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July 3, 1967

The Pre-disaster Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Shelton Hospital Shrewsbury, Shropshire England

JAMA. 1967;201(1):63-64. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130010089025

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To the Editor:—  On Friday, Oct 21, 1966, at 9:15 AM, a massive coal-tip slid down a mountainside onto the Welsh mining village of Aberfan, destroying several houses and part of the school. One hundred and sixteen children and 28 adults were killed, the majority being buried alive in black mud and slurry. I visited Aberfan the following day and was appalled by the devastation and human suffering. Being interested in precognition, it occurred to me that there might be many people in Britain and possibly elsewhere who had experienced some forewarning of a tragedy of such magnitude. I therefore appealed through the national press for persons claiming any foreknowledge of this disaster to send me details of their experiences. I received 76 letters in response, some 60 of which required further investigation. Twenty-two of the accounts have since been verified as being reported to others before the disaster occurred