Halloween 2020 Four True Tales of Terror (Sioux Empire Podcast)
Hey, guys, this is Peter for Halloween. We have a special treat for you with thanks and permission from our friends. At the Sioux Empire podcast, we are sharing with you their Halloween Special Halloween twenty twenty, four true tales of south, Dakota terror. These are four homemade ghost stories researched and written by my good friend. Robert Mellon all four stories are produced is an audio drama. It's just really high quality stuff I know you guys will enjoy lot is certainly did please listen and enjoy. There are hundreds of towns and forgotten settlements in South Dakota. Some of these abandoned structures still stand a silent monuments to the ambitions of men long-dead a few are now grassy fields with perhaps only a graveyard to mark the name of a community long dead and buried with its deceased residents each of these places thronged with the noises of life. And generated thousands of stories, the byproduct of the dramas of life on the frontier though stories are for another time. For it is October. And the grass. Browning. The crops are drying. And the Earth is slowly dying. A ghost story is in order. But which go story. South Dakota. Has So many. In this episode, Four documented stories of strangeness and Tragedy The Gruesome Death of a mysterious foreign woman and subsequent haunting maker. The first ghost report ever recorded in Deadwood the Sedan Tila Tale of a valley where the earth bleeds and cries. A Lady Card Shark place her final hand, but she doesn't seem to know it yet. In a man on the frontier kills his treacherous business partner. Five years after his own death. The. Sioux Empire we live here. But what do we really know about this land we call home many of us were born here writing our story. Many are new here with new parts of the story to tell. And some of us were always here. But their stories while motto always told. Have never been. Forgotten. This is the Sioux Empire podcast. Stories about the empire. You've never heard in the zoo empire. Before we get started a little business this month. If you like the podcast please tell your friends about this podcast. If you really like US please consider supporting us on Patriot on and getting access to sweet behind the scenes, show notes, photos, and more. I also want to give a big shout out to Peter Picky and his podcast the Happy Warrior podcast. If. You like a political podcast. You should check out his show. It's the Happy Warrior podcast available on all major podcast platforms. Also a great big shout out to the Dave Holly Our podcast I had a great time being interviewed by Dave about this podcast, and if you're interested in what's going on in my world personally or how this podcast has evolved from its previous incarnation into the version that you're joining now you should check it out. If you like this show you like. Dave. Hollies show. He covers the art and theater scene as well as the local comedy and local business seen. There's a lot of great interviews. It's definitely a lot like the old Sioux Empire podcast. If you like that format, you'll love Dave Holly our because it's just like that. But with more Polish Dave's years of experience in radio really shine in his show and it's a great program. Give it a listen. and. Also liked to offer a special. Thank you. Before we start to sue land libraries of Sioux Falls. And a special. Thank you to Betty Jean Martin's from the Kennedy Public Library and pioneer historian lawless went of Vivian. He did a lot of groundwork for this episode out there in Canada and I'm super grateful for it. Just an outstanding human being and thank you so much for your help out there. Alanis. Own. So this month in honor of Halloween I present you with four stories to explore the dark and unexplained sides of south. Dakota. I tried to pick some tales that weren't as commonly told. And in fact, I'm pretty sure that our last tale was lost history even to local historians until now. For First, Tale let's go back to before European settlement. Let's tell the tale of a land where the flesh of the ancestors bleeds up from the ground strange lights and rumors of disappearances haunt this place literally known to the season as C. Chatter literally evil. The Legend of. Cj Hollow. By warmly which There is a place that today is called CJ hollow. It is deep and dark and long memories live there. Few people except this isn't. No. It's entrance and these people keep it story a secret. Once. It was a shelter for many camps. Quiet smokes rose up to the prairie. North. Wind. Tried every opening into the hollow but the great trees held back breath. Deer and antelope slipped into the folds of the hollow. They found open water in salt when all the earth above was hard with ace. Great, teepees lay under buffalo robes. and. The old men sat every day and their meeting houses their bones were worn and their pipes pray to day who had blessed them. But a stranger came from the West into the hollow. His bowl was broken and his moccasins were warned. He had no family. He made a sign to say his name was hand. He was not fall and