The Shy Inquirer

At Oakwood Cemetery, a young man in a pristine tuxedo peeks at visitors from behind the massive oaks that line the roadways. The man had been a guest at one of the Waco elites’ formal balls during the early twentieth century. Traveling home, he lost his way along the twisting roads of Cameron Park and crashed his vehicle into the ravine. His family buried him at Oakwood Cemetery, dressed in an almost blinding white shirt with jet-black trousers.

Witnesses describe the specter as quite shy, never coming out to meet any of the living face to face. Some report hearing him whistle as he meanders through the cemetery, only to stop if someone calls out to him. Others say he tucks his head behind the trees when spotted or rushes away through the tombstones until disappearing.

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The legends and folktales in Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas, compiled by Bradley T. Turner and accompanied by photographs from Mark Burdine, bring to life the whispered stories and forgotten secrets that illuminate the darkest recesses of the Texas psyche from the distant past to the present day.

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