October 3rd 1849– EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809-1849) was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances; it was the last time he was seen in public before his death.
The American writer, who was oddly wearing clothes that were not his own, was never coherent to explain what had happened.
Newspapers at the time reported Poe’s death as “congestion of the brain” or “cerebral inflammation”, common euphemisms for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. But the actual cause of death remains a mystery. And this is consistent with his literary career as an author of short stories, particularly Gothic tales of mystery .