MOUNT VERNON — Ghost hunters and cold cases are all the rage on television today. From real life documentaries to reality haunting to police and detective dramas with titles like “Forensic Files,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “The New Detectives,” “48 Hours,” the “CSI” and “Law & Order” franchises and on and on. The Chautauqua Series present an evening with fascinating murder mysteries closer to home.

This Thursday, at The Grand Hotel’s conference center in Mount Vernon, Mark Jordan will tell about unusual murders that occurred in and around Knox County, including the death of a young Kenyon student named Stuart Pierson in 1905 in an apparent hazing incident; the curious case of Ceely Rose, who poisoned her family in 1896; Phoebe Wise, an eccentric six foot tall woman who talked to her invisible dog and shot a man who stalked her; and Tom Lyons, who made a necklace of tongues, lived along the Mohican State Park area in the late 1700’s and died of a mysterious stagecoach accident before he reached his goal of collecting 100 tongues. These are the types of fascinating stories master storyteller Jordan will share.

The Chautauqua Series brings the community a wide range of first-person living history programming, but in honor of Halloween, will bring a more macabre presentation, involving real life history involving murder mysteries from Central Ohio.

The doors open at 6 p.m. for this donation-based presentation. The program starts at 7 p.m. with fun and scary songs performed by Bob Ford. At 7:45 p.m., Jordan will share his research about many interesting cases he has discovered over the years from Knox County, Richland County and surrounding areas.

For more information on this and upcoming programs in the Series, visit, or call 740-392-6102.



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