East End of College Street, Atchison, KS

Status: Public Park; Urban Legend; Haunting only Active After Dark


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Another haunting that could easily be dismissed as just another Urban Legend or folklore; but there’s always a grain of truth in there somewhere.

Whichever story is true – if either of them – there is a ghost in these woods and she is not happy.

Original Story

Molly was a pre-Civil War slave girl and the young master – either the owner or an older son of the owner – took a liking to her. In some versions they begin an illicit affair and in some they never get that far. Historically, it would seem more likely than he forced himself on poor Molly but time always turns these tales to a romantic side.

Either way the female townsfolk – or female members of his family – take offense and unfairly blame Molly for the whole thing. She is taken to a tree and hung to death.

Updated Version

Fast forward over 100 years and Molly is a teenage girl on a date with her boyfriend. They park in the hollow and things begin to get romantic. This turns into an argument that infuriates Molly to the point that she leaves the car and makes her way into the forest. In some versions he breaks it off and adds insult to injury by abandoning her in the dark woods.

Molly becomes so upset she decides to end it all by hanging herself from a tree.

Of course, its entirely possible there never was a Molly or any girl but a Tulpa has been created by so many people believing in the legend.


Paranormal Activity

All paranormal activity takes place after dark; which, admittedly, sounds rather suspicious.

I have been to a few locations of these Urban Legends that only take place after dark only to find there is paranormal activity in the day light but most people ignore it. Its much easier to say oh that was just the wind or an animal when the sun is shining.

There is a shelter in the Hollow that is said to be haunted by Molly.

Most commonly, the bone chilling female screams that this haunting is famous for are said to come from the shelter.

There is, though, a number of other things that happen here that are not so famous. Her apparition has been seen as a dark figure in the shelter. Light anomalies (orbs or flashing lights) are seen and photographed here. Unexplained mists are known to form very quickly inside the shelter and have been photographed.

For the brave investigator willing to tramp off into the dark woods: Molly’s ghost has been seen hanging from a noose twisting slowly in the wind; whether its windy or not.