The Run-Around Man

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Our story this week was sent to us via Reddit and was written by Lee Garcia from New York. It is the perfect example of the head-scratcher. What is that you might ask? Simply put, that is a story that defies any explanation. 

Before my family moved, we lived in a small town called Waterford, outside Albany, NY. It was along the Mohawk River, and is very close to where the Mohawk and Hudson connect in the Erie Canal system. We lived in a small house at the time, around 15 years ago.

My parents both had instances in the house where they would hear me as a three year old having conversations by myself in my room. They were freaked out by this, obviously. When they asked me who it was, I would always give the same response, “The Run-Around Man”

This also coincided with an experience they had where the lights in the kitchen would turn on and off at will. When they had someone come look at it, they said it was perfectly fine but it never stopped. One day my father was watching the wall switch and it moved on its own right in front of him.

Years later my parents found out, from some people who had lived in the town for many years, that the house used to be occupied by a handyman in the 1920s and 30s. He was referred to around town as “The Run-Around Man”. His family lived there until a fire nearly destroyed the house and he was killed. On a side note; my family moved from that house in the mid-2000s. It was torn down after massive flooding from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Lee Garcia – New York

Well Lee not much anyone can say about that. It truly left me scratching my head in wonder. I am always interested in looking things up and I decided to look into waterford. I found an amazing photo of the flooded streets in 2012. I also found this little tale. 

Cohoes Falls is a waterfall that runs off the Mohawk River between the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford. It was originally named Gahaoose, meaning “The Place of Falling Canoe.” Legend has it that a Native American girl was canoeing on the river one summer night when the current overtook her, forcing her to fall off the falls to her death. Her ghost has since been spotted on nights of the full moon, wearing war paint and paddling against the rapids. 

This Week’s Podcast:

On the program this week we have a story titled How-2. Even though “How To” videos are huge on YouTube today, it was even a thing in the 50s. However they were called “How To” books. This story moves us to the future where How-2 is taken to a whole new level. Also, on the show we have more stories sent in by you for you. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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