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The second no show for the admirer of Poe

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Every January 19th, a mysterious visitor arrives at the Westminster Burying Ground in Baltimore, MD. His destination is always the grave of horror author Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on January 19, 1949. For 60 years, the visitor has always left behind roses and half bottle of Cognac on Poe's grave.

For the past two years, the Poe admirer has failed to show up for the annual ritual. Some speculate that he may have died, but several years ago there was a note left at the burial site that stated the tradition had been passed on to his son.

The identity of the visitor has never been revealed. Poe was a master of writing mystery and horror, so it seems appropriate that his faithful admirer is still surrounded by mystery.

While researching Edgar Allan Poe, I was privileged to visit the Poe home, garden, and his mother's grave in Richmond, VA. I examined the contents of an old trunk that contained his only remaining personal possessions. When I was in the home, I tried to communicate with Edgar's spirit, but I had no success in reaching him.

I'll post all of the photographs from my trip soon!

Best regards,

-- Gary Wright II

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