by DEANNE DEVINE
PAGE COUNT: 385
Amberly County isnt exactly rows of white
picket fenced middle class American neighborhoods
like those of a Steven Spielberg film. But it is
a close second. Situated in mid-Indiana, Amberly
County is home to the Division 3 rivalry between
the Salem University Knights and the cross-state
Westminster Dragonsthe game is nationally
televised every October. The county is also
associated with the Earl Kennard fiasco, which
involved a man of the same name attempting to
destroy his ex-wifes divorce award of their
previously shared mobile home. Kennard drove a
stolen bulldozer through the Wafting Winds
Trailer Park, obliterating fourteen homes and
missing his target by three blocks. His wife
still lives there. Still, for the most part
Amberly County is fairly picturesqueeven
quaint, one might say.
Except for one sinister blemish. It is the curse
locals call, John Bakers Itch
or more simply, The Itch.
Handed down for generations the superstition has
it that every 20 years the county suffers a
cluster of bizarre deaths. It is a piece of local
lore good for campfire stories and scaring
children. The story has even been source material
for episode 54 of the science fiction/horror
television series, The X-Terminators. As
for being an actual phenomenon, the vague
statistics are pretty much relegated to local
But at the end of an otherwise ordinary and
beautiful day in late June, a different kind of
darkness blankets Amberly County.
Near a rural cemetery, a party comes to a
spine-tingling and abrupt halt.
In a suburban home, something inside a
young mother contemplates suicide.
In the suburb of Miltonville, there are
On Harmony Road, a dead man walks.
No one is scoffing now
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