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HAUNTED STREET

ON TUMBLEWOOD ROAD IN DETROIT, IF YOU DRIVE DOWN IT, YOU WILL
HEAR SOMEONE KNOCKING ON YOUR CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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LUMPY LUMPKIN STREET

A MAN WAS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET ONE NIGHT AND UNKNOWINGLY STRUCK
DOWN A YOUNG GIRL. THE GIRL, CAUGHT IN THE REAR FENDER, WAS
DRAGGED ALONG FOR SOME DISTANCE; AND ALL THE WHILE SHE BEAT ON
THE FENDER, BUT THE DRIVER HEARD IT AND STOPPED TOO LATE--THE
GIRL WAS DEAD.
NOW WHENEVER SOMEONE DRIVES ALONG THAT PARTICULAR STRETCH OF
LUMPKIN STREET, HE HEARS A THUMPING NOISE AT THE REAR OF HIS
CAR. THE STREET HAS BEEN PATCHED AND EVEN REPAVED, BUT TO
NO AVAIL. THE THUMPING CONTINUES. THE STREET IS HAUNTED.

Submitter comment: DETROIT'S LUMPKIN STREET IS SUPPOSEDLY HAUNTED NOW AS A RESULT OF
THE FOLLOWING INCIDENT:
INFORMANT DOESN'T RECALL WHERE HE HEARD THE LEGEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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MYSTERY STREET

THE INFORMANT RELATES BEING TOLD THAT "STRASBURG," A STREET ON THE
EAST SIDE OF DETROIT, WAS A MYSTERY STREET. HE SAID THAT A GIRL
WAS RUN OVER BY A CAR IN 1962 AND THAT THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP.
THE GIRL BEAT CONTINUOUSLY ON THE TRUNK UNTIL THE DRIVER STOPPED.
WHEN THE DRIVER DID STOP, THE GIRL WAS DEAD. NOW, EVERY TIME A
CAR GOES DOWN STRASBURG, IT GOES THUMP, THUMP, THUMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK BRIDGE

A COUPLE WAS TRAVELING WITH THEIR DAUGHTER ACROSS A BRIDGE IN GROSSE
POINTE. THE LITTLE GIRL FELL OUT OF THE CAR. SHE WAS DRAGGED BY THE
SIDE OF THE CAR AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF THE CAR AS SHE WAS
DRAGGED. NOW ANYONE THAT CROSSES THE BRIDGE CAN HEAR HER KNOCKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): VARIANT OF KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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THE LEGEND OF STRASBURG STREET

ONE DAY ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO, A GIRL RIDING A
BICYCLE WAS KILLED BY A HIT AND RUN DRIVER WHILE ON
STRASBURG STREET, ON DETROIT'S EAST SIDE. THE MAN WAS
CAUGHT AND TILL THIS DAY YOU CAN HEAR A THUMPING NOISE
ON THAT STREET--PEOPLE SAY IT IS THE DEAD GIRL.

Submitter comment: VICKY LIVES IN THE AREA AND IS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

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HAUNTED STREET

A STREET NEAR OUR HOUSE, ROBERTJOHN, IS REPORTED TO HAVE A
"THUMPING" WHENEVER A CAR PASSES OVER A CERTAIN PORTION OF IT.
THIS IS SAID TO HAVE RESULTED FROM AN ACCIDENT WHERE A PERSON
WAS RUN OVER, AND THEN STUFFED INTO THE TRUNK OF THE CAR;
HOWEVER, ONE ARM DIDN'T QUITE MAKE IT IN AND AS THE CAR DROVE
AWAY, THE ARM KEPT HITTING THE STREET, CAUSING THE THUMPING,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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LEMME KISS YUH

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS IDA.
IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
IDA'NT (DON'T) WANTA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ASKA.
ASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
ASKA MY MOMMA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS OLLIE.
OLLIE WHAT LITTLE LITTLE GIRL?
OLLIE RIGHT! (PUCKER LIPS AND KISS THE AIR)

Submitter comment:

OBTAINED FROM CAMP STAPLETON ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO [1953]. ONE OF THE
COUNSELORS TAUGHT IT TO US AS WE SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
SINGING.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GESTURE ; KNOCK KNOCK JOKE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

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LEGEND

ON THE EAST SIDE OF DETROIT ON STRASBURG STREET NEAR SEVEN MILE AND
HOOVER, A GIRL WAS HIT BY A CAR. HER DRESS GOT CAUGHT IN THE DOOR
AND SHE WAS DRAGGED ALONG. SHE KEPT KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF THE CAR
BUT NO ONE HEARD HER. NOW, EVERYTIME THAT YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBURG
STREET YOU HEAR A KNOCKING ON YOUR CAR DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTO ACCIDENT ; KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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KNOCK- KNOCK STREET

THERE IS A STORY THAT ONE DAY ON A STREET IN DETROIT, A LITTLE GIRL
WAS HIT BY A SPEEDING DRIVER. THE LITTLE GIRL DID NOT DIE IMMEDIATELY
BUT WAS HANGING ON THE BUMPER, KNOCKING ON THE SIDE OF THE CAR TRYING
TO GET THE DRIVER'S ATTENTION. NOW, THE LEGEND GOES, WHENEVER A
PERSON DRIVES DOWN THE STREET, IT IS SAID ONE CAN HEAR THE LITTLE
GIRL KNOCKING ON THE SIDE OF THE CAR WARNING PEOPLE TO SLOW DOWN.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): AUTO ACCIDENT ; KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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TALE

