He designed the carousel at Captain's Cove Amusement Park in New Jersey, and his workshop was underneath the ballroom (which would later become the haunted house). He could only work at night when the world was he felt - "dark, dangerous, and unknowable". Kessler's trademark symbol was a black rose, a motif which could be found on every horse he carved.
Amelia was Kessler's beloved wife. She eventually could no longer take his eccentric personality and wild mood swings and left him, saying she loved him as much as she couldn't live with him. When he finally realized she was not coming back, he quit carving to search for her. It took him two years, but he finally found her just in time before she died a few months later of tuberculosis. Heartbroken and passionless, he faded from history.