31 October 2022

A Ghoul, a Ghost and a Grisly Murder: The Legend of Dr. Joseph McDowell

McDowell also put cannon on his building to fend off the Jesuits! I might do the same today.

In Antebellum St Louis, Dr Joseph Nash McDowell was, to put it mildly, an eccentric, whose legendary reputation included body snatching, artillery, demagoguery, ghosts, a live bear, and murder most foul. He is said to have inspired a character in one of America’s most famous works of fiction.

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