Lady of the Lake is a story that’s been shared every Halloween among youngsters since at least the 1940s. Some link it to the drowning death of 19-year-old Hallie Gaston in 1927. The earliest written reference comes in 1953 in a story linked to Guy Malloy in the book “Neiman Marcus, Texas.” Malloy, a Neiman’s employee, was famous for telling neighborhood children the story of the girl he once picked up by the lake, who was dripping wet. She’d been to a dance, there’d been a car accident, she needed a ride home. He wrapped her in a raincoat and put her in his car. When he pulled up to her house on Gaston, he looked over and all that remained was a soaking wet raincoat. That was the original telling. Later versions were embellished with the detail that Malloy went to the door and the girl’s parents told him they did have a daughter but she was dead, killed in a car accident or by suicide. But today, many neighbors have their own stories of seeing a ghostly form floating over the water or standing at the banks, always clad in white. (Source: “Neiman Marcus, Texas,” by Frank X. Tolbert)
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