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It’s Connecticut Magazine’s 50th anniversary year, so throughout 2021 we're looking back through our archives from each month and remembering some of the moments that have helped shaped our state.

October cover gallery

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With more women entering politics, our October 1974 cover story flipped the script of “The Candidate’s Wife” on its head.

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Kevin Ollie is featured on the cover in October 2013, shortly after he succeeded Jim Calhoun as the coach of the UConn men’s basketball program.

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Is your neighbor psychic? Are you? From October 1977, “Stalking Witches and Boogeymen” visits several self-proclaimed mystics living in suburbia.


Stories from the archives: Ghost stories

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From Dudleytown to New Haven’s Midnight Mary, “Haunted Connecticut” (October 2015) outlines Connecticut’s most infamous supernatural legends, of which we certainly have our share.

Connecticut’s O.G. ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren — pictured on our April 1972 cover and profiled in that month’s “In Search of the Supernatural” — are still the most famous paranormal investigators in the world, even in death, thanks to the Conjuring franchise of horror movies based on their exploits.

Decades before the more famous trials in Salem, Massachusetts, dozens of Connecticut residents were accused of witchcraft, and as many as 11 were executed, as recounted in Bewitched” (October 1988).

A writer reflects on her affection for Milford’s Charles Island, reputed home to an ancient curse (and, perhaps, the site of Captain Kidd’s buried treasure) in “My Lifelong Love Affair With a Haunted Island” (July/August 1972).

And we received a quite chilling reception when we first visited Cortlandt Hull and his Witch’s Dungeon museum of movie memorabilia way back in October 1984’s “House of Horror” (this month we pay a return visit to Hull at his new, expanded showplace in Plainville).

These and more articles from Connecticut Magazine's history can be found at connecticutmag.com/archives