Published on October 7th, 2012 | by Chaz1
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 1
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 O’Deary Library is one spooky place, that’s for sure! Most of the terrifying, paranormal activity that the library is known for seems to come directly from the members of the O’Deary family themselves, too. This family has a loooong history of creepiness. Just how long, you say? Well, that’s where I come in: I’m going to tell you!
Dating all of the way back to the early 1800s, the library has grown famous (or infamous) for its peculiar, supernatural phenomena. Though the story goes much further back (don’t worry, we’ll get there!), most people seem to point to the mysterious death of Gregory Gothika as the beginning of all the weirdness.
A famed horror writer, Gregory was Devin O’Deary’s son-in-law, the man who founded the O’Deary Library. Gregory married his daughter, Dahlia. His career took a sharp and disappointing turn for the worse around the time that Robert Louis Stevenson released his now-classic novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Once Gregory found that he could not keep up with the other terrific writers in his genre, he soon fell into a deep despair. Indeed, in a last attempt to save his career, Gregory was reported to have stolen a manuscript from Dora O’Deary – his own sister-in-law and fellow author – and passed it off as his own. Plagiarism is no laughing matter, kids!
When Dora accused Gregory of this thievery, Dahlia was, to put it lightly, not happy. If you think you’ve had a bad fight with your sister before, this one beats it. There was yelling and kicking and all kinds of name calling – Dahlia even poured ink all over Dora’s latest book, completely ruining chapters 3, 7 and 9.
All this fighting drove Gregory further into depression. Though history is pretty sure about the circumstances surrounding his death – while flying a kite in a thunderstorm, he was struck by lightning and killed almost instantly – there are still those who debate the exact reasons for why he died. Was it a tragic accident? An attempt at a poetic suicide? No one will ever know. Mysterious, indeed!