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George CCHS 1965

New Windsor, NY

#41 Feb 19, 2012
up2it wrote:
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Her name was Genevieve Augustin, "Jean" or "Ginny" for short. She committed "suicide" (according to Mama Rose/Gypsy) or was "murdered" (more likely, Mama Rose was jealous of Ginny's advances on Gypsy) on June 1, 1937.
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginny_Augustin
George CCHS 1965

New Windsor, NY

#42 Feb 19, 2012
Janet wrote:
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Are there any photos of the house since it was restored?
I did a quick search on google this morning and didn't find any new photos just the old video of the fire.
cat kalmutzki

Hesperia, CA

#43 Aug 9, 2012
Wow. Reading all this stuff is fasinating. I just started to read the grl story after having seen the movie. I saw it as a child and now as an adult last week (thank God for turner classic network) and staryed to investgate june & momma rose and came upon this forum. I would really love to visit the manor. Is there a tour. You people that were privy to knowing them or living in the manor are amazing and im loving these stories. Thsnk you. catkalmutzki@gmail.com
Gail Bates

Marietta, GA

#44 Aug 9, 2012
The home is now privately owned and not open to the public. Sorry!
charley
#45 Aug 16, 2012
It is my understanding the home is privately owned and not open to the public. It is also my understanding the home did suffer a fire and has been rebuilt/restored in a beautiful fashion.

I am told the practice stage in the basement remains. I believe it was not damaged and was able to be saved as was most of the main structure.

Having friends in the Burlesque industry, if the only knew this legacy of Gypsy Rose Lee existed, they would be besides themselves. Would be fascinating to see them perform on that stage. What a dream/wish that is.
Kathy Augustine

United States

#46 May 21, 2013
On this week-end 86yrs ago,my Aunt Genevieve(Jen) was murdered @ Witchwood Manor. Seems very strange that all these people writing books have never contacted her family for the real story. One sided books suck!!!!!
Ljoie

Daytona Beach, FL

#47 Oct 5, 2014
During my teenage years I spent a great deal of time there,
with my first love---the son of the owners (1980's) His name was CARL.
He played the drums...his band mate lived down the road the Schwaltz family.....

His room was the one overlooking the pool and ABOVE the kitchen (there was a wee small stairway, that went up through I guess the butlers kitchen)
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I (we) were certain that there is a ghost in the ballroom.
No doubt a ghost in the place. For some reason winter was when the feeling came upon us..most ...The room before the ballroom had a fireplace and yet was always cold... feeling I could not shake...

The little small house off the side of the main kitchen area , on the right of driveway as you drive up to the house ...
was at the time -a raccoon house! yes a family of raccoons!!
The owners would go to the bakery and fill up the convertible with-
bread !!

A horse lived there too at that time.
Also a big great dane...

The first time I drove a car was up the driveway- the owners silver anniversary edition corvette. around the driveway and underneath the house , it was pretty creepy,(to a teen girl anyways at the time). Drive around back of pool, into house the garage .... This was I recall under the ballroom... I always got scared in there for some reason. The garage..
Something was not right ...... I think the stage was there ..I always felt scared in there ....going up the stairs where it entered the kitchen.

I have cherished memories otherwise...
I really miss my childhood memories and the owner Carol whom is not alive ....she was a beautiful person...like a mother to me. bless her.

My first love Carl, her son - I keep in touch with to this day.
Although he never married nor had kids....
we do laugh about the times we had at Roselawn ..

Ljoie

Daytona Beach, FL

#48 Oct 5, 2014
Kathy Augustine wrote:
On this week-end 86yrs ago,my Aunt Genevieve(Jen) was murdered @ Witchwood Manor. Seems very strange that all these people writing books have never contacted her family for the real story. One sided books suck!!!!!
do you know if it was snowing or if there was "snow" on the ground when this occurred???? was this in the ballroom? Just curious.
sorry and hope your family finds the truth and the public too.
George CCHS 1965

New Windsor, NY

#49 Oct 5, 2014
Kathy Augustine wrote:
On this week-end 86yrs ago,my Aunt Genevieve(Jen) was murdered @ Witchwood Manor. Seems very strange that all these people writing books have never contacted her family for the real story. One sided books suck!
It is very difficult to find everyone that needs to be contact when doing research. Especially after female members change their names. I'm sure she would like to hear from you after the many years of research she did. You can easily contact the author of the recently released book.

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