Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery Optioned for a Film

B97419323Z.120150128172248000GQQ89DJT.11Haunted Girl takes place in 1878, when 18-year-old Esther Cox arrives in Amherst to live with her sister’s family. Shortly after she moves in, she discovers “the house was plagued by unexplained occurrences — something (or someone) knocked on the walls, hid household items, moved furniture around and set fires. Esther herself was subject to mysterious fevers, prodding and, on one occasion, stabbing,” says the release.

“These occurrences followed her when she went to stay with other families in the area. Eventually, she was charged with robbery and spent a month in jail, after which the haunting apparently ceased.”

At the time of the alleged haunting, the plausibility of her claims was hotly debated in newspapers and by Amherst residents.

In the hundred years since her death, her story has been retold numerous times and she remains the town’s most famous historical figure, according to the release.

The book, written by Laurie Glenn Norris and Barbara Thompson, was published by Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing in April 2012.

Director Larysa Kondracki (Covert Affairs, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) will be at the helm of the project, which is expected to take off later this year, says a news release. Details about casting, filming locations and release dates will be announced at a future date.

Norris, a native of Cumberland County, holds degrees in anthropology and education, and a master’s degree in art history. She lives in Lower Kingsclear, N.B. She also wrote Cumberland County Facts and Folklore.

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