Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery


The purportedly haunted house. From "Personal Experiences in Spiritualism" by Hereward Carrington, 1913. 
  Public domain.
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: https://archive.org/details/greatamherstmyst00hubb
  • Tye, Diane. “COX, ESTHER,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed October 16, 2017, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/cox_esther_14E.html.
  • 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. http://www.iapsop.com/archive/materials/aspr_proceedings/aspr_proceedings_v13_1919.pdf

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