his eyes were thin. The young girls looked at him and something told them to be afraid. He ate much and did not show. Thanks. He laughed under his breath at the old man. And no one Siam pray. He did not. Smile. Goodman. Nor did he tell stories? The old women said, he should be sent away. But it was cold outside the hollow thick ice covered. The Big Stone Lake. The. Old Man said, he would go when it was one. After several moons, the great light in the sky, the sun began to move back to the north. Earth began to open and let out her young. Young Braves quit their winter games in crept out of the hollow to search for fresh meat and for the eggs of water birds that flew at night from the south. Hand was older in slider and he showed the young boys many tricks. He hid like links and the grass his is to the game to him. He was proud and laughed at the mistakes of the young men. Around the prairie campfire when the old man could not here he said. Why do you follow the old ways? What little glory to you. In the dark of night I can bring you too big kills. That will make you warriors feared by everyone. You will be great chiefs and where scalps at your belts, not the tales of rabbits. Will you listen to me and keep my secrets away from the council fires. It was spring and the young braves hearts were beating for the beautiful maidens hidden in their mothers. TV's. A break kill what proved manhood and the maidens would surrender to marriage. Listen. To me and prepare your walk loves. Soon, the valley trail will be dusty with camps moving north to the lakes, Rice if you follow me. You will strike many coupes and you'll have many eagle feathers in your hair. You will be men not old skeletons who who sit and dream in the lodges. This talk stirred the blood of the youths and they made their warclubs in waited. Every don they watched the valley in order to make their first kill? It was easy. The people of the hollow had always been good. The camps who passed them sent signals a friendship and slips safe on the open earth. Now no more. Hand taught the boys to strike. Travelers woke to whale over their dead they ran for their lives into the tall grass. Holding their hands over the mouths of the little ones blood ran everywhere. It fell into the river and even today this river is called read. The horror spread into the hollow. Children ran for fear when they saw the dripping. Scalps. Women and girls spat on the tracks with the boys walked. The old man called for a council and for the Medicine Man. How can we make up for what our sons have done? How can we wash our hollow from this crime? What will be our sacrifice? We want our hollow to be as it was long ago. We touch con this into the old man. He went to his own lodge to listen to what Konta. He sat with his whistle and rattle and learning sweetgrass. He did not sleep, but his eyes were closed. He waited for thunder to bring him a message. In hand did not. Sleep. He and his killers lit a fire in the middle of the camp. The. Leaps and killed again and again. They bragged shouted to the girls. Lift up the teepee walls and follow us into the grass. Your children will have our blood in them and everyone will tremble when they call out. But the camp listened only to the holy men and prayed with him. An evil had come into their peace. And only thunder could cleanse it from them. A win stirred. The. Whistle and rattle in the lodge stilled OCTA, Father Has Heard. His people. He is accepted their sacrifice. His Messenger was coming. Through. The smoke holes women saw the dark wings of thunderbird. A flash and then another came from his is Sudden fear touched the shoulders of hand. He crouched and shook like a water read. Madness him, but he could not escape. He ran and ran, but the wings of Thunderbird beat him back into the flood that rain from the cloud. Fines reached out for him and took him by his ankles. The water rose to his screaming mouth into his gaping is. He was too evil to cry for mercy and the talents of thunder were ripped out his site. So he would never see the happy hunting grounds. KONTA cont did not take all the sacrifice offered to him by his people in the hollow. Most sat in their teepees and went to God with a prayer. But one was saved by her father she was called Fon. When the we Josh mccown had began his prayer. Fond. Slipped into the door of her mother's teepee. Her hair was black as a raven along. With a bone she began to combet an oil it. Should said it into two braids tied the ends with a bit of ermine. From her bundle, she drew her tassell dress and high white moccasins. Her medicine was calling her to flee the rising water. Up and up the steep slope, she flew the water rose higher behind her. All the world was covered. On the top of the highest hill she stood bright and smooth skinned in the sunlight. She was alone. The only one of her tribe not touched by man or by the evil that hand had brought to her people. She began her song and the great spirit behind the Sun listened. I am grieved for the evil that my brothers did. Your beautiful land is destroyed. I stand alone with you. Let me sing my song before. I. Joined