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Men Of The 70Th Service Group Based At Great Dunmow, Essex, England, Duck For Apples At A Halloween Party Sponsored By The Aero Red Cross Club On 29 October 1943.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
B-4202 Edgar A. Poe.
B-4202 Edgar A. Poe.
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1899-Mar-31 Crook County Monitor, Page 2
1899-Mar-31 Crook County Monitor, Page 2
Strange Halloween Charms
Strange Halloween Charms
In 1871 there were some strange ideas about Halloween! Read the article in the Chronicle!
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Portrait of Vlad Dracula
Portrait of Vlad Dracula
1968-Nov-7 The Intermountain News, Page 1
1968-Nov-7 The Intermountain News, Page 1
Edgar Allen Poe's grave
Edgar Allen Poe's grave
The grave of Edgar Allen Poe in Baltimore Maryland
Lizzie Borden Inn
Lizzie Borden Inn
Left side view of Lizzie Borden Inn
John Morse ( guest room )
John Morse ( guest room )
The photo of the guest room in Lizzie Borden Inn, the body of Abbey Borden was found between the bed and the mirror. A lady in our tour group was laying in position of the body, yet she is invisible in this photo
The couch where Andrew Borden's body was found.
The couch where Andrew Borden's body was found.
During the tour, 4 people were sitting on the couch, until the guide told us that this was the couch where they found Andrew's body. Immediate 3 people jumped up, leave only one person brave enough to sit on the couch.
Lizzy Borden's home
Lizzy Borden's home
The home of Lizzy Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her parents were found murded by a hatchet. Today, it is a Bed and Breakfest Inn, and the rooms are booked full many years in advance!
Salem Witch Trial Memorial
Salem Witch Trial Memorial
A couple viewing the of Witch Trial victim's name.
Salem Trial Victim, Rebecca Nurse
Salem Trial Victim, Rebecca Nurse
Rebecca Nurse was one of the woman who found guilty been a witch and was executed in 1692.
Witch Trial Memorial
Witch Trial Memorial
A memorial to the 26 victims of infamous Salem Village Witch Trial in 1692. The memorial is located in Danvers, MA. Danvers former name was Salem Village.
House of the Gables
House of the Gables
The famous House of the Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts. It was in Nathaniel Howthorne famous novel, the House of the Seven Gables.
House of the Gables
House of the Gables
The famous House of the Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts. It was in Nathaniel Howthorne famous novel, the House of the Seven Gables. Note, three of the gables are visible in this photo
Witch Memorial in Salem
Witch Memorial in Salem
A victim of Salem Witch Trial, Giles Corey was killed by pressing his body with heavy weights.
Witch Memorial in Salem
Witch Memorial in Salem
Martha Corey was one of the first victim of the Salem Witch Trial. She was wrongly executed for being a witch.
Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum
The Witch Museum in Salem Massachusetts, the site of the infamous Witch Trial in 1692.
House of the Seven Gables
House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. It is only a block from Nathaniel Hawthrone's birth place, maybe this why his most famous novel was the "House of the Seven Gables".

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Stories

Man driven to suicide after medium threatens to reveal his murderous past

Audubon, IA

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After a spiritualist had promised to reveal the name of a murderer, Mike Nelson - long suspected of killing a wealthy farmer - became alarmed and killed his two daughters and himself.

The medium had already stated where the body could be found.

Account of Edgar Allen Poe's final 14 hours

Baltimore, MD

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He was on his way to marry his second wife, Lenore, but was overcome with a stupor induced by opium and alcohol.

Found sleeping on a park bench, he was carried to a hospital.

When told by the nurse that he was in the care of good friends, he replied:

"My best friend would be the man who would blow my brains out with a pistol... O, God the terrible strait I am in! Is there no ransom for the deathless spirit?"

He slept but his health continued to diminish. He awoke during his final moments to say:

"Doctor, it's all over. Eddie is no more."

When asked to hope and trust in God he replied:

"Self-murderer, there is a gulf beyond the stream. Where is the buoy, life-boat, ship of fire, sea of brass? Rest, shore, no more!"

His eyes rolled upward into his head so that only whites balls could be seen. He twitched and then died. It was midnight.

 

Lizzie Borden today

Fall River, MA

1899-Mar-31 Crook County Monitor, Page 2

Seven years after her parents were hacked to death with an ax in their home, Lizzie Borden takes her $350,000 inheritance and moves into a more elegant home just a mile away. 

Click on the image above to see a picture of Lizzie.

UFO scares trick-or-treaters

Annapolis, MD

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Two teenage girls see an glowing egg-shaped object in the sky over Primrose Acres, a suburb of Annapolis, MD.

Across the country, others see the same thing including an engineer at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico.

The US Air Defense Command says only 1.9 percent of these reported sightings end up in the "unknown" category.

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Origins of Halloween

Halloween or All Hallows Eve originated in Celtic culture as the festival of Samhain. When the Romans conquerd the Celts in the 1st century A.D., two Roman holidays Feralia, a day the Romans honored their dead, and Pomona, a day honoring the Roman goddess of fruit and trees, were combined with Samhain. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV declared November 1st All Saints Day, a day to celebrate saints and Christian martyrs. The day before All Saints day became All Hallows Eve, known today as Halloween.

 

Why do We Carve Jack O'Lanterns?

The Jack O'lantern originated from an Irish myth about "Stingy Jack." The myth explains the Jack repeatedly tricked the devil into keeping his soul out of hell, but when Jack died, heaven would not take him. The devil, keeping his word, would not allow Jack into hell. Instead Jack was given a coal to light his way as he wandered the earth for eternity. Jack put this coal into a turnip, making a lantern. The Irish and Scottish would carve out their own turnips and place a light inside. These lanterns they believed would keep Stingy Jack away, along with other evil spirits. When immigrants from Ireland and Scotland came to America, they brought the tradition with them. Since pumpkins were more available, the orange fruit became the classic symbol of a jack O'lantern in America.

The Real Dracula

Portrait of Vlad Dracula

Vlad Dracula truly existed. He was not a vampire, but Prince of Wallachia. He was also known as Vlad the Impaler and Vlad Tepe. He reigned during the 15th century in modern-day Romania. During his time Vlad Dracula impaled over 20,000 Turks in defiance to the Ottoman Empire. He is the man Bram Stoker based his vampire Dracula on in his famous novel.

A strange day in California

Fall River Mills, CA

1968-Nov-7 The Intermountain News, Page 1

A UFO is seen hovering over town and then rockets off. It's the second UFO sighting of the week.

Our Project Bluebook collection has 23 pages of UFO reports from the year before.

In a nearby town on Halloween, a phonebooth explodes while a man tries to make a call.

Salem MA, the favorite place for Halloween

Salem Massachusetts

Salem Witch Trial Memorial
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In 1692, the Village of Salem was the site of the infamous Witch Trial. Due to infamous past theVillage of Salem's name was later changed to Danver, MA.  Ten miles away from Village of Salem was the city of Salem, which had only minor role in the Witch Trial, but nevertheless it calls itself the "Witch Capital" with Witch Museum and memorial to the victims of Witch trial. Salem is famous also for the House of the Seven Gables, which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's horror story "the House of the Seven Gables".

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