Have you ever heard of Headless Haddie? If you were a Marion Boy Scout who attended Camp Owens, chances are you probably have. Haddie terrorized Boy Scouts for seventy-odd years, and a story like the following, collected by OSU student Mike Sankey in the 70s, is typical:
I learned about [Headless Haddie] out at Camp Owens, which is south of Marion. The story goes [that] there’s a farm…which is a little bit north of the camp, and a couple lived there, and the wife’s name was Haddie. And one day the neighbors stopped by because they hadn’t heard from either Haddie or her husband for a few days, so they stopped by and they found her body but no head. The head had been chopped off. And the husband was never found. And so she haunts the camp and the area around there.
However, the origin of the Headless Haddie legend is nearly as interesting as the legend itself.
To read more about Headless Haddie, pick up a copy of Haunted Marion, Ohio.