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The Spooklight, also called the Hornet Spooklight, Hollis Light and Joplin Spook Light, is a mysterious visual phenomenon allegedly experienced by witnesses in a small area known locally as the “Devil’s Promenade” on the border between southwestern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma west of the small town of Hornet, Missouri.
Explanations for the lights appearance vary widely from the extraordinary to the mundane. The area of Oklahoma in which the light is seen is very hilly and forested and out to the west of where the light is seen lies Interstate 44. It has been suggested that the headlights of cars seen over the hills explain the light’s appearance, which is sometimes said to bob up and down, dance, or even split into multiple globules of light. In William Least Heat-Moon’s 2008 book Roads to Quoz, the author suggests that the lights seen at the end of E 50 are explained perfectly by the fact that the road aligns directly with Route 66 across the interstate and the river valley, some three miles distant. He also claims that earlier sightings of the light from E 40 Road, one block to the north, are explained by an earlier alignment of Route 66 to the north of the town of Quapaw, Oklahoma, and also aligned with E 40 Road. The author suggests that there are no reliable sightings of the light in any location but directly west along the road and therefore explainable by the Route 66 connection.
One legend details an old, lost miner and the spooklight is actually his lantern. This explanation results from the Spooklight being situated in an area with a past of intense lead and zinc mining in Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma.
However, most people prefer to state that they cannot explain the almost nightly appearance of mysterious lights in the area, and descriptions of the lights date back to an era prior to the highway’s construction. Other explanations for the light’s appearance includes atmospheric gases being affected by electrical fields. A University of Arkansas professor studied the light in the 1960s and suggested that it was from a fixed object.
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The Weeping Woman (La Llorona)
They say the name is La Llorona and she is known to walk the arroyos or irrigation ditches searching for her lost children.
Legend has it that the woman sacrificed her children for the love of a man who was not partial to kids. She drowned her babies in the arroyo, thinking she could then find happiness with her lover. She obviously was of the mental challenged.
They say afterwards the man only found another reason to leave, and she was alone with the horrific memories of what she had done to her innocent children. Unable to live with herself and her awful deed, the La Llorona took her own life hoping to reunite with her offspring.
Evidently this was not correct. It just damned the woman to walk the ditches where she had committed her horrendous act. Reliving the horror over and over as she searches and searches, weeping and sobbing over her self-inflicted tragedy. Never to find peace in fits of sobs and cries.
Some countries have different takes on this urban legend; In Chile, the spirit is called “La Pucullen,” and she is searching for her son. She is often seen by animals, and people who are near death. Sometimes you can this apparition if you wipe dog tears on your eyes. La Llorona is a young Indian maiden who had fallen in love with a nobleman from El Salvador. In Guatemala, if men hear La Llorona’s wailing, and the sight of her can drive them insane. In Honduras, La Llorona often tries to seduce unsuspecting men, and then turns into an ugly old woman before their eyes.
The story in Panama is more detailed; She is called “La Tulivieja,” the beautiful wife of a Noble Man who wanted to party rather than stay home and take care of the their son. When the father was out-of-town on business, the mother wanted to go dancing. She left her son under a nearby tree while attending a nearby party. A storm passed through the village, and the child was gone when the woman returned. For her failure God punished the woman for her irresponsibility by taking her beauty and health.
The sad haunting theme of La Llorona is the same, and caring mothers in these parts of our world know well the danger of La Llorona. It seems although the weeping woman will never find her own children as she walks the arroyos and waterways calling for them, in her desperation and anguish, she’s been known to go after yours as well.
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