West Allis, Wisconsin, . Two typed letters (one signed by Smith), with a flimsy copy of a typed response to Smith from O’Connell’s office, and a copy of a registered mail cover from Smith to O’Donnell’s office in San Francisco, fastened along the upper edges into a cardstock portfolio with typed precis of the letter on the upper cover. Some browning and light wear; in very good condition. Item #17708
A curious relic of a deadly unsolved incident of industrial sabotage (vandals derailed the City of San Francisco train in 1939, killing 24), letters from Smith to Southern Pacific Chief of Security Dan O’Connell to note, “From birth have had the gift of seeing with the spiritual eye. (Some call it fortune telling) we call it mediumship” [all sic]. Smith goes on in another letter to report that her sight of a wanted poster in a local post office on December 30, 1940 prompted a psychic vision of the criminals; she offers a minute description of the ringleader as given to her in her vision, down to a powder burn on the left side of his face: “The spirit that brought me this, passed out due to scalding or burning and has the desire to bring to justice this misguided person.” With a carbon copy of a noncommittal response from O’Connell’s office, noting receipt of Smith’s letters.