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CHAINED CHARLIE

CHAINED CHARLIE WAS MURDERED IN A CEMETERY BY GRAVE ROBBERS.
HE WAS CHAINED TO A TREE, WHERE HE WAS CUT ON VARIOUS PARTS OF
HIS BODY AND LEFT THERE TO BLEED TO DEATH, SO NOW WHENEVER THERE ARE
TRESPASSERS IN THE CEMETERY, HE WILL RISE FROM THE DEAD AND CHASE
THE INTRUDERS OUT OF THE CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS A VERY EASY TO TALK TO AND A VERY NICE PERSON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

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

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CONVERSATIONS FROM THE DEAD

GO TO THE CEMETERY AND STICK A PIN INTO SOMEONE'S GRAVE AND YOU
SHOULD HEAR THE CONVERSATIONS OF THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND HAD A GOOD MEMORY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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MRS.MERRIWEATHER

CUT OFF ALL OF THE LIGHTS IN THE HOUSE AND STAND IN FRONT OF A
MIRROR AND SAY 15 TIMES, WHILE TURNING AROUND IN A 360 DEGREE
CIRCLE, MRS. MERRIWEATHER, MRS. MERRIWEATHER; AND HER BLOODY
FACE WILL APPEAR BEFORE YOU.

Submitter comment: NO ONE HAS REACHED 15 TIMES, ALL WERE AFRAID OF IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- P689 P689.1
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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TO CALL BACK SOMEONE YOU LOVE FROM THE DEAD

PLACE A LETTER WRITTEN TO A DECEASED MEMBER OF THE FAMILY ON TOP
OF A GLASS OF WATER AND PLACE IT UNDER YOUR BED. YOUR BELOVED ONE
WILL COME AND VISIT YOU IN PEACE. BEWARE: NEVER PERFORM THIS TASK
ON A FULL MOON NIGHT OR EVIL SPIRITS WILL HAUNT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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ARMY COOKIN' RHYME

THEY SAY THAT IN THE ARMY THE COOKIN'S MIGHTY FINE, IT LOOKS LIKE
IT LOOKS LIKE MUDDY WATER AND TASTE LIKE TRUPENTINE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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ARMY BISCUIT RHYME

THEY SAY THAT IN THE ARMY THE BISCUITS MIGHTY FINE, ONE ROLLED OFF
ONE ROLLED OFF A TABLE AND KILLED A FRIEND OF MINE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.244

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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TO KEEP YOUR MAN THROUGH HIS STOMACH

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR MAN, HUSBAND, OR BOYFRIEND; COOK HIM SOME
DINNER CONSISTING OF TOMATO SAUCE IN NOODLES OR WHATEVER YOU
PREFER. BUT THE SAUCE HAS TO BE RED! YOU ARE TO TAKE TWO TEASPOONS
OF YOUR MENSTRUAL BLOOD AND ADD IT TO THE SAUCE. HE WILL NEVER
LEAVE YOU EVER BUT YOU CAN NOT LEAVE HIM EITHER BECAUSE HE WILL BE
OBSESSED WITH YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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THE SIGNATURE FROM THE DEAD

HELEN'S GIRLFRIEND'S MOTHER WAS MARRIED AND HAD HER AND A SON.
SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE SEPARATED AND HE MOVED TO PITTSBURGH.
HE DIED AND SHE APPLIED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR HER
FAMILY. THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICIALS REQUESTED A SIGNATURE ON A
DOCUMENT OF THE DECEASED, TO PROVE THAT HE HAD FATHERED HER KIDS.
SHE BEING A TRUE BELIEVER IN BLACK MAGIC, DECIDED TO RETRIEVE HIS
SIGNATURE FROM THE DEAD. SO SHE AND THREE OF HER FRIENDS WENT
TO PITTSBURGH AND THEN WENT TO HIS GRAVE THAT NIGHT. THEY EACH SAT
ON A CORNER OF HIS GRAVE AND HAD A SEANCE. HE SPOKE THROUGH HIS
WIDOW AND ASK WHY DID THEY COME? THEY REQUESTED HIS SIGNATURE ON
THE DOCUMENT AND THEY PLACED THE DOCUMENT ON THE GRAVE AND THE
SIGNATURE APPEARED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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