie. To my utter amazement, she told me about hearing Andy Williams singing Moon River on TV the previous day, on the second anniversary of my mother’s death. [Details]

November 25, 2003
On the same day, Steve and his wife Sandy were browsing around in a mall music store when Sandy picked the first CD she saw on the shelf at random. It was a Barbara Streisand CD. Out of curiosity, she looked on the back of the CD and saw the song Moon River listed on it. [Details]

December 6, 2003
On this date, for the first time I learned what inspired Glenn to sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial. A few days after her death, he remembered an incident in his childhood where he sat on the couch in the living room with my mother singing Moon River. [Details]

December 9, 2003
On this date, I finally discovered the Moon River news article my father heard about last year on his car radio by Paul Harvey. [Details]

February – April 2005
A copy editor volunteered to create a manuscript from my family’s ADCs and “Moon River coincidences” for my next book. It resulted in her personally experiencing numerous profound Moon River coincidences. [Details]

July 28-29, 2009
As my father was in a coma and dying from complications related to lymphoma, he experienced a phenomenon called “terminal lucidity.” [Details]

October 15, 2009
My father appeared to me in an ADC visitation dream months after his death and just three days before his birthday. [Details]

July 29, 2010
This is the first anniversary of my father’s death and transition to heaven. [Details]

August 1, 2010
A few days later, on this evening while watching TV, I stumbled across the beginning of the show “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show.” [Details]

August 3, 2010
On this evening while watching TV, I heard Moon River played by Henry Mancini from Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s on an infomercial for Time-Life’s “Golden Age of Pop.” [Details]

August 4, 2010
I received an email from my step-mother Marilee Williams telling me how she also stumbled across “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” on TV on August 1st. [Details]

August 7, 2010
On this evening while watching TV, I stumbled across repeats of “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” and an A&E Biography of Truman Capote. [Details]

August 8, 2010
The A&E Biography of Truman Capote repeated on this date. [Details]

August 9, 2010
The actress Patricia Neal, from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, died on this day. [Details]

July 29, 2011
This is the second anniversary of my Dad’s transition to heaven. [Details]

July 30, 2011
The next day, while searching the Internet for more information about a TV show I was watching, I stumbled across an article about “The Moon River Brewing Company.” [Details]

October 16, 2011
On this day, two days before my deceased father’s birthday, I experienced an ADC of hearing his voice speaking clearly in my ear. [Details]

October 18, 2011
On my father’s birthday, I stumbled across a relevant article about Truman Capote‘s main character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly GoLightly, Moon River, and the 60’s sexual revolutions. [Details]

October 19, 2011
My step-mother Marilee told me she heard the song Moon River played on a TV show the previous night on my father’s birthday. [Details]

April 20, 2017
I received a tremendous epiphany on this date about an event I experienced in 1978 near Yellowstone Park as part of a special week of university festivities which included the Truman Capote lecture. But even more amazing, I discovered the fraternity party was just three miles away from the 2001 accident where my mother died. [Details]

October 1, 2018
On this evening I participated in the first meeting of the Sacramento IANDS Group where I spoke about my book and how the ADCs related to my mother provided evidence of her continuing survival. A local news station covered the event which I watched on TV later that evening. Minutes later, a news story about Truman Capote appeared. [Details]

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Psychology Synchronicity and ADCs

A Detailed Timeline of My Family’s After-Death Communications From My Mother

The paranormal aspect of these after-death communications (ADCs) include: (1) my mother’s successful ability to provide evidence of her continued survival after bodily death through lucid dreams, physical contact, and a series of remarkable coincidences over the years which have provided comfort her grieving family; (2) my mother’s successful ability to say her “goodbyes” to her children — something she wasn’t able to do in life because of the suddenness of her death — through these ADCs of lucid dreams and a particular synchronicity of the song Moon River; and (3) how these ADCs and numerous synchronicities altogether reveal one beautiful, synchronistic connection itself between my mother and the main character in Truman Capote‘s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s which this article will show was also the inspiration for multitudes of young, liberated housewives and mothers of the revolutionary 60’s to seek the same self-realization. These ADCs are events verifiable through sources such as cable television listings, telephone records, radio program logs, email archives, Internet news articles, website update logs, hospital records, and more importantly, from members of my own family.

1961
The song Moon River became famous by Audrey Hepburn in Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A more popular version of Moon River was later made famous by Andy Williams.

Moon River, a beautiful song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, became famous when was it was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the movie adaptation of Truman Capote‘s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Another version of the song was produced by Andy Williams and made into his signature song. The Atlantic Monthly described Moon River as “a love sung to wanderlust.” The song has also been compared to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” sung by Judy Garland in the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” as having similar symbolism and themes of loneliness and longing to escape for the “American dream” as characteristic of 20th century America. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of Holly GoLightly, a young woman who leaves her family and four children for a new life in the big city. Her constant desire and dream to escape to a better life is epitomized in the movie when she sits on her apartment’s window ledge while singing the song Moon River which was created specifically for this movie character.

“Moon River”
Music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
– waiting ’round the bend, my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Listen to Andy Williams sing the song or Henry Mancini orchestrate the song.

Early 1960’s
The song Moon River as sung by Andy Williams became my mother’s favorite song and could be heard frequently on our living room stereo when I was a child.

While I was growing up in the 60’s, the song Moon River could be heard on my Mom’s living room stereo like a soundtrack from my childhood. It was certainly her favorite song; but it was much more. It was a song she identified with and a beautiful expression of the “restless dreamer” side to her personality. When my Mom was very young with four children, I remember her longing to be an airline stewardess. My Mom was always a liberated, free-spirited, woman of the revolutionary 60’s; and like Truman Capote‘s main character Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, my Mom had a real “Moon River” to cross in the future, to see the world, and to find her rainbow’s end.

My beautiful Mother

1970
My young mother left her young husband and four children for a man named Paul remarkably synchronistic with Truman Capote‘s characters in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

In 1970 my Mom fulfilled her Moon River dream of “two drifters off to see the world” in synchronicity with Truman Capote‘s main character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s — a synchronicity so uncanny — it’s as if she was directly influenced by the movie itself and not just the song, although I have no way of verifying this now. My Dad remarried soon afterward and within a few years his children would reunite with their Mom. After traveling throughout the beautiful western U.S. for a number of years, my Mom eventually found her rainbow’s end in Montana where her children would grow up to have their own grandchildren. In the end, my Mom died in 2001 a true western “pioneer” woman, literally with her boots on, as a ranch cook, while elk hunting in the mountains near Yellowstone Park, Montana. My Mom truly lived life to the very fullest; and It was a valuable lesson she taught to her children throughout her life.

Original theatrical release poster by Robert McGinnis

September 26, 1978
I attended a college lecture on this day by Truman Capote, the inspiration of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the inspiration for the song Moon River.

