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The Source:

Ulrich Jahn :
"Volkssagen aus Pommern und Rügen" [1891]
Edition Temmen, Bremen, Germany, 1999

The Case

In the village of Katschow an old miser died, who had been pretty tight with his money during his life. When the dead man was about to be put into his coffin people noticed that he had wet his bed. This sign was ignored and the man was buried. A couple of weeks later the dead man's oldest son got ill and died. Eight days later the second son died. And another eight days later the third son died. And the youngest son was soon to follow. Of course there was panic among the villagers. The remaining relatives sought the advice of an old man from the village of Lang. Following his directions two men went to the cemetery between 11 in the evening and midnight. They opened the grave and the coffin, decapitated the corpse and put the head between its legs. The grave was filled again, and the untimely deaths within the family came to an end.

The Date:

Sadly no date is given. So all we can say is that if it has happened it must have happened before 1891 when the book was first published.

The Place:

Katschow can be found close to the Northern German coast, close to the Polish border. It is situated somewhere between Wolgast and Ueckermünde.

Possible Follow-Up:

First find yourself a copy of Jahn's "Volkssagen aus Pommern und Rügen". Then see if you can find out where Jahn found this story.

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

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