#1 29th Sep 2015 10:23:00

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This thread is dedicated to myths, legends, monsters and everything in-between from the times of ancient Greece and before, to now! Prepare yourself for some of the most terrifying and amazing tales you have ever heard as Crusader1307 and I post articles to amaze and bewilder!

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THE BEAST OF GEVAUDEN

                                           
Legend tells of this French Monster roaming Gevauden (modern day Lozere, France) between 1764 and 1767. Described by Authorities as an “unusually large Wolf-like creature”, it has been documented with having killed between 60 and 100 children and adults. Over 30 persons were seriously injured. The creature's “modus operandi” was to rip out it's victim's throats (or devour them), leaving bloody wreckage. So great was the creature's killing “spree”, that The French Government spent vast amounts of monies and materials (soldiers), searching for the creature. Said to weight 400 pounds and covered in a semi-long reddish fur, The Beast sported a long 5 foot tail (described as serpent-like).King Louis XV sent 2 experienced Royal Huntsmen to Gevauden to finally rid the Region of this creature. On September 20, 1765 they succeeded in killing, what they described as a “Eurasian Wolf”. This “beast” was 130 pounds and some 6 feet long!. Light gray in color, it was reportedly stuffed and sent to King Louis. However, not long later......yet another attack!
This time (leaving nothing to chance), a local Hunter – Jean Chastel, went to his local Priest and had several “silver bullets” blessed. He (like the Royal Hunters), went “a looking” for our beast. On June 19, 1767 – he found the monster, a massive 6-foot long, red glowing eyed being in the woods of Gevauden. He fired. The beast fell dead. The killings and attacks stopped.
Now “logically”, many modern Naturalists claim that the attacks were in fact – caused by an obvious wolf pack (albeit large ones). Another theory was that Jean Chastel crossbred (and raised a larger than normal Great Mastif Hound), wishing to cash in on the 300 pieces of silver The King offered for the beast. But, one wonders....why did the killings stop AFTER a silver bullet was used?
 
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SPRING HEELED JACK

                                             
A “story” going back to 1830s England, “Spring Heeled Jack”, was possibly one of the first Modern “Urban Legends” (one hopes). His myths goes from England to Scotland. The “creature” or “Man” was seen to be 6 feet tall. His eyes glowed red “with fire”. His hands were “bat-like claws”. Wearing a tight, form-fitting black jumpsuit (he also was described as having wings) - “Jack” could “jump” several hundred feet in the air. Covering immense distances, “Jack” also wore strange boots (some seeing spring-like attachments). Jack was known to try and steal babies and “slash or cut” the faces and bodies of his victims. He was also known to breath out “blue and white flames” from his nose and mouth!. When Jack spoke, it was a language “unknown” to the listener. A “Jack Flap” (mass sightings), were reported (and in some cases by respected persons) – from 1837 to 1838. Again, sightings rose in the 1870s. The last “known” Spring-Heeled Jack sighting was in 1904. What was he (or it?). Was he “mass hysteria” or early fodder for the notorious “Penny Dreadful” novels? Policemen and Army Officers saw Jack. The Lord Mayor of London even claimed a sighting. Was “Jack” made up to spur tourism? Or maybe a diversion for the poor and middle-class? What do you think?

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GHOUL

                                                    
Coming from The Middle East (originally), A Ghoul was an evil spirit who consumed human flesh (living and dead, it seems). Taking the form of a wild dog, it would lure away children or adult victims from Caravans – and consume them. Finally, they would take the form of their last “meal” (and wait for the next poor soul). In European terminology, we see the word “Ghoul” first appear in 1786 in the novel “Vathek” which chronicles this evil spirit as primarily being a “graveyard dweller” that eats the flesh of the dead. Often described throughout English Victorian Culture as being “small, yet powerful beings that resembled the dead themselves”, The Ghoul has been transformed into many different Countries myths and legends. They no doubt were the “O.G.” (not Original Gangstas but “Original Ghouls”) which created the time honored (and quite popular......Zombie!).

