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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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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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GHOST LIGHTS

NEAR I-75 IN FLORIDA THERE IS AN ABANDONED STRIP OF ROAD WITH
THREE LARGE HILLS. IF YOU WAIT AT THE TOP OF THE THIRD HILL, YOU
CAN SOMETIMES SEE THE GHOST LIGHTS. THIS LARGE, EERY LIGHT
STARTS AT THE BASE OF THE FIRST HILL AND CLIMBS THE THREE HILLS,
DISAPPEARING TEMPORARILY BEHIND THE HILLS. NON-BELIEVERS SAY IT
HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE LIGHT FROM I-75 AND THE FOG. HOWEVER,
A GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS WAITED TO SEE IT ONE NIGHT. WHEN IT CAME
VERY CLOSE, THEY COULDNT START THEIR CAR. THE LIGHT SEEMED
TO CLIMB ON TOP OF THE CAR AND SHAKE IT. ONE BOY LOOKED AT IT
AND WENT INSANE, ANOTHER SAID IT WAS THE FACE OF GOD. A MAN
WATCHED THE LIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY. WHEN IT APPROACHED, HE
PULLED A GUN OUT OF HIS GLOVE COMPARTMENT. THE GUN WAS LOADED, BUT
IT WOULD NOT FIRE. THE LIGHT SHOOK THE CAR. WHEN IT WAS GONE, THE
MAN TRIED THE GUN AGAIN. HE FIRED SIX SHOTS INTO A NEARBY MAILBOX
WITH NO TROUBLE AT ALL. WHEN YOU GO THERE, YOU CAN STILL SEE THE
HOLES IN THE MAILBOX.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WENT TO THE PLACE TO WATCH FOR THE GHOST LIGHTS. HE
SAW SOMETHING BUT ISN'T SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): EERIE ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 11-11-1970

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU SEE LIGHTS MOVING ABOUT AND THEY DISAPPEAR WHEN YOU
APPROACH, IT WAS A GHOST.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS ; SIGN ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

LIGHTS MOVING IN GRAVEYARDS ARE GHOSTS FOR SURE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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BELIEF

THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA BELIEVE THE WHITE SPIRIT APPEARS AT NIGHT IN
SOME FORM OF LIGHT, SO WHENEVER THEY SEE ANY LIGHT AT NIGHT
THEY SHUDDER IN FEAR OF THE WHITE SPIRIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GHOST ; Haunt ; Libya ; Libyan ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT ; SPIRIT ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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THE HEADLESS MOTORCYCLIST

ON A CERTAIN COUNTRY ROAD JUST OUTSIDE OF FREMONT, OHIO THERE IS
A SMALL BRIDGE. IT IS SAID THAT IF YOU GO THERE AT NIGHT AND BLINK
YOUR LIGHTS THREE TIMES AND THEN HONK YOUR HORN THREE TIMES, YOU WILL
SEE A SINGLE LIGHT COMING FROM BEHIND YOU AND YOU WILL HEAR THE SOUND
OF A MOTORCYCLE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS
BEHEADED BY A WIRE STRETCHED ACROSS THE BRIDGE WHILE HE WAS RIDING
HIS MOTORCYCLE ONE NIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NIGHT WALKER

THE VILLA LOUIS IN PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN IS A LARGE MANSION
BUILT BY A RICH FRENCH FUR TRAPPER IN THE ERA OF THE FUR TRAPPERS.
HE LIVED THERE WITH HIS WIFE AND WHEN HE DIED HE WAS BURIED STAND-
ING UPRIGHT ON A HIGH BLUFF OVERLOOKING THE WISCONSIN AND MISSISSIPP
RIVERS. HIS WIFE CONTINUED TO LIVE IN THE MANSION UNTIL ONE DAY
SHE FELL DOWN THE STEPS AND STARTED THE HOME ON FIRE WHEN THE
KEROSINE LAMP SHE WAS CARRYING STARTED THE HOME ON FIRE WHEN IT
FELL. SHE DIED IN THE FIRE, THE PEOPLE SAVED THE MANSION FROM BEING
DESTROYED BY THE FLAMES. PEOPLE SAY THAT IF ONE IS AT THE HOUSE
AT NIGHT ONE CAN SEE A LIGHT TRAVELLING SLOWLY DOWN THE FRONT HALLWA
STEPS AS SHE DID ON THE NIGHT OF HER DEATH.

Where learned: IOWA ; DAVENPORT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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"LUKE THE SPOOK"

THE STORY GOES THAT THERE IS A MENTAL INSTITUTION AROUND THE
GENERAL VICINITY OF 37 MILE ROAD AND ROMEO PLANK ROAD. IN
THE OLD DAYS, BACK IN THE EARLY 1900'S, COACHES USED TO PASS
BY, AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A LAMP SWINGING FROM THE BACK OF THE
CARRIAGE. ONE NIGHT A MAN ESCAPED FROM THE INSTITUTION. AS HE FLED,
A COACH CAME BY, KNOCKED HIM DOWN, AND AS IT ROLLED OVER HIM, THE
HORSES' HOOVES CUT OFF HIS HEAD, WHICH ROLLED UNDER A BRIDGE. HIS
BODY WAS NEVER FOUND. THE WEIRD PART IS IF YOU PARK BY THIS BRIDGE
(YOU WILL SEE A STRANGE)
LIGHT MOVING TOWARDS YOU. YOU'LL TRY TO START YOUR CAR, BUT IT
WON'T START, BUT YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS WILL GO LIKE CRAZY.
AT THE LAST MINUTE THE CAR WILL START, AND THE LIGHT WILL
FOLLOW YOU AS YOU GO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT NOT ONLY HEARD OF THIS STORY, BUT ACTUALLY VISITED
THIS SPOT AND SHE CLAIMS THAT THE STORY OF THE LIGHT IS REALLY
TRUE, IT HAPPENED TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: 05-14-1965

