You’re Gonna Die Tonight

Anybody ever tell you that? Well, somebody told it to me one night, and it’s nothing like you’re thinking it might be. I’ve made some guys mad enough to say that to me—some probably did—but this particular time, it was my first wife, Evelyn. Come to think of it, that might not have been the only time she said it. Kidding!

It was a bizarre night to say the least. I was sound asleep until Evelyn sat bolt upright in the bed, which got my attention right quick. I rose up onto an elbow and watched her for a minute or so, as she stared toward the end of the bed; it was pretty dark, and I could only see her silhouette. Then, just like something off the Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock, she turned her head slowly and looked at me.

“You’re gonna die tonight,” she said.

I told her quite calmly, “No… I’m not.”

She cocked her head to one side, and though I couldn’t see her expression, I knew she was puzzled by my statement. Then she said something that sent chills up my spine.

“Well,” she said. I could hear the confusion in her voice. “Then somebody we know is going to.”

I stared at her shadowy figure then watched as she laid down and went back to sleep.

A few hours later—in the early morning hours—I got the call that our close friends, Mike and Jo Ann had been in a very bad car accident; Jo Ann was not expected to live. When I told Evelyn, she was upset, but I could tell she had no recollection of what she’d said to me in the middle of the night. Needless to say, when I told her, she was pretty freaked out.

The good news is, Jo Ann made it, and both her and Mike lived many years without much ill effect from the accident. It was a bad one, though!

Me… I’ll never forget that shadowy visage saying those words, “Well, then somebody we know is going to.”



  1. Sherry said


    • Evelyn said

      Charlie, I have remembered this my entire life. I have a question though. Did we go to a movie the evening before? I’m thinking we did, and it was Play Misty for me. I could be confusing it all up, but thats the way I remember it..and it was an extremely scary movie, where the crazy psychotic killer was named Evelyn. Scared me to death. Memories are a funny thing, but no. it never happened again. although my good friend Gina and I have both decided we have a bit of the SHINE..She, more than me. I’ve predicted quite a few things that did actually happen, but never a death again. Goosebumps.

      • I don’t remember going to a movie. I remember seeing Play Misty For Me, but I don’t remember where I saw it. The movie was released in October 1971, and I don’t recall when we left the gas plant. I think it was 1972, but not sure.

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