Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Mar 1, 2022

Where? 2022

Freda and her husband Tyrone were on their honeymoon in Oahu.

It was nineteen sixty-nine, a different time in our islands. Back then, no COVID-19, no restrictions, and political unrest divided everything and everyone. So on their own, in their rent-a-car, Freda and Tyrone went on a sightseeing journey to the south side of the island. Somewhere between Ka'a'awa and Kahana, they pulled over to the side of the road to take photographs of one another and of the beautiful scenery. That's when they were accosted by a group of local thugs who beat Tyrone to death when he refused to give up his wallet. They then turned on Freda, who wore the only thing of value she owned, her wedding and engagement rings which belonged to Tyrone's mother. Tyrone's mother was a large woman and so the rings were too big for Freda's wedding finger, so she wore it on her left thumb until they could get it sized correctly. Freda fought as hard as she could from having the precious item of jewelry taken away until one of the men removed a knife and cut her thumb off. As if that weren't enough, they cut her throat open and left her to bleed to death. Then, taking the rings, the men drove off to the nearest pawn shop they could find to hock the ring for cash. According to the long-time residents in that area, if you see a haole woman on the side of the road, dressed in 60s' style fashion trying to hitch a ride in the wee hours at night, just keep driving. Of course, it's Freda Johnsons' ghost, but how is she thumbing for a ride without a thumb?

Photo Credit: Etsy

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