Mysterious Visitor

Mysterious fan marks Poe's birthday with cognac

There were a few variations from the 56-year tradition, but a mysterious visitor was back this morning at the Baltimore grave of Edgar Allen Poe. Marking the birthday of the famous ghost-tale writer 109 years ago, the mystery man left three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac, fulfilling a tradition that dates back to 1949. But the roses were of a different color than the usual red, and the man wasn't wearing the traditional white scarf and black hat of years past. The curator of the Poe House and Museum and some invited guests were also inside the cemetery waiting for the visit. He says usually outsiders stay back to allow the mystery man to remain anonymous. But this year, he says there was a "nuisance."

Poe died in Baltimore in 1849, at the age of 40.