My small rural town in New Jersey has an odd urban legend associated with it. The story goes that during the turn of the century a railroad employee
lost his hand and bled to death along a rail line that runs fairly close to my HS. Strange sightings of a glowing light and swinging lantern have
haunted the tracks. I have never witinessed the sights myself, but some of my friends swear they have seen the light and have experianced car
problems on the now abandoned and desolate tracks. The small time urban legend got some serious attention in the mid 60's when Princton University
did an investigation into the sightings. They came to the conclusion that a rare mineral depsosit was sending electrical currents between the tracks
creating strange lights. A few years later the tracks were torn up and the sightings continued. From some quick research i have not been able to
find any reports of an accident or death on the rail line ever. I also know that the location is a common HS drinking spot that i myself have
utilized. I have not been able to find any UL in other locations that are similiar to the hookerman story. Does my town have a unique urban legend
asscociated with it? Check out weird New Jersey for some more information about the Hookerman and
my strange state.
From what i can find the stories existed well before my highschool was even constructed. But i agree with you that it very well may be an urban
legend. I think its cool that i know of one thats unique not only to my area but my own town.
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