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her own fate.
Submitted by Tim

Comment by Tim: One thing I forgot to add was that after the dream that ended with my mom in the doorway when I awoke was that when I got to work the next morning, my brother called to let me know that my mom had passed away during the night.

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This happened before 1900 at the Beaty Graveyard about seven miles in the country north east of Bethel Springs. My great grandmother lived in a house down the hill from the graveyard. The road that passed by her house in those days was the way people traveled from Jackson to Purdy, which had been our county seat up till 1890.

Late one afternoon she saw two men riding by on horseback. As they rode to the top of a hill, my great grandmother heard raised voices and looked from the end of her porch to see one man shoot the other. He then robbed him right there at the graveyard. The robber was caught the next day not far away. The two men had met at horse auction in Purdy, and the man who was robbed had quite a bit of money on him. My great grandmother had to testify in court to convict the killer.

Ever since that murder people have reported seeing a man on a horse near the graveyard on a dark night in the mist. That whole area has always given me the creeps. Back in the 1970s my brother and his friend were building a little shack in the woods to camp out along that road that passed the cemetery. The road is now just a dirt trail in the woods.

My brother was there working on the roof near dark, and as he was finishing up for the day, he heard hoof beats coming up the road. They came from towards Purdy and got nearer and nearer. He started looking for the horse but saw nothing. Closer and closer, the hoof beats came. Still there was nothing. He was still on the roof when the hoof beats went right by the shack and on up the hill toward the cemetery. He saw nothing. He climbed down, jumped into his car, and drove home as fast as he could.

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