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What is fact and what is fiction? It's hard to separate the two when discussing the origins of Washington Irving's famous short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and it's most famous ghost, The Headless Horseman. But that won't stop host Eric Dwinnells and guest cohost Jennifer B. Lecesse from trying to figure it out for you!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is essentially this: there is a phantom headless horseman who rides out of his grave each night between midnight and dawn. He rides to where he was killed in battle when a cannonball decapitated him. It is said he is looking for his head, but if he can't find his own, he will attempt to take one from any mortal that crosses his path. His most famous alleged victim was the town's hapless school master, Ichabod Crane.
So was the legend real? Is there really a headless soldier buried at near the Old Dutch Church and did the town fear him? Is there really a Sleepy Hollow? Was there really an Ichabod Crane? Turns out the answer to all these questions is YES!....and no!
We'll also discuss the various adaptations of the story from the silent Will Rogers movie, to the Disney cartoon, to Tim Burton's "reimagining".
Remember: You can't reason with a headless man!
Theme music by Occultic Overtones
Eric D is a Boston-based actor, singer, comic, and host of the podcast Spooky Times with Eric D