When I was recently in Cleveland I picked up a copy of the Times (local free paper, the type that usually carries Cecil’s column). In it there was a short snippet regarding “The Legend of the Headless Turkey”. According to the story, a “headless byrd” was terrorizing the locals in a New England town every year around Thanksgiving until one year when a local blacksmith caught it and found it to be mechanical. Turns out that it was made by a local inventor (IIRC named Isiah Huston) in order to…well, that part I really didn’t understand.
This sounded completely too farfetched for me but I have heard stranger true things. All searches have turned up squat. When and where did this story start- Cleveland c. Nov. 1999 or was it much earlier? Is there any basis in fact? Anyone else see this story?