As a sophomore at Montana State University (MSU), I attended a Truman Capote lecture as a special event during “Rush Week” at the university. I chose to attend this lecture because I knew Truman Capote from the movie In Cold Blood. It was also the only entertainment available for the evening. At the time, I wasn’t aware of Truman Capote authoring Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the movie’s connection to the song Moon River. I also remember Truman Capote‘s lecture as not being very good. His voice was unintelligible after years of alcoholism and he eventually had to be led offstage. Many years later, I finally found an article which mentioned the lecture.

September ??, 1978
Days after the Truman Capote lecture on September 26, 1978, I attended a college fraternity party at a hot springs in the vast wilderness area near Yellowstone Park just three miles away from where my mother would die in a car accident 23 years later in 2001

Within days of attending the lecture by Truman Capote in 1978, I attended an fraternity kegger party at the hot springs near Gardiner, Montana as part of the university’s “Rush Week” fraternity festivities. The party was three miles away from where my mother would die in a car accident 23 years later in 2001. My memory of this fraternity party occurring during the same “Rush Week” as the Truman Capote lecture didn’t cross my mind until I had an interesting epiphany in 2017 (described later in this timeline). And when I checked Google Maps in 2017 to see how close the fraternity party in Gardiner, Montana was to the 2001 accident near Yellowstone Park, I was tremendously surprised to discover the fraternity party was roughly three miles away from where my Mom died in a car accident in 2001. Given the fact my Mom and I lived far from both events near Yellowstone Park at those times is really quite remarkable and beyond coincidence.

Map showing Yellowstone Park synchronicity

November 15, 2000
I created a music CD for my mother with her favorite song, Moon River, at the top of the list.

About a year before my Mom’s death, I was burning music CDs on my computer like crazy because I had downloaded a program called Napster allowing me to easily and quickly download music files directly computer-to-computer with others on the Internet. So I asked my Mom what songs she wanted on a music CD, and she of course wanted songs from Andy Williams, her favorite, and others from singers such as Boots Randolph and Burl Ives. I placed Andy Williams’ song Moon River at the top of the CD list because I knew she loved it the most.

November 24, 2001
My mother died in a car accident on this day while hunting with my fraternal twin brother’s family near Yellowstone Park. The accident occurred just three miles away from the fraternity party I attended in 1978 during “Rush Week” festivities when I attended the Truman Capote lecture.

My Mom died in 2001 just three miles away from the 1978 fraternity party I attended out in the wilderness near Yellowstone Park. My twin brother Steve and his wife Sandy sustained severe injuries which left Sandy with a permanent disability. It was probably a miracle that Sandy survived. The accident happened far away from any major town or hospital. Their 14-year-old son, Joshua, who was the only uninjured person in the accident, was able to climb up the embankment to the road they were driving to get help. A car driven by a medical technician with a cell phone just happened to come upon the accident scene minutes later. Because the accident occurred far out in the wilderness, it is a miracle anybody actually happened to drive by so soon — let alone a medical technician with a cell phone. Not only that, the medical technician’s cell phone worked far out of range — a rarity in those days. With one phone call, a helicopter was summoned to the scene which likely saved Sandy’s life because of the severity of her injuries. Had their son Joshua been severely injured or worse, there is no doubt the accident would have been even more tragic. It was my Mom’s time to go to heaven — not anyone else.

November 26, 2001
On this day, just two days after my mother’s death, she appeared to my sister and I in similar lucid ADC visitation dreams on the same night. My mother told me about a message she had yet to give my brother Glenn which I would find out later related to my brother’s memory of the song Moon River.

My sister and I had remarkably similar lucid dreams of our Mom on the same night. I was having a normal dream where I was running toward a closed door. When I opened the door and rushed into the room, to my utter astonishment, there was my mother sitting on a couch looking at me with a serious look on her face. Her head and body was situated toward me in a similar manner as the photo on the left. The moment I saw her, I suddenly realized I was dreaming (a lucid dream) and here was my Mom alive and well interrupting my dream. She was sitting with one leg crossed over the other and was holding her chin with the fingers of her left hand with one of the fingers resting against her chin like the photo on the left. She had her thick glasses on and because she was shifted sideways looking at me, her beautiful eyes appeared larger than usual. It was as though she had been sitting there awhile waiting and expecting me to show up. When I realized she had interrupted my dream, I exclaimed, “Mom, you’re not dead!” To which she replied, “I haven’t told Glenn yet.” At this point, I woke up.

For a few seconds after I woke up, I actually believed she was still physically alive in the world. My lucid dream of her and my brief conversation with her was THAT incredibly real. But then I quickly realized the lucid dream was actually an ADC dream visitation (of which I had read so much about) of my Mom who was still alive — but on the Other Side of life. Before having this lucid dream, I can remember having only two other lucid dreams in my life. So having a lucid dream is rare to my experience which made this ADC visitation dream of my mother even more special. My mother’s reply to my astonishment of her not being dead — and how she hadn’t told Glenn about it yet — I assumed she was also going to appear to Glenn in a similar fashion to show him she was still alive. A few days later, I phoned my sister Debbie and told her about my ADC dream of Mom. We were both pleasantly surprised to learn we had similar lucid dreams of Mom on the same night. Debbie’s reaction when she saw Mom in her lucid dream was exactly the same as mine, “Mom, you’re not dead!” It is the only authentic reaction a person can have when confronted with the so-called “impossible” during a lucid dream — the sudden appearance of a deceased loved one.

November 26, 2001
On the same day as my spontaneous visitation dream of my mother sitting on a couch in a heavenly room, my brother Glenn had a spontaneous childhood memory of my mother sitting on a couch in the living room with him in her arms singing Moon River.

I wasn’t aware of Glenn’s spontaneous memory until December 6, 2003 when he told me about it and I put all the pieces of this “ADC puzzle” together. Glenn also told me how it was on November 26, 2001, just two days after Mom’s death, that this spontaneous memory of Mom singing Moon River to him as a child inspired him to sing Moon River at her memorial on June 22, 2002. Singing the song Moon River at Mom’s memorial was something Glenn told no one he was going to do prior to doing it. And singing Moon River was the catalyst for all the many synchronicities involving Moon River and my Mom to follow. Glenn has an award-winning singing voice and a master’s degree in Drama. Singing the song Moon River to himself out loud was my brother’s way to help cope with his immense grief. His rendition of Moon River to my mother at her memorial service was certainly a beautiful way to memorialize her and I have no doubt my mother was there in spirit to enjoy it.

November 28, 2001
On this day, just two days after my ADC visitation dream of my mother, I phoned my sister Debbie and told her about it. She then told me about a remarkably similar ADC dream of my mother she had on the same night as mine.

I phoned Debbie to tell her about my visitation dream of Mom two days after her death and was surprised to learn Debbie had a similar lucid dream on the same night. She saw Mom in a heavenly waiting room which elicited from her the same reaction, “Mom, you’re not dead!” Later I would realize how Glenn, Debbie and I had been contacted by Mom from heaven on the same day. Glenn’s childhood memory of Mom singing Moon River inspired him to sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial on June 22, 2002.

June 20, 2002
On this day, just days before Glenn would sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial, Debbie spontaneously remembered Moon River as a song she associated with Mom. It was also a song she hadn’t thought of since childhood. Debbie would experience a major synchronicity when my brother Glenn sang Moon River two days later at my Mom’s memorial.