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THE BUNNY MAN

                                          
From America comes “Bunny Man”. As the legend goes, in 1904 – The Clifton Asylum (Virginia), was slated to be closed down. A transport vehicle with 20 inmates was involved in a crash. The driver was killed - and all but 19 of the inmates were accounted for. A search by Police found no body. Soon after, in a stand of trees near a local train bridge – the carcasses of hundreds of dead rabbits were found strung up. Police were perplexed. This grisly practice continued for weeks. After another search of the woods near the train tunnel, the escaped inmate was found!. He had been trapping and living off the rabbits. After a heated chase, the Madman ran into an on-coming train to escape capture. The Police did not find any remains. Flash forward some years to 1970. Several young couples “parking for pleasure” near the secluded train bridge – reported having their cars “attacked” with an axe (while they were inside), by a strange man wearing (wait for it) – a “rabbit suit”. When the couples were shown a picture of the long dead inmate (again, wait for it) – they identified the photo as their attacker! By the way, the original “Bunny Man” was put in the Asylum for killing and butchering his family – on Easter!

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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

                                           
A Sailor's “Ghost Story” going back to at least the 18th Century (by some accounts), “The Legend of The Flying Dutchman” is as enduring as The Sea's History. Most seafaring Countries have their “haunted ship” stories. The Dutchman story (having been popularized by most Mediums – Opera and EVEN several Film adaptations) – is timeless. To “see” The Dutchman was a bad omen. To have “contact” with her was doom. Citing an 1821 “account” of The Dutchman, the legend (or curse), goes as such: “Sailing from Amsterdam, Captain Vanderdecken was a determined Ship Master. His Brig, “The Dutchman” - was well known. Declaring he could sail 'round The Cape of Good Hope in record time, he ran into gail force winds that greatly hindered his time. Storming The “Dutchman's” decks, he cursed the winds (and God himself). Vowing if it takes “all eternity”, he would remain at sea and n'er enter a Port or Harbor until he completed his boast!  Therein lies the curse. He and his Ship would sail for all eternity, never being allowed to enter Port until he could complete his mission (which the winds would NOT allow). Any ship that came across The Dutchman would have bad luck on their voyage. Further, (as some of the stories go) – The Dutchman will try to stop a ship – begging them take letters and notes for them to shore (written to long dead relatives and friends). Any Captain foolish enough to undertake this “favor”, would doom his crew and ship to founder (and sink!). Yet another “version” . This version has our Captain having falsely accusing a “true love” of infidelity – brutally murders her (stabbed through the heart). Escaping to his ship, he sails away (escaping justice). Cursed to sail the seas until the end of time, he was allowed to “visit” a Port once every 100 years (for a day). His mission is to find a “true love” to sacrifice herself (in exchange for his soul). Some have claimed to have seen The Dutchman as late as the 1940s.

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THE WILD HUNT

                                 
A common legend told in Europe is”The Wild Hunt”. Seen by the fortunate (or unfortunate) – a group of spectral Huntsmen are often seen in the early morning sky (or evening sky). Cursed to forever “hunt” and elusive ghostly prey, to see the “Riders” could be bad luck or a portent of one's much needed “redemption”. Sometimes seen as “demons”, the exact nature of being selected for “The Hunt” is lost. Perhaps cruel techniques or practices, - perhaps an “evil or unproductive life”. All of these are likely causes. In America, the legend “evolved” into “The Ghost Riders”. A group of Cowboys (cursed to ride “The Devil's Range”) - must for all eternity “try” to catch “The Devil's Herd”. Seeing them was a “living Cowboy's” so called “Last Chance” - to live a good life. “Do you hear galloping, or is it me?”