my sisters. You were good to us before evil entered our peace. Now I grieve. I ask your kindness and make this ground where I stand holy again. Remembering this little spot and send your love here. From, this ground make a new people and they will worship you always. Now I go to you. Her Song. In her grief made fon dropped to the ground and she slept. The eye of wilco Tonka. Solder. And he sent a white cloud to cover her. She slept many days. The cloud covered her. She could not feel it from the cloud new life stirred in her. She felt no pain either. But emotion awakened her. And, it was a child hungry for her milk. A tall brave looked down on her and touched her face. Below her the hollow was clean and bright again. Only. The memory lingers CJ hollow. Someday. Even, this bad name will be changed and be forgotten. Gentle smokes will rise again. And it will be called by its old name. Macau. The good land. Located. In the northeast corner of South Dakota deer sisson. Sick a hollow state park is full of both Erie stories. Autumn colors. A quick Internet search. You'll find council how the area is haunted and the scenes of the disappearance of several people in the nineteen seventies. Further. Online investigation would bring articles claiming things like a bigfoot creature lives at the park. and that the streams are red with the blood and the flesh of ancestors. The main foot trail at Sierra hollow is the trail of spirits. At just over one mile in length it's an easy walk for all ages. The trail follows the Roy Creek and some of the springs that flow into it while showcasing many of the two hundred plant species that grow there since it's in the low part of the hollow and under the canopy of trees, the trail is always shady and cool going off the trails presents a risk of bubbling Boggs that can function similar to quicksand. This may be the source of some of the stories of people disappearing, but a surface level investigation of missing persons records. Newspaper databases didn't actually turn up any missing persons. Another explanation for the missing people reports from the park are the possibilities of the steep drop offs and ravines. seach hollow is unexpectedly hilly and wooded area surrounded by the prairies and plains. A phenomenon caused by receding glacier some twenty thousand years ago CR previous episode about the Western hills to understand the literal ups and downs of glacial, Moraine, like the Western hills or seek your hollow. In their book, the South Dakota Guide to haunted places authors, Lewis, and Terry Fisk described. The book says Moans Groans and screams heard from the forest a rationalized as the sounds of trapped gases escaping from the muddy bogs. The water at the park also have a reddish tint. This is caused by iron deposits not blood sign inch along the trail of spirit states it is believed that during winter air is trapped in the bog borders, the creek as snow melts in the ground thaws the gradually released air makes a sound comparable to that that's made when one blows air over the top of an uncapped bottle. See CIA is literally a term for or bad. There are a lot of Dakota narratives about the area, and before it was a state park, it was tribal land. Groups of families lived insecure hollow for a long time though these families who did live there have now either passed away or moved somewhere else one of the first settlers to live in the hollow was a Frenchman. Named Robert Roy. And he and his family members are buried in the Parks Roy Cemetery, which is over one hundred years old this cemetery along with another called Saint Benedict. Cemetery is near the multi use trail system at the park, all of this combined with the Red Boggs, the deep ravines, and the thick woods is the stuff a scary folklore but I guess if you're going to find out if any of these myths are really true, you'll have to go experience it for yourself. China doll murder. Each August, the town of deadwood in South Dakota's Black Hills holds the days of seventy six prayed in which a beautiful young girl is chosen to ride on a float down main street as the years China doll while the former gold mining boomtown keeps the name alive. Hardly anyone today knows about the original China doll or her fate. It's a gory story, befitting deadwood violent past deadwood in eighteen seventy seven was a place of and bustle. It's unpaved streets clogged with thousands of people a mysterious woman named Dee Lee was among them. No one knows where she came from but she no doubt attracted the attention of passersby. old-timers claimed this early black hills pioneer was the most beautiful woman in deadwood. And sometime in the twentieth century, they nicknamed her the China doll or the yellow doll unfortunately, no documented photograph of the striking woman exists. She was reportedly single and wealthy though as far as anyone knew, she was not a prostitute someone cut short her life in a horrific act of murder legend has it that she was hacked to pieces and later haunted the house as a ghost. Authorities never apprehended her murderer of the many Chinese came to North America especially