The song Moon River suddenly popped into Debbie’s memory while she was taking a shower. At the time, she could only remember the tune and not the lyrics. When Glenn sang Moon River two days later at the memorial, it was a very significant synchronicity for her — especially hearing the lyrics of Moon River again.

June 22, 2002
My brother sang Moon River in my mother’s memory at her memorial.

At my Mom’s memorial, Glenn sang Moon River beautifully for all to hear – including my mother whom I am sure was there in spirit. Glenn sang the song looking up and away as if singing directly to Mom in heaven which he obviously was. I couldn’t attend my mother’s memorial in Montana because I was in California recovering from bipolar mania and depression. You can read about my transition through grief in another article in this section.

June 27, 2002
I watched my mother’s memorial on videotape on this day and heard my brother sing Moon River.

My Dad made a videotape of my Mom’s memorial and I watched it when he returned on this date. When I saw my brother sing Moon River on videotape, I remember thinking how Glenn couldn’t have picked a better song to sing in our Mom’s memory. He picked Mom’s song. I remembered making a music CD for my Mom with Moon River on it only a year before her death. Hearing Glenn sing Moon River to Mom, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how I was not the only one who identified the song with Mom.

July 1, 2002
On this evening, just days after watching my mother’s memorial and hearing Glenn sing Moon River, I had a spontaneous and powerful hour-long ADC visitation with my mother where I felt her enormous presence.

I was alone in my room late this night grieving over my brother Steve and what he and his family were suffering resulting from the accident. My grief for my brother overcame me and I began to cry, something I do not do very often. While the flood gate of tears started to come down, all of a sudden, like a thunderbolt from heaven hitting my heart, a powerful invisible beam of love and joy struck my chest filling me with ecstasy. I then felt my mother’s presence and tremendous love magnified hundreds of times enter my room. It was as if my mother could no longer stand by in heaven and watch me grieve any longer. To remedy the situation, she brought heaven along with her and filled me with an ecstasy I have never experienced before or since. And because I didn’t get the chance to say “goodbye” to her before she died, I felt this was not only a visit, but also the “goodbye” I couldn’t say to her. For about an hour, I could feel my mother’s heavenly presence surround me and comfort me. I also had a wonderful, healing conversation with her which restored my soul. I have an entire article detailing this ADC.

July 2, 2002
The next morning, only hours after my ADC presence of my mother, I turned the television on and by pure coincidence Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s came on and the song Moon River began to play. I immediately understood this to be a profound ADC synchronicity validating the profound ADC visitation of my mother just hours earlier.

When I got out of bed that morning, I immediately turned the television on as I often do. When I did, I began hearing the song Moon River. I couldn’t believe my ears! It was Henry Mancini’s rendition of Moon River in Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was such an amazing coincidence, any doubt existing in my mind about my Mom’s presence being just a bipolar delusion, was completely removed at this moment. This incredibly improbable coincidence, of randomly turning a television on just in time to hear Moon River play from the beginning, also went far beyond coincidence. Later, I calculated the odds of this happening at random: the odds are over 1 in 6.5 million! But I didn’t need to do the math to know how improbable this was. It was a clear sign from heaven. It was also at this point that I began documenting these Moon River coincidences.

July 21, 2002
My father heard Paul Harvey on the car radio discussing a news item about the real Moon River.

About a month after my Mom’s memorial, my Dad was driving his car and listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. He remembered hearing Paul Harvey talk about how the sign over the real Moon River near Savannah, Georgia, repeatedly kept being stolen. My Dad noted the meaningful coincidence of hearing a news story about Moon River after hearing Glenn sing it at the memorial. He also thought it was unusual for stolen signs to be a newsworthy item on a Paul Harvey show — let alone the Moon River signs. Perhaps other people were also having wonderful connections with the song? Who knows? Anyway, my whole family soon knew about these coincidences as I put them all together and shared it with them. And it turned out to be the blessing I thought it would be. Nevertheless, after this event, no one received a Moon River coincidence afterward for many months and I assumed that was the end of it. Man, was I wrong!

November 5, 2003
I published these ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website on this day.

About fifteen months passed since the last coincidence, so I assumed it was all over. However, one of the biggest Moon River coincidences was yet to come. But on this date, I published the first draft of these ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website and then emailed family members so they would be aware of it. This would be the first time many of my greater family members would read about these entire ADC series of events.

November 5, 2003
On the same day, my brother Glenn heard the song Moon River highlighted on the television show “Sex and the City.”

On the same day I published these ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website, Glenn was watching one of his favorite television programs, “Sex and the City,” and the song Moon River was highlighted on the show. It was a pleasant surprise for him to hear Moon River at the time and it caused him to reflect on Mom. One of the amazing aspects to spontaneously hearing Moon River these days is that the song is so old, it’s a wonder the song is heard at all.

November 6, 2003
The next day, Glenn read my email about the ADCs and Moon River coincidences on my website. Because he heard Moon River play the night before on “Sex and the City,” this was a big Moon River synchronicity for him.

The day after I published the family’s coincidences on my website, and sent an email to the family about it, Glenn read my email and read what I published on my site. This was a big synchronicity for him because of his hearing the song on TV the previous night. It was also around the second anniversary of Mom’s passing on November, 24, 2001 — a time when everyone is remembering Mom the most. After viewing what I published, Glenn emailed me to tell me about his coincidences and wrote, “Now I can’t get Moon River out of my head.”

November 24, 2003
On this day, the second anniversary of my mother’s death, my sister Debbie coincidentally watched Andy Williams sing Moon River on a cable biography of him.

An A&E Biography of Andy Williams was on cable television on the second anniversary of my mother’s death. By mere coincidence, my sister stumbled across the program and watched it. I learned about it the next day when I happened to phone her about a previous Moon River coincidences.

November 25, 2003
The next day I phoned my sister Debbie. To my utter amazement, she told me about hearing Andy Williams singing Moon River on TV the previous day, on the second anniversary of my mother’s death.

On this day, I was working on these articles about Moon River coincidences at the time and I needed more information about a previous Moon River coincidence from Debbie. After getting the information I needed, she told me about watching an Andy Williams biography on TV the night before and heard him sing Moon River. Because I happened to phone her about the subject, this was an enormous coincidence for my sister as it was for me. Andy Williams sang Moon River on TV on the anniversary of my mother’s death! At this point, I realized my mother is reassuring our family once again with “signs from heaven.”

November 25, 2003
On the same day, Steve and his wife Sandy were browsing around in a mall music store when Sandy picked the first CD she saw on the shelf at random. It was a Barbara Streisand CD. Out of curiosity, she looked on the back of the CD and saw the song Moon River listed on it.

About an hour after phoning Debbie, I phoned my brother Steve to tell him about the coincidences recently happening and to see if he had any recent coincidences to share. I thought it unlikely he would also have a Moon River coincidence at this time, given the other amazing coincidences which have already happened. So I was completely flabbergasted to learn they did have one. Only hours before I phoned him, he and Sandy walked into a mall music store and his wife Sandy grabbed the first CD on the shelf at random out of curiosity. It was a Barbara Streisand CD. She looked on the back of the CD and was surprised to see Moon River listed on it.

