Tales of the robberies quickly spread. With the robbers’ identities unknown, rumours abounded and fantasy soon displaced truth.
Common talk said that Hobgoblin Ratsey, whose hanging had taken place over two centuries earlier, had returned from the dead and had his hideaway in the mountains. Some said they saw him riding the mountain roads with his cohorts, wearing only the shirt he wore when he escaped from prison. When such stories were told in the hostelries and coaching taverns, people laughed at first. But with each successful robbery, each time the robbers themselves proved supernaturally elusive, the stories gained credence.