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Archduke Franz Ferdinand predicted he would be murdered in the weeks prior to his assassination.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The father of synchronicity, Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, calls to me this October night. It was 100 years ago this month that Jung was writing about things that had not happened but would soon come. He, of course, did not understand them, but in October 1913, Jung wrote, as noted in The Red Book that:

“It happened in October of the year 1913 as I was leaving alone for a journey, that during the day I was suddenly overcome in broad daylight by a vision: I saw a terrible flood that covered all the northern and low-lying lands between the North Sea and the Alps. It reached from England up to Russia, and from the coast of the North Sea right up to the Alps. I saw yellow waves, swimming rubble, and the death of countless thousands.”

Continuing, Jung writes: “This vision lasted for two hours, it confused me and made me ill. I was not able to interpret it. Two weeks passed then the vision returned, still more violent than before, and an inner voice spoke: ‘Look at it, it is completely real, and it will come to pass. You cannot doubt this.’ I wrestled again for two hours with this vision, but it held me fast. I left me exhausted and confused. And I thought my mind had gone crazy.”

Jung’s anxiety and concern remained for weeks. He wrote of a “sea of blood over the northern lands.”

Within months of these prophetic visions, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a member of the revolutionary movement Young Bosnia, which in turn was being assisted by the covert group the Black Hand in the assassination which took place in Sarajevo on Sunday, June 28, 1914.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in the neck, piercing his jugular vein. His wife Sophie was also shot, in the abdomen. This event would trigger a series of events leading to the bloodiest world war the planet had ever experienced up to that time.

In 2013, Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand ( a band that led schoolchildren in the mid-noughties to research World War I) released a new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action with a punchy and powerful song called “Bullet” – “Never get your bullet out of my head now, baby / Now get your bullet out of my mind.”

On 9/11/13, BeatsPerMinute.com reviewer Ray Finlayson wrote of the new Franz Ferdinand album: “There’s a lot of this kind of ominous and prophetic language” on Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

Moving on, many are noting “Evil Eye,” the new single from the band  which has an 80’s-styled funk-pop groove that Thriller-era Michael Jackson fans will dig. And staying on the spooky Thriller theme, Franz Ferdinand camps it up in the “Evil Eye” video by featuring lots of daffy, sepia-toned horror scenes, various nasties, a Ouija board and images featuring a band member sealing a man behind a brick wall a’la Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of the Amontillado.

Band singer Alex Kapranos sings: “Some people can’t see what I can see / Some people wanna see what I see / Some people put an evil eye on me.”

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, as noted by Fortean historian Mike Dash, was sensing the “evil eye.” He was, as one put it “superstitious and not religious” and a fortune teller had told the Archduke that he “would one day let loose a world war.” The days leading up to his assassination by Princip – an assassin who fired only two bullets, in a heavy crowd, with his head turned away from his perceived target – were gloomy ones. Just as Carl Jung had visions of doom just on the horizon in nearby Switzerland in those months leading to the Archduke’s death, Franz Ferdinand reportedly had “premonitions of an early end.”

Dash writes: “In the account of one relative, he had told some friends the month before his death that ‘I know I shall soon be murdered.’ A third source has the doomed man ‘extremely depressed and full of forebodings’ a few days before the assassination took place.”

It didn’t help matters that the Archduke’s car, an Austrian-made Graf und Stift, six-passenger open touring car was considered a blood-red-colored “death car” and that the license plate reads “A III 118,” interpreted as A (Armistice) II (11) I1 (November) 18 (’18) or 11 November 1918, the day of the end of World War I.

As Dash writes: “(A)nd while I don’t pretend that this is anything but a quite incredible coincidence, it certainly is incredible, one of the most jaw-dropping ones I’ve ever come across.”

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