Category: New Mexico
For the story, check out the video below.
After reading several comments about this myth on YouTube, I decided to write a little bit about this particular “ghost” since I was one of the narrators in the video and SGHA was the original entity that investigated and researched this story.
There are several important pieces of information that hit the editing room floor. First of all, both Bob and I explicitly stated that the story is nothing more than a myth. In fact, we tried to talk the Travel Channel out of filming that location and choosing another because of this.
While there is evidence that a man was attacked with a garden hoe behind the Springer barn and that it was a domestic dispute, there is no evidence of a murder taking place there. So the story eventually became a distorted myth. After Lizzy Borden did her thing, the garden hoe was turned into a hatchet. Honeymoon row used to be near this area so it became a folktale that men would tell their sweethearts. Its not haunted. It never was.
From further historical research we now know that the family names presented in the video are incorrect. The Armijo’s were a prominent family and if the myth were true there would have been something recorded in the media sources at the time. There is nothing except for a blurb about the garden hoe assault.
It is also important to note that there are allot of Hatchet Ladies out there. It is a popular myth!
Getting the point yet? It’s only a myth. No ghost.
Last night Ecto Radio did a show on the Valverde battlefield using audio clips from our 2005 trip there with 94 Rock. The audio is supplemented with photos of the battlefield and the trip itself. Hard to believe that its been six years since we recorded the original audio.