It's quite an interesting and fascinating story of a man who traveled a 365 mile circuit throughout Westchester and Connecticut, essentially a tramp who relied on the kindness of farmers and slept in caves to survive, especially during the harsh winters.
He was known as The Leatherman because of his clothing. They were completely cobbled together patchwork style of leather and weighed quite a bit, but would definitely keep out the elements in the worst of weather (aha! zombie proof too!) Only he wore it all the time! Because of his leather suit he made quite an imposing figure although he was not a large man.
He was believed to be French, from Lyons. When he did speak he spoke broken English, and some type of dialect of French. In his possession was also a French book of prayer. His original gravestone in Sparta cemetery (Scarborough/ Ossining, NY) stated a name "Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France". But this has never been verified, as his NY death certificate states his name as unknown.
In May of 2011, his body was exhumed and moved to a different part of Sparta Cemetery. When they exhumed the body all they found were coffin nails! The coffin nails and some graveyard dirt from the original grave were taken to the new gravesite and buried in a different area. The tombstone now simply reads "The Leatherman".
Another grisly local site is Sing Sing prison, which occupies prime Hudson riverfront property and can also be seen if riding the Metro North Hudson line train. (No you're not getting any pics it scares the crap outta me!)
Located in Ossining, NY, Sing Sing was the original name of the town when it was purchased from the local Native American tribe who bore a similar name. The term "getting sent up the river" (as heard in the Tim Burton film "Sleepy Hollow") as a metaphor for going to prison was coined due to prisoners from NYC being sent "up the river" (the Hudson river) on prison barges to Sing Sing prison.
The scene in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" where Holly Golightly visits Tommy "The Tomato" for the "weather report" was actually filmed at Sing Sing. Its said that when Audrey Hepburn entered the room, every inmate went silent and the scene was filmed without a hitch.
Sing Sing is also famous as it had the electric chair which was used for death penalty executions. Some time in the early 70s the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional and NY no longer had use for the electric chair.
It is said that the prison is quite haunted, as I would imagine many are. I don't care to find out! There is a Sing Sing Prison Museum located in town that has a replica of the electric chair (:shiver:) Its located at the Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY. (Count me out as a visitor.)
I've mentioned previously that perhaps we choose this area subconsciously because of the spooky landscape (usually in autumn and winter), as well as the creepy history. As I learn more about the history of the area I'm convinced -- we really are the Addams Family! (Hmm after part three you may also be convinced!)