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    >Psychic Jeane Dixon Was FBI Stooge
    >Maligned Civil Rights Movement With Hoover's Approval
    >Dec. 27, 1999
    >By Joe Beaird
    >NEW YORK (APBnews.com) -- Soothsayer Jeane Dixon helped the FBI fight
    >leftist campus agitators during the 1960s by secretly serving as the
    >bureau's mouthpiece, according to her FBI file, which was obtained by
    >Dixon -- who vaulted to fame when credited with foretelling President John
    >F. Kennedy's death in office -- was one of the nation's highest profile
    >psychics when she died of a heart attack in 1997.
    >Her FBI file, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, also documents
    >a brazen extortion attempt against her, a cozy relationship with J. Edgar
    >Hoover, and angry requests for the bureau to investigate her for her
    >sometimes-inflammatory prophecies.
    >But Dixon, the Wisconsin-born daughter of German immigrants who went on to
    >advise first lady Nancy Reagan, had friends and support at the highest
    >levels of the bureau. Personally approving her offer to help the FBI in
    >1966, Hoover hand wrote on her file: "OK. She is a very reputable person."
    >Dixon speaks against civil rights movement
    >After casually meeting an FBI special agent at a social function, Dixon
    >asked him for materials to include in her speeches that would undermine
    >support for left-wing groups, according to a bureau memo. She pledged to use
    >the information in her speeches "in such a manner that it cannot be
    >attributed to the FBI," the memo reads. "Thus, the 'left-wing' groups could
    >not claim she was a mouthpiece for the FBI."
    >The feds ultimately sent Dixon background information on groups
    >orchestrating the Vietnam War and civil rights protests that the FBI deemed
    >"campus turbulence."
    >And Dixon, in turn, told the public that saw her as an oracle that the
    >country's "real enemy is Russia." In a newspaper article included in her
    >file, she is quoted as saying that the Russians were the masterminds behind
    >the civil rights movement.
    >Hoover comes aboard
    >Dixon's good relations with the FBI continued through 1968, when Hoover
    >agreed to serve as an honorary director to the psychic's Children to
    >Children Inc., a foundation established to alleviate child suffering and
    >The foundation still exists today, although its fund raising has suffered
    >since Dixon's death, according to Tony Tringale, the group's current vice
    >president. Dixon lived off the family real estate business and donated her
    >celebrity prophecy income to the charity, Tringale said.
    >"She was a very dear lady," Tringale told APBnews.com. "Once you get away
    >from The Star and the predictions, she had a very big heart."
    >FBI raised an eyebrow at controversial statements
    >But her life was never free of controversy. And she touched off a flurry of
    >internal memos at the FBI with a 1969 National Enquirer article claiming
    >that four Soviet leaders "instigated, financed, and controlled" student
    >uprisings and race riots in the United States.
    >"While we have no information as that referred to by Jeane Dixon," reads a
    >bureau memo by C.D. Brennan, "we felt it necessary to note Communist
    >participation in international peace groups including those from the Soviet
    >Union, the U.S. and other nations."
    >But in a handwritten note at the bottom of Brennan's memo, Hoover defends
    >Dixon's basic conclusions. He stresses that Soviet financial support for the
    >U.S. Communist Party is well-established, and that the party helped lead
    >many student demonstrations.
    >"I still think we are playing a game in semantics," Hoover wrote. "We know
    >that the Soviet Govt. is financially supporting the U.S.C.P. [U.S. Communist
    >Party] & we know U.S.C.P. has led many of the student uprisings and race
    >She asked for protection, but didn't get it
    >But while Hoover appeared to look kindly on Dixon, the bureau denied her
    >1970 request for personal protection for a speech she was giving in
    >Greenwood, Miss.
    >Dixon had received a telegram telling her that her speech would be delivered
    >to a "completely segregated" group, which she felt was an implied threat.
    >Nevertheless, the bureau denied her request and referred her to the
    >Greenwood Police Department for protection, if necessary.
    >Life as a public oracle inspired at least one person to send a string of
    >threats against Dixon, her file reveals.
    >In 1977 alone, one extortionist -- whose name has been redacted from the FBI
    >file -- sent her 10 threatening telegrams and letters.
    >"I'm terribly hard pressed for money," one telegram reads. "Send me some
    >financial help immediately or I'll take drastic action. Either you help me
    >quick or it's going to be the worst."
    >Another letter predicts the psychic's "total ruination."
    >The Seattle FBI field office investigated the threats, but the results are
    >not included in the file.
    >Request that Dixon be investigated
    >If Dixon was sometimes an extortion target, others saw her annual
    >predictions -- which were widely syndicated in The Star tabloid and
    >elsewhere - as such a threat that they sent them to the FBI with a request
    >that their author be investigated.
    >In a 1971 letter to Hoover and Sen. Hale Boggs, one disgruntled conspiracy
    >theorist claims that Dixon, through partisan bloodlust, "has been permitted
    >to mark all of our Democrat Leaders [sic] for bodily harm. She has marked
    >Ted Kennedy for murder over and over again ... and has everybody thinking
    >kill, kill, kill."
    >"I am requesting an official investigation into the actions of Mrs. Jeane L.
    >Dixon," the letter concludes.
    >In 1971, after Dixon revealed that there was a spy highly placed in the U.S.
    >government who reported directly to Russia, several government informants
    >sent the article directly to Hoover.
    >"Why don't you ask her who it is?" one alert citizen wrote Hoover. There is,
    >in Dixon's file, no record of what action the FBI director took.
    >Joe Beaird is an APBnews.com staff writer (joe.beaird@apbnews.com).
    Read the FBI file here --> 

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