December 6, 2003
On this date, for the first time I learned what inspired Glenn to sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial. A few days after her death, he remembered an incident in his childhood where he sat on the couch in the living room with my mother singing Moon River.

Ever since my wonderful ADC presence of my Mom and its validation the next morning, I have been documenting these Moon River coincidences without knowing how some of the details fit together. There was only one question I needed to know, and it had to do with what my Mom told me in the lucid dream I had of her two days after her death. When I saw her, I exclaimed, “Mom, you’re not dead!” to which she replied, “I haven’t told Glenn yet.” Ever since I had then, I always wondered how Mom was going to tell Glenn “she wasn’t dead.” I would discover the answer on this date after sending an email to Glenn asking him what inspired him to sing Moon River at Mom’s memorial. And I couldn’t have been more stunned! Here is what he wrote:

“My thinking about ‘Moon River‘ began only a few days after Mom died. Music has always been for me an outlet for emotions. I’ve been attracted lately to rediscover the music of my youth and, when Mom died, a lot of the songs she sang to me and we enjoyed together (largely at the Ivy St. house in Monrovia) flooded back. I actually have a literal memory of Mom singing ‘Moon River‘ when I was a kid. We were sitting on the couch in the living room at 201 N. Ivy and she had her arm around me and we were singing the song together. The song was always the Black Sheep National Anthem to me and I felt then that we both knew something about loneliness. Mom had the sweetest singing voice, beautiful and clear. I loved hearing her sing. The memory has long been a sweet one for me.

“After Mom died, I found myself singing ‘Moon River‘ out loud to myself at work and in the car and everywhere else. It kind of became a way for me to sing to Mom and it helped me feel Mom’s presence during the grieving process.

“During the memorial at Deb’s house, I really wanted to get up and sing ‘Moon River‘. But I was afraid that it would be too sentimental or that people would feel I was being inappropriate for a memorial. I kept thinking, maybe I should sing ‘I Come to the Garden Alone’ or some other religious song. But ‘Moon River‘ kept running through my heart and I knew that’s what I wanted to sing for her. I waited until we were pretty much finished sharing and then thought to myself, this is my last and only chance to do this and I don’t want to regret not singing this song at this moment. So I told everyone I had one more thing to do, and I got up and sang ‘Moon River‘ a capella.

“‘Moon River‘ keeps coming up for me. I finally had to break down and buy an Andy Williams collection to get a copy. There are other Mom songs that come through for me as well: ‘Turn Around,’ ‘Prayer for Bobby,’ and others. But nothing like ‘Moon River.'”

With Glenn’s reply, I finally had the pieces to the puzzle in place! The question I had was finally answered! I knew exactly how and when Mom made Glenn aware she wasn’t dead! And I was astonished to say the least! Debbie and I learned Mom “wasn’t dead” when we had our lucid dreams of her two days after her death. In my dream, Mom was sitting on a couch telling me she, “hasn’t told Glenn yet [that she isn’t dead].” It was Glenn’s remembering this childhood incident of sitting on a couch with Mom singing Moon River, just days after Mom died, which inspired him to sing the song at the memorial. I believe this is why Mom appeared to me sitting on a couch in my dream! She obviously knew I would eventually make this connection. If Glenn had not sung Moon River at the memorial, all the other Moon River coincidences that followed would have gone unnoticed and I would never have thought to ask other family members about any possible coincidences as well! And it was Glenn’s singing of Moon River which made it possible for my Mom’s messages from the Other Side to come through! I was merely the one who put the pieces together! And if I hadn’t fully understood what ADCs were beforehand, none of this would have made any sense! My dream of seeing Mom sitting on a couch, and Glenn’ childhood memory of sitting on a couch with Mom, all in the same time frame, is a clear case of a very rare type of synchronicity — of the mental kind!

At this specific time, I had not yet realized the synchronistic connection between my fraternity’s “Rush Week” activities, which included the Truman Capote lecture, and the fraternity party held just three miles away from the 2001 accident where my Mom died. I wouldn’t realize this amazing synchronicity until 2017 after having phone conversations with my siblings. But even so, at this time I had already had an ADC in 2002 of seeing Truman Capote‘s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and hearing Moon River play on my television the moment I turned it on the morning after my Mom’s ADC presence from heaven. And I suspected there was more to the message behind these Moon River coincidences which also involved its inspiration — Truman Capote‘s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I sensed that my Mom wanted me to understand the reason why she left her family at such a critical time in our lives. A major ADC synchronicity in October 2018 involving Truman Capote would emphasize this point.

I should also address the synchronicity between Truman Capote and my brother Glenn. I did not tell Glenn until 2009 about my attending a lecture by Truman Capote. It wasn’t until 2009 I learned my brother was a fan of Truman Capote. Later, I discovered the various synchronicities between them. As it was with Truman Capote, my brother Glenn is openly gay and a champion for gay rights. Glenn was born on August 25th, the day Truman Capote died. Truman Capote was raised in Monroeville, AL. Glenn was raised in Monrovia, CA. The phonetic pronunciation of “Mon-Roeville” and “Mon-Rovia” are remarkable similar to “Moon River.” Both Truman Capote and Glenn worked as actors, writers, and playwrights. Both rose above a childhood troubled by divorce. As was the case with Glenn and Truman Capote, their mothers left them at a young age to find a new life which, in Truman Capote‘s and his character Holly GoLightly’s case, was New York City. So because of these synchronistic connections, it is obvious to me how my brother Glenn and Truman Capote belong to the same “higher-level” soul group as defined by Dr. Michael Newton and NDE studies which affirm LGBT people have historically been “the shamans, the healers, the visionaries, the mediators, the peacekeepers,” and “the people who walk between the worlds” and “the keepers of beauty” (Source). These Moon River coincidences concerning my mother would never have occurred if it wasn’t for (1) Truman Capote‘s inspiration of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and its inspiration of the song Moon River, and (2) my brother Glenn’s inspiration for singing Moon River at my mother’s memorial which was the catalyst for all the future Moon River coincidences to follow. There is also a coincidence between my Dad and Andy Williams, the famous singer who made Moon River his signature song. Andy Williams’ real name is Howard Williams, the same name as my Dad.