during the various gold rushes fewer remember today but the name China doll lives on even if one can only imagine her face. In her time women of any nationality who did not sell their services to men were a rarity in deadwood. Thus her story raises interesting questions why did she come to deadwood? What were the circumstances of her murder and of course, the biggest question of any murder mystery whodunit? Unfortunately, no information has surfaced on the business that daily pursued, but she did own three lots of houses on Sherman, Street Dead Woods Main Street at the time at the very least. She likely earn income from those two other rental properties while living on the third. Given her holding steely almost certainly arrived in town already wealthy. But like virtually everyone else who ventured into this remote community she was there to make more money the murder of wild bill hickok on August second eighteen seventy six is the crime that most people associate with deadwood. And plenty of eyewitnesses saw Jack McCall pull the trigger. The murder of Dee Lee. The China doll ranks perhaps has the most notorious unsolved crime in a place that had very little law and Order d the WHO appears in sources also, as Digi and D, he was one of the first Chinese to come to deadwood in eighteen seventy six. How long she had been in North America beforehand is unknown. What is known as that? She was young attractive unmarried and able to afford those three well furnished houses on Sherman Street. It seems clear that she was no servant or for that matter was involved in the thriving opium trade in deadwood. The mysterious woman did not live long enough to put down solid roots in the community if that was her intention. She was murdered on November twenty seventh eighteen, seventy seven. In the most likely scenario to people enter de Lis home perhaps with a third person standing outside. One intruder stabbed her with a small knife, the other smashed into the front of her skull with the blunt end of a hatchet a bloody print on the face of the Corp suggested that one of the intruders had placed a left hand over de lis mouth to stifle her screams blood was splattered on the walls of her room and the furnishings were in disorder was greed. The motive authorities were uncertain that she had even been robbed they. Had, the China dolls body removed and taken to the rear of the shantytown in China according to the Black Hills Daily Times. Her face and clothing were clouded with blood presenting a disgusting spectacle later accounts of the crime claim that the victim was chopped to bits but these were exaggerations at an inquest. The next morning several people spoke up about what they might or might not have seen but none of the information shed light on the murder. Dead Woods Acting Corner Dr Charles W Meyer Examined de Lis corpse and found a small wound two inches below the sternum and about one inch in depth made with a blade similar to a pocket knife. This would not have been severe enough to cause death. There were two fractures to the front of the skull apparently caused by the blunt end of hatchet the coroner's jury decided that unknown assailants had. Murdered Lee by blows to the head on November twenty ninth. The Chinese community held an elaborate funeral for the China doll. Typically attendees at such funerals wore white or brightly colored clothing and a band played cymbals and drums people tossed firecrackers and pieces of paper and mourners set aflame perfumed paper incense and colored candles placed around the body De. Lis. Countrymen likely buried her in English side did what original? Although. Her plot may have been at the newly opened Mount Moriah cemetery a few years later to make room for housing officials, disinterred all of the identifiable bodies and ingle side including that of hitchcock and moved them to mount. Moriah there is no record of de Lis grave site. Perhaps the Chinese community wanted her burial location kept a secret the mystery of China dolls life. With her death but apparently, she did have at least one living relative in deadwood. The November Thirtieth Black Hills daily time stated that Hong Lee. Kinship of daily and that Dr Mayer ordered her three lots with the houses on Sherman Street along with a considerable amount of personal property transferred to Hong Lee this cost a bit of a stir in the non Chinese community among those who thought that the probate judge not the acting coroner should determined ownership. Meanwhile, the two big questions lingered who murdered D Lee, what was the motive? The Chinese would not cooperate with deadwood authorities and lawman produced several suspects. But no, one would testify against them in its December twenty second eighteen, seventy, seven issue. The local newspaper reported ghostly encounter at the murder scene. From the daily pressing the code in January fourth eighteen, seventy eight when the body of murder D he was found that gaping wound in the head where the hatchet had been deeply buried told the manner of her death the blood spattered walls, the confusion in the apartment that attitude of the body, all bespoke of violent struggle. The mark of a bloody left across the mouth told that the clutch of the assassin had stifled her cries the premises and the body after the inquest were. Turned over to a friend's it obedience superstition prompted customs of these people perfume paper and various colored candles were burned about the corpse. All the unique ceremonies required by these customs were duly observed and the body buried a well behaved spirit should have written from the veil of tears on the incense created by the burning of their offerings but not. So with the dignity spirit of Madame de the first night that the premises were occupied after the removal of the remains a gentle tap tap. At the door, the voice of the dead is hurt in reply the doors opened and a male voice without begs, admission the door creeks upon its inches as it is wide open. The hurried step of two men is heard a struggle fouls and then again, all is still an examination shows the room in its usual order the door is fastened as before. Of course, the haunted premises are properly vacated and have so remained sense. And now comes the occupants of the adjacent houses who tell that in the dead hours of night when honest men are supposed to sleep and ghost ride the gale broomsticks mop handles excetera and to sit astride the chimneys of deserted old houses the haunted houses of our childhood there is hurt in the vacant tenement struggling muttering curses and the voice of the murdered woman explaining and pitiful pleading accents Blue Shot in move shot yen mu. And the words died away in a Gurgle as the speaker were being strangled and all when no person in the flash about in all this to the average Chinese mind is no mystery the unnatural manner of his death, the unnecessary interruption and this arrangement of their ceremonies. By reason of the presence of their officers have disquieted the spirit of the dead woman and it was where she returns the scene of her former festivities. Chinatown is stirred to its very center over the ghostly presence and vigorous steps are being taken to reconcile the grief ghost. Meanwhile are real estate speculators are interested and predict the property in the neighborhood may soon be dirty. Will. Him. From. ABC. Four months after de Lis murder. The newspapers reported more down to Earth Development in the China doll case. A young Chinese woman ran screaming into the Pixel hotel closely followed by an angry mob of Chinese men and women. The women begged the proprietor to call the sheriff a lawman. Perhaps, the Lawrence Comedy Sheriff John Manning arrived as the noisy crowd sought to drag the frightened woman off. She told the sheriff that she had seen her fella kill Lee. But when she tried to have him arrested law officers paid her no mind. Now, this fellow wanted to get back at her and so did the mob, the sheriff place, the woman in protective custody how long she remained in deadwood jail is unknown as is her fate? Share released her she disappeared from the record. Likewise, papers did didn't identify her fella, The Times made its final reference to the China doll case in it's January twentieth eighty addition deadwood authorities were investigating the opium dens in Chinatown certain Chinese men had been marked for death because he had been seen in the company of deadwood peace officer and was suspected of being a Snitch, a judge assured coon seen that the law would protect him but the newspaper suggested otherwise when any of them, the Chinese violates one of their laws in a few days he is found most brutally murdered as is in the case. Of the woman here in town not less than two years ago, and the authorities were powerless to ever find the person who could be suspected not a Chinaman could be found that knew a thing about it. They were all as reticent as the grave. It is unlikely that anyone from the deadwood Anglo community killed daily motives are lacking she was not raped and it is unclear whether she was robbed most likely a person or persons in deadwood Chinese community committed the murder perhaps that anonymous fellow of the frightened young Chinese woman was involved. The murderers used a small knife and the blunt end of an. Ax the AX is a weapon of choice of the tongs, the Chinese secret societies that sometimes dealt with prostitution gambling and drugs. The use of two different weapons in the crime suggests two assailants. The one lone attacker could've used both weapons. It is possible that Chinese people who reported ghostly encounters knew more about the circumstances of the murder than they were willing to reveal to deadwood authorities. The neighbors go story had the victim pleading in Cantonese something that was loosely translated as do not kill me or do not hit me if daily did let a man into her house in the middle of the night. She must have known him only came forth afterwards claiming to be a relative of the late China doll critique of planned her murder and brought along axe-wielding accomplice to the stand to gain from the property of his next of kin the December Fourth Black Hills Daily Times suggested that daily was the slave of an unknown Asian California but it is doubtful that he had anything to do with the murder in deadwood. If he even existed in short, there are no definitive answers to this mystery barring the unlikely discovery of some revealing Chinese. Journals are letters. The murder of the China doll must remain an open case. Kitty Leroy and the lone star saloon life was indeed cheap and brutal and territorial deadwood, and those tragedies continue to create still more haunting 's. A grim-faced bartender led a pair of sheriff's deputies up the stairs of Deadwood Lone Star Saloon. To the two lifeless body sprawled on the floor. One of the deceased individuals will so gambler named. Kitty Leroy and the other was her estranged husband Sam curly the quiet expression on Katie's face gave no indication that her death had been a violent one. She was lying on her back with her eyes closed and if not, the bullet hole in her chest would have simply had looked as though she were sleeping Sam's dead form was a mass of blood and broken tissue. He was lying face I on the. Floor with pieces of his skull protruded from the self inflicted gunshot wound. In his right hand he held the pistol that had brought about this tragic scene for those towns people who knew the flamboyant twenty-eight-year-old Kiddie Roy. Her violent demise did not come as a surprise. She was a voluptuous beauty who used her remarkable good looks to take advantage of infatuated men who believed her charm and talent surpassed any they had known but Kitty Leroy was not going to let a little thing like dying tragically and her fun. from the Black Hills Daily Times of deadwood January sixteenth of that same year haunted house. disembodied spirits visit the scenes of past realities. Spirits of the good the fair and beautiful guard us through the dreamy hours kinder ones but perhaps less dutiful, keep the places that once were ours. For some time past vague rumors and Brennan circulation concerning unnatural and unaccountable noises and apparitions in the lone star building on lower mainstream news chinatown. This House will be remembered by deadwood I`ts as the recent scene of the murder of Kitty Leroy and the subsequent suicide of her murderer and husband Sam are curly. These reports having become a subject of general conversations. A Times reporter visited the House of which so many stories were afloat and gleamed the following. The Lone Star building gained its first notoriety from the suicide by poisoning of a woman of ill repute last spring. The House was subsequently rented by Hattie Donnelly, and for a time all went smoothly with the exception of such little roads and disturbances as are. Two such places. About the first of December, the House was rented by Kitty Leroy. A woman said to be well connected and possessed of intelligence far beyond her class. Kitty was a woman well known to the reporter and whatever might have been her life here. It is not necessary to display shoes or vices as we deal simply with information gleaned from hearsay and observation. With the above facts before the reader, we simply give the following as it appeared to us and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions as to the phenomenal witnessed by ourselves and many others. It is an oft repeated tale, but one, which in this case is lent more than ordinary interest by the tragic events surrounding the actors. To tell our tail briefly and simply is to repeat a story old and well known. The reappearance in spirit form of departed humanity. In this case, it is the shadow of a woman comes only if not beautiful and always following her footsteps, the tried and form of the man who was the cause of their double death. In the still watches of the night the double phantoms are seeing to tread the stairs where one stay reclined in the flesh and linger or places where once they reclined in being embrace, and finally to melt away in the shadows of the night as peacefully as their bodies souls seemed to have done when the fatal bullets brought death and the grave to each. Whatever may have been the vices and virtues of the ill-starred and ill made couple we trust their spirits may find a happier camping ground than the hills and Gulch is of the Black Hills. and. That though infelicity rained with them here happiness may blossom in a fairer Cli-. The tragedy of a haunted house our final story tonight as a ghost story unlike any other I have ever read in South Dakota, it takes place in the year nineteen hundred appropriately enough it place at a ghost town. The story was reported in the Black Hills Union newspaper of Rapid City on August Seventeenth Nineteen, hundred, the town of Erling. South Dakota no longer exists. The only things left that markets existence, our town cemetery and a handful of classified ad in the argus leader from eighteen nineties mentioning the town and. This story he was located in Lyman County less than half a mile north about a mile west of present day. Ken. A Beck is currently the Lyman County seat, but did not exist until five years after the story according to local historian and all around. Helpful awesome guy wants went of Vivian earlings Lutheran Church was dedicated in eighteen ninety one generally assumed to be the oldest church in Lyman County for the settlers. This church sat the southwest corner of the Erling cemetery grounds which to this day is still maintained by the bank west employees of cannabis and is an active cemetery. It also housed the school for a time before the erection of a permanent school just west of the church, our story begins. Charles W Mary's in jail here charged with the murder of Frank W, Hepi April thirteenth his defense is that the crime was committed by a man already nearly five years in his grave the residents of the neighborhood are so firmly convinced of supernatural in the killing that it is doubtful if a jury can be found in the country to convict a prisoner who alleges such manifestations in the summer of eighteen, ninety, two heavy Thomas Barbour formed a partnership bought a bunch of cattle and engaged in business as ranch men. Both were bachelors and lived in a sod house eleven miles north of this place for two years they got on well together than a dispute arose concerning a division of profits heavy left the ranch and commenced a suit against his partner for an accounting. Before the case came to trial a settlement was affected. The partnership was reestablished and the men resumed housekeeping together about two months afterward happy road into town and. Gave himself up to the authorities with the explanation that Barbour had assaulted him and that he had killed him out of self defense on visiting the House, the officers found Barbara lying where he had fallen. He evidently been sitting or standing in front of the room fireplace and had been killed by a knife thrust between the shoulders. The fact that he was stabbed in the back gave the case and ugly look. Heavies version was that Barbara was reaching for a gun kept over the fireplace as there was no witness to contradict this story, the prisoner with acquitted. Public opinion was so strongly against him, however that he sold his interest in the ranch and left the country. While HEPI was in jail, the knife with which Barbara was killed disappeared in most mysterious manner the night before the case was called the prosecuting attorney saw the knife in his safe he locked the safe and sat down for an evening's work. Before leaving he reopened the safe and was astonished to discover that the knife had disappeared. He had not left his office during the evening nor had anyone but himself entered it. Nothing else in the safe which included a considerable sum of money was disturbed soon after Henry's departure, it began to be whispered that strange things were happening about the deserted cabin passing cattleman said that groans imprecations and shrieks for aid were issued from the windows and sometimes a figure was seen moving inside. The majority spurred by top speed after dark the boulder scoffed at the tails but no one cared to investigate more closely. So far as it is known, the hut was never entered from the time hippie lifted until the night of April. Thirteenth. Heavy himself and Kasmnir were the first revisit it after spending nearly five years on the Texas cow arranges happy return to the North West and obtained employment on a ranch. Nearly one hundred miles north of yearling winter storms drifted many head of his employer's cattle to the southward and happy and Kasmnir. A fellow herdsmen were detailed to round them up on the second. They entered press no county toward the evening snowstorm set in both men were exhausted and blinded by snow. Kasmnir suggested writing to yearling for shelter. On the way happy him either by accident or design tortoise old sod house heavy proposed stopping there for the night. The house was in a very dilapidated condition but the cowboys built a fire on the hearth, produce their provisions and a flask of whiskey and soon. Comfortable. It was late when they arrived and when after partaking of their impromptu luncheon, hepi seated himself on a stump in front of the fire on nearly the same spot where Barbara had been stabbed five years before. Kasmnir thinks it was between twelve and one o'clock. Kasmnir says he had stepped to the door to see whether there were any signs of a cessation of the storm when he was startled by yell of agony from his companion rushing inside, he found the ladder lying on his face in front of the fire, his forehead actually in the embers a knife sticking in his back. Afraid to stay in the house longer he mounted his Bronco started for yearling. He was unfamiliar with the country and soon became hopelessly lost such was the story he told when found early the next morning wandering aimlessly over the prairie, his rescuers accompanied him to the cabin. Heavy was still on the floor with a knife sticking between his shoulder blades on drawing it out the spectators were horrified to discover. It was the same weapon which had so mysteriously disappeared from the President County prosecuting attorney. Safe Kasmnir was brought into town in locked up now he might have pleaded self-defence with at least as good a chance of acquittal