Day 178: Ozark Ghost Tales: The Hobo Ghost



From Vance Randolph’s “Ozark Magic and Folklore”:

“A very common backwoods tale concerns a cabin where a peddler or a traveler is supposed to have been murdered many years ago. There was a big blood spot on the floor, and this became wet with fresh blood every year on February 2, the date of the peddler’s death. A man sitting in this house on February 2 would see weasels, skunks, minks, wolves, or even deer dash in at the open door, plunge into the big fireplace and vanish up the chimney. I have heard this story perhaps twenty-five times, in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, but I have never yet found anybody who could tell me just where the cabin was located.”

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