And when you put all these amazing ADCs and Moon River synchronicities together, the message my Mom gave to my family (but especially me) from heaven is very powerful and clear. There is no doubt in my mind this is exactly the message my mother wanted to give my family, myself, and ultimately my website audience. And the evidence came through loud and clear. My Mom is still alive although physically dead. But on a personal level, I believe these synchronicities also reveal a message my Mom wanted me to fully understand. I believe she needed to convey somehow the reason why she chose to leave the family in 1970 — something she had previously expressed guilty feelings about to me on several occasions — even to the point of having feelings of being a “bad mother.” Of course, I always reassured her this wasn’t the case. And from these ADCs and Moon River synchronicities, I know the reason she, like the restless dreamer Holly GoLightly, needed to fulfill her “Moon River” dreams of “two drifters off to see the world.” The movie adaptation of Truman Capote‘s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s explains it all — beautifully, lovely, and heavenly. No one in my family has ever blamed my Mom for wanting to seek a new life — and I believe rightly so. My Dad has specifically attributed her strong feelings of restlessness and wanderlust as the reason for the divorce. And my Dad, to his great credit, went out of his way throughout his entire life to ensure no blame was given. My reply to my Mom on this matter has always been the same. If she had not divorced my Dad, none of the great blessings of her own children’s family and their children in Montana would ever have happened either. In other words, it was meant to happen — according to The Powers That Be.

December 9, 2003
On this date, I finally discovered the Moon River news article my father heard about last year on his car radio by Paul Harvey.

I searched for this article without success for a long time; but on this day I finally found it. About a month after the memorial, my Dad heard Paul Harvey on the car radio talking about how the signs over the real Moon River were stolen. Since then, I have made many attempts to find this news article without success. But after spending hours on this day searching the Internet, I finally found it. It validates the news story about Moon River my Dad heard on the car radio.

February – April, 2005
A copy editor volunteered to create a manuscript from my family’s ADCs and “Moon River coincidences” for my next book. It resulted in her personally experiencing numerous profound Moon River coincidences.

During this time period, a volunteer copyeditor (Valerie Padley) began working on a manuscript for my new book “Nothing Wonderful Than Heaven,” about my family’s ADCs and Moon River coincidences, a follow-up book to my first book, “Nothing Better Than Death.” While working on this project, she reported to me how she experienced remarkable Moon River coincidences of the kind occurring to my family.

On February 12, 2005, Val emailed to me about how she rented a movie entitled “Shall We Dance?” about a guy (Richard Gere) who decides to take ballroom dancing lessons. At the end of his first lesson in the movie, Val was surprised when she watched two people dancing to Moon River. She didn’t know the song was in the movie when she rented it.

On February 19, 2005, Val emailed me about another Moon River coincidence while she was watching a commercial for Time-Life’s music collection of the “150 Most Romantic Songs of All Time” and heard Andy Williams singing Moon River.

On February 20, 2005, Val emailed me about another coincidence. Val was going to visit me and a friend in Sacramento and used Google search to find a good Bed & Breakfast in Sacramento. When she Googled “Sacramento B&Bs” she noticed the third result on the search results page was “Moon River Inn at Freeport, Sacramento, CA.”

On February 21, 2005, Val emailed me about how she worked on my manuscript all day, then stopped to watch American Idol on TV. One of the contestants sang Moon River. She told me how she came to the realization of these Moon River coincidences becoming much more meaningful because of them occurring whenever she works on the manuscript. Val remarked to me, “I feel like your Mom is trying to tell me something.” I would also add how Val’s coincidences are occurring synchronistically around the time of my Mother’s birthday as well. The next day, Val emailed me these words, “I decided that I could in good conscience give my Official Synchronicity Stamp to these events! And I agree with you, the way they’re occurring does seem to be a thumbs-up of some sort, whether from your Mom, God, the universe, the Force, etc. Basically the message I’m getting is, KEEP GOING.”

On February 26, 2005, I emailed Val about a spontaneous phone call from my twin brother, Steve, whom I talked to on this day about the coincidences currently happening. He informed me how he was also pleasantly surprised to see the February 21st episode of the TV show American Idol when one of the contestants sang Moon River. Val emailed back to me, “I can hear the Twilight Zone jingle now. Ha.”

On April 10, 2005, Val emailed me about receiving two Moon River coincidences within hours of each other. She wrote:

“Kevin, what’s up? I got two Moon River ‘hits’ today, which got my attention since they both happened within hours of each other. First I was at my sister-in-law’s helping her pack up for a move. Cleaning out the garage closet I found a big framed poster of Audrey Hepburn in a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I didn’t think of it as synchronous til later at home when I turned on the TV and the news magazine Dateline was starting. They were doing a story on some couple who had been in love, and they used Moon River (the version with the harmonica and violins) as the background music. Of course, I’m not working on your manuscript at the moment, but the coincidence prompted me to check in. Hope you are well. I’ve still got my editing hat on, whenever you’re ready to proceed.”

April is the month of my deceased mother’s birthday, so I was pleasantly surprised by Valerie’s Moon River coincidences. But my attention at the time was turning more towards updating my website and less toward publishing another book. So my email correspondence with Valerie and my desire to publish another book eventually faded away for a time. Little did I know there would be a good reason for doing so in the future because there would be more Moon River coincidences from my Father this time.

July 28-29, 2009
As my father was in a coma and dying from complications related to lymphoma, he experienced a phenomenon called “terminal lucidity.”

At the hospital, I was saying my “last goodbye” to my dying father who was in a coma. I put my hand over his heart, and with all my love, and with all my happiness of knowing he was going to heaven, and all the sadness of seeing him go, I said to him, “I love you, Big Guy!” When I said this, my Dad came out of his coma, opened his eyes, and gave me a big smile similar to the photo on the left for a few moments before slipping back permanently into his coma. I recognized right away the phenomenon known as terminal lucidity — when a cognitively impaired person in a coma suddenly becomes clearheaded as death approaches. Judging from my Dad’s beautiful face, I could see he was extremely happy. From his beautiful smile, I could only conclude he had caught a glimpse of something extremely beautiful on the Other Side which he wanted to express to me. Hours before his terminal lucidity, I led a family prayer over my Dad for the Light to guide him through his transition. I knew from NDE literature that such group prayer shines a bright light from heaven upon the one being prayed over. When my Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and I eventually got around to discussing how he would provide me evidence of his continuing survival after death. The joke was that he would haunt my dreams like a ghost until proof was provided. Although I would have an ADC visitation dream of my Dad months later, my father’s terminal lucidity on this date sent a strong message to me about his confidence in facing death and in the possibility of him receiving a glimpse of the Other Side. I also knew at the time of his terminal lucidity that this was how I was going to remember the last moments of my Dad.

October 15, 2009
My father appeared to me in an ADC visitation dream months after his death and just three days before his birthday.

Months after my Dad’s death, and just days before his birthday (October 18th), I was having a normal dream where someone tapped me on the shoulder from behind. I turned around and there was my Dad standing there with the same huge smile on his face as I remembered during his terminal lucidity. The moment I saw my Dad, my normal dream immediately became lucid, and I suddenly realized my deceased Dad was interrupting my dream. My reaction to seeing my Dad in my lucid dream reflected this realization when I said him, “What are you, like Jesus or something?” My reaction was identical to someone who had just witnessed Jesus rise from the dead — only it was my Dad. After expressing my reaction to seeing my Dad alive in my dream, I immediately woke up knowing he had just contacted me from the Other Side. Ever since then, my Dad appears regularly in my dreams — but no more lucid dreams.

July 29, 2010
This is the first anniversary of my father’s death and transition to heaven.

