Somehow, from the real story sprang a legend of a witch and a haunting. That is how many legends begin. Usually there is some little bit of truth where the Legend begins.
Sadie's name is also used occasionally in the Maple Farm Murders story from the Salineville area as a hooker who was murdered and thrown into a latrine. I am still looking for an approximate date to look that one up at the library. It happened in the 70s. From what I understand, two men were murdered in a drug deal and cut up with a chain saw and thrown into an out house. No women were involved in that one at all and yet her name is occasionally used in that story.
Sadie was a real person who loved animals and was well loved in her community. That needs to be said and remembered. It is why we use the 1888 version of the story we have heard. Her real name was Sarah, and that is also why we use Sadie. We are looking for other stories about Salineville. Another name given to us, claiming this woman to be a witch is Elizabeth Costello. Her grave is supposed to have chains around it. We are looking to find it. If you know where it might be, please let me know!