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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

By Valerie Martin

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2014,
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The Fox sisters The notion of "life after death" is a core tenet of Christianity, but when the Fox sisters said they communed with dead spirits in their farmhouse in upstate New York in 1848, many began to define this central belief differently. After the Fox daughters heard repeated tapping in their wood-framed house, they were convinced that the ghost of a dead peddler who was murdered years ago in the house was trying to contact them. They organized a system of claps to communicate and began to ask questions. The questions were answered, and they rented out the local church, charging admission, to show off their discoveries. The Fox girls became local celebrities and soon gained the attention of Horace Greeley, the editor of New York Tribune, who publicized their talent. P.T. Barnum, the owner of the famous circus, even invited them to showcase their abilities to him in his hotel in 1850. Other mediums soon began to hold similar events - known as seances - to contact the spirit world.

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