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A great San Diego/Coronado mystery solved at last by John T. Cullen

A True Crime of 1892, Now a Famous Ghost Legend

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Three Books, Three Sites. The author's first, still primary, website is at Coronado Mystery. That happens to also be the title of his two-in-one volume, which includes both of the two books below.

Nonfiction—Dead Move: Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado. The author began by writing a nonfiction, true-history analysis (Dead Move) while working at the Hotel del Coronado and studying its excellent book Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel Del Coronado (2002). That book, jammed with research, unfortunately leaves the ghost legend hanging before us, at the expense of real history. The real history of events at the Hotel Del in November 1892 has tentacles reaching to the Spreckels mansion in San Francisco, to the Spreckels cane sugar fortune in Honolulu (which deadly rival Sanford Dole, the so-called Pineapple King, would successfully destroy weeks after the Beautiful Stranger's death in Coronado); and to the court of Queen Victoria in London. The latter involves another tragic young beauty (this one a real princess) named HRH Crown Princess Victoria Ka'iulani, heiress to the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

Fiction—Lethal Journey. About a year after publishing Dead Move, and receiving enthusiastic feedback from fans enthralled with the Beautiful Stranger story, John T. Cullen decided to write a noir period thriller in the style of movies like 2006's two Victorian period pieces The Prestige and The Illusionist. The result was a 2009 thriller by John T. Cullen titled Lethal Journey.

Two-in-One—Coronado Mystery. As noted above, he then additionally published both in one volume entitled Coronado Mystery. For some time, the main website devoted to this thrilling subject (including the detailed Lottiepedia) has been To increase exposure, we now bring you these interlinked websites ( and Of these three websites, the most detailed (please click to visit) is Coronado Mystery.


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