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THE WHITE WOMAN

AT MIDNIGHT ON CERTAIN NIGHTS, A GHOSTLY APPARITION
OF A WOMAN IN WHITE WILL APPEAR AT THE BRIDGE ON
TANGLEWOOD DRIVE ON BELLE ISLE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME ONE DARK NIGHT BY SOMEONE WHO
CLAIMS TO HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THE WOMAN IN WHITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BELLE ISLE ; TOLD ON ; SPRING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001972 SPRING

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LUKE THE SPOOK

LATE ONE NIGHT ON A COUNTRY ROAD NEAR ANCHORVILLE, A CHILD
WAS KILLED BY A HIT AND RUN DRIVER. NOW, AT NIGHT, YOU
CAN SEE A SWAYING LANTERN LIGHT ON THAT ROAD. THE GHOST IS
CALLED LUKE THE SPOOK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, AS A YOUNG TEENAGER, WENT WITH SOME FRIENDS
TO SEE THE GHOST BUT GOT SCARED AND WENT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANCHORVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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SUPERSTITION

AT NIGHT IN KILMARNOCK, VIRGINIA, A GHOST LIKE FIGURE IS SEEN TO BE
ROAMING THE BAY AREA. IT IS THOUGHT TO BE AN ALBINO DEER. SOME
PEOPLE BELIEVE IT TO BE RELATED TO THE OCEAN GHOST.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

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

Date learned: 11-27-1972

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OMEN

MY MOTHER SAID, HER MOTHER TOLD HER, THAT WHENEVER SHE THOUGHT SHE
HEARD SOMEONE KNOCKING AT THE DOOR AND THERE WAS NO ONE THERE, IT WAS
A SIGN OF SOMEONE DEAD COMING TO GET YOU. MY GRANDMOTHER SAID THE
YET" AND THE DEAD PERSON WILL RETURN TO HIS GRAVE.

James Callow comment: A LINE OF TEXT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN LOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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LUCK

IF YOU PUT A CAT INTO A CRADLE BEFORE A NEWBORN INFANT, ALL EVIL
SPIRITS WILL BE DRIVEN AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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LOOP THE SPOOK

ON ROMEO PLANK ROAD AND 33 IN ROMEO, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A LITTLE
BRIDGE. YOU PARK YOUR CAR ON THE BRIDGE AND WAIT. A RED LIGHT COMES
OUT OF THE FIELD AND TOWARD YOUR CAR. YOUR CAR STARTS ROCKING. THE
EIGHT FOOT TALL GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS MURDERED OUT THERE LIVES
UNDER THE BRIDGE AND COMES OUT WHENEVER A CAR COMES.

Submitter comment:

DID NOT BELIEVE THE LEGEND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; St. Clair Shores

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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BELIEFS

TURKS AFTER THEY DIE RETURN TO HAUNT CHRISTIANS.
THERE WAS NOISE UNDER OUR HOUSE WHERE WE KEPT THE HORSES.
MY MOTHER WENT DOWN TO LOOK BUT SHE SAW NO ONE AND SHE LOCKED
THE DOOR. WHEN SHE WENT TO SEE THE HORSES IN THE MORNING,
SHE FOUND A DEAD TURK'S BODY. THEY ONLY LIVE AT NIGHT TO
HAUNT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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THE CHESTER TRAIN MAN

CHESTER, NEW JERSEY IS A SMALL RURAL TOWN 45 MILES WEST OF NEW
YORK CITY. FREQUENTLY, JOY RIDERS IN MORRIS COUNTY, N.J. WILL DRIVE
INTO CHESTER LOOKING FOR THE CHESTER TRAIN MAN. IN CHESTER, THERE
REMAINS OLD AND RARELY USED RAILROAD TRACKS. A LONG TIME AGO A TRAIN
ENGINEER HOLDING A LANTERN WAS BEHEADED IN AN ACCIDENT. THE STORY
GOES, ON SOME NIGHTS A HEADLESS MAN WAVING A LANTERN ON RR TRACKS CAN
AND HAS BEEN SEEN. MY INFORMANTS WERE A FRIEND FROM HOME, MATT
CARLSON. THIS STORY WAS SUPPORTED BY A CO-WORKER OF MINE BILL FRANEY
WHO IS FROM MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; MORRIS PLAINS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: EASTER OF 1972

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QUARTZ CRYSTALS

IF YOU PUT QUARTZ CRYSTALS OVER YOUR DOOR BY TAPING
THEM THERE. YOU WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS AND HARM. THE REASON
BEING THAT SINCE QUARTZ IS MULTI-FACED, IT WILL REFLECT AWAY EVIL
SPIRITS. BRUCE'S INFORMANT WAS HIS MOTHER ORETHA OF CREOLE DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL OBJECT

