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The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

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On Nov. 5, 1872, Benjamin Briggs of Wareham, Mass. piloted the brigantine Mary Celeste to sea loaded with cargo for Genoa. It was the last time anyone saw Briggs or any of his crew alive. The mystery of the Mary ...

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The Many Mansions of Edward Searles

In 1921, coroners had Edward Searles body exhumed months after his death. Their conclusion, after examination, was that he had not been poisoned with arsenic as they had suspected. He died of natural causes. And when they planted him back ...

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Maine Smuggling and the Raid on Calais

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The northern tip of the Maine coast was a smugglers' paradise for generations. Maine smuggling was an essential part of the economy there. The famous turncoat Benedict Arnold chose to set himself up on Campobello Island to engage in illegal trade ...

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The Madness of Vermont’s Ezra Smith

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To this day nobody really knows what happened in August of 1877 to Deacon Ezra Smith of Vergennes, Vermont. Was he engulfed by madness? Was he always secretly evil? Or was he an innocent man who chose the worst possible ...

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