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It's easy to find many stories about the Lady of White Rock Lake. You should be aware, however, that many of them map directly onto the old urban legend for which the book: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, by Jan Harold Brunvand, is named.

The basic story is like this: a driver is following the road around White Rock Lake, and sees a girl in wet clothing standing beside the road hitchhiking. The driver stops to pick her up, and the girl gets into the back seat. She gives instructions to her lakeside house, then tells a story about an accident in which her car was propelled into the lake and she barely escaped.

The driver pulls into her driveway, but when he turns around, the girl has disappeared - leaving only a puddle of water on the seat. He walks up to the house, knocks on the door, and learns from an elderly man that the girl was his daughter who was killed in a car wreck by the lake. Her car went into the lake, and she drowned, but every year her ghost makes an appearance on the anniversary of her death.

There are several variations, including some that have the girl knocking on the doors of lakeside houses asking to use the phone. When the homeowner opens the door, she has vanished, leaving only a puddle of water.

One Halloween, a local television station conducted a sťance beside the lake, where the psychic contacted the spirit of the young girl, but you have to judge that one for yourself.

Most of the ghosts on the "Ghost in my Suitcase" webpage have some sort of basis, such as actual sightings and experiences, but the ghost of White Rock Lake seems to be nothing more than a myth.

If you'd like to read more about the urban legend of the Vanishing Hitchhiker, click here.

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