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MEDUSA

                                             
From 3rd Century B.C. - Greece comes The Gorgon known as Medusa. Gorgons were mythical female monsters, born from The Gods Phorcys and Ceto. There were initially 3 (Stheno, Euryale and of course, Medusa). Originally (as the legend goes), Medusa was the only one who was not immortal. Medusa was not originally cursed for her beauty (that comes later). She and her sisters were beautiful, but their hairdo featured a mane of serpents. Now, as per the “original text”, Medusa has “relations” with the God Poseidon (right smack in the middle of The Temple of The Goddess, Minerva). This so enrages Minerva, that she allowed Medusa to retain her beauty – but, any man foolish enough to gaze upon her would be instantly turned to stone – forever. Banished to the Island of Cestros, Medusa guarded Minerva's treasures. Naturally, brave and daring men would attempt to steal the treasure. Naturally, they all were turned to stone. Enter the hero Perseus. Using “divine gifts” from the gods, Perseus used a polished shield to maintain Medusa's position in his sight (apparently turning to stone doesn't work with reflections). At the right moment, Persus cuts off Medusa's head. Endgame. MUCH of the Medusa story was taken and changed by our friends The Romans. Most later Western Greek Historians tended to chose “their version”, as it was much more daring and exciting. The Gorgon creature would continue as a “horror story” for many centuries (remember, Medusa had 2 immortal sisters). This had been fodder more many books and movies over the centuries. Some more contemporary versions have our immortal gals able to appear (outwardly at least), as beautiful women. They “trap” handsome and rich men and then (of course) “reveal” their true selves.

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TIAMAT

                                           
From Ancient Sumeria, come The Legend of Tiamat. Born of “unspecified origins”, Tiamat and her husband Abzu, were responsible for creating many of The Oceans creatures (their offspring). Another God (Aspu) kills Tiamat's husband. She took the form of a multi-headed Sea Monster Dragon. Taking her revenge and killing Aspu, he begins to “create” more of her kind. She replaced their blood with pure poison.Eventually slain by Aspu's Son (who used her split in half body to make the heavens and the earth). Tiamat is the “Mother of All Dragons”. These new “offspring” would live eternally bringing destruction to all (and become a popular Medieval “pastime” for the Art of Slaying).

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UBUME

                                                                   
From 12th  Century Japan, comes the Tale of Ubume. Near The Kyoto River is a stone bridge. Passerbys often see an old woman holding an infant (and peering into the water, intently. She will plead with the passerby to hold the child.....for only a moment. When the “helpful” stranger does, the old woman vanishes. Naturally, the passerby begins to carry the child to safety (or to Authorities). With every step, the “child” (swaddled), becomes heavier and heavier, until one can no longer hold it. Upon placing the “child” on the ground (and unwrapping it) – a large rock is revealed. It was said that an evil Shogun wanted his bridge blessed. So, he had Ubume and her child killed and buried under the pillars of the bridge (as a sacrifice to the Shogun's Gods). Her Ghost appears looking for help......forever!

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LILITH

                                                              
Long forgotten by many, Lilith is technically the “apex” of Monsters. She was of course, The “Mother of All Monsters”. Seen originally in Jewish mythology, Lilith (or a character like her), even has been found in Ancient Sumerian cuniform text. As for her Jewish traditions, “The Alphabet of Sirach”, which dates from 700 B.C. Tells her story. Lilith was really Adam's (Garden of Eden) – first wife. Made from the same “earth” as Adam was, she too was made by God to be subservient to Adam. This she refused. In fact, she ran away from Adam and left The Garden of Eden (which is why God created a “different” approach with regards to Eve!). Lilith eventually meets with (and has relations with The Archangel Samael). Samael has various associations (both of which, depending on your religion – may be good or evil). In Christianity, Samael is a “fallen Angel”. Their offspring were cursed (of course), by God as (what for it) – Monsters. These “children” will eventually form the basis for Vampires, Werewolves and every other “nasty” Haunt in The World.

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KRAKEN

                                                                 
Known throughout Sailor legends for centuries, The Kraken (despite Hollywood's attempt to make it Greek), was actually based on Norwegian and Greenland myth. These sea monsters were described as enormous Octopus-like creatures (big enough to pull down a 300 foot ships easily). Sizes of 40 and 60 feet tall (rising from the sea), were told. As early as the 13th Century, The Kraken was talked about. Many sailors claimed to have seen Kraken attacks (or had survived one). By the 19th Century, Kraken “sightings” had changed somewhat. Now, these sea monsters were crab-like in appearance. Kraken's became so popular again, that even Jules Verne included the “theory” of the Kraken as the reason ships were being destroyed in his novel “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” (which we know that Nemo's submarine got all the press). Still, as modern Oceanography has shown, Giant Squid and other “unknown” lifeforms are constantly being discovered in the Oceans of The World. Without proper scientific equipment and investigation, the ancients could easily assign the title “Monster” to these huge sea beasts.

