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Celebrating Women Series: Tim Busbey Talks About a Woman of Ghost Legend, Ceely Rose

Welcome to the 17th article in the “Celebrating Women” Series for Women’s History Month! It’s the first time I’ve coordinated an author guest article series to celebrate women in history or women making history! Thank you to Tim Busbey for this article. The series ran March 19-31, 2014, and you can head to this blog page, Women in History, which will give you links to all articles in the series that you can read and share at any time.


Ceely Rose, Ohio Female Killer of 19th Century Featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters
by author/editor Tim Busbey

Ceely Rose

Ceely Rose, a photo taken during the time of her trial in 1896.

My article for the Celebrating Women series is a little different than most of them. The woman I am writing about is a person most people would not consider to be inspiring or “good.” However, her story is one that bears re-telling.

Today, I am going to share with you the story of Ceely Rose. Unless you happen to be from North Central Ohio, you probably have no idea who Ceely is. Most people in these parts have at least heard the name of the 19th century young lady who killed her parents over the love of a young man.

Nestled within the confines of what is now known as Malabar Farm State Park stands a rather non-descript, two-story white home. To the thousands of visitors who pass through the park each year, there is no sign of the tragic events that took place within those four walls 118 years ago.

Those tragic events were given birth by one young lady. Her name was Celia Rose, but to the residents of Pleasant Valley, she was known as Ceely. Ceely was born on March 13, 1873, to David and Rebecca Rose. By today’s standards, Ceely was severely learning disabled.

According to “Historic Haunted America” by Michael Norman and Beth Scott, “By the age of thirteen she could barely read and was always in classes with students much younger than herself. Many youngsters teased her for her poor grades and her pronounced stammer whenever she was called upon to recite.

With the cruelty that children often inflict on one another, they would scream, ‘Dumbbell Ceely! Ugly old Ceely!’” (As a weird sidenote/bit of trivia, Michael Norman was a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where I attended college my freshman year and I had him as a professor for two journalism classes.)

Although she was 23 at the time of the murders in 1896, it is said that she had a mental age closer to a young teenager. According to an 1896 newspaper report, “She talked with a stutter and performed on a level with children seven years younger than her. She might be described as half-child and half-woman.”

In 1896, Ceely was in love with a local boy named Guy Berry, who lived on a neighboring farm. Although Guy certainly didn’t share those feelings, Ceely told everyone that the two were engaged. Not wanting to hurt Ceely by telling her his true feelings, Guy reportedly lied and told her they could never be married because her family did not approve of him. Another version of the story says that Guy’s father was upset by Ceely’s daily visit to their home and told her parents to keep her away.

Photo by Erin Al-Mehairi

The Rose Home at Malabar Farm Photo by Erin Al-Mehairi

Heartbroken, Ceely decided to exact revenge on her family. At breakfast one morning in late June 1896, Ceely laced her family’s cottage cheese with arsenic. Her father died on June 30. Her brother, Walter, survived a few more days, dying on July 4.

Her mother must not have eaten much of the cottage cheese, because she recovered, eventually realizing what had happened. But when her mother began talking of moving away from Pleasant Valley, Ceely poisoned her mother again with a massive dose of arsenic. Her mother died July 19.

As the lone survivor of the Rose family, suspicion immediately fell on Ceely, but investigators had no evidence to prove her involvement. This was long before the days of “CSI.” Instead, it was a childhood friend of Ceely’s who talked with her and got her to confess to the killings.

Ceely was tried for all three deaths and found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was sent to an asylum in Toledo where she spent the next 19 years. In 1915, Ceely became one of the first patients at the new Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. She died there a day after her 61st birthday in 1934 and her gravestone still stands in a cemetery at that site.

Ceely’s family and Guy Berry are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, located just a short distance from the Rose and Berry homes.

You may be wondering why I chose Ceely as my woman to write about for this series. A few years ago, I got the idea to write a non-fiction book about the many sites in North Central Ohio that are reportedly haunted. My research uncovered a number of them, including Malabar Farm.

