Cottingley Fairies
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Believer Till The End...

Geoffrey Hodson

In an attempt to uncover further "proof", Gardner sends Geoffrey Hodson back to Cottingley in 1921. Armed with cameras and a host of "psychic" tools, Hodson claims to see many more fairies and spirits but unfortunately cannot produce a single picture. In fact, years afterwards, Elsie and Francis openly admit that they had a lot of fun duping Hodson throughout his stay and were mystified when he claimed to "see" whatever the girls told him.

Unmoved by public discontent and humiliation, Doyle published "The Coming of the Fairies" in 1922. This book was not solely based on events in Cottingley but was a collection of fairy stories and sightings all over the world.

His reputation as the brilliant mind behind the legendary Sherlock Holmes was severely damaged and people began to see him as the old man who was duped by 2 schoolgirls. But to him, Theosophy and its beliefs were real and it was the majority who were wrong.

On July 8th, 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dies still believing in fairies and the afterlife and at his funeral are 8,000 mourners at The Albert Hall in London

What Will The Public Say?

But The Story Never Dies