No One Left Roses On Poe’s Grave Last Night

Yesterday was Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday.

As you may know, beginning in 1949, someone has marked the occasion every year by leaving three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave by Baltimore’s Westminster Hall.

The midnight visit was a Baltimore tradition-except, last night, it didn’t happen. For the first time, no one came.

Some speculate that the visitor was David Franks, a Baltimore poet known as a prankster who died this year.

But he couldn’t have been the only one: he would only have been 11 months old at the time of the first visit.

The mystery abides. Poe would have loved it.

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