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MYSTERY WOMAN ON BELLE ISLE

THE INFORMANT RELATES BEING TOLD MANY TIMES THAT THERE WAS A WOMAN
WHO WAS KILLED ON BELLE ISLE, BUT HE CAN'T REMEMBER HOW SHE WAS
KILLED. BUT HE SAYS THAT IF YOU WALK ALONG THE CENTER ROAD, HE
BELIEVES IT IS CALLED "PICNIC WAY," AT NIGHT WHEN EVERYONE HAS
GONE HOME, THAT YOU CAN SEE HER WALKING ALONG, DRESSED IN WHITE,
THROUGH THE SLITS BETWEEN THE TREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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HEADLESS HORSEMEN

IN IRELAND THRE ARE HEADLESS HORSEMEN THAT RIDE THEIR HORSES OVER
THE HOUSETOPS AND OVER GRAVEYARDS.

Submitter comment: MRS. MCCLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND ABOUT 1910.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL PLAYING IN THE STREET. SHE WAS HIT BY A
CAR AND HER CLOTHING CAUGHT AND DRAGGED HER UNDERNEATH IT. SHE
TRIED TO POUND ON THE DOOR BUT THE DRIVER EITHER DIDN'T KNOW HE
HAD HIT HER OR ELSE HE JUST TOOK OFF. HER MOTHER HAPPENED TO COME
OUT ON THE PORCH JUST IN TIME TO SEE HER CHILD BEING DRAGGED
UNDERNEATH THE CAR. SHE CURSED THE DRIVER AND EVER SINCE WHEN YOU
DRIVE DOWN THAT STREET YOU CAN HEAR A KNOCKING SOUND AND THE ROAD
IS PERFECTLY LEVEL. THE STREET IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF DETROIT.
IT'S ON O'CONNOR BETWEEN MACK AND HARPER JUST WEST OF NINE MILE
ROAD.

Submitter comment: MR. MASI DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE HE HEARD THIS STORY BUT HE HAS
BEEN DOWN THE STREET SEVERAL TIMES HIMSELF AND SAYS THAT IT REALLY
IS TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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NOT GIVEN

A CAR KNOCKED DOWN A YOUNG GIRL AND SHE WAS HANGING ONTO THE CAR
AND KNOCKING ON THE WINDOW. SHE WAS KILLED. EVERY TIME YOU RIDE
OVER THAT SPOT YOU CAN HERE HER KNOCKING. IT'S SOMEWHERE IN
DOWNTOWN DETROIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN SHE LEARNED THIS
STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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NOT GIVEN

A SINGLE GUY WAS GOING TO A NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY. HE WAS DRIVING
BY MOUNT OLIVET CEMETERY WHEN HE SAW A GIRL STANDING NEAR THE
CEMETERY GATE IN A PARTY DRESS. HE STOPPED AND SHE TOLD HIM THAT
SHE WANTED TO GO TO A NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY; SO HE TOOK HER. AT
THE PARTY HE HAPPENED TO SPILL WINE ON HER DRESS. WHEN IT WAS
TIME TO GO HE COULDN'T FIND HER. BEFOREHAND SHE HAD GIVEN HIM HER
ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER, SO HE WENT TO HER PARENTS' HOME.
WHEN HE GOT THERE HE WAS TOLD THAT THEIR DAUGHTER HAD DIED TEN
YEARS AGO ON THE WAY TO A PARTY. THEY WENT TO THE CEMETERY, HAD
THE BODY EXHUMED, AND FOUND THAT THE DRESS HAD FRESH WINE STAINS
ON IT.

Submitter comment: MR. BOZICH HAD HEARD THIS SEVERAL TIMES, CIRCUMSTANCES UNKNOWN.
IT IS TOLD AS TRUE AND SUPPOSEDLY HAPPENED AT MT. OLIVET CEMETERY
IN THE 1940'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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THIS SUPERSTITION HAS PASSED DOWN FROM MY PARENTS' GREAT
GRANDPARENTS: NO ONE SHOULD WALK ON A GRAVE BECAUSE
IF YOU DO THAT PERSON WILL HAUNT YOU. I REMEMBER
ALWAYS HEARING THIS TOO AND I WATCH SO I DON'T
WALK ON ANY GRAVES WHEN I GO TO THE CEMETERY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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RETURN OF THE DEAD

AROUND 1940 A WOMAN NAMED BESSIE SABOL DIED IN SOUTHWEST
DETROIT. MRS. HURLEY ASSISTED IN THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR BURIAL
AND SUBSEQUENTLY WAS ASKED TO STAY WITH THE DAUGHTER OF THE
WOMAN, WHO FEARED LIVING ALONE IN THE HOME. SEVERAL OTHERS
HAD STAYED WITH THE WOMAN, BUT HAD LEFT WITH STORIES OF A
GHOST IN THE HOME. MRS. HURLEY STAYED IN THE HOME FOR
2 DAYS. THE THIRD NIGHT LOUD BANGING AND CLANGING NOISES
WERE HEARD IN THE PANTRY, MRS. HURLEY WENT TO
INVESTIGATE AND SAW THE GHOST OF THE DEAD WOMAN CLEANING UP THE
MESS THAT THE DAUGHTER HAD LEFT IN THE PANTRY. THE POTS AND PANS
WERE SCATTERED ALL ABOUT. THIS WOMAN HAD BEEN KNOWN FOR
HER NEATNESS. MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD THE DAUGHTER THAT AS LONG
AS SHE KEPT THE PANTRY CLEAN, THE NOISES WOULD STOP. THEY
DID, AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HEARD SINCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST RETURNS TO DO HOUSEWORK

