Monica couldn't figure out why her new husband was so distraught, but after he was lost in the Twin Towers, she learned that the hijackers had been casing out the airport at that same moment. Afterwards, when she looked at one of her wedding photos, she noticed another eerie discovery: a black streak covered Michael's whole body in one of the photos.
Some had even stronger premonitions. David McCourt's wife Ruth was supposed to head to the west coast for a brief trip, but he said Ruth seemed to know she wasn't coming back. "She was writing notes in her final week to people that she cared for, making amends with everybody," McCourt said. Their 4-year-old daughter Juliana was supposed to stay home with David that day, but at the last moment, his wife changed her mind.
"She turned to me and said, 'David, Juliana belongs with me. I'm taking Juliana with me,'" he said.
Both Juliana and Ruth were on one of the doomed flights that crashed into the towers.
Could these premonitions be real?
"I think people feel that they experience premonitions," said Dr. Katherine Shear, a psychiatrist and expert on grief at Columbia University. "What we don't know is how often people experience premonitions that actually come true, compared to ones that don't."
But many of the people coming forward say there is no rational explanation for what they went through the terrorist attacks. The morning of 9/11, McEneaney had her first strange experience in her front yard. Still hoping against hope that her husband had survived, McEneaney went outside and yelled, "Eamon where are you?" All of a sudden she said she heard leaves rustling and the branches swaying and "a river of wind" slowly swirled and twirled toward her. It whimsically lifted her skirt and then stopped. She knew at that moment, she said, that her question had been answered. Eamon was gone.
McEneaney said there are so many stories of people who thought they were alone in these eerie experiences until they opened up to each other. Lisa O'Brien and her friend Joanne Kelly bonded over their strange experiences.
O'Brien recalled a ritual she shared with her deceased husband: "He was whistling 'A Penny For Your Thoughts, A Nickel For A Kiss,' and I said, 'Wow, I wonder what a quarter would be.'"
Quarters became the couple's private joke. After he died, O'Brien said she started finding quarters everywhere, and in the strangest of places.
"I would get up out of bed in the middle of the night to check on the kids and I'd come back to bed and there'd be a quarter in my bed," said O'Brien, who is convinced that the coins were a message from beyond the grave.
Kelly was on the phone with her husband when the first plane hit the North Tower. Watching the television, she saw the second plane hit. At that moment, she said, "I couldn't feel him." Much later, she toured the morgue, where medical examiners had been thus far unable to locate her husband's remains. As she stood there, she said, she felt her heart racing. There were eight morgue trucks lined up and Joanne pointed to one and said, "He's in that one." As if on cue, she said, a staff member came into the room and said, "You're never going to believe this. This never, ever happens, never happens, one in a million. We found his remains."