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The Source:

Heinrich Roch:
"Neue Laußnitz- Böhm- und Schlesische Chronica, Oder Allerhand Denck- und Merckwürdiger Unglücks- und Trauer-Fälle, etc."
Johann Herbordt Klossen, Leipzig, 1687

The Case:

This is what we get to hear:

"Nach dem zu Görsdorff unterm Kynast das Volck von einem Gespenste lange geplaget wurde daß etliche gar davon gestorben ist endlich ein Kohlschürer so vor drey Jahren und sein Weib so vor 8. Wochen begraben in Verdacht gezogen worden dieselben wiederumb ausgegraben frisch blutende und unverwesende gefunden und darauff den 22. hujus zu Pulver verbrant worden worauff das Ubel alsbald auffgehöret hat."

This more or less translates into this:

"After the people in Görsdorff below Kynast had long been troubled by a Spectre, so that several had died, suspiscion fell upon a "Kohlschürer" that had been buried 3 years ago, and his wife, who had been buried 8 weeks ago. Both of them were exhumed and found to have fresh blood and to be uncorrupted. So on the 22nd of the same month (May) they were cremated after which the evil soon ended."

The Date:

The events are reported to have taken place on the 22nd of May, 1614.

The Place:

At first I could not find Görsdorff. But it was supposed to be in the vicinity of Kynast. And Kynast is another name for Liegnitz, which is now called Legnica. And Legnica can be found in Poland, to the West of Wroclaw and to the North of Jawor. Fortunately some other source mentioned the case as having taken place in Giersdorf. Now Giersdorf has been renamed to Podgorzyn and can be found SouthWest of Legnica, not very far from the border of the Czech Republic.

Possible Follow-Up:

Now the dead man is said to have been a "Kohlschürer". I can not find that word in any of my dictionaries. I am not a hundred percent sure but I think it probably means that he used to make a living burning wood to make charcoal. I will leave it to you to find out what exactly a "Kohlschürer"is. So what else can you do ? Go find and read Heinrich Roch's "Neue Laußnitz- Böhm- und Schlesische Chronica, Oder Allerhand Denck- und Merckwürdiger Unglücks- und Trauer-Fälle, etc.". There are lots of interesting bits and pieces in there that are not without relevance to our research. The case is mentioned in other books. Go find them !

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed February 2012

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