Laura Mazzuca Toops is an actor and playwright with more than 40 years of experience as a writer of fact and fiction. Book credits include Growing Up with Manos: The Hands of Fate: How I was the Child Star of the Worst Movie Ever Made and Lived to Tell the Story (co-authored with Jackey Neyman Jones). Acting credits include Fanny in Man of the People (u/s, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, 2022); the short film Leaving Michiana (Sofia Lynch, dir., 2021); and Sue Bayliss in All My Sons (4th Street Theater, Chesterton, Ind., 2019). Three of Laura’s short plays were performed in August 2023 at The Secret Theatre in New York. She lives in the greater Chicago area.
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Six current-day ghost hunters set out to find the truth in the murder legend of Vinney Keller, a naïve teenager who was found dead in her farmhouse cellar in 1903. Historical opinion places the blame on the Keller’s hired hand: Enos Patchett, a lumbering, illiterate man in his 40s, who was with the Keller family for years. But there were other suspects as well. The ghost hunters hope to contact Vinney’s spirit to find out the real story. But for some of the hunters, truth is secondary to hyping their methods and results to increase their media popularity and ...