On this date, Dad’s first anniversary of his transition to heaven, I sent out an email to everyone commemorating the date and I included photos of Dad which I had made Internet-ready.

August 1, 2010
A few days later, on this evening while watching TV, I stumbled across the beginning of the show “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show.”

A few days after my Dad’s anniversary in heaven, I was thinking of him and still grieving over losing him. On this evening I was watching one of my favorite TV paranormal documentaries called “My Ghost Story.” It was Episode 5 about a woman who had an ADC visitation of her deceased mother. The show got me to thinking about my own ADCs and Moon River coincidences. I wondered if seeing this ADC on TV had any “Moon River” significance. I shrugged it off. When the “My Ghost Story” show was over, I switched to the next channel which happened to be PBS. Lo and behold, it was the beginning of “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show.” I was stupefied to say the least. This was no mere coincidence! This was a mental synchronicity! And it was complete heaven hearing Andy Williams croon Moon River again! Now I couldn’t help but believe this Moon River coincidence had special significance to the first anniversary of my Dad’s passing. It was as if heaven orchestrated it as a validation of my Dad’s continued connection with me. No doubt in my mind. By the way, Andy Williams’ real name is Howard Williams, the same as my Dad.

August 3, 2010
On this evening while watching TV, I heard Moon River played by Henry Mancini from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s on an infomercial for Time-Life’s “Golden Age of Pop.”

In the evening, I was watching a Time-Life “oldies” infomercial on TV while working on my computer. I love watching these Time-Life “oldies” infomercials whenever they come on because I am a big fan of oldies music. This particular “oldies” infomercial was hosted by Pat Boone for Time-Life’s “Golden Age of Pop.” The infomercial included 1950’s oldies such as Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa”, Debbie Reynolds “Tammy”, and Johnny Mathis “The Twelfth of Never.” Then without expecting the show, they played a clip from Henry Mancini’s 1961 instrumental version of Moon River from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Once again, I was “blown away” and amazed by another Moon River coincidence.

August 4, 2010
I received an email from my step-mother Marilee Williams telling me how she also stumbled across “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” on TV on August 1st.

By coincidence, my step-mother Marilee also saw “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” on PBS on the same night as I did. She emailed me, “I also was turning the TV channels and there was Andy Williams singing Moon River on PBS. I listened to him for awhile and then went to bed.” I believe this is significant as an ADC for Marilee because she was married to my Dad and this was her first ever “Moon River” coincidence. Considering the other coincidences occurring around my father’s death anniversary, it makes perfect sense for her to receive a “sign from heaven” at this time as well. After my Mom left my family in 1970, my Dad met Marilee and married her. In many ways, Marilee rescued my Dad and my family at that time. I know my mother was grateful for Marilee and they became friends over the years.

August 7, 2010
On this evening while watching TV, I stumbled across repeats of “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” and an A&E Biography of Truman Capote.

I was working on my computer and watching TV when I stumbled across a repeat of “The Andy Williams Moon River and Me Show” on PBS. Later that night on PBS, I stumbled upon an A&E Biography of Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the movie which made Moon River famous.

August 8, 2010
The A&E Biography of Truman Capote repeated on this date.

After the series of Moon River related TV shows appearing on TV recently, I had to check the TV listings to see if there were any more on this date. I noticed the A&E Biography of Truman Capote repeated this evening.

August 9, 2010
The actress Patricia Neal, from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, died on this day.

I learned on this day through the TV news that the actress Patricia Neal died on this date. In Truman Capote‘s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Patricia Neal played the wealthy matron Emily Failenson who supports a young writer played by George Peppard who falls in love with the lead character played by Audrey Hepburn. This appears to be the end of a series of Moon River coincidences occurring around the first anniversary of my father’s death. From my perspective, there is no doubt in my mind these are ADCs signifying a “Hello from Heaven” from my Dad to help us through our tremendous grief over losing the patriarch of our family.

July 29, 2011
This is the second anniversary of my Dad’s transition to heaven.

On this date, the second death anniversary of my Dad’s passing, I emailed my family to commemorate the event and embedded photos of my Dad in the email for all to enjoy.

July 30, 2011
The next day, while searching the Internet for more information about a TV show I was watching, I stumbled across an article about “The Moon River Brewing Company.”

The next day after the second anniversary of my father’s passing, I was watching one of my favorite paranormal TV documentary series called “Ghost Adventures” where paranormal investigators go to locations that are reported to be haunted. While I was watching the show, I decided to search the Internet for “Ghost Adventures” to read more about the show. Near the top of the Google search results was a Wikipedia’s article on Ghost Adventures which I clicked on to read. Near the top of the article, I became very pleasantly surprised when I read the following:

“So far, the investigators believe to have experienced and filmed three apparent possessions. [The first investigator] believes that he was possessed twice: first at the Preston School of Industry and second at Poveglia. [The second investigator], who admitted that he had never believed in possessions, now claims that he was possessed once at the Moon River Brewing Company…”

When I read these words, I could have been knocked over by a feather! Then I clicked on the link to the Moon River Brewing Company, I checked out their About Page which states the following: “In 2003, the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology named Savannah [Georgia] the most haunted city in America. And what’s widely regarded as the most haunted place in Savannah? You guessed it! But don’t take our word for it…” Further down this article you can watch several online videos of the “Ghost Adventures” episode at the Moon River Brewery.

October 16, 2011
On this morning, two days before my deceased father’s birthday, I experienced an ADC of hearing his voice speaking clearly in my ear.

Two days before my Dad’s birthday, I was waking up and was in that shadow area between wakefulness and sleep called hypnagogia. I heard my Dad’s voice say very close to my ear in his normal voice, “Are you a smoker?” I had recently been given a California medical cannabis card and had just started smoking a little medical cannabis to help ease my bipolar symptoms. Throughout his life, my Dad was strongly against smoking pot in my family. But now that my Dad was in heaven, I felt more free to act in ways I knew he would disapprove if he were presently alive. So when I heard my Dad’s clear judgmental voice of displeasure at my smoking pot, my realization after the immediate surprise of the ADC was, “Gee, Dad hasn’t changed at all!” I had hoped the Other Side would have mellowed my Dad about sacred plants such as cannabis having shamanistic qualities.

October 18, 2011
On my father’s birthday, I stumbled across a relevant article about Truman Capote‘s main character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly GoLightly, Moon River, and the 60’s sexual revolutions.

On this morning of my Dad’s birthday, I stumbled across an interesting and highly relevant article about Holly GoLightly, Truman Capote‘s main character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Moon River, contributed the 1960’s sexual revolution. The article perfectly encapsulates the “restless dreamer” personality of both Holly GoLightly and my Mom. The article makes a good case of how numerous women throughout the 1960’s have lived vicariously through Truman Capote‘s character Holly.

October 19, 2011
My step-mother Marilee told me she heard the song Moon River played on a TV show the previous night on my father’s birthday.

I phoned Marilee and told her about the Moon River coincidence the previous day on Dad’s birthday. I was pleasantly surprised when she said told me how, on the same evening, she watched “Dancing With The Stars” and watched Nancy Grace dance to Moon River. This was the last Moon River coincidence for many years and I thought that was the end of it.

