Katie King was the name given by Spiritualists in the 1870s to what they believed to be a materialized spirit. The question of whether the spirit was real or a fraud was a notable public controversy of the mid-1870s.
The spirit was said to have appeared first between 1871 and 1874 in séances conducted by Florence Cook in London, and later in 1874-1875 in New York in séances held by the mediums Jennie Holmes and her husband Nelson Holmes.
Katie King was believed by Spiritualists to be the daughter of John King, a spirit control of the 1850s through the 1870s that appeared in many séances involving materialized spirits.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about her in his book The History of Spiritualism.
- " She stated that Katie was taller and heavier than Florence and that Katie had red hair, while Florrie's hair was dark and almost black." https://www.americanhauntingsink.com/florence
- "... with large grey or blue eyes, a white skin and a profuzion of golden red hair." https://books.google.it/
- "Crookes had cut a lock of Katie's golden auburn hair..." https://books.google.it/
- "King had a fair complexion and light auburn hair." https://books.google.it
|Portrait of Katie King|
by Gabriel von Max
|"Photograph" of Katie King|