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

Date learned: 12-08-1972

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A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOORS IN YOUR HOUSE WILL RID IT OF EVIL
SPIRITS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.12

Date learned: 10-09-1972

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IF A SPIRIT IS RIDING YOU TAKE A BROOM INTO THE ROOM WHERE YOU
SLEEP. INSTEAD OF BOTHERING YOU THE GHOST WILL COUNT THE STRAWS OF
THE BROOM.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 10-09-1972

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GOOD LUCK FROM A DEAD SPIRIT WHEN YOU PLAY A NUMBER

IF YOU PUT A GLASS OF WATER UNDER YOUR BED IT WILL MAKE YOUR DEAD
GRANDMOTHER COME BACK TO YOU. HER SPIRIT WILL COME TO YOU AND
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK. IT HAS BEEN KNOWN TO HAPPEN BECAUSE A LADY
GOT RICH THAT WAY. YOU PICK OUT THE NUMBER WHICH YOU WANT TO
COME OUT. AND PUT IT INTO THE GLASS OF WATER. THE SPIRIT OF A
DEAD RELATIVE WILL COME TO GET A TASTE OF THE WATER AND THANK YOU
BY MAKING THE NUMBER COME OUT. THIS WAS PASSED ON TO ME BY MY
GRANDMOTHER. SHE CAME FROM THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GAINING WEALTH ; GAMBLING: PLAYING THE NUMBERS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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DEATH

YOU NEVER HAVE A WAKE WHEN SOMEONE DIES OR THAT PERSON
WILL HAUNT YOU.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WAKE

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

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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MYSTERY SPOT-WATER

THIS IS AT ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN, IN THE U.P. AT THIS PARK WATER
RUNS UPHILL BECAUSE A GHOST HAUNTS THE WHOLE PARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UPPER PENINSULA=U.P.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Earth
BELIEF -- Water

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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MYSTERY SPOT-GRAVITY

THIS IS A SPOT AT ST. IGNACE MICHIGAN IN THE U.P. WHERE BECAUSE
OF A GHOST HAUNTING THE PARK, THE GRAVITY IS EXTRA-STRONG, AND
YOU CAN STAND ON THE WALL OF A CABIN AND NOT FALL BECAUSE OF THIS
GRAVITY ABNORMAL FORCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY ; UPPER PENINSULA=U.P.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Earth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PIPAL TREE

THE PIPAL TREE IS A TREE FOUND IN INDIA WHICH THE PEOPLE
BELIEVE IS A TREE INFESTED WITH GHOSTS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

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

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CEMETERY BELIEF

IT WAS BELIEVED THAT AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK AT NIGHT THE DEAD
WOULD WALK
EROUND MT. ELIOT CEMETERY IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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FORMULA SPEECH

GOD BLESS YOU, SAID WHEN SOMEONE SNEEZES.
ORIGIN: PEOPLE WOULD SAY THIS WHENEVER SOMEONE SNEEZED TO FORCE
THE BAD SPIRITS BACK INTO THE PERSONS BODY. THEY
BELIEVED COLDS WERE CAUSED BY EVIL SPIRITS AND THEY COULD
PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE SPIRITS COMING OUT IN THE
SNEEZE, BY USING GOD'S NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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THE TEST FAMILY HOUSE

THE TEST FAMILY OWNS MUCH DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE IN INDIANAPOLIS
AND HAS AN OLD HOUSE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE COUNTY, JUST OUTSIDE
OF TOWN. THE GRANDFATHER'S GHOST IS SAID TO INHABIT
THE NOW EMPTY
HOUSE, THIS IS BECAUSE AT NIGHT, BLUE LIGHTS CAN BE SEEN
FROM THE ROAD, COMING FROM THE WINDOWS. THERE ALSO SEEMS TO BE
A GREAT POPULATION OF CATS INHABITING THE AREA. THE OLD MAN
IS SAID TO HAVE HAD MANY WHILE HE WAS ALIVE. IT IS A POPULAR
LOCAL LEGEND, AND THE HOUSE IS OFTEN VISITED
BY THE CURIOUS;

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HIS UNCLE USED TO GO THERE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: INDIANA ; INDIANAPOLIS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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CHIPEWYAN ESKIMO

THEY DO NOT KILL WOLVES OR WOLVERINES BECAUSE THEY ARE
POWERFUL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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