latest edwin sightings
Day 1 ◦ City center
After a long night in the lab, several of us personally witnessed Edwin after we crossed 8th Street to get to the parking garage. We were in such a hurry we crossed the street in the middle of the block instead of walking to the crosswalk, and BOOM. The executive director claims she heard someone whisper “FRIENDS?” in her ear.
Edwin Thomas was born on August 21, 1997. He’s the loneliest ghost in Richmond and has been dead for a few years now. He was killed while crossing the street in the downtown Richmond area. Nobody knows for sure what he was doing in his final moments, but legend has it that he was looking at his phone (and not at his surroundings) when a car hit him.
Edwin was raised in NOVA, but he decided to move to Richmond because he liked the eeriness of it. One of his favorite pastimes was walking around Hollywood Cemetery. He used to sit by the tombstones and draw for hours. He also wrote poetry. He was huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Some say he wanted to be an artist, but was too shy to show any of his artistry with anyone.
Without his family, friends, or his phone, he’s forced to find new friends who can join him in the afterlife. He now spends his time trying to get people to jaywalk, stare at their phones as they cross the street, and will do anything he can to ensure people don’t take ownership of their own safety.
People say that Death told him he could pick anywhere he wanted to haunt. He chose a few specific spots around Richmond because he knows these parts lack certain infrastructure or they’re densely populated:
- VCU area
- Church Hill
While the mystery remains as to when Edwin will completely cross over and leave Richmond for good, one thing is for sure--his presence has taken a toll on pedestrian deaths and injuries. In 2017 there were over 150 traffic-related deaths or serious injuries in the city streets of Richmond.
To help ward off Edwin, you could follow some superstitions and get a cold iron or hang a horseshoe. But we want the community to get involved, so we’re asking for the community’s help. So here are some links with information on what you can do to help:
A project for Vision Zero Richmond