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In 1887 the Beasley’s house in Boston’s Back Bay burned to the ground. The family moved to Newton, Massachusetts, and six months later that house also burned to the ground. Rumors flew about the supernatural abilities of Joshua & Christina Beasley, 7 & 10. According to eyewitnesses, they could set things ablaze just by staring at them. Playmates’ rubber balls would smolder and melt. Books would smoke and burn. The children outgrew their fire starting ways once they reached puberty.

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