Janis Nelson, Pulitzer Psychic, Palm Beach Soothsayer Janis Nelson, Pulitzer Psychic, Palm Beach Soothsayer

Vol. 1, No. 1

Janis Nelson, Pulitzer Psychic, Palm Beach Soothsayer

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

No Such Thing As Bad Publicity?

They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but Palm Beach soothsayer and Pulitzer divorce case psychic Janis Nelson would vehemently disagree—because bad publicity changed her life forever.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, and raised on Gallows Hill— seat of America’s witch craze in 1692—Nelson herself was the subject of a witch hunt almost three centuries later.

Nelson was the first licensed psychic in Palm Beach, Florida. As adviser to Roxanne Pulitzer, Nelson had an insider’s view of what went wrong in Roxanne’s troubled marriage to Peter Pulitzer—so when Peter filed for divorce, Nelson found herself in the media spotlight.

The high-profile Pulitzer divorce case received worldwide media attention in the mid-1980s and made celebrities of private citizens. Nelson was subpoenaed as a witness for the husband. In court, Nelson told the truth as she saw it about both parties involved in the divorce.

What Nelson received in turn for her truthfulness—the sealing of her court statement;  libel by major American media including Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press;  and the loss of her possessions, her reputation, and her livelihood—is one of the great untold stories of the 20th century.

    When Nelson sued the media for libel, her case was thrown out of court because of errors in its presentation. Alone and destitute, she fought to bring herself back from the brink of despair. She began reading, again, for clients. She began to paint; she is a gifted artist. She has written a book about her experiences—a psychic’s view of one of the most notorious American divorces.

Newsweek regrets the error. While Janis Nelson performed psychic readings for Roxanne Pulitzer, she conducted no séances and was not involved in any of the sexual activities brought to light in the trial.

In these pages, we invite you to learn more about Janis Nelson and her rags-to-riches-to-rags, larger-than-life story.

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