Category Archives: legends and myths

“The London Monster” and Piquerism

The London Monster was the name given to an alleged attacker of women in London between 1788 and 1790. The attacker had a signature behavior of piquerism, the pricking or stabbing of victims with a knife, pin or needle. First … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Footprints, a Devon Area Victorian Mystery

The Devil’s Footprints is a name given to a phenomenon that occurred in February 1855 around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England. After a heavy snowfall, trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow covering … Continue reading

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The Hammersmith Ghost: Legal Precedent in the UK Regarding Self-Defence

The Hammersmith Ghost murder case of 1804 set a legal precedent in the UK regarding self-defence: whether someone could be held liable for their actions even if they were the consequence of a mistaken belief. Near the end of 1803, … Continue reading

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Georgian Era Mystery~The Cock Lane Ghost: A Format for Religious Fervor

The Cock Lane ghost was a purported haunting that attracted mass public attention in 1762. The location was an apartment in Cock Lane, a short road adjacent to London’s Smithfield market and a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. … Continue reading

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Was Sawney Bean Truly a 14th Century Scottish Cannibal or Was He a Legend?

Was Sawney Bean Real or a Legend? Alexander Sawney Bean was reportedly the head of a cannibalistic family residing along Scotland’s Ayrshire/Galloway coast during the 14th Century. According to the legend, Sawney was born in a small East Lothian village, … Continue reading

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The Legend Behind Sir Walter Scott’s “The Bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee”

The Legend Behind Sir Walter Scott’s “The Bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee” by Regina Jeffers I am currently researching anything and everything Scottish. Being of Scottish descent, this is important to me, but I am also looking for those special “gems” … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Ratcliff Highway Murders ~ WhoDunIt???

The Ratcliff Highway murders (sometimes Ratcliffe Highway murders) were two vicious attacks on two separate families that resulted in seven fatalities. The two attacks occurred within twelve days in December 1811, in homes half a mile apart near Wapping in … Continue reading

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