Cock Lane Ghost

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A supposed ghost to which were attributed mysterious noises heard at 33 Cock Lane, Smithfield, in 1762. They were discovered to be due to the imposture of one William Parsons and his daughter. Dr Johnson took part in the investigation of the mystery, and wrote a brief ‘Account of the Detection of the Imposture in Cock‐Lane’, published in the Gentleman's Magazine (Feb. 1762).

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