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Gravestone Symbolism

This article lists the symbolism used on gravestones and what those symbols mean.
This article lists the symbolism used on gravestones and what those symbols mean.

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Haunted Christmas

Christmas Ghost Story
Christmas Ghost Story

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Houdini, Harry

Famous illusionist and escape artist, also known for his interest in (and debunking of) paranormal claims.
Famous illusionist and escape artist, also known for his interest in (and debunking of) paranormal claims.

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Irish Wake Customs and Traditions

Certain customs and traditions surround death in Ireland. Here you can read more about Irish Wakes.
Certain customs and traditions surround death in Ireland. Here you can read more about Irish Wakes.

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Irving, Washington

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories
Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of ...

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Jack-O-Lanterns

Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world. Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season.
Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world. Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season.

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Le Prince, Louis

Relatively unknown today, Louis Le Prince is the inventor officially recognized as the first person to record motion images on film, giving birth to today's motion picture industry.
Relatively unknown today, Louis Le Prince is the inventor officially recognized as the first person to record motion images on film, giving birth to today's motion picture industry.

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Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste was a British-American merchant brigantine famous for having been discovered on 4 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned (one lifeboat was missing, along with its crew of seven), although the weather was fine and her crew had been experienced and capable seamen.
The Mary Celeste was a British-American merchant brigantine famous for having been discovered on 4 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned (one lifeboat was missing, along with its crew of seven), although the weather w...

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Morse, John

John Vinnicum Morse (1853-1912) was known as Uncle John to Lizzie and Emma Borden, being that he was the brother of their biological mother Sarah Anthony Morse Borden.
John Vinnicum Morse (1853-1912) was known as Uncle John to Lizzie and Emma Borden, being that he was the brother of their biological mother Sarah Anthony Morse Borden.

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Ortega, Gus

Reincarnation: Ron Ortega and his wife had a baby that they named Gus. Gus Ortega. When Gus was about one year old and a half, his father was changing his diapers, then Gus claimed that when he was an adult, he had changed his father's diapers.
Reincarnation: Ron Ortega and his wife had a baby that they named Gus. Gus Ortega. When Gus was about one year old and a half, his father was changing his diapers, then Gus claimed that when he was an adult, he had changed his father's diapers.

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Part 1 - The Birth Of Spirit Photography

Part 1 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.
Part 1 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 2 - Leaving Boston

Part 2 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.
Part 2 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 4 - The Arrest and Trial

Part 4 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.
Part 4 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 5 - Witnesses for the Prosecution

Part 5 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.
Part 5 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 7 - Return to Boston

Part 7 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.
Part 7 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Professional Mourners

Professional Mourners known as 'Mutes' were hired to walk behind the hearse in Victorian times. They wore black draped hats and coats and carried draped banners and they bore a suitably dignified, somber countenance.
Professional Mourners known as 'Mutes' were hired to walk behind the hearse in Victorian times. They wore black draped hats and coats and carried draped banners and they bore a suitably dignified, somber countenance.

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Russell, Alice

Alice Manely Russell (1852-1941) moved with her family to Fall River in 1873. Upon her father's death in 1878, she moved to 96 Second Street, next door to the Borden family, and was quite friendly with them for the twelve years leading up to the murders.
Alice Manely Russell (1852-1941) moved with her family to Fall River in 1873. Upon her father's death in 1878, she moved to 96 Second Street, next door to the Borden family, and was quite friendly with them for the twelve years leading up to the murd...

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Salem witch trials

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693.
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693.

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Salem witch trials - tests of guilt

These were the several different tests used to test the guilt of witches during the Salem witch trails.
These were the several different tests used to test the guilt of witches during the Salem witch trails.

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Santa Claus and Coca-Cola

Our vision of Santa Claus was developed out of a marketing plan by the Coca-Cola Company.
Our vision of Santa Claus was developed out of a marketing plan by the Coca-Cola Company.

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