Dannion Brinkley was struck by lightning, now he claims psychic powers.
On September 17, 1975, in Aiken, South Carolina, Dannion Brinkley, 25, was on the phone with his best friend Tom Hall when a storm passed overhead. A lightening bolt struck Dannion, sending at least 180,000 volts of electricity through his body; a jolt so powerful it left his shoes welded to the floor.
Dannion says he suddenly found himself floating above his body while watching first his wife, and then Tom try to resuscitate him. For all intents and purposes, Dannion was clinically dead, but he recalls having a vivid near-death experience.
Dannion admits that when he was young, he was self-centered and mean-tempered, nothing short of a bully. The pattern continued during a tour of duty in southeast Asia. While in his near-death experience, Dannion was forced to confront those he had victimized through the years.
Dannion was rushed to the hospital. In the emergency room, his breathing faltered, then stopped. Minutes later, Tom Hall was told Dannion was dead. But when Tom went to see his friend’s body, Dannion began to move.
Miraculously, Dannion Brinkley returned to life nearly 28 minutes after he had been declared dead. After a week in the hospital, Dannion was released. He was hardly able to walk or talk. His eyes were so light sensitive he had to protect them by wearing welder’s glasses at all times. And he began to experience vivid images of the future.
Dannion claims that altogether he witnessed 117 future occurrences, including the election of Ronald Reagan, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Gulf War in 1991. Dannion later told his friends about the visions and they verified that he did indeed predict events before they happened.
Dannion believes that his near death experience marked the birth of his psychic abilities. He admits that in the months just after the accident, he was simply a dazed and bewildered young man who had undergone a dramatic transformation.
Dr. Raymond Moody, one of the country’s most prominent authorities on near death experiences, says that Dannion’s account is very consistent with other reports of patients who get resuscitated following cardiac arrest.
In an attempt to verify Dannion’s psychic abilities, Unsolved Mysteries asked well-known parapsychologist Dr. William Roll to conduct a series of tests. Dannion gave readings for eight people he had never met before.
According to Dr. Roll, Dannion picked out several details about the lives of the individuals that he could not have known. Dr. Roll described Dannion as one of the more remarkable psychics he has ever worked with.
Dannion was also asked to consult on a brutal murder case. On August 12, 1993, in Big Fork, Montana, John and Nancy Bosco had been shot to death, execution style, as they slept. The police investigation turned up absolutely no leads. Two months later, John’s mother Toni met with Dannion.
Dannion described the killer as a slight-built young man with black hair who knew John and the layout of the house. Dannion said that the man was in a college somewhere in the West, but predicted that he would be arrested in the very early part of December.
Incredibly, Dannion was correct on all counts.; 18-year-old Joseph “Shadow” Clark was arrested in December, and later convicted. Just as Dannion predicted, Clark had lived in the murder house, had known the Boscos, and was attending college in the West. Dannion had apparently solved the case through the power of his mind.
Joseph “Shadow” Clark was convicted of the murders of John and Nancy Bosco. He is now in Montana State Prison where he is serving a sentence of 150 years.
Dannion Brinkley now spends much of his time volunteering at hospices and nursing homes. He believes his near death experience left him uniquely qualified to counsel others.