EXPLORE THE WORLD OF GENEALOGY AND DISCOVER INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT BREVARD COUNTY, FL WITH GENEALOGY LIBRARIAN MICHAEL BOONSTRA
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Ethel Allen's Date With The Devil
Well I don't know if this October will bring any paranormal experiences like last year's ghost hunt at the historic Pritchard House in Titusville, check out my archives for the low down on that spooky night, but it has brought us new information on an infamous local crime that I chronicled in this blog on April 9, 2011. I am speaking about the brutal murder of Cocoa's Ethel Allen, whose mutilated and burned body was found on the bank of the Indian River on November 21, 1934. This murder has continued to fascinate in part due to the violence involved in the crime and partly because no one was ever arrested for it. That such a sensational crime occurred at all in sleepy Brevard County at that early of a date also adds to the shock factor. However, some 78 years later local authors Gail Sheldon and Gloria Falco set out to try and solve this very cold case and have put together their findings on the crime in a new book entitled "Ethel Allen's Date With The Devil."
In addition to using traditional investigative methods the authors used paranormal techniques like searching for EVP's in Ashleys restaurant, a place that has had a long, assocation with her story. One of these techniques actually uses dowsing rods to search for high electro magnetic fields. A question such as "Where you were killed?" can be asked of a spirit and in the hands of an experienced user the rods will point in a direction which can then be followed.
If you are interested in learning the "latest" on the Ethel Allen case be sure to check this out!