I started thinking about this last week. I came to work one day and found all these articles spread out on my desk. Needless to say, I hadn’t left them there.
After glancing through the papers, I started to put a potential story together about our ghost Some of it is based in fact, and some of it is strictly my opinion. I’ll try to let you know what’s fact and what’s my opinion.
FACT: All the newspapers left reference the murder of H. Hugh Craft, a prohibition officer in
in 1929. FACT: Rumors in the papers state that back before Huntsville was anything like it is now, a bunch of moonshiners got together and drew straws to determine who would murder the local Prohibition Officer. However, this is all based on rumors. The problem is that all the witnesses to this murder mysteriously “disappeared”. See the article from the June 13, 1929 Huntsville Daily Times here. Huntsville
FACT: Someone saw the moonshiners murder the officer. Otherwise, how would the moonshiner story have gotten out? After the story got out, several of the moonshiners confessed. So a witness (OPINION: maybe a local kid on the farm) saw what happened. OPINION: Maybe the moonshiners couldn’t catch the witness, or caught the witness and let them go (when the promised to be quiet) or maybe they didn’t know there was a witness until the police started sniffing around. Think of where it would be easy to dump a witness’ body. The only real places I can think of are: creeks/ravines or town dumps. FACT: There is a creek that runs by the Library, OPINION: I don’t know if it’s close enough to haunt the Library. So I started researching where the old town dump is. And guess where? FACT: The land that the current Huntsville Public Library is built on!