54 minutes | Apr 21, 2020

6 | The Mystery of Mary Rogers

What do we really know about the poignant death of the girl who inspired one of Edgar Allan Poe’s novels, The Mystery of Marie Roget? Join me in New York in 1838 to investigate the unsolved murder of the enigmatic Mary Rogers, loved by all and remembered as the Beautiful Cigar Girl. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearingDoubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – Poe’s ‘The Raven’Thanks for listening! Here’s how you can get in touch with comments and suggestions:Twitter: @PrashsMurderMap Email: prashsmurdermap@gmail.comCredits:Research, writing, original Mary Rogers poem(“The Beautiful Cigar Girl”), narration and audio arrangement by PrashCharacter Voices: Ben(Daniel Payne, LaForge), Steve (Edgar Allan Poe)Sources:“Edgar Allen Poe: Was Mary Rogers his muse or his victim?”, 8 October 2015https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena-history-famous-people/edgar-allan-poe-was-mary-rogers-his-muse-or-his-murder-020557Duke, Thomas; “The Mysterious Murder of Cigar Girl Mary Rogers”, 1910, Celebrated Criminal Cases of America Part III Cases East of the Pacific Coasthttp://www.historicalcrimedetective.com/ccca/the-mysterious-murder-of-cigar-girl-mary-rogers-1841/Geary, Rick; “A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium II”, 2015, NBM Publishing Inc. New YorkMabbott, Thomas Ollive, “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” 1978https://www.eapoe.org/works/mabbott/tom3t001.htm“Murder of Mary C. Rogers”, New York Tribune 12 August 1841, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/19483347/murder_of_mary_c_rogers/Nickell, Joe; “Historical Whodunnit – Spiritualists, Poe, and the real Marie Roget”, Skeptical Inquirer July/August 2010Poe, Edgar Allen; “The Mystery of Marie Roget”, 1842 (Audible version)Semtner, Chris; The Poe Blog, November 16 2016http://www.thepoeblog.org/poe-museum-announces-loser-of-its-latest-poll/Stashower, Daniel; “The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Invention of Murder,” 2006, Dutton BooksSteiner, Henry John; “The Ghosts and Mr Anderson,” October 15 2014, Headless Horseman Bloghttp://headlesshorsemanblog.com/ghosts-edgar-allen-poe-john-anderson/Various articles from archived New York newspapershttps://stupit.github.io/text/Mystery_of_Mary_Rogers/The_Mystery_of_Mary_Rogers_in_newspapers.htm#1837-09-18
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