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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Collection 318. Paper titled “The Jelly Snatcher” in which folk studies student Vickie Wright Carden details the paranormal activity surrounding Nancy Frew, a 23 year-old Bowling Green native, and her roommate, Vicki Taylor. Both women reported sensing malevolent spirits in their apartment, witnessed a comb fly off a dresser, and “lost” a jar of grape jelly—which they believe to have been “snatched” by the ghost. Carden offers possible theories relating to the poltergeist encounters, and even posits that Frew, along with her couch, attract the spirits. Collection contains one cassette tape of the recorded interview.


American Popular Culture