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MOOQUI

                                             
From Central America, come The Mooqui. These devilish, Goblin-like creatures live in the many Mines found in South America (especially Peru and Columbia). They never venture out. They are said to be 2 feet tall and have a larger than normal head. They have no neck and pointy ears and are very pale due to lack of sunlight. They use pick-axe and shovel and seem intent on digging. If they catch humans digging in their “territory” they will attack and kill the trespasser (often without a body being recovered). Continued “invasion” warrants The Mooqui to attack your village and possibly taking away your children. Many Modern Historians link The Mooqui to the fact than many Miners use Cocoa to continue their long and hard work (and that The Mooqui is simply a hallucination). However, The Mooqui have been around since The Incans so............

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DREKAVAC

                                        
From Serbia, comes The Drekavac. The legend seems to have developed in the 11th  Century. Described as “long and gaunt, with a overly large head”, this humanoid creature appears as a “deformed child”. It has also been “seen” as a “canine-type creature with kangaroo legs”. In the form of a “child”, it can be found near graveyards, begging passerby's to “baptize it”. As the story goes, if one does not – it has a horrifying loud shriek. Apparently, The Drekavac is a “combination creature” composed of the unbaptized souls of unborn or young children. The Drekavac is scared of dogs (who are apt to alert humans to their presence). Seen especially around the Christian Observance of “Christmas Tide”. Obviously, The Drekavac is Serbia's version of Scotland's “Banshee” (maybe even a supernatural relative, of sorts). Being a Medieval “legend”, it is seldom seen (or even heard of now). But, one can always go walking by a Serbian graveyard in a couple of months and see.......

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ADAR LLWCH GWIN

                                             
Descended from The Griffin Family, This Welsh “Monster Legend” involved the Ancient Welsh hero Drudwas ap Tryffin. He was given a “flock” of these part-Eagle, Lion, Bird and Bear creatures (as a wedding gift from his Wife's Father – she was a Fairy). The Adar was super intelligent and could understand the language of man. Once a “Master/Owner” relationship was established, The Adar would follow his command – to the letter. Tryffin developed a dislike for another great hero (Arthur – yes that one). Challenged to combat (of which Arthur accepted), Tryffin ordered his Adar's to attack and kill the first “human” they saw. He sent them off to await Arther (ambush). Unfortunately for Tryffin, Arthur was late. Upon Tryffin's arrival – his Adar attacked, and tore him to pieces!. The legend and story (sometimes altered to fit the Period), had been around since at least the 9th Century. The term “Adar” came to be used in The Middle Ages to describe “birds of prey” (Hawks and related Raptors).

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THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN

                                                   
A VERY popular American “legend” (especially around the Halloween Season of October), deals with a short story written by Washington Irving (in 1820). According to legend, it was set during The American Revolutionary War. British Forces regularly employed German Mercenaries (known as Hessians or sometimes Jagers). Born fighters (and having a reputation for ruthlessness), one such Hessian Commander was particularly cruel to “any” American Colonial he encountered in battle. During The Battle of White Plains (Upstate New York – 1777), this Hessian Commander finally got his “come upings” and was killed (beheaded, actually). Many years later, local residents of the nearby Village of Sleepy Hollow found the skeleton and buried it. They however, never found his skull. Next, (as all legends do go), a black spectral horse with a mounted (headless, of course) German soldier, - waving his saber – was seen galloping along the backroads. If one was “seen” by the “Headless Horseman”, they had to flee for their lives – least he caught them and removed their “head” to replace the one that he had lost! The “legend” was incorporated in a story dealing with a mild mannered (and cowardly) hero named Ichabod Crane, who – in love with the local Village “vixen” (who happens to also be the love interest of the Village Bully, Bram Bones). Bram notes that our girl (Christina), likes “smart guys”. So, to remoove his “rival”, Bram dresses up as “The Horseman” (complete with glowing Jack-O-Lantern), to scare Ichabod away. Unfortunately for Mr. Crane, the “real” Horseman comes along. If you are not familiar with the ending.......Read The Story! HA HA HA!

