The Curse Of Lake Ronkonkoma
(Self-published; November 2002)
self-published text chronicles the various historical myths and legends of Lake Ronkonkoma, which is Long Island's largest
Some superstitions have depicted the mile-wide kettle lake as being bottomless or having underground
connections to other waterways, while others describe it as having an uncanny tendency to rise and fall in cyclical patterns.
Perhaps the most fascinating tales involve a lovesick indian princess who killed herself in the lake and returns annually
to claim the life of a male.
The author, Michael R. Ebert, became interested in the lake's many mysteries
after a classmate drowned there in the 1990s. Years later, he noticed the lack of a comprehensive text on the topic and scoured
local libraries and historical societies to conduct his own research, which is recounted here.