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Interesting tidbits of haunted history
on September 28, 2012
As I've been studying the unusual and haunted history of Madison for about 8 years now, and am a tour guide who gives candelight haunted history and cemetery tours of four cemeteries in Madison (including Springdale Cemetery) for about 6 years now, I was excited about this book coming out! I enjoyed the historical overview and research of the places discussed, was familiar with some of the reported haunted ones, and others were quite a surprise that I'd never heard before. I enjoyed the "body snatching" section (though not clear exactly where this happened from the book) and have always wove in a similar one routinely as part of my Springdale Cemetery tour when discussing the reason for sarcophagus, tablet and slab grave marker styles. B.F. Mullens was caught robbing graves while in medical training (the actual crime was in Ripley County), with a doctor and another medical student. Quite a character; I originally accidentally stumbled into him about 4-5 years ago upon the request of a person that asked me to trace Mullen ancestors, specifically B.F. Mullen's mother-in-law (a cholera victum that died in the 1850s and is probably buried unmarked in Springdale). One thing led to another, and I had to inform this person that her ancestor was a wildman who got involved in the Irish Fenian movement, was caught red-handed robbing graves, and redeemed himself by serving and practicing medicine for the Union Army during the Civil War (he's buried in St. Patrick's in Madison). I'm interested in more information on when and where Dr. Schussler's grave robbing took place, the ensuing legal uproar, and will have to research that more!
Do I think Madison is possibly the most "haunted town in America?" Well, honestly no. Not by a longshot. Though it has some intriguing stories, when one considers Savannah, New Orleans, or even nearby Louisville . . .