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Soap Sally

Cheryl, Georgia, USA

This is a story which was used years ago around my hometown to scare small children when they misbehaved.

Back in the 1950’s, before I was ever born, there was this ancient black lady. She was a soap maker and it was said that she walked the streets of the mill villages kidnapping children who were unattended by an adult, then murdering them and using the fat in their bodies to make her soap. After she died, it was said that when a small child misbehaved, soap sally would visit them in their dreams that night, and if they didn’t wake up before she grabbed them in their dream, they would die before the morning, another victim of many. There were even reports of people having seen her many times for years, knowing full well that she was dead. Every time a child would go missing, two or three days later, soap sally could be seen, carrying her knapsack full of soap, scoping out the villages for another victim.

In those days, children seldom misbehaved more than once, for they were scared to death that the soap sally would get them if they didn’t behave...This is a classic ghost story from my hometown. The story, even today, is still used by some to keep children in line when they get out of hand.... Thank you for reading this classic tale. I hope you enjoyed it, and remember, if you have small children, this is a surefire way to keep them straight.

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