People

Throughout the two hundred year old history of the Tom Zombie Curse there have been many people who have played roles. Here you can see at a glance the names and faces involved. For more information click the name and learn how they fit into the Legend of Tom Zombie. 

 

Origin of Tom Zombie

Tom was a good man with an honest heart but other than that very little is known about the person who, along with his native bride Crow Flower, is at the very centre of the Tom Zombie Curse. Legend has it when Tom tried to organize a treaty with the natives he was brutally murdered by assailants unknown from St. Thomas. 

Tom Zombie Incident of 1867

Alexander Scarvey was in the Aylmer Militia at the battle of Ridgeway where he is believed to have somehow run across the Trimeric Bell in the possession of their enemy. It is said that after returning with the artifact it drove him mad and eventually to his death. After two months of raising an undead contingent he attacked the townsfolk until he was subsequently trapped in the Aylmer Drill House and burned to ash.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1887 – Rain of Fire

Benjamin Fish Austin was principal of Alma College and renown believer in mysticism. He is the one most credited for researching the Tom Flower Curse and then founding the Order of Ten, the predecessor of the Tom Zombie Historical Society. He was one of the last members of the order who survived the Rain of Fire train disaster of 1887 and the subsequent near disastrous Tom Zombie Incident at the London Roundhouse later that year.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1887 – Rain of Fire

Bernard Yacot was a victim of the power of the Trimeric Bell in 1887 which lead to him becoming a Tom Zombie right in the heart of Downtown London Ontario. Having never recovered from the death of his wife in the Queen Victoria Day Ferry Accident of 1881 on the Thames river outside of Springbank Park Bernard was a ripe victim for the Bell which could use the traumas of one's past to quicken the transition into a Tom Zombie host.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1887 – Rain of Fire

Brakemen Donnelly was found posthumously negligent in the aftermath of the Rain of Fire train accident of 1887. We now believe that Donnelly was in possession of the Trimeric Bell at this time and most likely experiencing the delusionary behaviour symptomatic of pre-possession. Cannon Moore was the one who then found the bell in Donnelly`s whiskey still and brought it with him to London.

Origin of Tom Zombie

Colonel Thomas Talbot was one of the most prolific land developers in Canadian history but he was also known for his staunch idealism, sour temper and general meanness. Little is known for certain regarding the role Talbot had in the origin of the curse. What is known is that the rivalry between himself and David Ramsey led to an altercation that resulted in the Trimeric Bell being lost or stolen and the Tom Flower Curse being created mere days later. Now it is understood that the curse... Learn More

Origin of Tom Zombie

Crow Flower was an Ojibwa woman who was engaged to be married to a man known only as `Tom`` who resided in St. Thomas in 1805. It was because of the horrible ferocity and injustice of their murder that the Tom Flower Curse was born. It is said that her and Tom`s soul are intertwined for all eternity, forever together but forever apart. Only one can take the gender of whom ever is the next Tom Zombie host 

Origin of Tom Zombie

David Ramsey was a trapper and explorer who ranged the north shore of Lake Erie for many years. In 1796 Ramsey is said to have discovered the Trimeric Bell hidden in a crypt somewhere around the Port Stanley area. Being a man of many gifts he set his machinations upon Colonel Thomas Talbot for Ramsey was furious with Talbot for refuting his land claim.  

Talbot was somehow able to resist the Bell’s power and confront Ramsey. Legend has it that Ramsey was killed in the ensuing fight... Learn More

Tom Zombie Incident of 1887 – Rain of Fire

Edward Spettigue was the conductor on the north bound passenger train that crashed into an east bound freight train and caused the Rain of Fire train accident in St. Thomas in 1887. Spettigue was subsequently found negligent in his duties. We now believe the train accident was actually a deliberate act of sabotage orchestrated by the Othorder to eliminate the budding Order of Ten, a group set on protecting Ontarians from the Tom Zombie Curse. 

 

Tom Zombie Incident of 1893

Edward Thomson was killed in a Railway Accident on the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1893. This heralded the first Tom Zombie incident to occur since the 1887 Rain of Fire incident. It was investigated extensively by Benjamin Fish Austin who had accrued new resources and new members to his Order of Ten.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1894

John Hendershott was hung in mid-1895 for the murder of his cousin William Henry Hendershott. This case and trial was well reported at the time. Evidence discovered recently indicates that William Henry Hendershott may have been in possession of the Trimeric Bell. Though nothing was said of the Bell during the trial it is possible, based on an evening before execution confession, that John was actually trying to protect his cousin and that the timing of the insurance policy was mere... Learn More

Inaugural Tom Zombie - Post Contract of Veils

John Migliore was chosen in secret in 2012 and was the first ever Tom Zombie post the Contract of Veils. He hosted the curse until the festival could be held and a Tom Zombie Contest could be organized. 

