School: An Pasáiste Thoir (C.), Port Láirge

Location:
Passage East, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Clare, Bean Uí Eachthigheirn

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about to raise the alarm when it occured to them that under circumstances they themselves might be charged with the murder of the body-snatcher. They decided to remove the two bodies. They took them to Dr. Long's house in Arthurstown, and told their story. The Dr. refused to believe them and said that they must have murdered the body-snatcher. They indignantly denied the charge and told how the rope was twisted on his neck.

"Rope?" said the Doctor - "This man was strangled by a giant - look - ."
He showed the two horrified men the marks on the victim's throat of two giant thumbs and of eight fingers at the back of the neck. Thus he bore the mark that the vengeance of God overtook him.
The three witnesses hushed up the up the story and the body of the bodysnatcher was buried secretly by night in the Doctor's garden. Now-a-days the bridge is often pointed out to the wandering stranger as the place where "a dead man hanged a live man."

Collector
Brigid Donnelly
Gender
female
Address
Passage East, Co. Waterford
Informant
William Baston
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
circa 60
Address
Passage East, Co. Waterford
Language
English
Location
Crooke