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Virginia Mae Morrow, the housewife whose hypnosis-induced tale of a past li

July 21, 1995

DENVER (AP) _ Virginia Mae Morrow, the housewife whose hypnosis-induced tale of a past life as Irishwoman Bridey Murphy created a sensation in the 1950s, died July 12 at 70.

Her hypnotist wrote ``The Search for Bridey Murphy,″ which became a best-seller and touched off controversy over her reincarnation claim.

Her detailed account, given in a thick brogue nothing like her own accent, said Bridey Murphy lived from 1798 to 1865, first in Cork, later in Belfast, and married a man named Brian MacCarthy.

Morrow later said she remembered little about the hypnosis, which she underwent in an effort to rid herself of severe allergies.

She was not a believer in reincarnation, she said, but thought it a possibility.

James Smiddy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ James Smiddy, the nation’s winningest high school basketball coach with 1,216 victories in 44 years, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 71.

Smiddy coached eight years at Charleston High School and 36 years at Bradley Central. He retired after the 1992-93 season with a record of 1,216-201.

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