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As many of you probably know, my father (@remlaps) and I have been slowly making our way through the 1960's tv show The Twilight Zone. The other day, we saw an episode that played with the idea of ghosts. It was one of those stories where the events where bordering between explainable and "super natural" (I know that it is fictional). One thing that that helped me to realize is that ghost stories are something quite different from culture to culture. So, I decided to make this week's discussion:
What ghost stories did YOU grow up with?
I am really interested to see the different stories that you all respond with. Please feel free to discuss any scary story that you are familiar with! It doesn't necessarily have to feature ghosts.
I will begin the discussion by talking about one that I am familiar with that has been passed down for generations in my area (specifically since the 1800s).
Mad Anthony Wayne and his Lost Bones
Anthony Wayne was a general in the revolutionary war. He earned the nickname "Mad Anthony" through his risky moves against the British as a general. He was born in South Eastern Pa (in an area now named "Wayne" after him), and he died in North Western Pa (close to lake Erie I believe).
The general had requested on his death bed to be buried where he had died, but his family wanted his bones transported to his birth place.
Thirteen years after the general died, his son Isaac Wayne came to collect his father's remains. The problem came when they dug up the remains. The general's body was well preserved due to the conditions of the area that he was buried. Isaac Wayne had not planned to transport the whole body, and only had the storage for his father's bones. He paid Dr. James Wallace to separate the general's bones and body. The doctor boiled the remains in a large cauldron, and the bones were given to Isaac Wayne. The remaining parts of the body, the tools the doctor had used, and the general's uniform were reburied in Erie.
Legend has it that on the road back to South Eastern Pa, the box holding Wayne's remains fell out and spilled its contents numerous times. Some of the general's bones were scattered along the road from Erie to Wayne. To this day, it is believed that Mad Anthony rises from his grave in Erie every New Years Day (his birthday) to ride the road all the way to his grave in Wayne. As he rides, he looks for his lost bones.
I look forward to what stories you may share!
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