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THE INFORMANT WAS DRIVING NEAR A RAILROAD TRESTLE WHEN SHE
SAW SOME LIGHTS, SO SHE DROVE ONTO A FIELD WHERE THE GHOST
GOT INTO THE BACK SEAT OF HER CAR ALONG WITH HER SISTER.
THE GHOST WAS A GIRL WITH NO HEAD. STORY HAS IT THAT SHE
WAS HIT BY THE TRAIN AND IS STILL LOOKING FOR HER HEAD.
SHE HAS A BAD HABIT OF GETTING INTO CARS THAT ARE PASSING
BY. AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS IS STILL GOING ON.

Submitter comment:

Svrcek, Lia: 20 years old. Student: English. Donora, Penn. Lia had this happen to her as she was driving home one night, She told me this before I left to go to Canada.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DONORA

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS

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

Date learned: 08-00-1973

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"HITCH HIKER"

THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT SOME YEARS AGO HE PASSED A YOUNG
GIRL HITCH HIKING IN THE RAIN. HE PICKED HER UP, BUT SHE
DIDN'T SAY A WORD. SHE WROTE DOWN HER ADDRESS AND HE TOOK
HER HOME, BUT SHE WOULDN'T GET OUT OF THE CAR. HE WENT TO
THE DOOR AND SAID THAT HE HAD THEIR DAUGHTER IN THE CAR,
THEY WERE NOT SURPRISED. THEY INVITED HIM IN FOR COFFEE
AND SAID THAT SHE HAD BEEN DEAD FOR THREE YEARS AND SHE
WAS STILL TRYING TO GET HOME. HE WENT BACK TO THE CAR
AND FOUND IT EMPTY. IT TOOK PLACE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF
HER DEATH.

Submitter comment:

John P Clark: 63 years old. Journalist: English. Donora, Penn.

Mr. Clark is a fantastic storyteller and related this story to me this summer when he caught me off guard. He kept me for at least two hours telling me his stories.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DONORA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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IF A BIRD BUILDS A NEST OUT OF YOUR HAIR, YOU WILL GET
HEADACHES AS LONG AS HE LIVES IN THAT NEST.

Submitter comment:

Loretta Jones: 20 years old. Student. Negro. Donora, Penn.

I was told this piece of information by Loretta at a picnic when I had my hair cut. She heard it from her mother.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DONORA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-00-1973

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