The Ghost Of Tow Sack Annie Feb 26, 2010 19:55:50 GMT -5
Post by musicboxdancer on Feb 26, 2010 19:55:50 GMT -5
The Ghost Of Tow Sack, Annie
The first time I saw Annie, I was seven years old. It was at the
Gethsemane First Methodist church. She was a lovely widow
of means. Beside her sat, her young son Billy. They lived in the
finest three story house in town, way upon the hill. I had heard
someone say, that her husband had been killed in a car wreck,
a few years back.
When Billy turned 17, our country was at war. On his birthday
he enlisted in the army. That was in the year of 1944. Poor Annie
was beside herself with anxiety. Her only child was going to war.
She felt like a giant hand was gripping and squeezing her heart.
It was in February of 1945 that Annie received the letter, telling her
of Billy's death. When she first read the letter, all she could do was
stand there and tremble. Then she slowly crumbled to the floor
lying there in a heap of sobbing grief.
Billy had paid the greatest price for his country, he had
given his young life. This caused Annie such tormenting
pain. His body was to be sent home on a train. Two trains
collided on the tracks, that frightful night. Many where
at the station, waiting for the two trains to arrive.
One train was coming from the east and the other was
traveling from the west.
People jumped back as large pieces of metal from
the trains, flew through the air. Two people were killed
by the flying debris. One man's leg was severed.
Several fires broke out in different directions. You could
hear sirens wailing and see flashing red lights,
in the distance.
Everyone, stood for a moment in disbelief. Then with
haste began to help. As they tried to assist, they soon
discovered; all that would be found was mostly scattered,
bloody bodies. It had been one of the worse train
wrecks in history. It had left many with so much
pain and misery.
Poor Annie her son's body was never found. He was
Annie's beloved son. He was her life, her only one.
Something happened to Annie's mind that fateful
night. After that she was never again quite right.
The accident happened at Banducci's Junction.
Ol' man Banducci had a restaurant across from the
train station. He along with everyone else, watched
as Annie started carrying around an old tow sack.
At times she would bend down and pick up something
that had caught her eye and put it in her sack.
She daily searched, up and down those railroad tracks.
Always looking for Billy's body. Soon after that someone
starting calling her, "Tow Sack Annie." The name stuck
and everyone else started calling her that. Very ragged
she looked as she walked by those tracks. She had
become a far cry, from the time I had first seen her.
I heard some say, that she lived in a cardboard box
down by the river. One story I heard, was that she lived
at the edge of town in a hobo camp. Others said, she
still lived in her house on the hill. The house had been
all boarded up, a year after Billy had died. But, you
sometimes saw a light at night. It could be seen,
coming from a small attic window.
Ol' Mr. Banducci felt compassion for her and would
often give her a bowl of homemade soup; whenever
he would see her over by the tracks. Other's were not
so kind. Some of the upright citizens of the town,
at times reported her to the police. The police were
bound by the law to pick her up. They always called
her lawyer who would quickly, have her bail paid.
Annie was still a lady of means, but she was also
a lady with a broken heart. She was a poor lost soul, in
agonizing torment as if she were caught in the
everlasting flames of perdition.
At times, children would laugh and point at her. Some
would throw rocks and sticks at her, leaving her bruised.
Most of them had been told it was alright by their parents
and other adults. When people don't understand things that
appear different or strange, they can behave in outrageous
ways. At times becoming completely cruel. Most had
forgotten the golden rule.
One cold night near the end of October in 1967, poor
Annie's body was found. She was lying in the middle
of the railroad tracks face down. She was tightly
clutching her tow sack. She had, died still looking for
Until this very day on nights of the full moon, you can
still see Annie walking along the Banducci Junction
line. Even though she's been dead for quite sometime.
Often times late at night, you can see the ghost of
"Tow Sack Annie". She'll be sitting out back with
a bowl of ol' man Banducci's homemade soup.
Mr. Banducci died some years ago, but his restaurant
still stands there empty. Like Annie's old house with
the doors and windows all boarded up.
Most times when you see her ghost though, she is
walking down the middle of the railroad tracks; still
searching for young Billy's body. As she sees the
trains coming she starts to scream as they pass
through her ghostly form. Then she turns round
and continues to scream until they are out of sight.
At other times when the night is quiet, you can hear
her mournfully cry. She is eternally lost in time.
Forever walking up and down that railroad line.
Many, now believe that her old boarded up house
is haunted. That her ghost resides there, most of
the time. As she is only seen on nights of the full moon.
Both children and adults fear to go near it.
Especially, the adults who use to be one of the children
who taunted her. They fear that she will now haunt them!
After hearing her screams many had horrifying dreams.
A few no longer ride the train. They fear that the trains
maybe haunted by her, too.
One Halloween night three high school boys, dared
several younger boys; to go up to Annie's old house
on the hill. They dared them to go up and ring the
door bell. Not wanting to appear afraid, the boys
slowly creep up the front steps. As they did the front
door slowly started to open, creaking loudly. A very
ghostly looking old lady lumbered out, shaking her
fist at them. Those boys had never ran so fast in
their lives. At the foot of the hill as if waiting for them,
was a demon dog. The monstrous dog growled
viciously and started running toward them. One of
the boys fell, he squeezed his eyes shut tight and
tried to scream; but cold waves of terror swept
over the boy. The ugly beastly dog lunged at him,
gnawing at his shoes. The savage dog heard a
shrill whistle, turned and ran up the hill.
The other boys quickly helped him up. The next day
the boys made a pact never to go to the house again.
And, to never tell anyone about what happened
that night. Unbeknown to everyone, an old homeless
lady had found were a board, at the back of Annie's
old house had fallen off. She and her ferocious dog
had been staying there at night.
After all of these years, something unique and
unusual was coming about for Annie. It was as if the
cosmos were at work and had a plan for her. On the
night of New Year's Eve, in the year of 2000 a new
millennium was about to be born. That night once
again Annie's ghost was out searching. She
was headed towards the old train station, where
the wreck had occurred.
There was a young man out front of the station,
sitting on a bench. He had been to a New Year's Eve
party and had decided to leave early. When he saw
Annie's ghost, he felt his lungs constrict and
fought to breath. All he could manage to do, was
sit there and stare, as if in a trance.
At the very moment, that the old clock tower
struck midnight, Annie saw someone walking
towards her. He was coming from the other
direction, also in the middle of the railroad tracks.
As he slowly came closer to her, she recognized
the ghostly form of her son, Billy! As they embraced,
they both faded away and neither were ever seen again.
(C) Joyful Jan