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THE ELMORE GHOST

NOT TOO LONG AGO IN ELMORE, OHIO, A GROUP OF DRUNK TEENAGERS
RAN INTO AND KILLED A POLICEMAN ON A MOTORCYCLE. THIS WAS
WITNESSED BY A PERSON LIVING IN A HOUSE NOT FAR AWAY. THE
PERSON DIED OF SHOCK. IF YOU GO THERE YOU CAN SEE CAR LIGHTS
COMING AT YOU, FEEL THE BUMP-BUMP OF A MOTORCYCLE ON YOUR CAR
HOOD AND SEE A LIGHT MOVE FROM WINDOW TO WINDOW OF THE NOW-
DESERTED HOUSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LEGEND AMONG THE FRANCISCAN NUNS OF TOLEDO {OHIO}
HAS IT THAT THEY UNKNOWINGLY HARBORED AL CAPONE FROM
THE POLICE. THE NUNS, SYMPATHETIC TO THE HUNGRY
VAGRANT, THE PREMISE THAT CAPONE PUT ON, LET HIM
STAY INDOORS, FED HIM WHILE THE POLICE COMBED THE
NEIGHBORHOOD. AFTER THE POLICE WENT AWAY, CAPONE LEFT
PEACEFULLY, OFFERING THANKS TO THE NUNS. THE EVENT
OCCURRED AT ST. STANISLAUS CONVENT ON DETROIT AVENUE
IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A FRANCISCAN NUN WHEN I WAS STUDYING HISTORY
IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: IN GRADE SCHOOL

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THE HEADLESS

IN TOLEDO {OHIO} THERE WAS A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
IN WHICH THE DRIVER LOST HIS HEAD.
NOW ON THE SAME ROAD, YOU CAN SEE ONE HEADLIGHT
COMING AT YOU (USUALLY AROUND MIDNIGHT), BUT
WHEN IT GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE IT OUT, IT
DISAPPEARS. IT IS SAID TO BE THE MOTORCYCLIST
LOOKING FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; APARTMENT ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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WHEN NANCY WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, SHE AWOKE IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT TO SEE A TALL, STRANGE MAN STANDING BY
HER BED. FRIGHTENED AT FIRST, SHE LOST HER FEAR WHEN
HE GENTLY ASKED, "NANCY, HAVE YOU BEEN A GOOD GIRL?"
WHEN SHE SAID SHE HAD, HE WENT AWAY. ONE WEEK LATER,
THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO HER SISTER AGNES, WHO
WAS SEVERAL YEARS OLDER. THE MORNING AFTER THESE
INCIDENTS, THE DOORS WERE FOUND UNLOCKED, BUT
NOTHING ELSE IN THE HOUSE DISTURBED.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THE MOTHER OF THESE GIRLS TELLING MY
FAMILY ABOUT THE INCIDENT. SHE FELT THE MAN WAS A
WOULD-BE ROBBER WHO CHANGED HEART WHEN HE SAW THE
LITTLE GIRL'S FRIGHTENED FACES, BUT SHE DIDN'T
KNOW HOW HE KNEW THEIR NAMES.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001947-1949

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(BROKEN GLASS)

ONE DAY A MAN RETURNED HOME TO FIND HIS BOY AND GIRL
CRYING, FOR THEIR MOTHER HAD DISAPPEARED. THREE
MONTHS LATER, DAD DISAPPEARED. THE CHILDREN SEARCHED
TO NO AVAIL. ONE DAY THE BOY DID NOT RETURN FROM PLAY.
ALL ALONE, THE GIRL CRIED AND SEARCHED FOR HER LOST
FAMILY. ONE NIGHT SHE HEARD NOISES FROM THE ATTIC.
FRIGHTENED, SHE CLIMBED THE LONG STAIRS. AS SHE ROSE
HIGHER SHE HEARD MOANING. CAUTIOUSLY, SHE OPENED THE
DOOR AND . . . (HERE THE NARRATOR SCREECHES) (WHEN
THE AUDIENCE RECOVERS, SOMEONE, IF THE SPEAKER IS
LUCKY, ASKS, "WHY DID SHE SCREAM? THE SPEAKER
ANSWERS "YOU'D SCREAM TOO IF YOU STEPPED ON BROKEN
GLASS!"

