By Henry John Steiner

 Historian of Sleepy Hollow, New York

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John Anderson

This piece could also be titled, “How a New York City Businessman Persuaded Edgar Allan Poe to be His Publicist and Brought His Own Ghosts to Sleepy Hollow…”  It appears that by engaging Poe to help clear his name in a suspected murder case, Anderson irretrievably linked his own name with the disappearance and death of the young and attractive woman who worked for him.  Thanks to the growing fame of Edgar Allan Poe and his literary work, generations have been unable to ignore the connection between John Anderson the millionaire tobacconist and the gory corpse of his pretty shopgirl, Mary Rogers.

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