The Macabre Death Of Edgar Allan Poe

The Macabre Death Of Edgar Allan Poe

How much do we really know about the death of one of the most famous poets in the world?


Licensed via Audio Network

Welcome to the BuzzFeed Unsolved Network! This channel is your one-stop destination for all things mystery, conspiracy, supernatural, true crime, and everything in between. Subscribe here:

123foto/Getty Images
Steam train silhouette
Snowshill/Getty Images
A growing pile of dollar bills
Walker and Walker/Getty Images
hand shake
Holloway/Getty Images
star award trophy
David Muir/Getty Images
Portrait of Jefferson Davis
wynnter/Getty Images
American writer Edgar Allan Poe Images
Man smoking cigar in library
Howard Berman/Getty Images
Elfreth’s Alley at Night
aimintang/Getty Images
King of Hearts
CaseyHillPhoto/Getty Images
raw amber
Tadoma/Getty Images
Two Couples in 1901.Sepia Toned
Lisa-Blue/Getty Images
Edwardian Gentlemen
duncan1890/Getty Images
Portrait of mature man in garden
Simon Winnall/Getty Images
Portrait of Edgar Allen Poe
drnadig/Getty Images
Rubbing Hands Together
pink_cotton_candy/Getty Images
A fossilized Brain in a dried out desert
artpartner-images/Getty Images
Victorian Lady Portlait No.8
noriko_london/Getty Images
Candle and Skull on Books
Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images
Night Car park
Aaron Foster/Getty Images
Car hit scene
sestovic/Getty Images
Scenic Campus
QizhangJia/Getty Images
Isolated Vintage Armchair
mrdoomits/Getty Images
zoranm/Getty Images
Edgar Allan Poe Tombstone with Nam
Locked Ballot Box
traveler1116/Getty Images
Student Standing Before Complex Math Equation
Peter M. Fisher/Getty Images
Man Giving Gift to Woman
Mark Weiss/Getty Images
Toasting glasses with copy space
Peter Dazeley/Getty Images
Ancient books with skull
cyano66/Getty Images
Three Men Standing
Blake Little/Getty Images
Autumn lights
SanderStock/Getty Images
Traditional wooden steps in vintage library.
Dougal Waters/Getty Images
Antique photograph of World’s famous sites: Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
ilbusca/Getty Images
Antique photograph of people from the World: Dr Koch
ilbusca/Getty Images
Antique photograph of World’s famous sites: Washington monument, Baltimore, Maryland
ilbusca/Getty Images
Antique photograph of World’s famous sites: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ilbusca/Getty Images
Antique photograph of London: Bartholomew’s Hospital
ilbusca/Getty Images
Blank Folded Newspaper
Michael Burrell/Getty Images
Old black and white photo of cemetery with trees in mist in autumn.
ysbrandcosijn/Getty Images
Syphilis positive
jarun011/Getty Images
Antique wet plate photo of mysterious 1920s english gangster with flat cap and black coat.
ysbrandcosijn/Getty Images
Old Map America East Coast
y-studio/Getty Images
Young romantic couple in love flirting in rain. Black and white
NiseriN/Getty Images
Antique American Photograph: Hudson River at West Point, New York, United States, 1893
bauhaus1000/Getty Images
concrete polished texture background
chingraph/Getty Images
Antique London’s photographs: Pub in Hendon
ilbusca/Getty Images
aluxum/Getty Images
Clenched fist
fotorince/Getty Images
Antique Book
Glasshouse Images/Getty Images
Professional Beard Competitor
David Sacks/Getty Images
BbenPhotographer/Getty Images
Vintage interior with bed and wooden trunk. Nicely fits for book cover
Arman Zhenikeyev/Getty Images
Anton Rubinstein – Illustration from 1894
suteishi/Getty Images
Tombstone 3
Francesco Milanese/Getty Images
Writer table.
undefined undefined/Getty Images
Antique photo: Portrait of woman, actress
ilbusca/Getty Images
Antique photo: Alexandre Dumas
ilbusca/Getty Images
US Army black and white photos: Steamer Yucatan ready for Cuba
ilbusca/Getty Images
Forest trees without leaves. Winter trees set, silhouette vector. Сollection of isolated tree trunks with knots
Nosyrevy/Getty Images
Crowd of protesters people. Silhouettes of people with banners and megaphones. Concept of revolution or protest
Yevhenii Dubinko/Getty Images
Vector silhouettes of people.
majivecka/Getty Images

Groom puts on the bride’s finger an engagement ring. Wedding couple
Andrii Iemelyanenko/Getty Images
Falling ice into a glass and pouring whiskey
Shaiith/Getty Images
Raven eye close-up, macro, eye of hooded crow. toned
MriyaWildlife/Getty Images
hand writes a letter with an old pen and inkwell
Юрий Алейников/Getty Images
Old letter 2
Daniel Christel/Getty Images
Swirling atmospheric smoke
barnburna/Getty Images
Depressive man in dark room standing by the window
stevanovicigor/Getty Images
Teenage hand holding baseball bat, threat and juvenile delinquent, youth gang
Motortion/Getty Images
landscape of the clear sky
kokoroyuki/Getty Images
Silhouette of a raven against a full moon
rawheadrex/Getty Images
SLOW MOTION: Scary spruce forest on dark winter night during heavy snow blizzard
helivideo/Getty Images
Wooden dice
serjiosoob/Getty Images
Raven fence perch
humanizr_AV/Getty Images

You may also like...

