A socialite suicides by rat poison.
Originally posted on Misc. Tidings of Yore:
Some time ago I introduced you to the story of an alleged haunted house in Washington, D.C., a dwelling that currently stands as the Cosmos Club. Mary Townsend, a wealthy and superstitious woman, moved to D.C. with her husband Richard. They planned to build a grand mansion on property once owned by Judge Curtis J. Hillyer but construction was halted after Mary remembered a witch’s prophecy from her childhood.
The main idea of the warning was that if Mary ever lived under a new roof, she would meet her death within a year. Richard suggested that the incorporation of the Hillyer roof and the framework of the existing building into their new mansion, a compromise enough to satisfy his bride.
Their dream home was completed by 1901, but Richard would only enjoy it for a short period of time. In 1902 he fell from a horse and fractured his…
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