Friday, October 19, 2012

Small worlds, up close.

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St. Annes cemetery, sayville NY

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Anyone who knows me knows that ketcham/ketchum is my favorite last name, as it was the last name of the evil reverend in the amityville horror remake who slaughtered and tortured indians and, ultimatly, haunted the home with his evil, so i was stoked to see this headstone - I've never seen the last name used outside the film. And the actual amityville is so close (and bonus points for the first name being Abraham, what a badass name!!)

(From the AH book: One of the more notorious settlers who came to the newly-named Amityville in those days was a John Catchum or Ketcham who had been forced out of Salem, Massachusetts for practicing witchcraft. John set up residence within 500 feet of where George [Lutz] now lived, continuing his alleged devil worship. The account also claimed he was buried somewhere on the northeast corner of the property.

Historically John Ketchum was a real person, from new england who settled in salem in the 1600s and he did own property in Amityville. DunDun. Anyway, the last name really excites me, I love living in a state that is so old.

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