Sightings Of The Ghost Of Occult Alchemist Cagliostro Reported In Italian Town

Mass fear that a notorious spirit has returned? Spookiness via Gazzetta del Sud:

Italian paranormal-phenomena experts have been called to the Tuscan hilltown of Arezzo to probe a dozen alleged sightings of the ghost of legendary 18th-century alchemist, adventurer, con-man and occult dabbler ‘Count’ Cagliostro.

We aren’t here to ‘bust’ any ghosts, we simply study phenomena which appear strange,” said Massimo Merendi of the National Ghost Uncover association. The sightings, “of a two-metre-tall cloaked figure” have occurred in the centre of the town, near its famous Duomo, between March 2011 and last month, Merendi said.

An alchemist, fake physician and necromancer, Cagliostro became extremely rich selling miraculous cures and elixirs of youth, also posing as the founder of an occult branch of freemasonry. Although he was an impostor, his daring and ingenuity briefly made him the darling of Europe. Arrested for heresy in Rome in 1789 he was condemned to death but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment and he died unsung in a prison in the hilltop town of San Leo near Urbino.

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  • GodlessSinner

    Good old Heresy! All you godless blasphemers are going to get what’s coming to you! God has decreed that people who do not think what we tell them to think will be put to death! Praise the Lord!

  • bobbiethejean

    Let’s see some actual evidence instead of people’s anecdotes and hearsay.

    • Matt Staggs

      Stuff like this has much value as contemporary folklore. It’s fun, and it’s very likely that the majority of citizens don’t believe it at all. Much like most of us here. ;-) No offense or argument intended, though! Hey, have you ever heard of “Legend Tripping”? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_tripping

      • bobbiethejean

        I hadn’t really thought of it that way but yeah, I can get on board with that. Kinda reminds me of those old “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” books. They’re terribly fun. Of course I don’t believe any of them. That Harold story still gives me the creeps and that bog monster, what was it….http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdtwu0EVlh1qm5q8zo1_1280.jpg GGGAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! GOD. That thing still gives me nightmares. O__O And I love it. :B

        • Matt Staggs

          I LOVED THOSE BOOKS! I have a whole shelf full of “weird” stuff at home which I dearly love, and I’m pretty skeptical. I think the trick is entertaining lots of ideas at once, and enjoying yourself while you do it. This was a pretty good essay on the topic: http://disinfo.com/2012/11/allow-me-to-shake-my-cane-at-you/

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