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LIGHT ABOVE ST. MARY'S

ABOUT TWELVE OR FOURTEEN YEARS AGO NEAR DAZY, NORTH DAKOTA
ON ST. MARY'S FARM THERE APPEARED A LIGHT ABOVE ST. MARY'S CHURCH.
THE GERMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY WAS AMAZED AND AFTER A TIME AFRAID
OF THE LIGHT. THE PRIEST EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS PERHAPS THE SOUL OF
A PERSON NOT AT REST. HE ASKED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY
PRAY FOR THE POOR SOUL. PLANES OF NEAR BY AIRPORTS WERE SENT UP TO
SEEK OUT THE SOURCE OF THE LIGHT. HOWEVER, THE LIGHT SOURCE WAS
FAR TOO HIGH FOR ANY PLANE TO REACH. PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS
ALIKE GATHERED FROM MILES AROUND AT THE CHURCH TO PRAY. AFTER
ABOUT A WEEK THE LIGHT DISAPPEARED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO LIVES ON ST. MARY'S
FARM. THIS LADY IS MY GRANDMOTHER AND IS USUALLY AN EXTREME
DISBELIEVER OF UNUSUAL HAPPENINGS OF THIS SORT. HOWEVER, SHE IS
VERY STAUNCH IN HER TESTIMONY, ABOUT THIS HAPPENING.

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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COMING HOME LATE AT NIGHT, I TURNED INTO MY SUBDIVISION
WHEN ON THE LEFT I SAW A FAINT WHITE GLOW. IT WAS A VISION.
IT LOOKED LIKE A YOUNG GIRL, RUNNING, RUNNING WITH NO
SHOES ON, HER DRESS (WAS) FLOWING. I SCREAMED AND
PRESSED THE ACCELERATOR--THEN THOUGHT TO MYSELF
"HOW STRANGE?" I THINK IT WAS AN ANGEL GOING TO A PROM.
BUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE A COMPANION OR SHOES.

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO BELIEVE THIS STORY OR NOT.
JAMES TOLD ME THIS STORY THE NIGHT IT OCCURRED AND THIS
VERSION SEEMS TO BE A BIT EXAGERRATED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): DANCE

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel

Date learned: 05-00-1985

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THE INFORMANT WAS DRIVING NEAR A RAILROAD TRESTLE WHEN SHE
SAW SOME LIGHTS, SO SHE DROVE ONTO A FIELD WHERE THE GHOST
GOT INTO THE BACK SEAT OF HER CAR ALONG WITH HER SISTER.
THE GHOST WAS A GIRL WITH NO HEAD. STORY HAS IT THAT SHE
WAS HIT BY THE TRAIN AND IS STILL LOOKING FOR HER HEAD.
SHE HAS A BAD HABIT OF GETTING INTO CARS THAT ARE PASSING
BY. AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS IS STILL GOING ON.

Submitter comment:

Svrcek, Lia: 20 years old. Student: English. Donora, Penn. Lia had this happen to her as she was driving home one night, She told me this before I left to go to Canada.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DONORA

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS

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

Date learned: 08-00-1973

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JACK O'LANTERN

THE SOUL OF SOMEONE CONDEMNED TO WANDER FOR HAVING MOVED
OR ALSO FOR HAVING DISREGARDED A BOUNDARY MARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT JUST REMEMBERS HEARING THIS LEGEND, MANY
YEARS AGO.

Where learned: DETROIT ; COULD NOT REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN LEARNED

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-30-1970

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THERE IS A RED LIGHT ON HAGGERTY ROAD THAT SEEMS TO
CHASE YOU. IT DOESN'T BLINK ON OR OFF OR GET
BIGGER OR SMALLER WHILE YOU DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD,
BUT IT SEEMS AS IF IT FOLLOWS YOU ALL THE WAY DOWN
HAGGERTY ROAD TO A CERTAIN POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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JACK O'LANTERN

THE SOUL OF SOMEONE CONDEMNED TO WANDER FOR HAVING MOVED
OR ALSO FOR HAVING DISREGARDED A BOUNDARY MARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT JUST REMEMBERS HEARING THIS LEGEND, MANY
YEARS AGO.

Where learned: DETROIT ; COULD NOT REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN LEARNED

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-30-1970

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THERE IS A RED LIGHT ON HAGGERTY ROAD THAT SEEMS TO
CHASE YOU. IT DOESN'T BLINK ON OR OFF OR GET
BIGGER OR SMALLER WHILE YOU DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD,
BUT IT SEEMS AS IF IT FOLLOWS YOU ALL THE WAY DOWN
HAGGERTY ROAD TO A CERTAIN POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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