Many people believe that Ceely haunts the Rose and Berry homes, both of which still stand on the grounds of Malabar Farm State Park, as well as the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Over the years, people have reported seeing a girl in a window of the former Rose home at times when no one was in the home, which is now owned by the Ohio State Parks. A play about her life is performed in a barn at Malabar Farm State Park, and many strange occurrences have been reported during rehearsals and performances.

Just last month, an episode of “Ghost Hunters” that was taped at Malabar Farm aired on the SyFy Channel. I don’t usually watch the show but I made sure to watch that episode OnDemand.

Whether or not you believe her ghost is still hanging around Pleasant Valley, the story of Ceely Rose is truly a tragic tale. The young lady was likely bullied her whole life for being different. Combine that with her developmental issues and it was a tragedy waiting to happen.

Besides the major women in history, it’s interesting to find the hidden stories of women of note right in your own backyard. Don’t be afraid to explore and investigate your local history. You never know what interesting tales you might find.

Tim Busbey, Biography~

1000041_10151504816312462_893841430_nTim Busbey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. He has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years, spending the first 11 years of his career in the newspaper industry before transitioning into a role as a copywriter/marketing communications specialist. He has written for newspapers, a recruitment communication agency, a major small appliance manufacturer, and one of the top personal injury law firms in Ohio.

Currently, he is working as a full-time freelance writer/copywriter/editor for a variety of clients including an electronics distributor, an online news source, and a law firm, while assisting with other projects of Addison’s Compass Public Relations, a PR/Com/Marketing business he runs with Erin Al-Mehairi.

Tim is in the process of writing a horror novella, a non-fiction book about haunted locations in North Central Ohio, and a science fiction thriller novel that is the first of a series. He also offers editing services to a wealth of authors in all genres.

Tim has volunteered his time for a number of community organizations including The United Way of Ashland County and the Ashland County Cancer Association.

Tim lives in Ohio with his long-time girlfriend, Erin, and their three kids. When he’s not writing, Tim loves to read (sci-fi, fantasy, horror and thrillers mostly), watch TV, and coach his kids’ sports teams.



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Dark Rising – An Excerpt from Tim Busbey’s Upcoming Short Story, a Prequel to Novel

This post today is so fitting to me as I tell my partner, Tim Busbey, Happy Father’s Day! He’s a great Dad, trying his hardest to provide for our kids, be there for all their activities, coach their soccer and softball teams, and is always there to support all their ups and downs, celebrate their successes, and be supportive when failures happen. He makes our family a priority even while he works hard and still tries to pursue his writing dreams.

So that said, here is a post from Tim’s blog in which he talked about writing his prequel short story, offering an excerpt of the first chapter below, that will accompany his forthcoming novel. It’s an introduction for people to the world where his story takes place, tentatively titled Dark Rising. It’s a sci-fi action/adventure/thriller set in the very near future.

He’d love to know what you think in the comments below, at his blog at www.timbusbey.wordpress.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/timbusbeyauthor.

Dark Rising Excerpt, by Tim Busbey~

Mashhad, Iran

It is not going to end like this.

That solitary thought overwhelmed all others as Sgt. Brian Duncan fought to stem the steady stream of crimson that flowed from his shoulder. A jagged shard of shrapnel had slashed a ragged stream along his skin as it flew past him after the blast. The unexpected eruption had upended the truck he and his team had used to get from the Afghanistan-Iran border to the holy city of Mashhad, Iran.

Got to keep moving.

The acrid smoke burned his eyes as he struggled across the debris-covered earth toward the truck that had brought his team into this nightmare, one hand pressing a field dressing against the wound in his shoulder, and the other pulling him along. Bullets flew around him like a deadly blizzard of hot metal.

The bandage he held on his shoulder was stained a bright red, like the rose bushes he remembered his mother growing in her garden back in Royal Oak, Michigan, a vibrant suburb north of Detroit. She always took such meticulous care of those bushes, tending them with the same loving care she showed her two sons. But he quickly put those thoughts out of his head. This mission was too important to be distracted by thoughts of home. If his team failed, there wouldn’t be a home to go back to.