Submitter comment: A GROUP OF US WERE TOLD THIS STORY AT A PICNIC IN
SYLVANIA {OHIO}.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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ORDINARY FOLKTALE

THERE WAS ONCE A LITTLE SPOILED BOY WHO HAD SO MUCH
THAT WHEN HE DIDN'T GET WHAT HE WANTED, HE SLAPPED AND
KICKED AT HIS MOTHER. AS HE WAS GOING TO SCHOOL ONE DAY,
HE MET WITH A MISFORTUNE AND WAS KILLED. THE MOTHER
MOURNED AND TRIED TO MAKE HIS FUNERAL THE BEST POSSIBLE.
AT THE CEMETERY THEY HAD TO DRAG THE WEEPING MOTHER AWAY.
THREE DAYS LATER SHE VISITED THE GRAVE AND WAS HORRIFIED
AT WHAT SHE SAW. STICKING UP FROM THE GROUND WERE
FOUR CHUBBY FINGERS. OTHERS WERE ALSO HORRIFIED AND
TRIED TO COVER THEM. THREE TIMES THE MOTHER WENT TO
THE GRAVE AND FOUND THE FINGERS STICKING UP EVERY TIME.
THE MOTHER WENT TO THE PARISH PRIEST WHO SOON DISCOVERED
THAT THE YOUNG BOY HAD NEVER BEEN PUNISHED FOR HIS BAD
BEHAVIOR. THE MOTHER WOULD HAVE TO PUNISH THE BOY NOW
BY BEATING HIS FINGERS INTO THE GROUND IF HE WERE
TO FINALLY HAVE ETERNAL REST. THE MORAL OF THE STORY
IS NOT TO STRIKE YOUR PARENTS.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A COMMUNITY INSTRUCTOR: 1940S.
SLAPPING CAUSES HAND OF BURIED SINNER TO RETURN UNDERGROUND IN GRAVE
TOLD BY A COMMUNITY INSTRUCTOR IN THE 1940S

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: CA12001965

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THE ELMORE GHOST

NOT TOO LONG AGO IN ELMORE, OHIO, A GROUP OF DRUNK TEENAGERS
RAN INTO AND KILLED A POLICEMAN ON A MOTORCYCLE. THIS WAS
WITNESSED BY A PERSON LIVING IN A HOUSE NOT FAR AWAY. THE
PERSON DIED OF SHOCK. IF YOU GO THERE YOU CAN SEE CAR LIGHTS
COMING AT YOU, FEEL THE BUMP-BUMP OF A MOTORCYCLE ON YOUR CAR
HOOD AND SEE A LIGHT MOVE FROM WINDOW TO WINDOW OF THE NOW-
DESERTED HOUSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LEGEND AMONG THE FRANCISCAN NUNS OF TOLEDO {OHIO}
HAS IT THAT THEY UNKNOWINGLY HARBORED AL CAPONE FROM
THE POLICE. THE NUNS, SYMPATHETIC TO THE HUNGRY
VAGRANT, THE PREMISE THAT CAPONE PUT ON, LET HIM
STAY INDOORS, FED HIM WHILE THE POLICE COMBED THE
NEIGHBORHOOD. AFTER THE POLICE WENT AWAY, CAPONE LEFT
PEACEFULLY, OFFERING THANKS TO THE NUNS. THE EVENT
OCCURRED AT ST. STANISLAUS CONVENT ON DETROIT AVENUE
IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A FRANCISCAN NUN WHEN I WAS STUDYING HISTORY
IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: IN GRADE SCHOOL

