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Virginia Tighe (Bridey Murphy)
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    (April 27, 1923-July 12, 1995)
    Resided in Pueblo, Colorado
    While under hypnosis claimed to be the reincarnation of a nineteenth century Irish woman named Bridey Murphy (1798-1864)
    Subject of the book 'The Search for Bridey Murphy' (1956) by her hypnotist Morey Bernstein
    'The Search for Bridey Murphy' made into a film of the same name, starring Teresa Wright (1956)
    Bernstein did not try to verify any details about Bridey Murphy’s life.
    Reporters who visited Ireland found no record of a Bridey Murphy as described by Tighe.
    Many of her details about Bridey Murphy’s life, such as a childhood iron bedstead, proved anachronistic.
    It is now believed that Bridey Murphy was based on Tighe’s childhood memories of an Irish neighbor called Bridie Murphey Corkell.
    She inspired ‘Come as You Were’ costume parties and ‘Flaming Reincarnation’ cocktails.
    ‘The Search for Bridey Murphy’ was a bestseller in several languages.
    She started a widespread public interest in reincarnation that lasted until the 70s.
    As Bridey she spoke with a very convincing Irish brogue.
    She may have been unconsciously telling the hypnotist what he wanted to hear rather than deliberately lying.
    Her case highlights the unreliability of recovered memories.
    She became tired of media attention and avoided publicity in later years.

Credit: Georgina


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