I’ve got to make it. Everything depends on it.

He looked up and felt a surge of hope. He was almost there. With a final, desperate tug, he eased his battered body behind the fiery remains of the truck, which now rested on its side. Brian shielded his face from the heat of the flames that roared from the engine compartment.

It had probably been less than a minute since his team’s mission had gone sideways but it seemed as if he had been crawling for hours. But there was no time to rest. He slowly poked his head up and saw their Iranian driver still belted in his seat. It only took a glance to see that this was going to be the young man’s final mission.

He risked a peek around the front of the burning truck and was greeted by another hail of gunfire. The barrage of bullets seemed to be coming from all directions at once.

How many soldiers are out there and where are they?

“Ortega. Can you hear me?” No answer on his headset. “Mason. Jamison. Riley. Wilson. Anyone out there?” No one. Either all his teammates were dead or their communications gear was on the fritz.

Am I the only one left? Can I complete this mission alone?

Above the roar of the battle, Brian could hear anguished screams, maybe from one of his teammates. Another yell pierced through the tumult and bore its way deep into Brian’s frazzled brain. This wasn’t his first firefight, but that didn’t make it any easier to stay calm and think clearly when in the midst of the fray. Blood-curdling screams like those could rattle even the steeliest of men. Several deep breaths and a moment of stillness helped clear the surge of adrenaline that threatened to overwhelm Brian’s years of training and field experience.

With his thoughts a little clearer, Brian paused to assess his situation and see what his options were. His wound was serious but not life-threatening, and he would need both hands if he was going to survive this. Usually, someone else applied the trauma dressing, but since he was all alone, Brian removed the bandage from his first aid kid and did his best to apply the dressing one-handed. When he was done, he studied his handiwork. Not ideal, but it would do for now.

He had his Sig Sauer M11 at his hip and his HK MP5 over his shoulder, but only a few clips of ammo for both. He also had three grenades and two flash-bangs in the pockets that lined his legs. Better than nothing, but not much good against the horde of killers that had him pinned down. He had to conserve his ammo if he wanted to have any chance at survival. Once his bullets were gone, so was he.

He tucked himself tightly against the remains of the truck, trying to formulate a plan. His first order of business was to make his way to a more defensible position and attempt to locate the surviving members of his team, if there were any.

As he glanced again around the rear of the truck, Brian saw the gilded peak of his team’s intended destination: the Imam Reza Shrine. The “shrine” was actually the world’s largest mosque – a 1,300-year-old massive complex that was home to a museum, a library, four seminaries, a cemetery, and a university. Millions of Muslims made the pilgrimage to Mashhad and the ancient mosque each year.

Normally, the shrine was home to education, religion and peace. But if their intel was accurate, today, it was housing something deadly. No matter what had happened to the rest of his team, Brian knew that he had to make his way to the mosque and attempt to complete their mission.


Brian whirled, squeezing the trigger on his MP5. The approaching figure crumpled to the ground at his feet. He breathed a sigh of relief as he saw that the bloodied form was not one of his teammates, although he knew it could have been. He had pulled the trigger without even a thought; without even seeing who it was. That probably had saved his life, but what if it had been one of his teammates?

OK, get a grip! I really need to get out of here.

Copyright, Tim Busbey


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A Conspiracy Thriller to Shake Humanity? Announcing Work Coming from Tim Busbey and a Reader Contest

My partner, Tim Busbey, has been a writer, editor, and copy editor veteran for many years. Now, he is on the edge of completing his first novel, novella, and short story (all which tie-in together) in his conspiracy thriller series!! I am very happy to announce this news on my own site today!

So what is his book about?

He doesn’t want to give away too much about it because there are lots of twists and turns and mysteries and conspiracies. But, according to Tim, it involves genetics, religion, covert agencies, the origins of man and much more.

