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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?

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  1. Matt #

    OK, I’m ordering this book today. You’ve sold me.

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    June 26, 2012
  2. It is terrible how much joy I’m getting out of your pain 😉 Keep up the good work !
    Answer to question: why not?

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    June 26, 2012
    • This book hasn’t been painful at all! But thanks for reading along!

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      June 26, 2012
      • Really ? 😉 I find this hard to believe. I’m enjoying your story about this story. Thank you.

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        June 26, 2012
  3. I might not sleep tonight. That was scary… And yes, I am a wimp when it comes to these things.

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    June 26, 2012
    • Take out the music and the narrator’s creepy voice and it’s only half as scary. Sleep well!

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      June 26, 2012
  4. Marked as a must read! Thanks for the hard work you’re doing! 🙂

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    June 26, 2012
  5. Ditto, for wanting to read the book. If I can get my hands on it. And thank you for this blog. 😎

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    June 26, 2012
  6. How do you find these things? Randomly searching: Awesome little known facts about [insert title]? This is by far one of the coolest ones you’ve shared!

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    June 26, 2012
    • Glad you enjoyed. Google is my friend…that’s pretty much it. I usually start with Wikipedia and go from there. This novel has a ton of little tidbits because you’ve got the novel itself and the true story it was based on. A lot of great stuff.

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      June 26, 2012
  7. I am a non-believer in ghosties, but I can’t wait to read this

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    June 26, 2012
    • I think you’ll love it. I can tell you I am. But I’m a sucker for a novel or film based on a true story.

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      June 26, 2012
  8. You made me want to read the book but I’m horrified of “Unsolved Mysteries.” Couldn’t watch the clip lol.

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    June 26, 2012
    • Yeah, that dude’s voice is pretty creepy. I think that show could make buying groceries seem scary with his voice and the music.

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      June 27, 2012

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