'Ghostwriter' Was Supposed To Be The Soul Of A Murdered Runaway Slave From The Civil War

'Ghostwriter's' Bizarre True Identity Revealed

"Ghostwriter" hasn't been around for nearly 20 years, but secrets behind the educational children's series are now being revealed ... and they are pretty freaking bizarre.

"Ghostwriter" producer and writer Kermit Frazier revealed "Ghostwriter’s" true identity in a recent interview with The New York Times' blog The Local. “Ghostwriter was a runaway slave during the Civil War,” Frazier said. “He was killed by slave catchers and their dogs as he was teaching other runaway slaves how to read in the woods. His soul was kept in the book and released once Jamal [Sheldon Turnipseed] discovered the book.”

Sorry, what?!

Each episode of the PBS series, which ran from 1992 to 1995, presented a mystery that the diverse team of kids -- Jamal, Lenni (Blaze Berdahl), Alex (David Lopez) Gaby (Mayteana Morales and later Melissa Gonzales), Tina (Tram-Anh Tran), Rob (Todd Alexander), Hector (William Hernandez) and Casey (Lateaka Vinson) -- would solve using reading and writing tools, but the Civil War backstory was never revealed on the show.

We don't know where he came from. He just showed up one night. (What is that thing?) He's not an alien. (What is he?) We think he might be a ghost. (Be serious.) He wants to be friends with us. He can't hear and he can't talk. He can read anything. He takes letters and he writes with them. We're the only ones who can see him. (That means he wants you on the team.) You have to promise never to tell anybody about Ghostwriter. (Hey. Cool.) We're the Ghostwriter cool. We check out clues and solve mysteries. He's a ghost and he writes to us: Ghostwriter. (Ghostwriter, what a trip.)

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