John Migliore was an actor who lived in Hamilton who held many roles in both television and film. His sacrifice to the people of south-western Ontario will never be forgotten.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1872

 Mac Remington was hired by Archibald McLachlin, Mayor of St. Thomas at the time, to track down grave robbers. Mac got more than he bargained for when he ended up on the trail of a Tom Zombie. Little is known about how Mac died but it was years before another Tom Zombie incident occurred in the Lake Erie shore vicinity so it is supposed that whatever Mac did managed to slow the curse down to a crawl.

2013 Tom Zombie - Post Contract of Veils

Melanie Matthews was the first Tom Zombie to be chosen through a Tom Zombie contest. Fighting for dominance among 13 other contenders she was picked as the best candidate to carry the curse for the subsequent year.

Melanie herself lived in London, Ontario during her reign and worked as a child and youth councillor. By all accounts she was a wonderful person.

Tom Zombie Incident of 1885

Patty Grundy is a mysterious character who reappears many times through Tom Zombie Incidents between 1885 and 1895. She is believed to have come into St. Thomas with the Barnum & Bailey Circus and stayed after Jumbo the elephant was killed on the railway tracks near the centre of town. She is rumored to have been both a broker for the Othorder and the Oxford Ten.

 

The Ringmaster - Post Contract of Veils

Rob Verkest was absorbed by the Tom Zombie Curse as a necessary evil to create an arbiter for the Contract of Veils. His future fate is uncertain as the contract does not specify an end to the duties of he who is chosen as the "Master of Transition"

Rob Verkest was a well-known local actor and athlete before being drawn in by the power of the Triarc and subsequent Contract of Veils.

Post Contract of Veils

Silas Grundy is the proprietor of many fortunes throughout the world and is believed to be immortal. Legend has it he was involved in the Barnum & Bailey Circus at the time Jumbo the Elephant was killed in St. Thomas in 1885. Through a story as yet unknown it is surmised that he had possession of the Trimeric Bell long enough to grant himself everlasting life, though the act of it most has most certainly rendered him insane.  He appears now from time to time to help organize the... Learn More

Tom Zombie Incident of 1887 – Rain of Fire

Theodore Bucke was Super Intendant of the London Asylum for the insane in 1887 during the Rain of Fire Tom Zombie Incident at the London Roundhouse.  He was one of only a few surviving members of the Order of Ten and a passionate believer in Mysticism. Along with Austin Fish, Bucke takes the credit for stemming disaster in 1887.

Origin of Tom Zombie

Toby Ten was an African American Poet whose parents fled the U.S. for Canada in 1809. His poetry was subsequently banned in the United States because of its stance against slavery. Living in the Elgin County area for the majority of his life, when not helping in the political struggles of his home land, he collected accounts orally and written to use in building his prose. It is because of his writings and his studious work that the Order of Ten, the predecessor for the Tom Zombie Historical... Learn More

Tom Zombie Incident of 1894

William Henry Hendershott was reportedly murdered by his uncle and uncle`s friend on December 14, 1894. This well-known and well reported local story has always been incomplete however as evidence recently discovered by the TZHS shows that William Hendershott may have been in possession of the Trimeric Bell. If this is the case then the sightings of Tom Zombie toward Chatham Sarnia early in 1895 may have actually been Henry Hendershott, another victim of the curse.... Learn More

Tom Zombie Incident of 1894

William Welter was hung in mid-1895 for the murder of William Henry Hendershott. This case and trial was well reported at the time but evidence discovered recently indicated that William Henry Hendershott may have been in possession of the Trimeric Bell. Though nothing was said of the Bell during the trial it is possible, based on an evening before execution confession but John Hendershott, that William was actually trying to protect his cousin and that the timing of the insurance policy was... Learn More

The Legend of Tom Zombie

They say that Tom is cursed by love,
That he can`t see the veil,
They say the dead hear him standing above,
And from encrusted crypts they rail,
(An excerpt from a British infantry marching manual dated 1812)