67 Responses

  1. alex says:

    _”Poe started publishing poems.”_

    Me: … *POEm*

  2. alex says:

    Ghost: boo!
    Ryan: *dies*

    Shane: _Here lies Ryan Bergara, loving wife._

  3. Erahbocm says:

    why does shane look like a run down 70s detective, one foot in the grave and the other deep in the bottle

  4. DIANA STEFANA says:

    Did you know that Shane has a tiktok account? He’s chill

  5. Pumpkin God says:

    One of Poe’s ancestors definitely pissed off a witch or something. Seems like a family curse almost

    • Hunter Leanna says:

      Pumpkin God some people aren’t affected by tuberculosis. They just carry it. All his wives (and his parents) died from tuberculosis. I think his godmother did too. So i think when his parents died he was infected and became a carrier. So all the people he was around long enough died but he lived.

    • he guanlong says:


    • Life or death Haste or ras says:

      Now I’m not sure, but my English teacher is related to him or another poet lol

  6. MissingTHO says:

    ”And celebrate with a nice brewski”

    ”When you’re over 21”
    me : *laughs in german*

  7. LAubrey Horowitzpp says:

    For Post Mortem: The rabies theory is definitely strong contender- it needs to be remembered is that he was NOT considered a literary genius or even particularly famous or popular at his time of death. Since he was known to not do well with alcohol and was not drinker it a stretch to then think he was struggling with alcohol addiction or abuse. He was never known to actually be like that, but side affects of rabies are similar enough to someone who was drunk. His publisher though, who would have been struggling to make money off of Poes work, worked this into the writing as a personality trait. Poe wrote the macabre, it was dark and twisted- what better way to sensationalize him after death, to get some interest, and make money finally. The theory is actually that this persona was made up to gain interest for his writing. Also, with his cousin. The marriage was likely due to protect her, not for a love interest. Her parents died, leaving her with nothing as a young woman at the time, and marrying her was to keep her from harm and provide stability, and the whole marriage was the main culprit of his original engagement ending. Basically through this whole death, he was just made to be a character of himself based off his writings to gain popularity and finance .

    • SeaWarriorSon says:

      definitely rabies. An excellent analysis of Poe’s condition was published in the Maryland Medical Journal. Diagnosis: rabies

    • Brittany Bennett says:

      “Young woman” she was like, an actual child right?

    • Meli 22 says:

      Brittany Bennett yeah but at the time they would marry women off the moment they had their period so 11 y/o could be married

    • LAubrey Horowitzpp says:

      @Brittany Bennett read what I said.
      They were married platonically, it was to protect her. Women has little rights or protection at that time, girls even less. This would keep her out of a work house, off the streets as a homeless person, away from prostitution and abuse. It was not a physical or love marriage.

  8. Ryan Finn Weekes says:

    My school is closed because of corona, so this season has the perfect timing

  9. David Sesh says:

    Maybe he was drunk.. fell and hit the back of his head on the concrete

  10. Just Awesomee says:

    “I never liked heroin”

    -Shane, 2020

  11. Pippa T0221 says:

    Nobody gonna mention how Shane’s goal is to look weird throughout his 30’s?? Like he is intentionally looking like a 70s serial killer/weird teacher and i am living for this

  12. Elaine P says:

    Poe married his cousin purely so that she wouldn’t be homeless. After her husband died, she was on the grounds of losing her house and everything she owned unless she could be remarried. This was because the law stated that women weren’t allowed to own anything; it had to be under the property of their husband. If the man died, the woman was actually considered part of his property. To save her from being married to someone wanting to take advantage of her and the property, Poe agrees to enter into civil marriage with her. This was apparently more common for the time than one would think, but still a little weird. We can only trust Edgar’s word that there was never anything sexual or romantic about their relationship. Poe writes that he only had platonic love for Virginia, and even called her “sis” because she held the role of a sister to him. This was the reason he was so heartbroken when she died. It was very akin to the same grief he experienced when he lost his parents.

  13. Michelle P. says:

    Shane: PoeSA

    Me: *clicked the liked button*

  14. buff noodles says:

    That one cousin: I tHinK I’M bOuTta sTeAL!

  15. Emilia Angestam says:

    Whenever I hear about an author who became famous after their death I get so sad…they might have thought they were a failure and then never know how much their work actually impacted people

  16. Joe Mazzola says:

    “Don’t marry kids” is the official stance of Shane “Long-Legs” Madej

  17. RenataKaleah says:

    I remember learning of Poe’s death in school but also of the “Poe Toaster”—the unidentified person (probably two people in succession, like father and son) who, for over seven decades, paid an annual tribute to Poe every year in his birthday. He was described as a shadowy figure, dressed in black with a wide-brimmed hat and white scarf, would pour himself a glass of cognac and raise a toast to Poe’s memory, then vanish into the night, leaving three roses in a specific arrangement and the unfinished bottle of cognac.

  18. Farzad Baksh says:

    Ryan: We talk to specters all the time.

    Shane: “looks into camera, shakes his head no”. 🤣😂

  19. Bethanni27 Kempton says:

    The Baltimore Raven’s main mascot is named Poe, with his two brothers being Edgar and Allen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *