Who Were the Fox Sisters?
The Fox Sisters are sometimes called the originators of Spiritualism in the United States. Here are some facts about the sisters and a quick overview of their lives.
- Sisters were born in Canada. Family relocated to New York.
- Margaretta “Maggie” was 14 and Catherine “Kate” was 11 when they began to perform in Hydesville, New York.
- A rumor started that the sisters were aided by a murdered peddler. This story was never substantiated.
- On April Fool’s Eve (March 31) in 1848, the sisters performed their unique abilities to a local 33-year-old neighbor. Their mother, Margaret, led the demonstration.
- Maggie and Kate relocated to Rochester, New York to live with their older sister, Ann Leah Fox Fish.
- Isaac and Amy Post rented the large public hall for the Fox Sister’s first public demonstration. Four hundred people attended the November 14, 1849 event.
- Leah joined Maggie and Kate in the performances.
- The sisters debuted in New York City at Barnum’s Hotel, located at Broadway and Maiden Lane. The hotel was owned by a cousin of P.T. Barnum.
- Scientific American labeled the sisters “Spiritual Knocker from Rochester.”
- A big toe demonstration brought their careers to an end. On October 21, 1888, Maggie was paid $1,500 to denounce their abilities. At the New York Academy of Music, she did indeed denounce; however, it was done to embarrass Leah, who was highly critical of Kate’s drinking.
- Maggie and Kate began with apple dropping to create the knocks. Later, they were able to manipulate their body parts to make noises.
- Leah died November 1, 1890 at the age of 77.
- Kate died July 2, 1892 at the age of 55.
- Maggie died March 8, 1893 at the age of 59.
- Kate and Maggie are buried together in the Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
- In 1904, schoolchildren playing in their Hydesville home discovered bones in the walls. The house was known as the “spook house” by then.
- In 1909, the bones were ruled a probable hoax.
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Update and Clarification: I believe they had psychics gifts, but those gifts were either exploited by others or used for fraudulent gain. Look for my follow-up blog addressing these theories.
The paranormal community is exposing another possible fraud: Marc Tetlow, owner of Ideal Event Management.
Brad Klinge posted on the official Klinge Brothers website a warning to all in the paranormal community: Beware of Marc Tetlow. The article can be found here https://klingebros.com/beware. Brad and his brother, Barry, are famous for the paranormal TV series Ghost Lab. Along with The Everyday Paranormal team, the brothers attend and present at various paranormal conferences, called paracons. They’re well-respected in the community and are stand-up guys. And Brad does not mince words. He flat out calls out Marc Tetlow and urges anyone with ties to him to severe immediately.
Marc Tetlow runs Ideal Event Management, also known as Ideal Management Paranormal Events. Searching the Internet one would presume he has an extensive roster of talent. Some of the most well-known para-celebrities appear on his event posters. However, one cannot confirm since the company’s website is gone. So are his multiple social media accounts.
Brad’s article stems from the 7th Annual Paracon at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minnesota. There seems to be growing contract dispute whereby the talent were not paid, while contract specifics were changed. This, unfortunately, is not the first instance of someone attempting to con the paranormal community.
I have written at length about other parascammers. I even coined the hashtag #ParaScammer highlighting the growing problem. As always, protect yourself when purchasing tickets to events. Double-check that the event is actually booked. Do a little bit of research and the companies involved. Stay vigilant and know the people to avoid.
I am re-posting because I will not be censored or harassed. Join me in exposing #ParaScammers.
Nova House Mystery
The Internet was abuzz prior to Halloween. Photographer Seph Lawless, a pseudonym, visited several abandoned houses across America and published a coffee table book 13: An American Horror Story. The various websites offered a preview of the houses with brief teasers written by the photographer. One house was especially sinister: The Nova House.
According to Lawless, the Nova House was the site of a horrible accident. In 1958, Benjamin Albright accidently shot and killed his son. Stricken with grief he killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself. Since then the house sits abandoned—shuttered. Moreover, personal items remain inside. What a great story!
The problem is I cannot find any online stories related to this house. Further, I cannot locate any death certificates for a young son dying in Ohio in 1958. No death certificate for “Benjamin Albright” in 1958 either. Nor can I find any articles related to this murder/suicide. This troubles me.
If in fact this house is haunted, there should be at least one story available. At least one paranormal investigation team would have explored this house and posted their evidence. Someone should have written about this tragedy and the fate of this boarded up building. One of the dozens of websites listing haunted houses would have this house on it—with directions.
Urban legends are based on truth. Even a smidgen of truth fuels a tale. However, so many people get caught up in the tale that they don’t question the facts. I would love to read the facts of this story. As it stands now, this is merely a fictitious story about an abandoned and spooky-looking house. Nothing more.
Larry Flaxman Is LIVE This Thursday, June 11th
The API Gals are fresh from the Through the Veil event where we hung out with writer, researcher, and all-around cool guy Larry Flaxman. Join us this Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8 PM EST on www.wlor.net as we discuss #ParaScammers and #ParaDrama.
Larry’s biography from his website, http://larryflaxman.com:
Best selling author and researcher, Larry Flaxman, is on a mission to inform, empower, and entertain those fascinated by the paranormal. Best-selling author of seven books including 11:11 – The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities, The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality, and Viral Mythology: How the Truth of the Ancients was Encoded and Passed Down through Legend, Art, and Architecture, Flaxman continues to write ground-breaking books on cutting-edge research that leave readers, researchers, and reviewers open-mouthed in disbelief of the truth as it’s presented to them.
Flaxman is a staff writer for Intrepid Magazine with work appearing regularly in TAPS ParaMagazine, Fate Magazine, New Dawn Magazine, and Phenomena Magazine. Flaxman is also a screenwriter with a paranormal horror thriller, 19 Hz, currently in development with Bruce Lucas Films, as well as a paranormal-related television series for the young adult genre.