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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

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Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): Murder Hill ; Origin of Name ; Tale ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

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A STORY USED TO CIRCULATE AROUND THE AUTO PLANT ABOUT WHAT WAS DONE
BY SOME ANGERED FACTORY EMPLOYEE TO AN OVERBEARING FOREMAN. EVERYONE
HATED THE FOREMAN WHO WAS ALWAYS ON THE BACKS OF THE WORKERS TO WORK
HARDER AND FASTER, AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY MEN LOSING THEIR
JOBS. ONE DAY THE FOREMAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE PAINT ROOM WHERE HE
HAD BEEN SPRAYED BY MANY COATS OF ENAMEL AND THEN BAKED ALIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE ; MURDER ; RETALIATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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MARISHKA

MARISHKA WAS KNEELING ON A ROCK
AND SHE WAS COMBING HER BEAUTIFUL LONG HAIR.
WHEN SHE WAS THROUGH SHE STARTED TO CRY.
ALONG CAME UNCLE CHARLES
AND ASKED HER WHY SHE WAS CRYING.
HE TOOK OUT HIS GOLDEN KNIFE
AND STABBED IT IN HER HEART.
MARISHKA BECAME AN ANGEL, ANGEL, ANGEL
AND UNCLE CHARLES BECAME A DEVIL, DEVIL DEVIL.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SONG FROM HER HUNGARIAN GRANDMOTHER,
MRS. JOSEPHINE DAMIN, ABOUT 1949. IT IS HERE TRANSLATED FROM
THE HUNGARIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MURDER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hate

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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POETRY

I HAD A BOTTLE OF BURGUNDY WINE./ WHICH MY TRUE LOVE DID NOT KNOW;
'TWAS THEN I POISONED MY DEAR LITTLE GIRL/DOWN UNDER THE BANKS BELOW.

I RAN MY SKIVER THROUGH HER/WHICH WAS A BLOODY KNIFE,/AND THREW HER
IN THE RIVER/ IT WAS A DREADFUL SIGHT.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN MURDER ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR.

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THE HATCHET MAN

TWO GIRLS WENT TO THE BEACH FOR THE SUMMER WHERE THEY RENTED A
COTTAGE. PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA WARNED THEM ABOUT THE HATCHET MAN
WHO COMES OUT ON THE BEACH EACH SUMMER AND HAS ALREADY KILLED THREE
PEOPLE THIS SEASON. THE GIRLS FIGURED THEY WOULD BE ALRIGHT IF THEY
LOCKED THE DOORS EACH NIGHT. ONE NIGHT ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD A DATE
AND SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET THE GUY ON THE BEACH. TO BE SAFE, THEY
DECIDED TO WORK OUT A SIGNAL SO THAT THE GIRL LEFT INSIDE THE HOUSE
WOULD KNOW WHEN TO OPEN THE DOOR. LATER ON IN THE EVENING THE
GIRL HEARD SOME NOISES AT ONE OF THE WINDOWS. THEN THE NOISE WENT
AWAY. BUT AFTER A FEW MINTUES SHE HEARD THE NOISE AGAIN, THIS TIME
AT THE FRONT DOOR. SHE HEARD SOMETHING SCRATCHING AT THE DOOR AND
IT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER. SHE SCREAMED AND TOLD IT TO GO
AWAY. THE SCRATCHING SLOWLY FADED AWAY. AFTER A WHILE THE GIRL FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN SHE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND FOUND
DEEP SCRATCH MARKS IN IT, BLOOD ON THE PORCH AND HER GIRLDFRIEND,S
PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): INATTENTION TO WARNINGS-SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ; MURDER OF GIRL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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MURDER MOUNTAIN.

