Charles Montgomery Skinner was an American writer, editor, dramatic and art critic, mostly known as a collector and rewriter of North American folklore. He published collections of myths, legends, histories and oral narrative found inside the United States and across the world. The writer’s task Skinner identified in saving the folk traditions endangered by the age of America’s progress.
“The Crime Of Black Swamp” is a mystic short story, entered in the collection “Myth and legends of our own land”. The narration is about the Woodbury House, a roomy mansion long gone to decay. There are many rumors and legends about evil reputation of the house, because both his masters tracelessly disappeared many years ago, and as yet no one knows, where they are. Once two brave military men have occasion to shelter in the empty mansion for the night. Resting near the fireplace, they hear the door creak and see a human skeleton appeared in front of them… Read the legend to know, how will the story end.