Contrary to popular belief, Ho Ho Moe was not the brainchild of the preeminent poet/recluse, MPF, but a very real psychopath who, in the mid 19th century, perpetrated the once notorious, now forgotten Copse County Killings. From 1847 to 1860, no fewer than 31 children were found brutally slain by a mysterious, unseen killer, whose only calling card was a dirty bit of fabric, upon which were scrawled the words: Ho Ho Moe is back.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Ho Ho Moe's final, blood chilling murder. Though the fate of the villain remains unknown, his grim legacy lives on in verse:
Ho Ho Moe
Ho Ho Moe is back
He gets you. Ho Ho in
and you Moe Ho Ho
an Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Moe first appeared in the 'Diz-aster Book of Poems' in 1985. MPF would not publish again, but his obsession with the killer is said to remain a fount of creativity. Recently, the following sketch surfaced, along with the author's prose imaginings of the events surrounding the murder of young Thomas Grimes:
The preceding work has been reproduced here against the wishes of the artist, who remains secluded in his compound in Ohio.