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THE HEADLESS

IN TOLEDO {OHIO} THERE WAS A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
IN WHICH THE DRIVER LOST HIS HEAD.
NOW ON THE SAME ROAD, YOU CAN SEE ONE HEADLIGHT
COMING AT YOU (USUALLY AROUND MIDNIGHT), BUT
WHEN IT GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE IT OUT, IT
DISAPPEARS. IT IS SAID TO BE THE MOTORCYCLIST
LOOKING FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; APARTMENT ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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WHEN NANCY WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, SHE AWOKE IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT TO SEE A TALL, STRANGE MAN STANDING BY
HER BED. FRIGHTENED AT FIRST, SHE LOST HER FEAR WHEN
HE GENTLY ASKED, "NANCY, HAVE YOU BEEN A GOOD GIRL?"
WHEN SHE SAID SHE HAD, HE WENT AWAY. ONE WEEK LATER,
THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO HER SISTER AGNES, WHO
WAS SEVERAL YEARS OLDER. THE MORNING AFTER THESE
INCIDENTS, THE DOORS WERE FOUND UNLOCKED, BUT
NOTHING ELSE IN THE HOUSE DISTURBED.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THE MOTHER OF THESE GIRLS TELLING MY
FAMILY ABOUT THE INCIDENT. SHE FELT THE MAN WAS A
WOULD-BE ROBBER WHO CHANGED HEART WHEN HE SAW THE
LITTLE GIRL'S FRIGHTENED FACES, BUT SHE DIDN'T
KNOW HOW HE KNEW THEIR NAMES.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO
GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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ANOTHER WELL KNOWN SUPERSTITION RELATES, WHEN A
CHILD IS A YEAR OLD, IF A DOLLAR, A PRAYERBOOK, AND
A WHISKEY GLASS ARE PLACED BEFORE HIM, WHICHEVER
HE CHOOSES WILL DETERMINE HIS FATE IN LIFE. IF
HE CHOOSES THE DOLLAR, HE WILL BE A WEALTHY MAN; A
PRAYER BOOK, A RELIGIOUS MAN; A WHISKEY GLASS, A
DRINKING MAN.

Submitter comment: NON-ETHNIC.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young

Date learned: 09-30-1968

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WHEN OPENING SHOWER GIFTS, THE NUMBER OF BROKEN
RIBBONS INDICATES THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU
SHOULD EXPECT TO HAVE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS VERY PREVALENT; I HEARD IT IN TOLEDO
(OHIO), DETROIT (MICHIGAN), AND LIMA (OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.9

Date learned: 09-01-1968

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A WELL KNOWN SUPERSTITION RELATES THAT IF A SINGLE
YOUNG LADY PUTS A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE UNDER HER
PILLOW, SHE WILL DREAM OF THE MAN SHE IS TO MARRY.

Submitter comment: NON-ETHNIC

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 09-30-1968

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MY GRANDMOTHER, MRS. CHARLES SUBZAK, BELIEVED THAT
WHEN THE PRIEST RAISED THE PATEN HE COULD SEE
THE PERSON OF THE PARISH WHO HAD THE DEVIL IN HIM.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Religious objects

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IF THE CLASP OF A NECKLACE WORKS ITS WAY AROUND
TO THE FRONT NEXT TO THE PENDANT, THE WEARER IS
ENTITLED TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 00001964 CA.

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TWO PEOPLE EACH TAKE HOLD OF ONE SIDE OF THE WISHBONE.
THEN PULL AND WHOEVER GETS THE CENTER OF THE WISH-
BONE WILL GET THEIR WISH IF THEY DON'T TELL ANYONE
WHAT IT IS. I ONCE WISHED FOR A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND
AND WE WERE OFFERED A RIDE THERE WITHIN A WEEK
AND WE WENT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MY MOTHER WOULD NEVER DO ANY CANNING WHILE SHE WAS
MENSTRUATING, BECAUSE IT WOULD SPOIL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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GRAMMIE NEVER ALLOWED US TO SEW ANYTHING WHILE WE
HAD IT ON. IT WOULD CAUSE ONE TO BECOME DUMB.
STUPID, THAT IS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IF YOU DRY YOUR HANDS WITH ANOTHER PERSON ON THE
SAME TOWEL, SIMULTANEOUSLY, YOU WILL HAVE A
FIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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