Fortean Mysteries

Sicklied o’er with the pale cast of rot.

Being of a morbid temperament, I’ve taken special notice of stories of pale and sickly spirits, so here are a few tales of pallid phantoms. Obviously a ghost is traditionally pale, but these particular sickly-white spirits seem to be associated with a crisis apparition or a death-bed appearance.

The Lady with the Slithering Alligator Purse

A story of a curiously fortean fashion accessory to make your skin crawl: alligator purses and handbags that move by themselves. A “peculiarity of the skin” is claimed.

Miss Tardo’s Poisonous Profession

A game of snakes & adders. She was billed as the Strangest Woman in the World for her immunity to snake venom and other poisons and her inability to feel pain.

Encore: The Battle of Gettysburg Foretold by a Clairvoyant and a Quakeress

June 30, 1863, a clairvoyant medium in Brooklyn told a reporter for a New York newspaper that the Battle of Gettysburg would begin the next day. Her other statements about the Battle proved correct. All were written out, but the reporter’s newspaper refused to publish the prophecies. And in 1832 a Quaker clairvoyant saw bloodshed in the hills of Gettysburg.

Do the Dead Move?

Experienced morticians know that the dead do move, sometimes in shockingly natural ways, simply due to changes in muscle tension, rigor wearing off, or internal gases. But do certain bodies move in UNnatural ways?

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