So I grew up in Florida but not really near Tallahassee, so I never heard the story of the Harlot growing up. But a couple years ago when I was in high school, I had a friend who shared this story that supposedly came from a friend of his sister. Let’s call this friend Abby.
So, Abby was living in an apartment with a roommate while they were attending Florida State University. It was one of those complexes where a lot of other students live who don’t want to stay in the dorms.
Anyway, one night Abby was coming home from swing shift at a part-time job she worked at. When she was pulling into her parking space, she noticed a woman hanging around by herself over on the sidewalk. She wouldn't have stood out, except she was dressed in some old colonial get up.
Abby told my friend’s sister that she just assumed she was part of the drama program or something, especially when a couple of college guys came wandering up to the front of the complex and the girl moved towards them to talk with them. Abby didn’t pick up on what was being discussed though before she went inside.
The next day when she mentioned it to her roommate, her roommate told her the story of the Tallahassee Harlot. I guess where she grew up it was a tale that got told in middle school during sleepovers. They both had a good laugh over it and didn’t think much more about it.
But then a couple of days later, word got around on campus about a memorial that was being held for a student that was found in Elberta lake. Officially the whole thing was chalked up as just being an accident and Abby couldn’t say whether or not he was one of the students she had seen the woman talking to, but it definitely made her wonder.
Anyway, I’d never seen anything about the Harlot before. I guess it’s a pretty localized tale, so it was fun to hear the details about it on the podcast.
I got a really shortened version of it when my friend was sharing this situation. All I had heard was she was a prostitute that got drowned by the wife of a rich client.