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  Legend of the Avilla death tree (true story) during the Civil War, a Confederate bushwacker was killed during fighting at the southern edge of Avilla, Missouri. When he was found months later half covered in fallen leaves and snow, his rotted skull had a large bullet hole and his body had deteriorated to a putrid skeleton.Instead of burial, the town citizen militia hung the head from a tree as a warning to other enemies, near an old road leading past an apple
    Orchard into Avilla. The gastly tree became know as the ''death tree'' and the skull hung for over a year from a tree limb for all to see.The tree is said to have stopped producing fruit and large numbers of black crows made it their
constant perch. The skull and corpse mysteriously disappeared at the end of the war, and as far as anyone knows the body was never buried (no one knows what happened to the skeleton).(legend) since that time a restless, headless phantom has been seen by locals over the past 150 years roaming the fields surrounding, and sometimes in Avilla after dark, and he seems most active on cool autumn nights (he was killed in the fall, and some believe it was on all  
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