THERE'S THIS HILL NEAR CHELSEA, MICHIGAN, THAT EVERYONE CALLS
" MURDER MOUNTAIN." THE WAY I HEARD IT, THERE WAS THIS YOUNG
COUPLE WHO WENT OUT THERE FOR A PICNIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. I GUESS
THEY WERE MAKING OUT OR SOMETHING, WHEN SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING
ATTACKED THEM. THERE WAS NO SIGN OF A STRUGGLE, WHEN TWO LITTLE
BOYS FOUND THEIR BODIES THE NEXT DAY. THEY WERE STILL IN AN
EMBRACE, BUT THEY WERE BLOODIED UP SOMETHING AWFUL. THE COPS NEVER
FOUND OUT WHO DID IT, BUT EVER SINCE THEN THAT HILL'S BEEN CALLED
" MURDER MOUNTAIN ". I GUESS THIS HAPPENED ABOUT 1930.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS SOME OF HIS CLASSMATES TELLING THIS AT
SCHOOL.

Where learned: NOT KNOWN

Keyword(s): MURDER- UNSOLVED.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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SUPERSTITION

STORY OCCURRED IN DRAYTON PLAINS MICHIGAN IN 1901. THERE WAS AN
OLD INN WHICH HAD BEEN EMPTY FOR YEARS AND SAID THE REASON WAS THAT
THE COMMUNITY ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT IT WAS HAUNTED. THE COMMUNITY
HISTORY HAS IT THAT A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE ON THEIR HONEYMOON USED
IT AND A WEEK LATER THEY WERE DISCOVERED IN BED WITH THEIR THROATS
CUT.

Submitter comment: MR. LAWRENCE LEARNED IT IN 1901 BECAUSE HE LIVED ACROSS THE
STREET FROM THE INN.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): GHOST ; MURDER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 12-25-1963 ; 00-00-1901

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A SPIRITED HOUSE

THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO ME IN ALL SINCERITY IN PENNSYLVANIA;
INFORMANT'S GIRLFRIEND'S AUNT'S HUSBAND, WAS PROMOTED AND AS PART
OF THE DEAL, ACQUIRED A BEAUTIFUL PRESTIGE MANSION BELIEVED
TO HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY FRANK LOYD WRIGHT. IT JUST SO HAPPENED
THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE BEFORE LOST THEIR FATHER BY SUICIDE. HE
SHOT HIS BRAINS OUT IN THE BATHROOM, BLOOD ON THE WALL WAS THERE
TO STAY. HAVING IT PAINTED AND THEN WALLPAPERED STILL DIDN'T
CONCEAL HIS BLOOD. THIS GIRL'S AUNT WOULD GO TO BED AT NIGHT AND THE
TEA KETTLE WOULD GO ON, CHAINS WERE HEARD RATTLING, DOORS NEVER
CLOSED. ONE NIGHT THEY WERE ALL IN BED TOGETHER FRIGHTENED TO DEATH
WHEN SUDDENLY A BLAST OF COLD AIR CAME FROM THE OPENED DOOR.
THE NEXT MORNING THEY WENT TO TALK TO A PRIEST, WHO ASKED IF THE
MAN THAT KILLED HIMSELF WANTED TO KILL HIS WIFE. FINDING OUT THIS
TO BE THE CASE, THE PRIEST CONFIRMED THAT THE SPIRIT WAS OUT TO KILL
HIS WIFE. THE PRIEST WARNED THIS WOMAN NOT TO HAVE ANY CONTACT
AT ALL WITH THIS SPIRIT. THEY MOVED OUT. THE NEW OWNERS LIVED IN
THAT HOUSE FOR TWO MONTHS AND THEN IT BURNT TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MURDEROUS GHOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-22-1971

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ORANGE GROVE

A BOY AND GIRL IN FLORIDA WENT OUT PARKING IN AN ORANGE GROVE.
WHEN THEY WERE READY TO LEAVE THE BOY FOUND THAT HE WAS OUT OF
GAS. HE WAS REALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIMSELF AS HE STOMPED AWAY,
WARNING THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND WAIT FOR HIM IN THE CAR.
HOURS PASSED AND THE GIRL WAS GETTING VERY WORRIED. IT WAS COLD
AND SHE WAS VERY TIRED SO SHE FELL ASLEEP. A TAP AT THE WINDOW
WOKE HER. A POLICEMAN TOLD HER TO GET OUT AND GO TO THE PATROL
CAR AND HE'D TAKE HER HOME. AS HE HELPED HER TO THE CAR HE WARNED
HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. AS HE CLOSED THE DOOR
SHE GLANCED BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. THERE WAS HER BOYFRIEND'S
HEAD, ON THE ROOF, STREAMING BLOOD.

