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Thread #155557   Message #3660591
Posted By: GUEST,Stim
15-Sep-14 - 04:17 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Is this an urban myth?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Is this an urban myth?
MGM-"Urban Legends" tend to revolve around a core which the tellers have embellished with details that will be familiar to the listener. The essence of your aunt's story is that someone excused themselves for a moment at an underground station, and never came back.

Change the pair from husband and wife to school friends, take away the newspaper, and move from Leicester Square to King's Cross, and you are essentially telling the story of 15 year old Martin Allen, who disappeared In 1979. Don't know when your aunt told her story, but there is a possible commonality.

From WIKIPEDIA:

On 5 November 1979, Allen travelled home on the London Underground. His intention was to go and see his older brother, but he needed to go home first in order to collect some money. At around 3.50 pm he said goodbye to some school friends on King's Cross Station and set off in the direction of the Piccadilly line platform to travel home. This was the last positive sighting of Allen and he failed to reach either his parents' or his brother's home.