A web-companion to the case-centred study of Phantom Hitch-Hikers & Phantom Road Accident cases in Folklore and Fact, by Sean Tudor


"She didn't try to get out of my way but just looked at me and smiled as I hit her."

All over the world motorists report knocking down figures that wait or run suddenly into the path of their vehicle. Often these events are found in close association with tales of hitch-hiking phantoms - tales that folklorists uniformly regard as a staple of 'modern' folklore: Urban Legends. But can all such stories be so readily dismissed? Or are we confronted by a phenomenon that, as evidenced by the folklore and historical records of many nations, has been a genuine feature of human experience since time immemorial?



(since 23 April 2001)


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