Published on November 4th, 2012 | by Chaz0
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 5
The O’Deary Family history is filled with ghosts.
Hello there, fellow conspiracy nuts and surveyors of the supernatural!
I am Chaz, and if you’ve stumbled upon my little corner of the Internet, you’ve likely had at least a passing interest in that mysterious building we call the O’Deary Library.
Not all is right within the walls of this house of literature, as many of you have already guessed. What you may not realize, however, is just how deep the mystery of the library runs – and how deeply linked it is to the family who established it. Join me as I take you through the mountains of evidence I’ve uncovered which all leads back to the unnatural behavior of this curious family, spanning generations and generations.
Let’s dive in.
The story of the O’Deary family does not begin with the story of the Dahlia sisters and their tragic tale, however, oh no! It stretches far back through the years, to a time well before the family ever settled in Canada.
The family comes from a long list of literary types and ghoulish personas: Augusta O’Deary, Devin’s mother, was actually a Scottish book critic. She was very well known for being a huge supporter of Gothic literature from the time of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but she was even more well-known for creeping people out by using her family’s fortune to re-enact parts of the story!
Even more spooky is the story of Ursula O’Deary, Devin’s great-great-great (-great) grandmother. Poor Ursula was notable in history as being one of the last women to be accused of being a witch in early 18th century Scotland. Unless, I suppose, you believe in evil witches. You never know!
Inspired by his mother’s love of literature, Devin obsessed over books from a young age. In his youth in Scotland, he could often be found reading book after book and wandering across the hillsides, searching for adventures. He was fascinated by his family’s history, and searched as far back as he could to see where he had come from.
Eventually, Devin discovered his distant relationship to Ursula and the witch burnings of the late 17th century. When you add that to his mother’s crazy obsession with Gothic novels (and her strange love of putting on one-woman plays to re-enact her favorite scenes), it’s really not surprising that little Devin developed a bizarre curiosity with the supernatural. The young Scot was never able to rid himself of this fascination for as long as he lived, but it did have at least one benefit.
While in a local bookstore trying to find the latest Gothic novel to share with his mother, Devin met Mary, the women he would one day marry. Mary outdid even Augusta in her love for collecting books – Devin had to buy her a small second house in Scotland just to store them once he came into his inheritance. The two immediately fell in love and became inseparable.
Just after celebrating their engagement, however, Devin’s mother passed away in the middle of one of her plays (the audience, naturally, thought it was part of the performance, and raved it as her best work yet). As the last surviving member of the O’Deary family (his father had died at a young age), Devin inherited the vast, vast, (vast) fortune that had been in his family for generations.
With all of his family gone, it didn’t take long for Devin to pull up his roots and set off for the New World with his fiancée in tow. Devin finally got what he had dreamed of since he was a young boy: a real adventure into the unknown! Other than his riches, he brought almost nothing with him on his journey. The only exception was a very large, hand-crafted trunk. In it was his mother’s entire library of books (and a few of her play adaptations).
Mary, on the other hand, refused to leave a single one of her books behind, and Devin had to quickly order a second boat from his family’s fleet – and shortly after, a third. It was a running joke around Scotland that Mary owned a copy of every book in existence, and it probably wasn’t too far from the truth!
Together, the new O’Dearys set sail for Toronto to start a new life together.