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Tales from Beyond

Edgar Allan Poe’s ghost In Providence

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

 Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His travels in his short 40-year lifespan took him to many places, including those that resided in his mind. Poe was the child of two actors. His father left when he was very young and his mother died a year later. John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia, took him in. Here... Read More

The improbable story of Phineas Gage

By Thomas D’Agostino, www.tomdagostino.com

On September 13, 1848, an event stunned the medical field when the improbable happened in Cavendish, Vermont. 25-year-old Phineas Gage, a blasting foreman for the Rutland & Burlington Railroad, was using his three-foot tamping iron to set explosive charges for blasting when it prematurely exploded, sending the iron through his skull. S... Read More

The Haunted Schoolhouse

By Thomas D'Agostino

Almost a century and a half has gone by and yet no one is really sure what really happened at Newburyport's little decrepit schoolhouse in the early 1870s. Amos Currier, a former student of the school, boasted in his later years that it was he who perpetuated the haunting of the building, but according to the accounts, it would have taken much more than one living person to have been responsible for th... Read More

Frozen Alive

By Thomas D’Agostino

This strange tale took place in 1850 and was recorded thus. The characters led a normal life until this moment and the ending of the account will surely be a true-to-the-word example of New England’s strange occasions.

Richard Ingraham and his fiancé Lydia Dyer held up safely on their schooner accompanied by a seaman named Roger Elliott. It was December 22 and a storm suddenly struck the Maine c... Read More

The Man Who Saw Hell

By Thomas D’Agostino

A Mr. G. from Webster contacted me in regard to some amazing accounts he witnessed growing up in Puerto Rico. He thought a few of them would make great stories for this column. After listening to him for a bit, I was in complete agreement with the accounts he related to me. Here is one of them.

As a young man, Mr. G. lived in a small village where everyone knew each other and were all very close... Read More

Lucas Douglass

By Thomas D’Agostino www.tomdagostino.com

This story is as it appears in our upcoming book on New England folk.

On December 5, 1895, seventy-two-year old Lucas Douglass was found dead in a snow-laden street in Ashford, Connecticut. He apparently died alone, cold and penniless, having never married and few relatives to share time with. He is buried in the Westford Hill Cemet... Read More

A Parrot Once Helped Solve a Triple Murder

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

Halifax, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century was a close-knit little community of about 600 people. One journalist in the 1870s referred to the town as such, “no lawyers and none needed.” This would change, however, when on February 15, 1874, a gruesome triple murder took place in the Sturtevant home.

The two elderly brothe... Read More

Some Strange Ouija Board Stories

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

I have spoken of Ouija boards in the past. Having a small collection of them, I find them quite fascinating, especially the history of the board and its encompassing role on our culture. From the moment they hit the market in the early 1890s to the present, the Ouija board has been labeled many things but whether you feel it calls demo... Read More

Ghost returns on 100th anniversary

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

This account came to me in a rather strange way. My wife Arlene and I lived in Burrillville, Rhode Island in 2004. We were very active in the history of the town and knew a lot of prominent citizens. It was in May of that year I received a phone call from someone on the fire department asking for the phone number of Historical Society... Read More

The Legend of Tessa

Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

The St. John River in Northern Maine is the scene of this legend regarding witchcraft and the devil. The main character, a woman named Tessa.

Tessa's mother was believed to be a minion of the devil, having practiced witchcraft and spells. Her name was known far and wide and the locals always kept a wary eye on her, as they were su... Read More

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