June 21, 1957, I turned fifteen years old. A week later, after going to the mailbox to mail my grandparents a thank you note, I was strangled and then kidnapped. I later came to in a cornfield. SOMETHING told me to pretend I was dead. I was aware someone was there - later I heard him start to leave. He said repeatedly, 'She's dead, she's dead.' All I wanted to do was go to sleep.
While I was 'asleep', I saw blue sky and lots of very bright light in the background of a 'spiritual' figure (a man - GOD?) in flowing red robes commanding me in a very stern voice: 'Anne - get up!' I just wanted to sleep. He again commanded me to get up. Somehow I did. I stumbled through the corn and later came to a dirt road. Why I turned right instead of left, I don't know. I soon saw a farmhouse and collapsed in their yard. They called the ambulance. I don't remember giving my name, but apparently I did, because just before going into surgery, I remember my mother was there. I heard later my heart stopped several times during surgery. I don't remember how many pints of blood I needed, but it was a lot. The criminal was caught and was sent to prison for life without parole.
Date NDE Occurred: June 1957
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Criminal attack Kidnapped 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' Not sure
I was dying - left in a corn field with my throat cut, rope around my neck, naked, blood everywhere.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal While I was 'asleep'.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was 'asleep'.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I was numb - everything seemed numb - I had no sense of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was so very clear and I felt trust in this 'spirit'.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was just so powerful.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Just the one I already described.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Beautiful bright white light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Numb.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Yes. With the different tragic things that have happened in my life, I have always remembered that 'spirit' telling me to get up.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Very.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Episcopal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am strong in my spiritual belief, but rather quiet about it. I don't go to church very often, but my close friends know how I feel.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Episcopal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am strong in my spiritual belief, but rather quiet about it. I don't go to church very often, but my close friends know how I feel.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Very mixed.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The whole experience is difficult to talk about; plus it makes other people uncomfortable if it is discussed.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Not sure how to describe it - I sometimes seem to have a sense of what other people are feeling.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? There is a God and a life after death; and that God is with me all the time.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Twenty years. That particular person was fascinated. Confirmed that there is a GOD and a life after death. I have not told many people about my experience, because of what happened to me, makes people very uncomfortable.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Real amazing - I'm alive.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is just as real today as it was then.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? As I said, it is just as clear to me today, as it was then. Why I survived, I don't know, other than I must have had a NDE.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I will need to think about this.