No One Knows How Edgar Allan Poe Died
The famed macabre poet Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are still a mystery to this day (perhaps appropriate with the often unsettling themes to his writing). Just days before Poe's death, he was found outside a tavern in Baltimore delirious and in need of medical attention. He remained too incoherent to explain what had happened to him before passing. One theory credits his death to a practice called "cooping," which is the act of forcing someone to vote, often more than once. These "cooping gangs" often handled innocent victims violently, going so far as giving them alcohol until they complied.