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VRYKOLAKAS

                                 
These “nasty” Greek demons are akin to two mythical monsters – Werewolves and Vampires. Going back as far as the 17th Century, The Vrykolakas wer humans that led a “sinful” life and buried in unconsecrated ground. Often they would return as a “wolf-like vampire creature”. Unlike a traditional vampire, they are very large and heavy. They will creep into a victims house and “lay” on their body – draining the energy of the unfortunate. The victim cannot move during the attack (but is aware it is happening!). Sometimes, Vrykolakas will knock “once” on their victims door. Upon opening the door, one finds no one there. Our new “visitor is invisible (of course), and simply waits for you to go to sleep. They are “killed” much like a traditional vampire. Beheading, staking – but most popularly, creamting the Vrykolaka while it rests in it's grave (only on Saturdays). To this day, many small Villages in Greece will NOT answer their door on the FIRST knock.

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BOO HAG

                                                
A tale from African-American “Gullah” Culture (Gullahs were descendants of African Southern Slaves from South Carolina and Georgia) – comes The Boo Hag. The story comes in around the 18th Century (and is still somewhat active today). The legend states thats The Boo Hag is a “vampire-like” evil spirit. Unlike a “traditional” blood-drinker, Boo Hags suck the breath (or energy) from their victims. They “wear” the skins of some of their victims (having no skin of their own). Often, once a suitable victim is picked, The Boo Hag will gain access (through a crack in the door or wall). She floats above the victim when they are asleep. Putting the victim into a dream filled sleep, she sucks some (not all) of their breath (energy) from them. The Boo Hag will do this many times (over many weeks). IF the victim “fights through” his dreams and wakes up, The Boo Hag will take their skin. Boo Hags wear their skins until they are no longer suitable for use (decomposing). They must replace the skin always before daylight light – least they be trapped without skin – forever. Another Boo Hag “trick”, is to “ride” their victims. A victim will feel an unusual weight on their back (from time to time). This is a Boo Hag. A known tactic to rid and or confuse a Boo Hag, is to place a broom by your bed before you go to sleep at night. An attacking Boo Hag MUST stop and count all the straws (bristles). By the time she does, it is close to morning, and she must go.

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Very nice stories. I like reading those myths - quite educating, too.

One of my colleagues` daughter is named Lilith.
I kind of guessed that it was a biblical name and he had told me, that she was the first wife of Adam.
Not sure, though, if he was aware of the "mother of all monsters" aspect of the story. But then again, maybe he was .....

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Yeah I know most people are not aware of the monster connection. Glad you enjoyed.


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I also liked those stories, although I haven't read them all yet, but still, that is not a reason not to say few words. I will read other articles later from my phone, that way I relax when I get a little tired when studying. smile

Although I haven't started my work yet, I feel need to say few more things about drekavac, and I am glad to see something from my region here. smile Oh, and I also found the article about Lilith really interesting.

I will translate what Wikipedia in Serbian as it defers from what is said in the article in English there... smile

Drekavac is a South-Slavic mythology creature. Belief in him had spread through Serbia, Bosnia and Monenegro.

By the legend, drekavac is material manifestation of a dead map who hadn't been baptized (by some stories - of a young boy), who can't find his peace, so he haunts those who sinned to him during his life. As people say (stories from older people to the kids, and so on...), drekavac is a small, hairy creature, who constantly steps on its fur, and it screams like something between a child's cry and wolf's cry. Most frequently it walks at graveyards, and he strangles his victims in sleep. He is very afraid of light (I also heard that that dogs scare him as well), although it cannot be destroyed until it finds its peace.

Although there are no evidences that drekavac exists, there are people who fear it.

By the legend it attacks a man who it sees late in night near a graveyards or woods, by jumping on his back and forcing him to walk all night like that until roosters start crowing. If the person resisted its demands, it would scratch him/her all over his body with its claws.

