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The Horror of the Candyman

You know when I read about something that was written as fiction and it actually becomes a reality it really spooks me. That is like someone would tell me as a child that the Boogeyman is real and then I meet him.

 A frightening urban legend tells about a black slave who was murdered in the 1890s for having a relationship with a white woman. The story goes that an angry mob set off by the plantation owner whose daughter fell in love with the slave caught him and cut off his right hand with a rusty saw, Afterward they covered him in honey and threw him in a beehive. He set a curse on everyone. His revenge is that if anyone says the name Candyman five times while looking in the mirror he will appear behind the person and kill that person with the hook where his hand should have been. A movie based on this was filmed in 1992. The photo is of the character in the movie. 

If we have learned anything then we could say that surely as horrible and scary as this may sound no one can come charging right out of a mirror. It is all part of the crazy imagination they put into our minds, isn’t it?  

Well, one woman named Ruth McCoy found out that evil can come right out of a mirror. In her case, it was the mirror attached to her medicine cabinet. In 1987 this woman was living in a Chicago housing project and called the police saying she was being attacked in her apartment.  

When the police arrived the poor woman was already dead of gunshot wounds. During the investigation, they discovered that her attacker had gotten into her apartment by breaking through a connecting wall in the next apartment and climbing into her apartment through her medicine cabinet. 

It happens that this apartment complex was built with plumbers in mind. So that plumbers could fix leaks more easily all they had to do was remove the medicine cabinet and check the pipes. When this was common knowledge it was a great way for burglars to get into apartments and unfortunately as in the case of this Chicago woman also killers. 

  • Question of

    Would you try to say Candyman five times looking in the mirror?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you know what is behind your medicine cabinet?

    • Yes
    • No

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