I first heard about Rose Mackenberg from The Witch of Lime Street and thought, “Why haven’t I heard of her before!?” I was a bit behind on my reading.
Rose appeared in the Junior Skeptic issue of Winter 2013 written by Daniel Loxton, and in Massimo Polidoro’s book Final Seance (2001) that is on my reading list. She was Houdini’s “special agent” who busted psychics – a kick-ass Skeptic woman and we should all know and appreciate.
Thankfully (thanks Tim Farley), Rose has her own Wikipedia page now.
And today, she is featured on the front page. So there is no excuse to be unaware of this remarkable person.
This is the kind of Skeptical women we should be promoting. They do stuff. They make a difference. They were real role models. On Facebook, I started to make a list of the Skeptical Women Hall of Fame. Rose is at the top of my list:
- Rose Mackenberg
- Rita Swan
- Elizabeth Loftus
- Eugenie Scott
- Carol Tavris
- Harriet Hall
- Rachael Dunlop
- Susan Blackmore
If you don’t know these women, LOOK THEM UP. They are awesome and deserve our praise and support.
PostScript: I once got threatened by a psychic named “Rose” (unsure if that is her real name) because she said she had some trademark claim to putting two rather common words together. When Rose Marks was found guilty of fraud, the words psychic+Rose+fraud were seen together A LOT. You can read about it here. I am feeling a bit vindicated to post about a psychic heavy like this Rose instead.