Princess Ronkonkoma was believed to be daughter of a local Secatogue chief on modern Long Island, NY.
Appearance: Human female, usually rising out of the waters of Lake Ronkonkoma or else seen walking on water. To view a mural of Princess Ronkonkoma, click HERE.
Lore: According to legend, Princess Ronkonkoma fell in love with a man her father forbid her from seeing. The identity of the man varies but usually he is either described as a Native American from a neighboring tribe or as a European settler.
Princess Ronkonkoma would sneak away and watch the man until the day came when the man realized he was not alone and caught her spying on him. Instead of being angry, the man fell in love with the princess.
The pair did not communicate face-to-face out of fear of Ronkonkoma's father. Instead, the princess would write love notes on tree bark and float them across the Lake Ronkonkoma to her beloved. After 7 years of exchanging love messages in this fashion, Princess Ronkonkoma became despondent and killed herself by either stabbing herself in her heart after seeing her beloved from a distance or else by drowning herself. As she was dying she pronounced a curse on the lake. Every year her spirit will return to claim the life of a man via drowning for the injustice that she felt was inflicted upon her. According to legend, once a year Princess Ronkonkoma returns from death and rises from the waters of Lake Ronkonkoma to take the life of a young man.
Powers: As a ghost or spirit, Princess Ronkonkoma is believed to possess supernatural abilities.
Defense Against Princess Ronkonkoma: The only sure way to avoid becoming Princess Ronkonkoma's next victim is to avoid swimming in the lake. However, if you are a young man and decide to swim anyway, please flee at the first glimpse of a beautiful Native American princess rising out of the waters and/or walking on the surface of the waters. She may be beautiful and seductive, but she is lethal.
Trivia: According to legend, Lake Ronkonkoma is bottomless.
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