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Conan and the Dead

In 1918, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle admitted to being a Spiritualist - someone who believed that people could contact the dead. But how could the man who created Sherlock Holmes, the most logical of detectives, believe in ghosts?

Conan Doyle was born in 1859 to very religious parents. When he was nine years old, he was sent to a strict Catholic boarding school in England. He was not happy and started to question his religious beliefs. When he left school, he did not believe in God anymore. However, between 1906 and 1918, Conan Doyle experienced the deaths of his first wife, his brother, both of his brothers-in-law and two of his nephews. He became very depressed and found relief in supporting Spiritualists, who said they had scientific proof of life after death. But what kind of proof did they have?

Katie Fox
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