Given the variety of costumes we witnessed at the World RPS Championships this weekend and Sunday’s Zombie Walk, it seems that Torontonians are hip to celebrating Hallowe’en all week. We can’t possibly beat a band of 100 zombies marching across the city, so we’re joining ’em by bringing the Ist List back from the dead. All week we’ll be sharing our favourite stories about local ghosties. This one is gloriously fangorious, and was brought to our attention by diligent research maven Ann. Thanks!
No self-respecting lighthouse is entirely spook-free, and the Toronto Island’s Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is no exception. Never a city to waste any time, the lighthouse’s very first keeper, J.P. Radan Muller, died mysteriously on January 2nd 1815, and according to the next day’s York Gazette, “from circumstances there is moral proof of his having been murdered.” Rumour has it that the “murder most barbarous and inhumane” was perpetrated by a couple of rowdy soldiers on a late-night beer run from Fort York. Around the turn of the last century George Durnan, the lighthouse keeper of the day, lent credence to the rumours when he dug up Radan Muller’s remains. Even now, Radan Muller’s ghost is reported to be seen ascending and descending the stairs and occasionally crawling around looking for his dismembered limbs.
Photo courtesy of the City of Toronto’s official site.