Stead’s Folly

WT Stead

Socialist reformer W.T. Stead was fascinated by spiritualism and psychic phenomena, so much so that when a medium told him he must not, under any circumstances, travel by sea, he went and booked passage aboard an ocean liner for her maiden voyage.

He died aboard the Titanic, April 15, 1912.


TV Premonition?

On an episode of the TV sitcom “Seinfeld”, which aired in 1993, Elaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is concerned that her new boyfriend shares the same name as New York serial killer Joel Rifkin, who preyed on prostitutes. She suggests a name change to something more palatable, suggesting “OJ.” A year later, O.J. Simpson would be famously arrested and tried…for murder.