Mysterious Poe visitor doesn't show for 2nd year

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Posted: Jan 19, 2011 5:18 AM
Mysterious Poe visitor doesn't show for 2nd year

The mysterious visitor to Edgar Allan Poe's grave has failed to show up for the second year in a row.

Fans of the writer waited all night at the Baltimore cemetery where Poe is buried, hoping for a glimpse of the anonymous person who always left roses and cognac at Poe's tombstone.

The tradition went on for some 60 years until last year when the visitor failed to make an appearance.

Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, the curator of the Poe museum declared the vigil over. A dozen people who remained entered the cemetery and left roses at Poe's grave.

Early in the vigil, four separate people dressed as the "Poe toaster" appeared at the cemetery but the curator says they all turned out to be impostors.

Wednesday is the 202nd anniversary of Poe's birth.