The Press: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Bridey

In the national furor over The Search for Bridey Murphy (TIME, March 19), one rational theory gained ground to explain how a hypnotized housewife in Colorado could "recall" a 19th century existence as Bridey, a redhead in Cork. The theory: Housewife Virginia Tighe, under hypnosis, had simply woven the story out of odds and ends that lay in her subconscious mind from childhood. That was the trail that Hearst's Chicago American took in searching for Bridey Murphy. Digging into Mrs. Tighe's Chicago childhood, American reporters found a wealth of names and incidents that looked plainly like the raw material for the...

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