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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:

"Den 8. Junii sind die Leute zu Künern bey dem Jauer von einem Gespenste sehr geplaget worden und weil der verstorbene gemeine Hirte so in Verdacht gewesen ist er in dem Ausgraben so frisch als wann er kaum einen Tag darinne gelegen hätte befunden worden und nach des Cörpers Verbrennung hat das Ubel auffgehöret."

I will not attempt to turn this into 17th Century English but simply stick to the facts:

On the 8th of June (1612) the people in Künern near Jauer were suffering much from a spectre. The deceased local shepherd was suspected and when they had dug him up he was found to look as fresh as on the day he had been buried, After his corpse had been cremated, the evil has stopped.

The Date:

The events are reported to have taken place in June 1612.

The Place:

Künern has been renamed to Konary. It can be found some 20 km East of Jauer. And Jauer has been renamed to Jawor. It is situated West of Wroclaw, about halfway to the German border.

Possible Follow-Up:

So what 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.

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