More? That’s a mind-blowing amount of suspense already! Sounds good…

 It is set in a variety of locales, ranging from India to Cuba to Columbus, Ohio and more. Here’s a synopsis:

It involves a reporter who discovers a centuries-old secret that could shake the foundations of all of the world’s governments and religions. But is it the truth or simply part of a conspiracy? Dark forces try to keep him from uncovering the truth before they can unleash their master plan.

Tim says on his own blog at http://www.timbusbey.wordpress.com :  “But that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is an epic story with a large cast of characters. The story I am telling is sure to be controversial. But I am not writing it simply to stir up controversy. I am writing it because it is the story that I have been given to tell.”

fourth pic for tim's novel

If anyone happened to read his earlier versions in process, much of that content remains in what will be the finished product. However, he’s copy edited for clarity and story elements. Once he realized there was more back story than one novel could handle, and keep up its fast pace, he decided to break out parts of the book and create a short story and a novella which will serve as introductions to some of the characters and ideas associated with the main book.

AND YOU COULD UNLOCK THIS SHORT STORY!! He’s going to give away the short story to anyone who helps spread the word about his novel on Pinterest or Facebook!!

Please support and like his FACEBOOK Author Page at the link..he’s got his novel contest and updates on novel progress, but also lots of writer links and tips, international news and discussion, and he announces free thrillers from other well-known authors.



and if you’d like to join his profile on Facebook too:


Pinterest and Facebook Contest~

He will post one picture a week for eight weeks, we are in week four now. Each picture is a clue or somehow related to the story. The first picture appears to be a DNA helix. But is there more to it than that? At the end of the eight weeks, everyone who has re-pinned all eight pictures (you can pin at any time or all at one) on Pinterest, or commented on all contest photos on the Facebook page, will unlock the short story for free as a special thanks for your help. To receive your free short story, please email me a link (tbuzz50@hotmail.com) to the board where you re-pinned my posts after the eight weeks are finished. It’s that easy.

Please take a look and tell your friends. Here is his Pinterest and My Novel board is the one you want:  http://pinterest.com/pin/110056784616111015/

Tim Busbey, Biography~

TimA veteran newspaper journalist, he has spent the last five years working in marketing communications for a major small appliance manufacturer, an HR communications firm and one of the top law firms in Ohio (the latter two he currently works for).  He runs Addison’s Compass Public Relations with Erin Al-Mehairi, from which they offer writing, marketing and editing services to authors, businesses and individuals. He’s a soccer and softball coach and enjoys reading and collecting books.  He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1996 with a degree in journalism and a minor in economics.

Besides at Facebook above, follow the blog at www.timbusbey.wordpress.com or Tweet with him at @tbusbey.


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Guest Review of Corridor, by Robin Parrish: a Mysterious YA Thriller

Guest Review Day!

by Tim Busbey – www.timbusbey.wordpress.com ~Tim’s been on a mission to write a review a day on his blog this week. Check out this review and then head to his blog to see what else he’s reviewed.

Corridor by Robin Parrish

Robin Parrish is one of my favorite authors. From book to book, you never know what to expect from him. Well, let me correct that. You know that you can expect a well-crafted story that will have you turning the pages faster than a speeding bullet. But he has written in a variety of genres – sci-fi, horror, superhero. With “Corridor,” Parrish ventures into YA territory for the first time, and the results speak for themselves. He makes the transition seamlessly, crafting a fast-paced story with characters that readers of all ages can relate to.

Troy, on the eve of his 17th birthday, awakens to find himself in a white room so bright that  he can’t even open his eyes. He has no memory of how he arrived in this blinding environment. His only companion is the girl’s voice he hears in his head telling him to run. With her help, he escapes from the white room, only to find himself in another room with another deadly challenge to overcome. This continues from room to room as Troy and his guardian angel continue to bond as she assists him in his journey through the titular Corridor.

Troy is tested both mentally and physically as he works his way through the mysterious Corridor. He faces three questions: What is the structure? What is its purpose? How does he survive it? Slowly the layers of the structure are unpeeled as Troy discovers the true purpose of the Corridor and why he was brought there. The ending is a surprise, one you will NEVER see coming. Or maybe you will, but I certainly didn’t.

Parrish does a great job of building up the mystery of the corridor and building the tension as the danger grows from room to room and the dilemmas Troy faces grow, as well. You are pulled into Troy’s decisions as he struggles over making the right decision, as we all do every day. I loved the different details Parrish chose to build into the structure of the Corridor. He uses just enough prose to help you picture how each room is unique without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.

Parrish is a Christian author, but in “Corridor,” as with all his books, he doesn’t beat you over the head with a religious message. Instead, he uses powerful imagery and allegories to relate truths in a way that pulls you in, rather than pushing away.

The book is available for the Kindle for only $2.99 and it is well worth the money. Engaging characters, a unique premise and excellent storytelling make “Corridor” a must-read for all ages.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “Corridor” a 4.

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The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker is an Engaging Thriller that will Keep You Turning Pages Late Into the Night

Tim Busbey, my much more entertainment savvy fiance, also has a blog on which he writes book reviews (among other writings) and we’ve decided to exchange our reviews on each other’s blogs in hopes that will be helpful to our readers! He is a writer himself, penning a novel in the thriller genre and you can read some of this first chapters also on his blog.  He most recently read Ted Dekker’s latest book “The Priest’s Graveyard” and his guest blog/review is below. If you wish to read his blog further, it is www.timbusbey.wordpress.com.

The Priest’s Graveyard is an Engaging Thriller that will Keep You Turning Pages Late Into the Night
by Tim Busbey, www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

“The Priest’s Graveyard”
By Ted Dekker
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If there’s one thing Ted Dekker knows, it’s evil. Not just over-the-top, stereotypical, cartoonish, made-for-movies evil like a lot of writers create. Dekker knows how to get inside the minds of real people and explore that dark place that most of us are afraid to admit even exists. Almost makes you wonder what is going on in Dekker’s brain. Should we be afraid of him? Just kidding, Mr. Dekker. But seriously, he certainly has a gift for mining the depths of despair and depravity that lurk deep in the human soul. In “The Priest’s Graveyard,” Dekker again shows us how seemingly normal people can behave in unimaginable ways when put in the wrong situation.

This time around, the two “normal” people are Renee Gilmore and Danny Hansen. Renee is a recovering heroin addict from a broken home rescued by a knight in shining armor. After nursing her back to health, Renee and her knight fall in love. When he fails to return home from work one day, Renee knows something awful has happened and she becomes intent on gaining vengeance on the man responsible for her husband’s death. Danny is a Bosnian immigrant who saw the brutal murder of his mother and sister during the country’s tragic civil war. Years later, Danny emigrated to America hoping to escape the demons of his past. Now a priest, Danny doles out vengeance on evil men who have so far escaped justice at the hands of our system of justice.

When their paths cross, Danny is pulled into Renee’s quest for justice. At first, Danny attempts to dissuade Renee from continuing on this path, attempting to keep her from becoming like him. Eventually, Danny begins training Renee in his ways of vigilante justice and she proves to be a more than able student. Together, the pair travel down a dangerous, twisting path that leads them both to the edge, and takes them across lines they never thought they’d cross.

Dekker takes the reader on a journey with Renee and Danny, a journey where the characters and the reader alike come to see that love is the answer – not laws or rules or vengeance. Again, as he has become expert at doing, Dekker weaves a brilliant allegory about the true Christian life, a life built on accepting the sacrificial love of Jesus, not following a system of rules and regulations. But he does it in such a way that, for a casual reader, they can simply enjoy the story as a heart-stopping, riveting thriller.

“The Priest’s Graveyard” is an engaging thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. It’s the perfect story for any Dekker fan and any fans of high-adrenaline thrillers.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Priest’s Graveyard” a 4.5.

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