April 20, 2017
I received a tremendous epiphany on this date about an event I experienced in 1978 near Yellowstone Park as part of a special week of university festivities which included the Truman Capote lecture. But even more amazing, I discovered the fraternity party was just three miles away from the 2001 accident where my mother died.

It was just a week away from my mother’s birthday on April 27. I phoned my long-distance siblings, Debbie, Steve, and Glenn, as I do usually after a very long period of time as we usually communicate through Facebook. After talking with my siblings, I spent some time thinking about them and about growing up in Montana. While I was doing this, I spontaneously received an amazing epiphany. While I was thinking of my college days in Montana, I remembered the college fraternity party I attended in 1978 near Yellowstone Park. I hadn’t thought much about that fraternity party over the years, but as I thought about it, I realized it occurred at the same time I attended the Truman Capote lecture. And because the 1978 fraternity party occurred near Yellowstone Park, the same area where my mother died in an accident in 2001, I wondered how close the fraternity party was to the car accident. The area around Yellowstone Park is a vast, mountainous wilderness, so I went to Google Maps to discover the distance in miles between the location of the fraternity party and the location of the 2001 accident. I was astonished to learn the 1978 fraternity party at the Gardiner Hot Springs is only three miles away from the 2001 accident. It was an amazing surprise! The fact that I attended a lecture by Truman Capote, the inspiration of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the inspiration of Moon River, and then in a matter of days, attended a party just three miles from where my mother would die in an accident 23 years later, with all her connections to Moon River, is just beyond coincidence and synchronicity. Because this amazing epiphany occurred spontaneously after contacting my siblings, and the memory of the fraternity party and its “Moon River” ramifications were not fully registered in my conscious mind until this time, I believed then, and I believe now, this epiphany was an ADC directly from my mother. It was as if my memory of the fraternity party was suppressed somehow until now — a time when I could put all the pieces of my family’s ADC puzzle together. Either that, or the Other Side couldn’t wait any longer for me to figure it all out, so they decided to “jog” my memory and create this epiphany in my mind.

October 1, 2018
On this evening I participated in the first meeting of the Sacramento IANDS Group where I spoke about my book and how the ADCs related to my mother provided evidence of her continuing survival. A local news station covered the event which I watched on TV later that evening. Minutes later, a news story about Truman Capote appeared.

Just weeks before my Dad’s birthday (October 18), I participated in the opening of the first local chapter of IANDS in Sacramento, CA, led by Michelle Kuret. I knew I would probably speak about my book, “Nothing Better Than Death,” so I prepared all day to give a short talk about it. I also prepared to speak about the ADCs and Moon River coincidences which began while I was in the middle of writing the book. So all day I prepared — not to give a short talk — but to give a two-hour talk in case of an emergency situation should our guest NDE speaker not be able to appear at the meeting. So all day I was going over and over my “talking points” involving my family, Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote, and the timeline from the 1960’s to April 2017.

Because of our press release campaign, the local ABC TV News showed up and filmed a news report about our event which would appear on TV later that night at 11 pm. After having a fantastic meeting, where I was able to talk for several minutes about my book and my family’s ADCs, I watched the 11 pm local Sacramento ABC News report about our event (click on the image above to view the video). I had absolutely no idea what to expect to see in the news report because I was nowhere near the ABC news cameras when they were filming. So when I saw the ABC news report display on TV the cover of my book, “Nothing Better Than Death,” I couldn’t believe my eyes! Not only that, they turned my book over to display the back cover of my book which included a big photo of me! Again, I couldn’t believe it!

What could be more thrilling than seeing your book and yourself on TV? I would find out only minutes later. I was ignoring the news stories following the ABC news report about our meeting because I was on “Cloud 9” thinking about the free TV publicity I just saw concerning my book and myself. But, suddenly, my focus quickly turned again to the TV when I heard the TV news anchor mention “Truman Capote.” What? Just minutes after the ABC news report aired on TV about our new Sacramento IANDS meeting, a news report came on TV about the Supreme Court Kavanaugh hearings and something about Truman Capote. I later discovered this October 1st article about the news report I heard on TV. It was about a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, who was also a Truman Capote fellow for creative writing, and how she discovered the story about Kavanaugh throwing ice in a bar during the 1980’s. Now given the fact that I had Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Truman Capote on my mind all day on this day in connection with my family’s ADCs, hearing Truman Capote mentioned on TV only minutes away from seeing my book and myself on TV is one of the most profound “Moon River coincidences” I have ever experienced. And it makes sense that I would have another such ADC at this time. Not only is October 1st the first time I spoke about my family’s ADCs in a live public setting, but October is also the month of my deceased father’s birthday (October 18). So this particular ADC had a strong impact upon me. It has renewed my desire to publish another book detailing my family’s ADCs.

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An Introduction to After-Death Communications and Synchronicity

Have you ever been contacted by a loved one in a dream shortly after they died? Or have you ever heard their voice, or sensed their presence, or experienced a “sign” in the form of a remarkable coincidence soon after a loved one dies. Tens of millions of Americans have. Such after-death communications (ADCs) are defined as: “spiritual experiences which occur when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died, without the use of psychics, mediums, rituals, or devices of any kind.” During their seven years of research, Bill and Judy Guggenheim (www.after-death.com) collected more than 3,300 firsthand reports from people who believe they have been contacted by a deceased loved one. On the Guggenheim’s website they state how it’s estimated that 60-120 million Americans, 20-40% of the population of the United States, have had one or more ADC experiences. Therefore, ADCs provide convincing new evidence for life after death. Their book, Hello From Heaven, is among the very best books this webmaster, Kevin Williams, has ever read in his life. The Guggenheim’s groundbreaking study and book documents a plethora of such ADC experiences and categorizes them by types. The following excerpts are reprinted by permission from their wonderful book revealing some of these amazing after-death communications.

Table of Contents

  1. The Most Frequent Types of After-Death Communications
  2. Symbolic After-Death Communications Involving Synchronicity
  3. The Most Frequent Messages Expressed By Departed Loved Ones
  4. Examples of Various Types of After-Death Communications

1. The Most Frequent Types of After-Death Communications

Based upon Bill and Judy Guggenheim’s groundbreaking after-death communication research, the following list contains the twelve most frequent types of after-death communication people report having with their deceased loved ones. Combinations of these twelve types of contact are also reported.

