So I was reading up on the Roanoke Colony disappearance just now because I just got done watching the “Croatoan” episode of Supernatural. If you don’t know about the mystery, basically a whole colony of settlers that came to America that lived on Roanoke Island disappeared, along with their livestock and cabins, leaving behind only two graves and the word “Croatoan” carved into a post and the letters “Cro” carved into a nearby tree. There are multiple theories about what happened to them, which you can read up on here (and the whole story) but what really leaves me contemplating are the appearances of that word in other deaths.
But none of this [theories] really explains the significance of the carving of the word “Croatoan” on that post or the fact that the same word has accompanied inexplicable disappearances in North America in the last few centuries, often in places far away from Roanoke Island. A few days before his death, and following a disappearance that remains unexplained to this day, Edgar Allan Poe was brought to his death bed in a state of delirium whispering the word “Croatoan”. The same word was found in other places at other times: scribbled in the journal of Amelia Earhart after her disappearance in 1937, carved into the post of the last bed that the celebrated horror author Ambrose Bierce slept in before he vanished in Mexico in 1913, scratched on the wall of the cell that the notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart inhabited before he was released from prison in 1888 never to be seen again, and, most disturbingly of all, written on the last page of the logbook of the ship Carroll A. Deering when it ran aground with no one aboard on Cape Hatteras in 1921 (not that far from what was once known as Croatoan Island).
What do you guys think?