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    • Bloody Mary, Lake County, Indiana

    • Witches; Rites & ceremonies; Crimes;
    • Pam Ferguson's transcribed variant of the Bloody Mary urban legend as collected by Lee Robinson. In this account, Ferguson describes the life, crimes, and death of Bloody Mary and goes on to offer the ritual that enables one to see Mary in a mirror.
    • Outlaw legend, Graysville, Indiana

    • Legends; People; Criminals; Crimes;
    • Peggy Arnett's transcribed interview of Don Arnett about Paul Lindsey Island. According to Arnett, an outlaw stopped on that island and built a house. People in Merom, Indiana, heard that he'd been stealing horses and committing crimes, so they...
    • Vanzetti, Bartolomeo 1927-04-15

    • Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921; Pardon;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs, 04/15/1927. Says that it is a consolation to both him and Nicola Sacco that Theodore Debs is still alive and supporting them. Expresses the hope that Theodore Debs' optimistic attitude will prove right. Informs Theodore...
    • Unidentified Correspondents 1921-08-26

    • Westenhaver, D. C. (David Courtney), 1865-1928; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926 -- Trials, litigation, etc.;
    • Letter to Unknown from Unknown, 08/26/1921. Writes that when D. C. Westenhaver confirmed Eugene V. Debs' conviction he acted on the assumption that "American citizens can be prosecuted for freely expressing their views on certain matters." Says...
    • Hurt, Walter 1928-06-19

    • Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; Haywood, Big Bill, 1869-1928; Western Federation of Miners;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs, 6/19/28. Says that he appreciated the articles Theodore Debs sent about William Haywood. Writes that Theodore Debs' impression of Haywood coincides with his own. Tells Theodore Debs that he knew Haywood well because while...
    • Maitain, John 1921-03-26

    • Prison sentences; Prisoners;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 3/26/1921. Asks that Eugene V. Debs consider taking up his case if he is released in the near future. Writes that he knows he will not be paroled unless he has help in convincing the board that he really does want to "make...
    • Jesse James

    • Legends; People; Criminals;
    • Jeff Skaggs's transcribed interview of James Skaggs about Jesse James. According to Skaggs, Jesse James went on a hunting trip and all of the men knew he was innocent of most of the crimes he was accused of.
    • Jail/prison legend, Clay County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Tom Telgemeyer's transcribed interview of June Clevenger about a jail legend from Clay County, Indiana. According to Clevenger, the old jail in Clay County was made of logs, and when people got arrested on Saturday nights for drinking and fighting,...
    • Jail/prison legend, Lake County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Dorothy Goldschmidt's transcribed interview of Mrs. John Goldschmidt about a prison legend. According to Goldschmidt, there was a prison where the prisoners were going missing. Officials said they were escaping, but when the prison yard was dug up...
    • Jail/prison legend, Vigo County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Amy Meadlo's transcribed interview of Cecil Vaughn about John Wayne Gacy's art production line. According to Vaughn, Gacy would have other prisoners fill in spaces on paint-by-munber pictures. Gacy only signed his name to the pictures and then sold...
    • Jail/prison legend, Vigo County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Amy Meadlo's transcribed interview of Harry Marsh about the "three strikes" it took to kill a man. According to Marsh, there was an inmate somewhere who had to be electrocuted three times before he was pronounced dead.
    • Jail/prison legend, Vigo County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Amy Meadlo's transcribed interview of an anonymous source about a drug raid in prison. According to this source, inmates would use anything to get high on in prison. Once several inmates had to be rushed to a hospital because they were on jimson...
    • Jail/prison legend, Vigo County, Indiana

    • Legends; Jails; Prisons; Prisoners; Prison guards;
    • Amy Meadlo's transcribed interview of an anonymous source about inmate murders in prisons. According to the source, one inmate killed another while they were working. The inmates didn't get along well, so one just killed the other and went on...

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