Ghost Changes Will - Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog

Much has changed in the last century and a half, but one thing has remained consistent: the desire of certain humans to fleece the estates of their (not so dearly?) departed. In this particular tale from 1869, Beach describes the case of a widow confronted by a n'ere do well who had borrowed belongings of her late husband. In the aftermath of said husband's passing, the opportunist claimed to have been visited by the spirit of his lender, and informed not only could he keep all that he had borrowed, but that the gentleman's widow was to throw in a good helping of food as well. Fortunately a small angry mob proved most persuasive in convincing the scoundrel that he was mistaken. And here's something else that hasn't changed much over time--the desire of every cryptid researcher to see Nessie at Christmas. We admit that statement is a little tongue in cheek, but in all seriousness what better gift could there be than to spot the Loch Ness Monster on Christmas Day just as witnesses Cameron and McIntosh did back in 1933. Put that on your letter to Santa next year. (CM)

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