"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Newspaper Clipping of the Day

The following story was one of several "Remarkable unsolved mysteries" described by a New Zealand newspaper in June 1901:



The annoying thing about this peculiar story is that I have not found any other mention of Marie Cranvar and her Fortean-like disappearance anywhere.  No newspapers, no magazines, no books, no nothin'.  If such a Parisian puzzle was famous enough to be referenced in a New Zealand paper some years later, logically there should have been other accounts of it available.

Was this disappearance a real event?  Or a newspaper hoax, a la David Lang and Charles Ashmore?  I have no idea.  If there are any fellow students of The Weird out there who have any more information about this tale, I'd greatly appreciate hearing about it.

[Clipping via the National Library of New Zealand.]

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