But the lack of parental supervision was pernicious, as both of the young women began to drink wine. Longworthy investigated the sisters and noted how the knockings or raps always came from under their feet or when their dresses were in contact with the table.
Hydesville no longer exists but was a hamlet that was part of the township of Arcadia in Wayne County, New York, just outside Newark.The report noted that the raps were heard close to Margaret and a séance sitter, Professor Furness had felt pulsations in her foot.Kate was one of mediums examined by William Crookes, the prominent physicist, between 18, who concluded the raps were genuine.Amy and Isaac Post, a radical Quaker couple and long-standing friends of the Fox family, invited the girls into their Rochester home.Immediately convinced of the genuineness of the phenomena, they helped to spread the word among their radical Quaker friends, who became the early core of Spiritualists.In 1888, Margaret and Kate confessed that their rappings had been a hoax and publicly demonstrated their method.
Margaret attempted to recant her confession the next year, but their reputation was ruined and in less than five years they were all dead, with Margaret and Kate dying in abject poverty.
They also attracted imitators; during the following few years, hundreds of people claimed the ability to communicate with spirits.
Kate and Margaret became well-known mediums, giving séances for hundreds of people.
In the same year three investigators Austin Flint, Charles E. From a control, they discovered the raps did not occur if the sisters were placed on a couch with cushions under their feet. He applied these skills in exposing some of the deceptions employed by the Fox sisters during two sessions which he attended.
In his book Psychomancy (1853), Page observed that the rapping sounds came from underneath the girls' long dresses.
They failed the test, the committee concluded the raps were produced by bone and feet movements.