I would also like to say that there are people who tell to news papers that they saw drekavac... Of course, and I am sure that when they say "the entire village is scared", it is not exactly the case, and the reporters simply want to make as much as possible attention, but it is certain that it is indeed deep in our culture - at least in those rural parts. I believe that the most important reason of why is that lies in the fact that the parents are used to scare their children by those stories so the kids would be good nehaving, and so they wouldn't wonder around when they must not, and such... For similar purpose parents use stories about Baba Roga, which is almost the same as bugeyman, as far as I understood. I still think it is different than bogeyman by some stuff, but to the kids it's the same thing.


My parents told me those things don't exist, so attempts of other elder relatives to scare us by the stories about Babaroga and Drekavac had failed badly. big_smile We were just like "meh, dad told us it doesn't exist..." big_smile


ADDITION: Just to drop it here, I hope we will see here some articles about Pagan mythology, and by that I mean Nordic mythology, Slavic mythology, etc... smile

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Thanks, Eagle Prince! Been "under the weather" for the past 2 or 3 days (or being chased by Monsters, Ha). Postings of BOTH Threads are kinda slow! Glad you like our "friend" from Serbia!  And yes, rest "easy", Old Nordic and Pagan Myths and Monsters will be included(as time goes on). I will even include "Screen Monsters" as well. Be Patient.....it's a "monsterous" Subject to cover!
Also good mini-research into your Monster. Although not a huge fan of "Wiki", it was spot on. I just tried to incapsulate as much as possible. Almost ALL Countries have similar "beasts" within their legends.


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THE LEGEND OF FAUST

                                                      
A popular “cautionary tale” from Medieval Germany is Faust. The “story” had been adapted MANY times and in many Countries. It has been made into songs, operas and of course - movies. The tale tells of a scholar named Faust. Old and learned, he is tired of wasting his life on pursuits of the mind. He foolishly makes a pact with The Devil. Faust will give his soul over, if The Devil will give him all knowledge and worldly pleasures (particularly the love of a young girl he has his eye on). The “contract” with “”Old Scratch” is supposed to last for 24 years. Unfortunately for Faust, The Devil manipulates time so that 1 hour equals 1 year! So Faust only has one day. Getting “all he asked for” with predictable hollow endings – results in Faust realizing the folly of his “deal”. The Devil takes his soul in the end. The story has been changed (from time to time) with the same “morale ending”. Be happy with what you have (or have not). Sometimes things (and experiences) are fleeting.

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WHIPPING TOM

                                                   
Another frightening “story” from the late-Middle Ages (and England) – is the tale of Whipping Tom. Seen in 1672, “Tom” was an attacker of women. He would prowl the streets and alleys of London (and the nearby Village of Hackney). Upon a “violent approach” Tom would produce a small whip and proceed to beat the “lower extremities” of mainly women. Tom was known to “vanish into thin air” or into a “pillar of smoke”. As many as 40 women were brutally assaulted. Tom also was known to shout the single phrase “Spanko!” Some say “Tom” had a helper known as “Skipping Joan”. Although several suspects were arrested and imprisoned, the attacks didn't stop. Again in 1714, a series of “Whipping Tom” attacks once again happened. This madman – identified as Thomas Wallis, confessed to whipping 100 women. The attacks stopped when Wallis was put in prison. Still, imagine walking down a dark and foggy alley and seeing the fleeting image of a man running up to you yelling “Spanko!” - or a demonic figure of a “skipping girl” approaching...............

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THE WANDERING JEW



Possibly many thousands of years old, this “story” was popular in Medieval Europe. As the “legend” goes, Christ fell while carrying his Cross. He fell in front of a Jewish Cobbler's Shop. Annoyed that his business was suffering, the foolish Merchant chastised Jesus, yelling at him to “move faster and away from the front of his shop”. Christ said (so the story goes), that he would move on, but that the Cobbler would endure until “the last day”. From that day forward, the Cobbler could not die. Being immortal, he wandered the World (still practicing his trade). Anyone foolish enough to buy a pair of his “shoes” or have any work done – would have bad luck (even death), befall them. The “story” and subsequent “sightings” go well into the 19th Century. It is certain, the story was cultivated by European populations who were prompted by The Catholic Church to shun and despise Jews (evidenced by the horrible persecutions against them in The Middle Ages). Still, wonder the next time you go to get a heel repaired from a “Mister Stein” (it's just a story anyway?).

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