April 20, 1841

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1841 in Philadelphia, PA, Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published in Graham’s Magazine. It is considered to the first detective story written and it influenced many other authors, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When asked why he chose an ape as the murderer, Poe explained that the ape had yellow eyes originally and the story was supposed to be set in Arkham, MA, but that Graham Magazine’s editors changed those two important facts.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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