fox sisters and spiritualism

DEAD Talk: The Fox Sisters & Spiritualism

Welcome to this week’s DEAD Talk! Before the Sixth Sense, there were the Fox sisters and the controversy that came along with them.

Show Notes:

Join us as we discuss the perfect storm that stewed during the mid 1800s as the Fox sisters were at the right place at the right time as Spiritualism was born.


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Researched, written, edited, and produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti