Bur also how we see the history, the folklore and the ghost stories all shaping each other.
Locally we have a well preserved estate home that is currently a lovely small museum, no one ever died in the home, particularly NO CHILDREN died in the home.
but people there for events, parties etc, see a little girl dressed in a blue nightgown. We've never figured out who she is, why she's there, (because there aren't generally kids there for these things) but people who are "reliable sources" have seen her peer around a corner, or dash down a hallway. and there's no reason for her to be there at all. Locally, it's mystery for all the museum people, folklore people, ghost investigation people... and the wierd part is that there's no history or lore to go with it!
If the house had been empty or rented out for decades between being a mansion for the builder's family and becoming a museum, there'd be room to stick stories into.
We've ALL also seen situations where there was a very clear and defined "Historical story of a traumatic death" and then when we dig into the documentation, the person didn't die there, died of something pedestrian, or in the case of ghost children, actually grew up to a ripe old age... and then we wonder "so WHO is this ghost?"
If we can get a scan posted, ThisismecanUC, hopefully you can find it, of the original newspaper account of the death of the professor, that will be an IMPORTANT clue. (just a detail like "we have his name wrong, can shape up the search in a huge way.) An account from an eyewitness, that makes a big difference too. )
Edited by trin, 13 September 2016 - 12:09 PM.