Reader Submission: Shadow Eyes

a photo of shadow eyes that hudson reese or harold wood is very passionate about

“I attended Jefferson High School in 1967 and heard tales of a child named Richard that everyone called Shadow Eyes. He was locked up on the hill, Waverly Hills, which was called Wood Haven at the time.

Many of our parents and teachers had relatives that worked inside Wood Haven, and stories about Richard trickled down at family gatherings. They say the boy was little, about 58 pounds, and stealthy as a cat. All of us teenagers were fans of Richard because he took his bullies like a champ, and he always got his payback.

Rumor has it that when Richard showed up the first day, animals poured out of the woods to be near him. Deer and squirrels and all kinds of animals hung out around Waverly. Neighbors also noticed hundreds of crows moving in. When Richard left, so did all the animals.

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