The grisly rumor swept Boston College campus for two days leaving mass hysteria in its wake.
"In all my 14 years as dean of students here, we've never had anything like it," said Father Edward Hanrahan yesterday. He was, in fact, so busy fending off more than 100 "nervous and upset" students and faculty members that he called The Washington Post for help. He had to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Jeane Dixon Quick.
For the rumor waa this Jeane Dixon had predicted that next month a Jesuit university in the northeast tha has two campuses and a high-rise dormitory everlooking a cemetery would be the scene of mass as murders. Of the 8.400 under-graduates 2.500 females live on campus many in the high-rise dorm. The second-hand account of the details which all fit Boston College were always the same. And everyone "heard" that the prediction was first broadcast on radio, but no one actually could verify it.
"Nonsense to it all" said Dixon who was in her Washington real-estate office busily taking calls from Boston newspapers and radio stations. "I never predicted anything like that. I remember the same thing happened once out west. Someone said I had predicted there would be a big earthquake which would swallow up a school in Pucblo, Colo. Someone was able to track down the hoax to a girl who said everything was just so monotonous at school that she wanted to cause a little excitement."
Dixon who says a gypsy gave her a small crystal ball when she was a child went on to bigger and better things - the real-estate business books on her "gift" of prophecy and prediction and headlines about her political predictions.
Her track record is not always enviable - a 1968 presidential nomination for Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and Edward Kennedy in 1972 and the assassination of Filel Castro in 1970.
Dixon say she doesn't care, most of her predictions are so awful that she hopes they don't come to pass. "Like my prediction when he was appointed that Bert Lance would resign. That was just too bad for everyone."
"But as murders! Honestly, I haven't even thought of Boston."
Meanwhile back on campus. Father Hanrahan was searching for the culprit who started the rumor and preparing to broadcast on the school radio that there wasn't a word of truth to it.
Father Hanrahan said he knew it all along. He might believe in miracles, he said, "but predictions? No."