I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to find the particular source I read this from. If anyone can help, I’d sure appreciate it.
Most of us are familiar with Edgar Allen Poe’s strange fascination with the hiding of bodies in odd places–under the floorboards in The Tell-Tale Heart; plastered behind the basement wall in The Black Cat; and most importantly, bricked up in a catacomb/wine cellar in The Cask of Amontillado.
According to this now nebulous source, some renovation work was being done on a building at West Point in the late 1800s, and a body was discovered bricked up underneath the basement stairs. The last work had been performed in the 1830s or so, just prior to Poe’s brief tenure at the Academy. It was speculated that Poe heard whispers about the incident, and used them in his fiction.
Anyone know where I can see the details?
Incidentally, someone once told me that Poe was invited to leave West Point because he showed up one morning in the dress of the day, white cap and gloves, and nothing else. That’s gotta be bullshit, but I’d like to know if anyone else has heard the same story.