Antjie Somers, ghostly cross dresser, criminals

I was chatting to a friend last night and she spoke of another scary character that exists in our local folklore. Antjie Somers is a ghost man who dresses as a woman. He sneaks into houses at night when there are no men around and steals children.

Children were warned to behave or Anjie Somers would come and get them. How did the legend start? Some say it is a ghost come back to haunt people. Some say it is a combination of the names of two real thugs. Or it could have been parents threatening their children back then with the character of a real life cross dresser.

We don't know what happened to the children after Anjie had taken them.

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