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The Doclopedia #1,912
State Secrets: Minnesota – The Hotdish Lady
Hotdish is a type of casserole that is very popular in the Northern Midwest. Like chili in Texas, it has hundreds of variations on the base recipe. It is the unofficial State Dish of Minnesota, so it’s no surprise that it has something to do with the State Secret.
Nobody know who the “Hotdish Lady” is, but she shows up 2 or 3 times a year in various places around the state, sometimes at church gatherings, sometimes at school functions, and sometimes at large family get togethers. She always has a delicious smelling hotdish that tastes even better than it smells. The dish it comes in is quite distinctive, being large and made of deep blue glass.
The lady always behaves as if she is supposed to be there. Nobody ever turns her away. Once she puts the dish on the table and maybe exchanges a few polite words with somebody, she walks away and nobody ever sees her again. Even more interestingly, the blue dish vanishes once it is empty, and it always gets emptied, because that is one darned tasty hotdish.
As with the secrets of other states, this one is played off by the authorities as a legend, or maybe a prank. Rumor has it that the State of Minnesota and the SXU know the truth about the Hotdish Lady, but they don’t discuss it.
The Doclopedia #1,913
State Secrets: Mississippi – The River Women
Only two types of people ever meet the River Women: good folks needing help and bad folks needing to be scared out of being bad.
These three African American women are never encountered more than a dozen or so miles from the river. They are always rather plainly dressed and seem to be in their late 20s or early 30s. Their mode of speech is outdated, sounding more like southern country folks of the early to mid-20th century.
The fact is, they are the ghosts of 3 sisters killed by their brother, a WWI vet with mental problems all his life. He killed them with an ax in 1927 and dumped their cut up bodies in the Mississippi River. The bodies were never found.
Three days later, he cut his own throat.
Since 1928, these three spirits have appeared to folks along the river between Clarksdale and Natchez, sometimes during the day, sometimes at night. They seem to be mostly helpful during the day and mostly out to scare sinners at night.
They have helped people in need many times, always seeming as real and solid as can be. When they set out to scare somebody, they change to look like demons from Hell itself. Most of the people they scare head straight to a church to renounce their former lives and start living right.
As is often the case with straight up ghosts, both the State of Mississippi and the SXU work hard to keep them just stories.