After play practice for Scratchin’ on the Eight Ball last night, I drove my three actors, Brandon, Ben and DJ out to the beginning of Wilderness Park. Legend has it that long ago, five of Lincoln’s first pioneers opened fire on an Indian war band out there. The pioneers lopped off the heads of the Indians and buried their bodies behind their cabin. Rumor has it, the five angry Indian ghosts come back each year, still searching for their heads.
Another legend goes, that back in the 50’s, college students used to hold initiation night in the cabin where the Indians were gunned down. Students were required to stay the night alone in the cabin. Rumor has it, one such unlucky college student was found the next morning, dead of a sudden heart attack. I was told when I was just a kid that the student had been so scared he’d bitten through the sleeping bag he was in and his eyes were wide open when he was found the next morning.
When I was a kid, my friends and I used to go out to the very cabin, where the college student died of fright and where five unfortunate Indians were murdered. We’d sit around and tell ghost stories. Lighting struck the cabin in the late 80’s and it burned to the ground, but its brick chimney is still there to this day.
It was in an attempt to find this chimney, that I led my three young actors down the dark trail. If a mouse would have farted, those three would have bolted and ran! And when we were halfway back to the car, we spotted a dark figure moving down the trail behind us. I must say I quickened my pace to be the brave leader and get us the hell out of there!
At the end of the night, we drove past the Ward’s house, where Charlie Starkweather murdered the Wards and their maid. It gave us all the creeps to be so close to where a real murder actually took place, and on the way home, I shared with the three boys my childhood story of the Red Faced Man.
“Oh, who is that?” my readers might ask.
And with a smirk, I would reply, “Oh, that would be telling.”
Perhaps, I will share that story next time.