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In 1799, New York City police constable Ichabod Crane is dispatched by his superiors to

the Hudson Highlands hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, to investigate a series of brutal slayings
in which the victims have been found beheaded. A frequent user of new, though so far
unproven investigative techniques such as finger-printing and autopsies, Crane arrives
in Sleepy Hollow armed with his bag of scientific tools only to be informed by the town's
elders that the murderer is not of flesh and blood, rather a headless supernatural warrior
from beyond the grave who rides at night on a massive black steed.

Crane does not believe them and begins his own investigation, until he comes face to
"face" with the Headless Horseman. Boarding a room at the home of the town's richest
family, the Van Tassels, Crane develops an attraction to their daughter, the mysterious
Katrina, even as he is plagued by nightmares of his mother's horrific torture under his
zealous preacher father when he was a child.

Delving further into the mystery with the aid of the orphaned Young Masbeth, whose
father was a victim of the Horseman, Crane discovers within the Western Woods both
the Horseman's entry point between this world and the beyond, the gnarled Tree of the
Dead with the heads of his victims within, and his grave. Learning that the Horseman's
skull is missing, a subsequent fight with the Horseman- during which the Horseman only
attacks him when he is attempting to do damage himself- prompts Crane to realize that
someone must be using the skull to control the Horseman rather than the Horseman
committing these murders of his own accord.

Although evidence is briefly revealed suggesting that Katrina is the villain, Crane
uncovers a murky plot revolving around revenge and land rights with the Horseman
controlled by Katrina's stepmother, Lady Van Tassel, who sends the killer after her; her
stepmother's family lost their land when her father died and it was given to Katrina's
father, the young girl witnessing the Horseman's death and promising her soul to Satan if
he would allow her to control the Horseman to avenge her family. Following a fight in the
local windmill and a stagecoach chase through the woods, Crane eventually thwarts
Lady Van Tassel by returning the skull to the Horseman, who regains his head and
heads back to Hell along with her. His job in Sleepy Hollow completed, Crane returns to
New York with Katrina and Young Masbeth in time for the new century.

1. Hamlet a. confusing, unclear


2. Slaying b. killing
3. supernatural c. stop
4. horrific d. town
5. zealous e. see
6. gnarled f. twisted, rough, misshapen
7. subsequent g. very religious, devoted
8. murky h. outside of the natural world
9. witness i. following in time or order
10. thwart j. terrible, disgusting
Why does Ichabod Crane go to Sleepy Hollow?

1. Describe Ichabod’s personality:

2. Describe Katrina’s personality:

3. What does Ichabod find in Sleepy Hollow?

4. How many people does the Headless Horseman kill?