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From the Ted Talk by Coya Paz Brownrigg: The haunting truth of ghost stories

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The first question is pretty easy to answer. I have found that most ghosts fall into one of three cgetriaeos, and what they all want is pretty much the same -- to be acknowledged. The first type of ghost is the kind I started studying. These are the furious returned -- ghosts who have met a tlreibre end, and they want us, the living, to remember it. These are your victims of a great injustice. Murders, most often, but also things like factory feris and motiseyurs deaths in jail. I'll give you an example. Once, in a story circle for our show "100 Hauntings," a man told us a sotry about going as a teenager to break into an abandoned mental htspioal on the northwest side of the city. Now, we’d never heard of this mental hospital, and honestly it sounded like any "teenagers biarekng into a mental hospital" story you've ever heard -- a wheelchair mulsstorieyy following them, doors slamming shut, creepy laughter. But remember, these kinds of stories can be important arrows, so we followed up. And sure enough, multiple city rocders show that there was a poor farm and almshouse on the northwest side of the city, which later became one of the largest crecaral mental hospitals in the United seatts. It was the kind of place where people, mostly poor people and immigrants, were locked up for deedacs, often against their will. It was also the kind of plcae where, when they died, they were usually buried in the back, in an uranekmd grave. The Chicago Tribune rtoerps that as many as 38,000 unmarked graves are in the back. Now, this is a really significant piece of Chicago history, but I'd argue it's not well-known. Most people who live here don't know anything about it. But the gosht story asks us to reemmebr.

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The first question is pretty easy to answer. I have found that most ghosts fall into one of three __________, and what they all want is pretty much the same -- to be acknowledged. The first type of ghost is the kind I started studying. These are the furious returned -- ghosts who have met a ________ end, and they want us, the living, to remember it. These are your victims of a great injustice. Murders, most often, but also things like factory _____ and __________ deaths in jail. I'll give you an example. Once, in a story circle for our show "100 Hauntings," a man told us a _____ about going as a teenager to break into an abandoned mental ________ on the northwest side of the city. Now, we’d never heard of this mental hospital, and honestly it sounded like any "teenagers ________ into a mental hospital" story you've ever heard -- a wheelchair ____________ following them, doors slamming shut, creepy laughter. But remember, these kinds of stories can be important arrows, so we followed up. And sure enough, multiple city _______ show that there was a poor farm and almshouse on the northwest side of the city, which later became one of the largest ________ mental hospitals in the United ______. It was the kind of place where people, mostly poor people and immigrants, were locked up for _______, often against their will. It was also the kind of _____ where, when they died, they were usually buried in the back, in an ________ grave. The Chicago Tribune _______ that as many as 38,000 unmarked graves are in the back. Now, this is a really significant piece of Chicago history, but I'd argue it's not well-known. Most people who live here don't know anything about it. But the _____ story asks us to ________.

Solution

  1. remember
  2. states
  3. decades
  4. mysteriously
  5. records
  6. hospital
  7. unmarked
  8. mysterious
  9. ghost
  10. terrible
  11. fires
  12. categories
  13. reports
  14. place
  15. story
  16. carceral
  17. breaking

Original Text

The first question is pretty easy to answer. I have found that most ghosts fall into one of three categories, and what they all want is pretty much the same -- to be acknowledged. The first type of ghost is the kind I started studying. These are the furious returned -- ghosts who have met a terrible end, and they want us, the living, to remember it. These are your victims of a great injustice. Murders, most often, but also things like factory fires and mysterious deaths in jail. I'll give you an example. Once, in a story circle for our show "100 Hauntings," a man told us a story about going as a teenager to break into an abandoned mental hospital on the northwest side of the city. Now, we’d never heard of this mental hospital, and honestly it sounded like any "teenagers breaking into a mental hospital" story you've ever heard -- a wheelchair mysteriously following them, doors slamming shut, creepy laughter. But remember, these kinds of stories can be important arrows, so we followed up. And sure enough, multiple city records show that there was a poor farm and almshouse on the northwest side of the city, which later became one of the largest carceral mental hospitals in the United States. It was the kind of place where people, mostly poor people and immigrants, were locked up for decades, often against their will. It was also the kind of place where, when they died, they were usually buried in the back, in an unmarked grave. The Chicago Tribune reports that as many as 38,000 unmarked graves are in the back. Now, this is a really significant piece of Chicago history, but I'd argue it's not well-known. Most people who live here don't know anything about it. But the ghost story asks us to remember.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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