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Episode 27:
The Sisters Fox

Mar 12,2010

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

The harp bit at the beginning and end is In California from the new Joanna Newsom triple record. Then three pieces from Max Richter’s 24 Postcards in Full Color and Song for Jesse from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James by Yada Yada Yada.

There’s plenty of great stuff written about the Fox sisters, including a book-length take (Talking to the Dead, by Barbara Weisberg) which appears to be all that. I’ll recommend a dynamite book called Occult America: The Secret History of how Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, which despite its hyperventilating, Dan Browny spoooooooky conspiracy title, is great and readable and scholarly at the same time. Great context. And, this is sort of an standing order: go to the NYTimes’ pre-1981 archive. There are some vintage stories about the Fox Sisters there.


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10 Comments on The Sisters Fox

  1. Brian says:

    A very enjoyable story as usual. But I have a question, you said Margaret Fox made her confession in the theater at age 54, but towards the end you said the sisters both died “poor, not seeing 50”. Is this a mistake?

  2. Terry says:

    Fantastic!! I look forward to your update each week – thank you for putting together such high quality audio. You really make these stories come alive.

  3. admin says:

    No. It’s the ghost. Actually, yes, slip of the tongue there. Just a one man operation over here. Thanks for the catch!

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  6. Aaed Kayal says:

    Very Interesting , Nice Work

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  9. Adrian says:

    Does anyone know how i can get the transcript for this?

  10. KJ says:

    This is a very enjoyable story – but a number of things in it are in dispute, such as the claim that “no one could explain how they did it” at the time: it appears numerous experts suspected they were cracking their joints.

    Also, there is doubt cast on the authenticity of the skeleton.

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