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Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; DEATH ; Girlfriend ; MURDER ; PARKING ; Urban Legend ; VIOLENT

James Callow Keyword(s): DECAPITATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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YELLOW MIKE

BACK IN 1940 THERE WAS A TRAIN WHICH WAS PASSING THROUGH HASTINGS,
MICHIGAN DURING THE NIGHT. A LARGE CRATE WHICH WAS ON THIS TRAIN
FELL OUT OF THE DOOR OF ONE OF THE BOX CARS. A MAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS
MIKE WENT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. AS HE LIT A MATCH AND LOOKED
INSIDE THE BOX, HE SAW A CREATURE WHICH LOOKED LIKE A MAN BUT IT WAS
TOTALLY COVERED WITH LONG YELLOW HAIR. BECAUSE OF THIS IT WAS NAMED
YELLOW MIKE. THE NEXT DAY YELLOW MIKE WAS PUT IN THE HASTINGS'
INSANE ASYLUM. TWO DAYS LATER THE ASYLUM CAUGHT FIRE. SOME OF THE
PATIENTS WERE SAVED AND MANY WERE BURNED TO DEATH. NOBODY SAW
YELLOW MIKE COME OUT, SO THEY FIGURED THAT HE HAD BEEN BURNED TO
DEATH. THE NEXT MORNING FARMERS IN THE AREA REPORTED FINDING
THEIR CATTLE AND OTHER LIVESTOCK LITERALLY TORN APART AND THAT
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND. ALSO A LADY SAID THAT HER SON
AND HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD NOT YET RETURNED FROM THEIR DATE. THE TWO
WERE LATER FOUND IN AN AREA BY GUN LAKE WHICH IS CALLED DEVILS' SOUP
BOWL.(IT IS A WELL VISITED SPOT BY PARKERS). THEIR BODIES WERE
TORN APART AS IF SOME ANIMAL HAS GOTTEN AHOLD OF THEM. THERE WAS
ONLY YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND AND UNDER THE BOY'S FINGERNAILS
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR. IMMEDIATELY TWENTY MEN WERE STATIONED AT
DEVILS' SOUP BOWL. EIGHTEEN MEN WERE STATIONED AT THE LOW GRADED
SIDE AND THE OTHER TWO AT THE STEEP GRADED SIDE BECAUSE THEY
FIGURED IF YELLOW MIKE WAS IN THERE HE WOULD COME OUT ON THE LOW
GRADED SIDE. THEIR ORDERS WERE TO SHOOT TO KILL AND NOT WOUND
HIM. IF HE WERE TO BE WOUNDED HE WOULD BECOME WORSE THAN HE ALREADY
WAS. ONE OF THE EIGHTEEN SAW YELLOW MIKE AND FIRED BUT HE ONLY
WOUNDED HIM. ONE OF THE TWO FROM THE OTHER SIDE RAN OVER TO SEE
WHAT WAS HAPPENING. WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN THE OTHER GUY WENT OVER
TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHEN HE GOT THERE HE FOUND NINETEEN
MUTILATED BODIES. HIS FRIEND WAS JUST BARELY ALIVE AND THE LAST
THING HE SAID WAS THAT IT WAS YELLOW MIKE AND HE'S WOUNDED. ALL
NINETEEN WERE BURIED ON A HILL NEAR BY NOW CALLED GRAVES' HILL
AND THERE IS A BOULDER OVER EACH GRAVE. WELL THEY FIGURED YELLOW
MIKE WOULD DIE AS A WOUNDED SO THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO TRACK HIM
DOWN. HASTING LATER ON STARTED GETTING REPORTS FROM JACKSON,
MICHIGAN AND EVEN FARTHER SOUTH OF ANIMALS BEING KILLED AND
FINDING YELLOW HAIR BY THEM. IT SEEMS EVEN UP TO THIS DAY THAT
YELLOW MIKE COMES NORTH FOR THE SUMMER AND GOES SOUTH DURING
MICHIGAN'S COLD SEASON. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE YOU
CAN GO TO HASTING'S CITY LIBRARY AND UNDER THE HISTORY OF THE
CITY OF HASTING YOU WILL FIND THIS TALE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLACE NAMES, MURDER ; VIOLENT DEATHS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL'S SOUP BOWL, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PAJAMA PARTY STORY