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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BELIEF

IF YOU PLACE A WARM BRICK AT THE FOOT OF YOUR BED UNDER THE COVERS
DURING THE WINTER YOU WILL NOT ONLY STAY WARM, BUT YOU WILL ALSO BE
PROTECTED FROM EVIL SPIRITS THAT TRY TO ENTER YOUR BODY. THESE
SPIRITS ARE ONLY ACTIVE DURING THE WINTER BECAUSE THE COLD DRIVES
THEM OUT OF THEIR GRAVES AT NIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 00001960S

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THE GIRL WHO LOST HER VIRGINITY AND HER LIFE.

THIS GUY FINALLY TALKED HIS GIRL INTO SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH HIM
AT A MOTEL AFTER THEIR SENIOR PROM. SHE WAS A VIRGIN BEFORE THAT
NIGHT. DRIVING HER HOME AFTER THEY HAD HAD INTERCOURSE THEY WERE
INVOLVED IN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT AND SHE WAS KILLED. SHE WENT TO HELL
FOR ETERNITY AND AT NIGHT HER GHOST COMES BACK TO HAUNT THE MOTEL
ROOM AND ITS OCCUPANTS. HER BOYFRIEND WAS ALSO HAUNTED BY HER AND
KILLED HIMSELF BY DRIVING OFF A CLIFF WITH HIS CAR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; SUICIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001960S

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THE GHOST OF BULLIVA

3 MEN BY THE NAMES OF FELLIN, THRONE AND BULLIVA OPERATED A COAL MINE
OUTSIDE OF HAZELTON. ONE DAY THE MINE SHAFT COLLAPSED TRAPPING ALL
3 OF THE MEN. AFTER LOCATING THE MEN BY MEANS OF TEST DRILLING,
THEY DRILLED INCREASINGLY LARGER HOLES UNTIL AFTER ABOUT TEN DAYS OF
DRILLING THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL THE MEN OUT. HOWEVER, ONLY FELLIN AND
THRONE WERE RESCUED. BULLIVA WAS NEVER FOUND AND IT IS THEORIZED THAT
HE WAS TRAPPED IN A LOWER SHAFT AND DIED THERE. HOWEVER, IT IS SAID
THAT FELLIN AND THRONE ATE HIM IN ORDER TO STAY ALIVE THEMSELVES AND
THAT BULLIVA'S GHOST STILL HAUNTS THAT MINE WAITING FOR HIS CHANCE TO
ESCAPE AND SEEK HIS REVENGE.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS TRUE ALTHOUGH THE FATE OF BULLIVA WAS NEVER REALLY
DETERMINED.
CANNIBALISM

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; HAZELTON

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: CA00001965

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THE WITCH OF METRO BEACH

A WOMAN WHO DIED IN A CAR CRASH AT METROPOLITAN BEACH HAUNTS THOSE
WHO COME THERE TO PARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A DREAM OF HER SISTER BEING -
KILLED BY HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.
THEN A MAN ON A WHITE HORSE CAME UP TO HER TO TELL HER THE
NEWS. THE NEXT MORNING SHE RECEIVED WORD THAT HER SISTER WAS KILLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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AN ITALIAN TRADITION IS TO SAY A PARTING WORD TO THE DECEASED
INDIVIDUAL AT A FUNERAL AND THEN SLAP THE CASKET AS A SIGN OF
FAREWELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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PICTURES OF THE DEAD

HIS GRANDMOTHER TOOK PICTURES OF HIS GRANDFATHER'S WAKE (HIM IN THE
COFFIN) AND SHE HUNG THEM AROUND THE HOUSE FOR ONE YEAR. THIS
HELPS HIM GET TO HEAVEN

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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EVIL SPIRITS

ITALIANS DROP OIL AND VINEGAR IN WATER AND IF THE DROPS GROUP
TOGETHER. IT SYMBOLIZES THE COMING OF EVIL SPIRITS. IF THEY STAY
APART IT SYMBOLIZES A YEAR FREE OF EVIL SPIRITS

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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EVIL SPIRITS

ITALIANS HANG GARLIC ABOVE THEIR DOOR TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS AWAY

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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MOROCCAN WEDDINGS

IN MOROCCO, AFRICA WATER AND MILK ARE SPRINKLED OVER YOUNG BRIDES
DURING THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY. THIS IS TO PURIFY THE GIRLS OF ANY
EVIL DEMONS THAT MAY BE AROUND. IN OTHER CEREMONIES THEY CROSS
SWORDS OVER THE NEWLYWED'S HEADS TO SCARE AWAY BAD SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED IN SUCH A CEREMONY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00001971 WINTER

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IF SOMEONE DIES HE SHOULD BE BURIED BEFORE THE FIRST RAIN OR ELSE
HIS SPIRIT WILL WALK.

Submitter comment: AN OLD CHEROKEE INDIAN BELIEF WHICH IS ACTUALLY BELIEVED BY THE
INFORMANT. HER MOTHER PASSED THE BELIEF DOWN TO HER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INDIAN (CHEROKEE)

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001972 SUMMER

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THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU IF YOU DON'T MIND YOUR PARENTS.

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD, I REMEMBER MANY FRIENDS OF MINE BELIEVING THIS.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001955-00001960

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