The Ghost of Grace Brown
The real-life story that An American Tragedy is based on is full of so many twists and turns that it’s almost hard to believe.
Had Chester Gillette murdered Grace Brown in 2006 instead of 1906, he might go down as one of the most notorious criminals in American history. That said, his murder case was still well known enough to prompt Dreiser’s novel and an Academy Award Winning movie, A Place In The Sun.
But even bigger than both of those things (insert sarcasm) was the story’s appearance in the television show Unsolved Mysteries. It’s not the murder case itself that was unsolved, but, supposedly, the ghost of Grace Brown still haunts a small lodge on Big Moose Lake, the lake where she was murdered by Gillette.
This is just another fascinating angle to this story. Whatever you think of Dreiser’s writing, you must say he knows how to pick true stories that are worthy of a novel.
This stuff is amazing.
So, insert spooky ghost music here, enjoy this 10 minute feature (well worth your time) from Unsolved Mysteries about the ghost of Grace Brown, and answer this question: Do you believe the ghost of Grace Brown exists?