In previous volumes of the infamous Dead Men Do Tell Tales Series, author Troy Taylor has collected some of the darkest tales of crime, ghosts and hauntings in American history. In this chilling book, he delves into the shadowy world of unsolved disappearances – people who vanished without a trace and were never seen again! These weird tales ran the gamut of the terrifying and the bizarre and include crime victims, lost explorers, ships and people vanished at sea, outdoor disappearances and cases that cannot be ...
In previous volumes of the infamous Dead Men Do Tell Tales Series, author Troy Taylor has collected some of the darkest tales of crime, ghosts and hauntings in American history. In this chilling book, he delves into the shadowy world of unsolved disappearances – people who vanished without a trace and were never seen again! These weird tales ran the gamut of the terrifying and the bizarre and include crime victims, lost explorers, ships and people vanished at sea, outdoor disappearances and cases that cannot be anything other than supernatural in nature! This collection of cases includes the mystery of Everett Ruess, the infamous Mary Celeste, the vanishing of Ambrose Bierce, the unsolved mystery of Eilean Mor, the lost colony at Roanoke, the mysterious Franklin Expedition, the riddle of Charlie Ross -- America’s first kidnapping for ransom, Dorothy Arnold – the heiress who never came back, Glen & Bessie Hyde, the Joyita – the Mary Celeste of the Pacific, Famous, unsolved disappearances of Amelia Earhart, Glenn Miller, Judge Crater, Richard Halliburton, Michael Rockefeller, Percy Fawcett and many more. This is one of Taylor’s strangest books ever and one that will have you turning the pages long into the night!
Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of 86 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies.
Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and as a young man, developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois.
He began his first book in 1989, which delved into the history and hauntings of Decatur, Illinois, and in 1994, it spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour -- and eventually led to the founding of his Illinois Hauntings Tours (with current tours in Alton, Chicago, Decatur, Lebanon & Jacksonville) and the American Hauntings Tours, which travel all over the country in search of haunted places.
In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.
In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost Conference" in Decatur, Illinois. After a number of years in Alton, Illinois, the conference has returned to its original site at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America Conference remains the most imitated conference in the country and in 2012, held the 16th annual events in Illinois.
In addition to the tour companies and Haunted America Conference, Taylor is also the founder of Whitechapel Press, a publishing company for books about the supernatural that he started in 1993, and Dark Haven Entertainment. In 2011, he also became one of the principal owners of the haunted Avon Theater in Decatur, Illinois.
Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. He has appeared in scores of newspaper and magazine articles about the subject and in hundreds of radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel, & more!