Hudson is a small city about 30 miles south of Albany on the Hudson river. It began as a whaling and trading town and as such developed a certain element. For a time it was, in fact, the red light district for upstate New York.
It was in this context that a young “lady of negotiable affection” was arrested for the murder of one of her clients. She was tried and convicted, and spent the last few months of her life in the town jail awaiting execution. After the sentence was carried out, it was discovered that her boyfriend actually committed the deed. (this is the problem with capital punishment: no appeal) Ever since, the ghost of the woman has haunted the building.
The jail has long since been moved, and the site is occupied by the offices of the local paper, the Register Star. The ghost, however, remains. It takes the form of a small woman with long black hair. She can even be mistaken for a living woman, but disapears if approached for a closer look.