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Dead Move—Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado: 2d Edition (Nonfiction) (Clocktower Books, 2008, ISBN 978-0-07433-0950-9)-A scholarly analysis by John T. Cullen, that totally redefines the story of the woman whose ghost is said to haunt the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you will find the true crime story as fascinating as he has. Using the hotel's own official book – Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel Coronado (HdC Heritage Dept., 2002, ISBN 091625173X) – and other resources, he found startling new evidence that turns the traditional legends on their head. The dead woman was not Kate Morgan, as is commonly supposed. Kate Morgan was the ringleader of a conspiracy to blackmail the owner of the Hotel del Coronado, John Spreckels. The woman who died was a beautiful young runaway from Detroit named Lizzie Wyllie. Available now! You can order the book at your local bookstore, or buy it online at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble's online store.
Lethal Journey: (Clocktower Books, September 2009, ISBN 978-0-7433-1001-7)-A fast-paced, thriller based on a true story of 1892—a novel that rockets John's discoveries into orbit! The 'Beautiful Stranger' died mysteriously and violently in 1892 at the fabulous Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. Fusing the most exciting elements of the famous legend with his scholarly analysis, we meet a noir heroine (Kate Morgan) and a murderous villain (Tom Morgan). Kate Morgan's relentless dark energy recalls Linda Fiorentino's character in The Last Seduction. Readers also discover the innocent victim of Kate's machinations, a young beauty from Detroit named Lizzie Wyllie, who became that most damned and simultaneously adored dark goddess of Victorian times: the Fallen Angel. Lizzie Wyllie recalls such Victorian heroines as Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. NOTE: Screenplay available. Cover art by Brian Callahan.


John T. Cullen has lived in San Diego for over 33 years. A professional writer all of his life, he is the author of more than 20 books, including the acclaimed A Walk in Ancient Rome, Revised 2d Ed. (Ancient History, Clocktower Books, September 2009, ISBN 978-0-7433-1000-0). He has been a newspaper reporter, and held writing jobs as a soldier in the U. S. Army in West Germany during the 1970s. He worked for many years as a technical writer/editor/trainer/product demonstrator in the aerospace and computer systems development industries.

During his six years of research for his virtual tour guide to ancient Rome, an old and puzzling acquaintance, the Sator Rebus, popped up. Over a period of several weeks during the summer of 2007, while taking a break from Rome research, John spotted an opening, a key. It began with the discovery that the Sator Rebus is not symmetrical but in fact lopsided. The word 'rotas' is not a noun but a verb, meaning the square has two sentences, one of three words and one of two. This led to, if not definitive proof, the first plausible translation and explanation of the Sator Rebus ever, and a trip to Yale University for a Canadian production company filming episodes in the history of Christianity for the History Channel. Episode six will air in spring 2010.

Also garnering increasing attention is John's concurrent three-year intensive analysis of the famous Kate Morgan saga in Coronado/San Diego (1892), which is both a famous ghost story and a famous crime story. He has published several works, including the nonfiction Dead Move: Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado (scholarly analysis), a gripping thriller titled Lethal Journey (September 2009), and the screenplay Lethal Journey, currently seeking a producer.

Born in Europe (Army brat), he lived in several countries and is conversant in several languages. He worked as a summer intern reporter in New Haven, Connecticut during the 1960s. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, with Relateds in History and German. During the 1970s, he served two hitches in West Germany with the U.S. Army, where he invariably fell into writing jobs at a major HQ. He earned his M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University, in the Overseas Division of Metropolitan College. Upon his return to civilian life in 1980, he worked in industry while earning a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from National University. He is married and has a son.


You can visit John's website here.



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