It all started on September 7, 1906, about a year before the strange events. A local resident of Coshocton, known as Mrs. Finton, shot an unknown tramp with a shotgun who tried to attack her right on the territory of her home.
The woman shot the man at point-blank range, but he had enough strength to run away and hide in the nearby forest. Later, Mrs. Finton’s neighbors tried to find him following the bloody trail and rushed to her aid, but the traces of the tramp were lost in the forest and the body was never discovered.
People believed that the tramp eventually died and was lying somewhere in the forest, because he, apparently, had lost a lot of blood.
Since then, strange things began to happen in Mrs. Finton’s house, most reminiscent of such a phenomenon as a poltergeist.
First of all, stones began to fall on the roof of the house, and there were so many of them that it created the impression of “stone rain.”
This happened at least three times and many people witnessed this phenomenon. It was said that pebbles “the size of biscuits” fell onto the roof of the Finton house from somewhere from a great height, as if from the sky. Sometimes pieces of earth and torn out turf fell along with them.
In one case, a whole group of men gathered in the courtyard of a house saw many stones falling from the sky onto the roof, and they all agreed that it was not visible where the stones came from.
At the same time, the stones flew with such great force that they bounced off the roof and fell into the yard, sometimes hitting people, but without causing them serious injuries.
When the pebbles were collected and examined, they looked quite unusual and did not at all resemble local pebbles.
People from all over the area were scared and very confused by these incidents. And finally someone remembered that all these strange things began shortly after Mrs. Finton shot the tramp.
At the same time, the details of the incident with the tramp became clear. It turns out that an unknown homeless man entered the house without asking and began to rather brazenly ask Mrs. Finton to give him food.
The woman ordered him away saying she would call her husband, who was in the house. In fact the husband was away at his work. The tramp went away and returned within half an hour and told the woman she had lied to him, that her husband was not there.
Then he said he’d kill her, and hurled a heavy bit of iron at her, which he had picked up about the barn, and it struck the house. And she grabbed her husband’s shotgun and shot him.
In general, the tramp got it right and the woman only defended herself. But was there really any connection between the angry tramp and the strange rain of stones that fell on the Finton house? Maybe the spirit of the tramp was trying to avenge his death in this way?
Unfortunately, the continuation of this story was not written in the newspaper and it is unknown whether the stone rains stopped or continued for a long time.