Mississippi March 01, 2018
This Mississippi Legend Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
Urban legends are fascinating bits of history that often contain at least some kernel of truth. Here’s a legend that’s so horrifying that we hope it’s not true…but it’s certainly a popular story.
The town of Yazoo is quaint and charming, but it's also home to a spine-tingling legend.
Yazoo is located north of Jackson, in the western part of Mississippi.
According to the legend, there was an evil witch who lived near the banks of the Yazoo River.
She lured fisherman into her hut, then tortured and killed them. When the local sheriff came looking for the missing men, he found their bodies in the witch's shed. She fled, running into the swamp to escape.
By the time the sheriff and his deputies caught up with her, the witch was already caught...in quicksand.
As she slowly sank into the muck, the witch swore that she would come back for revenge. She put a curse on the town of Yazoo and said that she'd be back in 20 years to burn the town to the ground.
The townspeople buried the witch in Glenwood Cemetery.
While they were fairly certain that the witch couldn't possibly come back from the dead, they made careful note of the date of her death - May 25, 1884.
A chain was placed around the witch's gravestone, to keep her spirit trapped inside.
But on May 25, 1904, exactly twenty years to the day of the witch's death, the town of Yazoo caught on fire.
The fire quickly spread and destroyed 200 homes and even more businesses. Witnesses of the fire said that it had a strange quality, with the flames jumping, twisting and leaping in a way they'd never seen fire behave before. Many believed that the flames were dancing by command of the witch.
After the flames were finally extinguished, the townspeople went to the witch's gravesite.
The chain around the grave was broken.
Local author Willie Morris memorialized the Witch of Yazoo in his novel, "Good Old Boy and the Witch of Yazoo."
Today, you can tour the cemetery where the witch is supposedly buried. Mr. Morris is also buried there, and you can visit his grave as well.
What do you think about this legend?
Learn more about the history of Yazoo and this legend by watching this YouTube video posted by YazooCVB:
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