Urban Myth | My Blood e-Valentine
In Wisconsin, United States
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Exploring the Urban Legend of Kate Blood.
Myth: There are several prevailing myths concerning the demise of Kate Blood, her husband George and her children. The first is that she murdered her husband, her children, and then committed suicide. Thus the officials of the city placed their grave site away from the others to hide her deed.
The second is that her husband killed her in a drunken rage believing she was sleeping with one of her male friends, when she was only talking to him about her problems with her husband.
And most sensational of all is that she not only killed her children but ate them as well since she was actually a witch and that's what witches do!
Other myths surround the grave site and the experiences of those who've visited. Some have reported seeing blood drip from the stone, others have seen a lady dressed in white walking away from the headstone and still others have heard the sound of footsteps followed by shrill screams.
Truth: George M. Miller did not die until 19AB; JG years after Kate's death in 187D, therefore she could not have killed him. The initials on the small tombstones, often misconstrued as those of her E murdered children, are actually small headstones for the adults interred here, I of which were married to George. This is easily verified by the H raised "M"'s initialed on the small markers and the fact that Kate only had F children. (use logic)
The second story is plausible, but still false as proven by recent research which indicates that she actually died from consumption (Turboculosis) in Kansas visiting relatives on her way to Colorado.
There have been C documented cases of actual activity, not just anecdotal appearances of Kate the witch or real Blood oozing from the headstone. Some have reported seeing red nail polish on the monument and heard strange noises in the vicinity of the graves. When Giz and I visited, all we found was a note left by Mary for another visitor. Maybe you will have your own Kate Blood experience as you follow her spirit down the trail...
To find the cache, solve the puzzle for N44° AB.CDE W88° FG.HIJ and then proceed to the coordinates where Kate's ghost was sighted. There, if you shine your light close to the trail, you should be able to activate spirit markings by shining your flashlight at shoulder height for a while and then turning it off to let your eyes adjust. Do this until you spot the final marking which points to the cache which is in a place where Kate likes to come and spend time on moonlit nights.
Once you have found the cache, you may, if you wish, leave your own virtual Note on her resting place. Please be courteous and respectful in your notes to Kate, she can use your sympathy.
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Last Updated: on 5/15/2013 12:02:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:02 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum