The writer continued “Parapsychologists thought Robertson, who was interested in the occult, experienced a paranormal vision of the Titanic disaster.”
“It’s interesting and amazing that he wrote this 14 years before the Titanic. But I don’t think he foresaw anything,” DeMass said. “I don’t think it was divine. It was more of a coincidence than anything.”
What amazes DeMass and White even more is another story by Robertson, titled “Beyond the Spectrum” and published in 1914. In it Robertson writes of a sneak attack on the United States Naval fleet in Hawaii by Japanese ships, which leads to a war between Japan and the United States.
It speaks of an ultraviolet light used in combat to blind and burn men, which White said some believe to be foretelling the use of the atomic bomb.
Robertson lived for years in New York City, in an apartment decorated like a sea cabin, White said. The author was found dead March 24, 1915, in an Atlantic City hotel; he was 53.
The New York Times obituary says he was found standing, with his head resting against a dresser. It says paraldehyde —a drug used at that time as an anticonvulsant, hypnotic and sedative — was found on the dresser and “it was at first thought that death resulted from an overdose. A physician, however, said heart disease was the cause.”
Robertson is buried with his wife, Alice, in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.