is happy he insists that the latter was killed by an invisible assailant the knife has been fully identified as the same that with which Barbara was slain public opinion is strongly with the prisoner. So what happened next Well we don't know. The records are lost sometime around nineteen thirty, a tornado scattered the original early church resulting in the loss of nearly all the church records including birth death and marriage certificates. The Church of Erling was used sparingly at that time and the congregation at gradually been absorbed to the cannabis Lutheran congregation, all of the locals that I've talked to about the story seemed to. Have no idea that this story took place or I've ever heard of its newspaper. Clipping is literally the only record. We have laughed of the event to be honest ever since I found it I. Myself Have Been Mentally Haunted by the story and its implications, and the fact that it isn't more widely known so that story's pretty amazing and I literally can't find any locals who had any idea. The story had taken place lawn did a whole bunch of groundwork for me out there in Cana back with a lot of the. Old Timers who are still around and we could find no record of this story or anyone living that remembered any aspect of it, which the story seems pretty spectacular. It makes me wonder what other like fantastic stories are still out there in South Dakota to be discovered and just let you know this podcast is going to keep looking for those stories I hope that you'll stick with us and and we'll find more of these amazing tales to tell you stories that have never been heard in the Sioux Empire more after this break. So this month, we have a little bit of listener mail after our episode about KKK violence an activity in South Dakota. I asked listeners on social media. If they had family stories about these events listener Bruce St rights just thought I'd mentioned the KKK in the nineteen twenties burnt. On Spirit. Mound. North vermilion my grandparents farm could see the glow in the night as it was meant to scare the local Irish Catholics and immigrants during the Heyday Day of the nationwide rebirth of the clan after the movie birth of a nation. Thank you for your message Bruce and if you have any kind of messages or personal anecdotes or anything about all the topics that we talk about that, you'd like read on the podcast all you have to submit those. You can send those to Info at the Sioux Empire podcast dot com or hit me up on social media That's always cool I. Really hope that he will enjoyed this episode if you want. 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Promotes this show and helps keep going finally a very special. Thank you to my voice actors for this episode. So I pulled the talent from my previous audio drama production edge case podcast, which by the way is still out there and with this being October, you should totally check out this. Guy Anthology audio drama series. It's edge case podcast, and there's a link to on the Sioux Empire podcast page. That's the Sioux Empire PODCAST DOT COM. Anyway we used a ton almost thirty different, extremely talented voice actors in the production of that show and tonight I just want to thank the voice actors who stepped up and read parts of these stories for me and gave us a really really awesome dramatic readings. I couldn't be more prouder of the work they did and I just WanNa. Say Huge. Thanks to first Levi Hanssen for. Reading the CG hollow portion that's Levi. Hanssen is hip hop rap name is gorilla pimp and you can check out all of his social media be sure to follow. Subscribe to his music and follow his social media. He was also one of the. Original Co, hosts of one of my previous podcasts, the urban Indians podcast. So leave is an awesome guy. Thank you for doing that reading Levi next. Brett. Stolz. REG The daily portion. Brett is an awesome voice actor that we utilized a lot in education podcast and I just WanNa, say thank you very much for doing that I really appreciate it, and I'm sure our audience really appreciates that too. Then for the Kitty Leroy part that was read by Melilla Kaczynski, which I am finally getting her last name, right? She was an intern for the Empire podcast for Education Podcast over last summer twenty nineteen summer, and she did a lot of production work and music editing and things like that. For that edge case podcast that I previously mentioned. She did the voice part for the Kitty. Leroy portion of this episode and just a huge thank umile effort for your participation. In this he did fantastic work just thank you so much and then finally last but not least I really WanNa Thank Adam Wells for doing a fantastic job on his reading of my mystery newspaper. Clipping I found erling ghost story that we talked about at the end of the episode here. Thank you so much for doing that Sir did a fantastic job and I'm sure that our audience really appreciates that dramatic reading. Thank you and so once again I just want to express my love and gratitude to everyone for listening to this podcast. Thank you for listening and we will see you all next month.