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1843, July 9: The Miser’s Safe

The Legend:

Blasi Hoffman [1765-1843], described as a 'rich miser' who lived in Borken, Germany, was in the habit of locking his money in a safe every night, and sleeping with the key under his pillow. Strangely, at the moment Hoffman died on July 9, 1843, the door of the safe flew open.


        I have only one source for this story at the moment -- Ripley's Strange Coincidences -- so it's marked as both 'needs investigation' and 'unreliable.' In fact, my regular research channels keep bringing up Ripley's books as the earliest sources for this story!