Episode 46: You Can’t Reason with a Headless Man

We kick off the celebration of the month of hocus pocus and haunts by discussing the origin of the American ghost story’s form and traditional substance. Join us this week as we take a look at the classic Washington Irving short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and its central character, the Headless Horseman. We’ll also examine the connection between this literary specter and Ohio’s headless motorcyclist, and his possible historic origins.

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Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A Phantom is Born? 235 years Ago – River Journal

Military History Now – Allied Headhunters — Research Explains Origins of Wartime Trophy Taking

Sadly, human trophies are as old as war itself

Rule 114. Return of the Remains and personal Effects of the Dead

Lady Despenser’s Scribery – Hanging Drawing and Quartering


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