This urban legend is called “The Vanishing Hitchhiker.” This tale has been around a very long time. It appears in many cultures with twists that fit the time period and it persists whether it is true or not.
In all its retellings it goes something like this…
A cold, rainy night a young girl, sometimes with a suitcase, is seen along a lonely highway. A driver, usually a young man, picks her up and asks where she is going. As they get closer to her destination the passenger disappears leaving behind a personal item. In a state of heightened confusion, the young man arrives at the destination. He decides to knock at the door, to return this item, only to be met by the girl’s relative who confirms that she has been dead for many years.
We all have seen this tale told in many ways and many times on TV and in movies.
Why do we retell this story over and over?
Some people think we enjoy retelling scary or thrilling stories. I tend to agree with those who see this as a cautionary tale warning us to avoid possible danger!
That’s it for Now
Keep the Peace
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