IN DETROIT AROUND THE EARLY FIFTIES THERE WAS A TALE ABOUT
A YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR ON ONE OF THE SIDE
STREETS. WHEN YOU DROVE OVER THE SPOT WHERE SHE WAS KILLED
THERE WOULD BE A RAPPING SOUND ON THE SIDE PANELS OF YOUR CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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KNOCK, KNOCK

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO A GIRL WAS KILLED BY A CAR ON AN EAST SIDE
STREET. WHEN THE CAR WAS RUNNING OVER HER, SHE WAS KNOCKING ON
THE CAR TO LET THE DRIVER KNOW THAT SHE WAS THERE. SHE WAS KILLED
ANYWAY. NOW WHEN A CAR DRIVES DOWN THE STREET THERE IS THE
SAME KNOCKING ON THE CAR THAT HAPPENED WHEN THE GIRL WAS KILLED

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK - KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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THE HAUNTED STREET

ONCE THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN WAS HIT BY A CAR AND
KILLED. WHENEVER ANYONE PASSED OVER THE SPOT WHERE HE WAS KILLED,
SOMETHING WOULD KNOCK ON THE CAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM AN IRISH GIRL SHE WORKS WITH
NAMED MARY COYNE. MARY CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD HEARD THIS STORY BACK
IN IRELAND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO AND SHE CLAIMED THAT IT WAS A TRUE
STORY. I HAVE INCLUDED IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS WIDESPREAD IN THE U.S.,
BECAUSE OF HER CLAIM THAT SHE HEARD IT IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 01-10-1964 ; 00-00-1957

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ON STRATFORD STREET IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN) NEAR OSBORN
HIGH SCHOOL, THERE WAS A LITTLE BOY CROSSING THE STREET
COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL. SOME TEENAGER WHO HAD JUST
GOT HIS LICENSE WAS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET AND THE LITTLE
BOY RAN OUT AND GOT HIT AND WAS DRAGGED DOWN THE STREET.
NOW IF ANYONE DRIVES DOWN THE STREET, THE DEAD BOY
POUNDS ON THE BOTTOM OF THEIR CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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LEGEND ----O'CONNER STREET

AT NINE MILE AND JEFFERSON, A LITTLE GIRL WAS RUN OVER BY A HIT
AND RUN CAR. IF YOU GO OVER THE STREET AT NIGHT, WITH YOUR LIGHTS
OFF, POUNDING IS EVIDENCED BY THE UNDERSIDE OF YOUR CAR, WITH FAINT
SCREEMS (SIC) PRESENT.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE TWO SIMILAR STORIES IN THE 5X8 FILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCREAMS

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET?

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

Date learned: 11-12-1967

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KNOCK ON WOOD

YOU SAY SOMETHING THEN KNOCK 3 TIMES SO THAT NO BAD LUCK
WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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BELIEF

IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON SPEAKS OF HIS OWN GOOD
FORTUNE, HE SHOULD AFTERWARDS KNOCK THREE TIMES ON SOME RAW,
UNFINISHED WOOD SO HIS LUCK WON'T CHANGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COLLECTED INFORMATION PASSED ON BY GRANDPARENTS IN UKRAINE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD ; UKRAINIAN BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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MARK TOLD ME ABOUT THE BELIEF THAT IF YOU DRIVE DOWN
PARKLAND STREET IN DEARBORN HEIGHTS AT A CERTAIN SPEED
WITH YOUR WINDOWS ROLLED DOWN, YOU WILL HEAR THE SCREAMS
AND POUNDING OF SOMEONE WHO WAS ONCE RUN OVER ON THAT STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS, NOISES

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

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I HEARD THE STORY FROM SOMEWHERE, I DON'T RECALL WHERE, ABOUT
THE GIRL WHO WAS RUN OVER BY A TRUCK ON THE STREET CALLED
STRASBURG IN DETROIT. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THAT STREET
HAS BEEN RESURFACED YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE GIRL POUNDING
UNDERNEATH YOUR CAR AS YOU DRIVE DOWN THAT STREET BECAUSE
WHEN SHE WAS RUN OVER SHE WAS TRAPPED BENEATH THE TRUCK AND
WITNESSES SAW HER POUNDING AND SCREAMING UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK
AS THE TRUCK DRAGGED HER DOWN THE STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOSTLY SOUNDS FROM SCENE OF ACCIDENT

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

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HAUNTED STREET

ON TUMBLEWOOD ROAD IN DETROIT, IF YOU DRIVE DOWN IT, YOU WILL
HEAR SOMEONE KNOCKING ON YOUR CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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LUMPY LUMPKIN STREET

A MAN WAS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET ONE NIGHT AND UNKNOWINGLY STRUCK DOWN A YOUNG GIRL.
THE GIRL, CAUGHT IN THE REAR FENDER, WAS DRAGGED ALONG FOR SOME DISTANCE; AND ALL THE
WHILE SHE BEAT ON THE FENDER, BUT THE DRIVER HEARD IT AND STOPPED TOO LATE--THE GIRL WAS DEAD.
NOW WHENEVER SOMEONE DRIVES ALONG THAT PARTICULAR STRETCH OF LUMPKIN STREET, HE HEARS A THUMPING
NOISE AT THE REAR OF HIS CAR. THE STREET HAS BEEN PATCHED AND EVEN REPAVED, BUT TO NO AVAIL.
THE THUMPING CONTINUES. THE STREET IS HAUNTED.

Submitter comment: DETROIT'S LUMPKIN STREET IS SUPPOSEDLY HAUNTED NOW AS A RESULT OF
THE FOLLOWING INCIDENT:
INFORMANT DOESN'T RECALL WHERE HE HEARD THE LEGEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-23-1965

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