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June 25, 2015

The Haunted Bridge

Southeast of the Kansas town of Emporia, a one-lane metal bridge from 1907 connects the shores of Cottonwood River. Its official name is Rocky Ford Bridge; however, locals refer to it more as Bird Bridge, after a Lutheran minister Thomas Bird allegedly murdered his wife here in July of 1983. He was later convicted for it, as well as for killing his lover's husband. A story about the case ran on the front page of the LA Times and inspired the 1987 CBS film "Murder Ordained." Since then, myths about ghosts of the dead appearing around the bridge at night have wreathed the place. So, I went to investigate...
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