Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery

The purportedly haunted house. From "Personal Experiences in Spiritualism" by Hereward Carrington, 1913. Public domain.

After a traumatic event, strange things began happening around Esther Cox. In the 1870s, Amherst, Nova Scotia was abuzz with theories as to whether the phenomena were the work of a poltergeist, strange electrical charges, or a hoax.

Please ignore Tracy's gaffe about Esther's mother dying a few weeks before Esther was born. The outline said "after," and Tracy misspoke.

Holly's Research:

  • Hubbell, Walter. “The Great Amherst Mystery.” Brentano’s. New York, Chicago. 1888. Accessed online:
  • Tye, Diane. “COX, ESTHER,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed October 16, 2017,
  • Prince, Walter F., Ph.D. “A CRITICAL STUDY OF "THE GREAT AMHERST MYSTERY." Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research. Volume XIII. 1919. Pages 89-125.

Topics in this Podcast: Halloween episodes, ghosts, 19th century, Canadian history, hauntings