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The Watseka Wonder:
What Happened in the Upstairs Bedrooms

On May 7, 1878, Lurancy Vennum, under the possession of Mary Roff, called Mrs. Roff to a private room, and there in tears told her that Lurancy Vennum was going to return. She seemed very sad, and said she cannot tell whether she was coming to stay or not. Mary said that if Lurancy was returning for good, then she wanted to see her sister Minerva and other family members and bid them good-bye.

At that moment, Lurancy took control of her own body for a few minutes, and found herself startled to be in the Roff home. But soon thereafter Mary took control again and became overjoyed to find herself permitted to return and called for the singing of her favorite childhood song, "We Are Coming, Sister Mary."

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