Mid-August 2001, John Edward was at a hall in New York’s financial district where his wife, Sandra, was running a ballroom dance competition.
His phone rung; an old friend from high school.
John wandered out into the street and answered, but the “chaos, crazy” din of lower Manhattan swallowed their conversation. He ducked into a nearby lobby. It offered welcome quiet but, as the famous psychic medium told Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast, there was something else there. A sensation.
“It was the most eerie, ominous, evil feeling. I can’t even tell you,” he said. “I get goose bumps as I tell you this. I looked around and I looked at the security guard, and then I remember looking everywhere around, and I just was like, ‘Oh’.
“I walked out of the building, and I went to my wife. I go, ‘I need to talk to you… You have to find a new place [for the competition]; you can’t do it here next year.’ And she’s like, ‘What?’ I go, ‘I don’t want you to come down here. Go talk to your boss. You’ve got to get it moved’.”
John couldn’t ‘see’ the next year’s competition happening in that hall; he knew it would have to be somewhere else in the city. His wife pressed – why?
“I go, ‘Death, despair and devastation’.”
That lobby John had been standing in was the World Trade Centre.
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That feeling, the eerie feeling, the sense of death and despair, sat with John Edward long after that August day. Though then he didn’t know why.
In early September, during a weekend in New York for a friend’s birthday, Sandra suggested the World Trade Centre restaurant, View of the World, for brunch.
“I turned to her and snapped. I bit her head off, like a lunatic. She like looked at me, like, ‘I’m gonna be polite because we’re in front of other people right now, but I want to push your arse in front of an oncoming bus for the way you just spoke to me.’
“But I just really erupted. [I said] ‘There’s no way you’re getting me in that building! There’s no way I’m going up there.’ I can’t even convey to you how it came out. It was like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment. It was really weird.”
John said he spent the next few days in a deep depression. Sandra noticed, friends noticed, even strangers – he said a driver, who recognised him from his TV program, Crossing Over, asked if he was okay.