In DOGTOWN: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town (Free Press, December 2009, ISBN 1416587047, $26.00), East explores the enigmatic past that makes this area - 3,000 abandoned acres in Gloucester, MA - so fascinating while structuring her story around a senseless 1984 murder that occurred there. East also explores the area’s unique background, which is steeped in early American history. After the American Revolution, when crewmembers on a Revolutionary War privateering vessel vanished on the open sea, their destitute widows, who were believed to be witches, and former slaves sought shelter amongst the region’s decaying homes and giant boulders. Dogtown was then named for the dogs these women kept for protection. Additionally, East tells the story of the area’s pirates, ghostly apparitions, the witches and warlocks who still traverse the woods today, and the Bible-thumping millionaire who ran for President on the Prohibition ticket and carved Dogtown’s rocks with words to live by. Dogtown also inspired the innovative (CornerstoneBooks)
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