ONCE THERE WERE TWO GIRLS WHO DECIDED TO SPEND A WEEKEND AT A
COTTAGE WHICH BELONGED TO THE PARENTS OF ONE OF THE GIRLS. THIS
COTTAGE WAS NEAR AN INSANE ASYLUM. THE FIRST NIGHT THEY WERE
THERE, ONE OF THE GIRLS WENT TO BED EARLY, BUT THE OTHER DECIDED
TO STAY UP AND SIT IN THE ROCKING CHAIR.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, THE FIRST GIRL WOKE UP AND THOUGHT SHE
HEARD COUNTING: FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE.
SHE WAS TOO SLEEPY TO THINK MUCH OF IT, SO SHE FELL BACK TO SLEEP
AGAIN SHE WOKE TO HEAR: EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY-SIX, EIGHT HUNDRED
NINETY-SEVEN. BUT AGAIN SHE FELL ASLEEP.
IN THE MORNING SHE WOKE UP AND THE COUNTING WAS STILL GOING ON.
SHE GOT OUT OF BED AND WENT IN THE OTHER ROOM TO FIND A MAN SITTING
IN THE ROCKING CHAIR, WITH THE OTHER GIRL'S HEAD IN HIS LAP. HE WAS
PULLING OUT HER HAIR AND COUNTING EACH STRAND. WHEN HE SAW THE FIRS
GIRL HE STARTED CHASING HER, CALLING HOW MANY HAIRS DO YOU HAVE ON
YOUR HEAD?
HOW MANY HAIRS DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR HEAD?

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MURDER, FEAR

James Callow Keyword(s): DECAPITATION ASSUMED

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE MAD BUTCHER OF KINGSBERRY RUN
KINGSBERRY RUN IS A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE FLATS OF CLEVELAND
(INDUSTRIAL AREA). MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED THERE
WHERE THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SLICED UP. THE MURDERER HAS BEEN
CALLED THE MAD BUTCHER. THIS INCIDENT HAS BECOME A LEGEND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD OF THIS LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN CLEVELAND WHERE
HE SPENT THE FIRST 18 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): MUTILATED MURDERS ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): ETYMOLOGY ; Murder Hill ; Origin ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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EXPLANATION OF NAME, "MURDER HILL"

THERE IS A STRETCH OF NARROW, WINDING ROAD ON THE SIDE OF A HILL
JUST OUTSIDE OF LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK. SIGNS AT EACH END OF THIS
LONG ROAD CALL IT "MURDER HILL."
ONE EXPLANATION OF THE NAME IS THE FACT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT
COULD EASILY HAPPEN THERE.
ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS A LEGEND THAT A MAN KILLED HIS WIFE AND
THEN HIMSELF IN A HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Keyword(s): ETYMOLOGY ; Murder Hill ; Origin ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- S478

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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Belief

The pishtace are nocturnal murderers of Indians. The pishtaco murder Indians in order to obtain human fat to be sold as lubricants for machinery and to be used in pharmacuticals.

The legend derives from 16th and 17th centurey Spanish practices of using human body fats as treatment for wounds and diseases. the people who tell this tale are poor Indians and the pishtaco are usually wealthy industrial men in the area. The tale helps draw lines of social class.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru

Keyword(s): BODY ; Cultural ; Culture ; Fat ; FEAR ; HORROR ; INDIAN ; INDUSTRY ; Kill ; Lubrication ; Machinery ; MEDICINE ; MURDER ; Native American ; Peru ; Peruvian ; Pharmaceutical ; Pishtaco ; Poor ; Social Class ; Wealthy

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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