Coast to Coast - October 20 2017 - 19th Century Apparitions - Mark Twain & The Supernatural

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                                 Release Notes
DATE:   Friday - October 20, 2017
HOST:   Dave Schrader
GUESTS: Peter Manseau, Alan Pell Crawford

Filling in for George Noory, guest host Dave Schrader (email) welcomed first 
hour guest, curator and author Peter Manseau, who shared the story of 19th-
century spirit photographer William Mumler, known for photographing Abraham 
Lincoln's ghost. Mumler asserted he was experimenting with a self-portrait which 
when developed showed a translucent female next to him, Manseau explained. "The 
more he showed it around people couldn't explain how the image had been placed 
there," he said, noting spiritualists of the age initially supported Mumler in 
his endeavors to capture spirits on film. Ultimately, some of his photographs 
where proven to be fakes created by double exposing the plates, and he was 
arrested for fraud in 1869, Manseau reported.

During the second hour, author Alan Pell Crawford talked about Mark Twain's 
fascination with the supernatural. "I think the reason so many of his stories... 
are shot through with [supernatural] material is that he grew up with it... it 
was part of the folklore," Crawford suggested, noting Twain was a chronic 
sleepwalker as a child who thought his mother had second sight and believed in 
faith healers. Crawford detailed a vivid dream Twain had about the death of his 
younger brother and how it came to pass a few days later. "This haunted [Twain] 
throughout his life to the point that he would visit fortune tellers and palm 
readers... still trying to sort this out," he said. Crawford also recounted an 
eerie experience had by Twain in which a current of cold air inexplicably 
surrounded him in the room where his daughter Jean died.

Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program. Julia in South Carolina 
told Dave about her psychic experiences. According to Julia, she displayed 
psychic abilities as a child when she had a premonition of her cat dying which 
came true. She also claimed to have had visions of her grandfather suffering a 
stroke and the tragic murder of a good friend. Guy from Buffalo, New York, 
suggested authors receive their information from the future since the books they 
write are completed as a present fact in the future. "Your future self is almost 
dictating the book through some sort of inner dictation to you," he proposed. 
Jean, a woman of Native American descent in Mansfield, Ohio, shared the bizarre 
results some of her own people have received from DNA ancestry tests. "A couple 
of them have had results that have said we have one [gene] that is not human," 
she revealed.


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