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  Postmichel on his horse
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  • Postmichel on his horse - Esslingen
      Postmichel on his horse
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  • Michel finds the ring - Esslingen
      Michel finds the ring
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      In the tavern
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  • Michel's execution - Esslingen
      Michel's execution
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  • The ghost rider - Esslingen
      The ghost rider
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... as depicted in the reliefs on the fountain. See the pictures in photos 2-5.

Once upon a time a very rich man from Esslingen was murdered. His corpse disappeared and the murderer was not found. His nephew inherited all his wealth and his death remained a mystery.

Some years later a post rider found a precious ring somewhere in the forest by the country road (photo 2). He intended to deliver it to the authorities in Esslingen when he arrived there but in the meantime decided to wear it because it was so beautiful.

He was wearing it in the tavern that evening but unfortunately it was recognized as being the ring of the rich old man who had been murdered (photo 3). Michel was arrested on the spot. Nobody believed him when he claimed to be innocent. He was tortured with utmost cruelty for days on end until the poor guy finally broke down and admitted he had committed the murder.

Michel was to be beheaded as a murderer, although he was innocent and he knew it. His last wish was riding the streets of the town on his white horse once more and blowing his horn. He stopped n front of the victim's house, now inhabited by the nephew and heir, and predicted he would appear as a ghost until the true murderer was found. Then he died under the executioner's sword (photo 4).

Every year during the night of St Michael's Day the ghost rider appeared in the streets of Esslingen, carrying his head under his arm and his horn blowing (photo 5). It finally turned out that the nephew had himself murdered the uncle and Michel was indeed innocent.

Directions: Corner Ritterstraße / Innere Brücke

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  • Updated Sep 23, 2010
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