The ghosts of Halloween past

A Halloween game original with these Leyte youngsters shown while the girls hold a board from which lighted strips of punk dangle, the boys try to light their cigarettes without using their hands in Leyte, Philippines on Nov. 14, 1944. One of the youths gives the V sign with one hand. Remember that this was before the surgeon general's report on the dangers of smoking. (AP Photo)

October 27, 2012 3:17 pm  • 

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"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

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