In 1899, the muckraking journalist Vera Van Slyke debunked the Spiritualist medium Ludmila “Lucille” Prášilová at a mansion in Boston. In 1903, after the duo had become good friends, they returned to that mansion to rid it of ghosts. But that story is long enough to fill a book (hint hint).
Exhausted from that case, Vera and Lucille decide to relax on nearby Cape Cod. But it’s not long before they’re on the trail of ghosts again. The title of that investigation is “An Unanchored Man,” and it’s this month’s ghostly mystery.
“An Unanchored Man” is one of those chronicles that confuses me. While narrating the investigation, my great-grandaunt focuses on a retired sea captain named Henry Thorn Lord. He says he was on a ship called The Junior when the crew mutinied. This actually happened in 1857! This book recounts the mutiny, and this newspaper article specifies that Henry Thorn Lord was the ship’s second officer. Another verifiable fact related to the case is the pod of pilot whales (also called black-fish) beached on Cape Cod on 1902. But my ancestor also says the Cape Cod village where the ghost hunt took place is named Granger — and there is no Granger, Massachusetts. So how much truth is there in this tale?
While I can’t solve that mystery, Vera Van Slyke certainly solves the mystery of the invisible marauders that have started ransacking the old captain’s cottage each night. (Then again, not all of the witnesses agreed with her solution.)
You’ll find a link to “An Unanchored Man” in .pdf, .epub and .mobi/Kindle formats on the Complimentary Haunting page.