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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:15:25PM

Things that go bump in the night

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

The pregnant assistant postmistress Katie Sloan met a tragic death when she was mauled to death by a dog. She and her unborn child are the only grave site in Indian Spring Cemetery that has two people buried there.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Punta Gorda city marshal John Bowman was murdered by a shotgun blast to the head in his home on Taylor Street, where the original courthouse stands today.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Jackie Brown as “Ma” McGraw, Cathy Ball as Virginia Trabue, Jill Shively as Bowman’s 4-year-old daughter, Jeannie Blahnik as Mary Seward Sandlin, Jackie Anderson as the maid, and Scot Shively as the gravedigger, hosted the Chilling Tales of Charlotte County at the Charlotte County Historical Center.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

The Sandlin home, located on the corner of W. Retta Esplanade and Harvey Street in Punta Gorda, is said to be haunted and filled with misfortune.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

The Sandlin home, located on the corner of W. Retta Esplanade and Harvey Street in Punta Gorda, is said to be haunted and filled with misfortune.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Jackie Brown as “Ma” McGraw, Cathy Ball as Virginia Trabue, Jill Shively as Bowman’s 4-year-old daughter, Jeannie Blahnik as Mary Seward Sandlin, Jackie Anderson as the maid, and Scot Shively as the gravedigger, hosted the Chilling Tales of Charlotte County at the Charlotte County Historical Center.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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There is an old Scottish prayer that goes, “From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!”

Tales of unusual happenings come from every corner of the globe — including Charlotte County — where many strange occurrences and eerie hauntings have been documented.

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