Types of After-Death Communications

  1. Sensing their presence
  2. Hearing their voice
  3. Feeling their touch
  4. Smelling their fragrance
  5. Seeing their apparition
  6. Seeing a flat vision of them like a photo
  7. Experiencing one of these types while half-asleep
  8. Having a visitation dream
  9. Having an out-of-body experience and meeting them
  10. Receiving a telephone call in a dream involving lucid two-way conversations
  11. Experiencing physical activity such as lights, TVs, and radios going on and off
  12. Receiving a symbolic message, sign, meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity

The #12 type of ADC of receiving a symbolic message or “sign from heaven” in the form of a meaningful coincidence or synchronicity is a relatively common type of ADC which the Guggenheim’s refer to as “symbolic ADCs.” Many people report receiving a special sign coincidental to some time related to a deceased loved one thereby affirming their loved one has survived physical death and continues to live in another dimension of existence. The types of symbols involved in such symbolic ADCs include butterflies, rainbows, flowers, different species of birds and animals, and any number of inanimate objects such as a song, for example, which is a favorite song of a recently deceased loved one which is heard coincidentally at some special time after that loved one’s death. According to the Guggenheim study, whether the sign comes immediately after the loved one’s death, or takes days ,or weeks, or years, most people intuitively recognize their sign right away and feel it was intended just for them. Some people report they were sent a sign spontaneously as a gift, while others ask or pray to receive one. Depending on their belief system, they may ask their deceased loved one to give them a sign, or they may pray to God or the “universe” for one. Symbolic ADCs provide much hope to those who are grieving deeply, especially bereaved parents and the widowed. But because they are a symbolic form of communication, the receiver must interpret his or her own experience and assign personal meaning to it (Guggenheims, 1997). Because I had read the Guggenheim’s book, Hello From Heaven, about ADCs before I began receiving ADCs of my own, I was able to recognize what was happening and began documenting what was happening.

2. Symbolic After-Death Communications Involving Synchronicity

Synchronicity or “meaningful coincidence” is a concept first introduced by the famous psychologist Carl Jung whose near-death experience (NDE) is profiled on this website. Jung identified events to be a “synchronicity” if they occur with the following characteristics: (1) the events occur simultaneously, (2) the events are meaningfully related, and (3) the events are not connected by cause. Following discussions with the his friends, the great physicists Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli, Jung believed there were parallels between synchronicity and aspects of relativity theory and quantum mechanics. In 1952 Jung published a paper “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle” in a volume which also contained a related study by Wolfgang Pauli. Jung’s belief was that, just as events may be connected by causality, they may also be connected by meaning.

Jung used the concept of synchronicity in arguing for the existence of the paranormal. Synchronicity is a principle which Jung believed gave conclusive evidence for his concepts of universal archetypes and the collective unconscious. Synchronicity describes a deeper governing order which underlies the whole of human experience and history — social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Jung believed life was not a series of random events but rather an expression of this deeper, underlying governing order which he and Wolfgang Pauli referred to as Unus mundus (Latin for “one world”). Jung believed the self-realization of being embedded in this universal wholeness was more than just an intellectual exercise, but also had elements of a spiritual awakening such as a person might have after experiencing a synchronicity associated with an ADC. Jung also believed synchronicity served a role similar to dreams with the purpose of shifting a person’s egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness.

3. The Most Frequent Messages Expressed By Departed Loved Ones

According to the Guggenheim’s research, the purpose of such contact is to offer comfort, reassurance, and hope to surviving family and friends. They want us to know they’re still alive and that we’ll be reunited with them when our time comes. Their most frequent messages, expressed verbally or non-verbally, are:

Most Frequent Messages

I’m okay. Don’t grieve for me.
I’m fine. Please let me go.
Everything is okay. I’m happy.
I love you. I’ll see you again.
Everything will be all right. Go on with your life.
I’m watching over you. Please forgive.
I’ll always be there for you. Thank you.
Don’t worry about me. Goodbye

4. Examples of Various Types of After-Death Communications

In the ground-breaking book entitled Hello From Heaven, the authors Bill and Judy Guggenheim (former NDE researchers), describe how they collected more than 3,300 firsthand reports from people who believe they were contacted by a loved one from the Other Side. In doing so, they founded a new field of research on after-death communications. I read this book many years ago, and since then, I have been recommending the book to people who would email me about the loss of a loved one. Had I not read this book, I wouldn’t have recognized my own family’s after-death communications that occurred. You can read examples of some of the more unusual ADCs from this excellent book. To better understand what ADCs are all about, the following are brief summaries of four actual examples:

Four Examples of After-Death Communications

Example 1: Receiving a Sign From Heaven

A woman’s 12-year old daughter was killed after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The grief-stricken mother prayed to God to allow her daughter to give her a sign that she is okay. She prayed this prayer all day and nothing happened. That night she had to attend a meeting at church. As she backed out of the driveway, she happened to glance down and saw a pencil on the side of the road. Something told her to pick it up and she did. When she looked at the pencil, she was surprised to see that it had written on it, “I’m okay.” She had no doubt that this was the sign she prayed for. (p. 224, Bill Guggenheim’s book, Hello From Heaven)

Example 2: Sensing Their Presence

A woman did not get along well with her mother and when her mother died, she was saddened about their sour relationship. Sometime after the funeral, the woman was laying in bed grieving when all of a sudden she strongly sensed her mother in the room. At first, she thought she was hallucinating. The women sensed her mother’s arms around her and comforted her for about 15 minutes. She knew it was her mother comforting her and helping her through her pain. (p. 57, Bill Guggenheim’s book, Hello From Heaven)

Example 3: Hearing Their Favorite Song

A woman lost a close friend. A week later at a Christmas party, she put a Christmas CD on the stereo. But the song she wanted to hear on the CD which helped her with her grief wouldn’t play. She became aggravated and turned on the radio instead. Immediately, the song “Wherever You Will Go” came on the radio – a song she identified with her deceased friend. She already had several such experiences with this song since her friend died. Immediately after that song was over, the song that wouldn’t play on her Christmas CD came on the radio! She couldn’t believe it! She began to cry because she knew that it was her friend giving her another sign from heaven that he is still around. (from Bill Guggenheim’s website)

Example 4: Seeing Their Apparition

Rosalyn is a chemical dependency counselor in Washington who had an apparition ADC. When she was seven years old, her alcoholic uncle sexually abused her for two years which was very traumatic for her. By the time she was seventeen, she was an alcoholic herself, and later became a heavy drug user. She eventually sobered up, but in order to stay sober, she had to go back through her past and deal with the people, places, and things that had harmed her. Besides her need to deal with her sexual abuse, she also wanted to make peace with her uncle. She chose to believe that if her uncle had been sober he wouldn’t have abused her. So she wrote her uncle a letter and told him how she felt and told him that she held nothing against him. However, she never learned whether or not he received it. As a Christian, she would pray that her love would cover her uncle’s sin. Then one day, she awoke from sleep and turned over. To her amazement, she saw Jesus and her uncle next to her bed. She could only see their heads and shoulders. There was also a light behind both of them. There was an overwhelming presence of love but also a seriousness. Jesus asked her a question that she heard in her mind. There was an authority and power in his voice, yet a gentleness as well. Jesus asked her, “Do you hold anything against this man?” She told him, “No, I don’t.” Then Jesus turned and looked at her uncle and said, “Neither do I hold anything against him.” Rosalyn knew then that her uncle was at peace and with Jesus. A couple of days later, she received a letter from her mother telling her that Uncle Mickey had died. (p. 371, Bill Guggenheim’s book, Hello From Heaven)