KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting had to pause for a moment when asked to consider how the shooting death of 13-year-old Michael Day on Memorial Day has affected him.
Old Michaelmas Day falls on 11 October (10 October according to some sources). According to an old legend, should not be picked after this date. This is because, so folklore goes, Satan was banished from on this day, fell into a blackberry bush and cursed the brambles as he fell into them. In , it is said that the devil had spat on them. According to Morrell (1977), this old legend is well known in all parts of the , even as far north as the . In Cornwall, a similar legend prevails, however, the saying goes that the devil urinated on them.
Michael Day joined Historic Royal Palaces as Chief Executive in 2003 from the Jersey Heritage Trust where he held the post of Director since 1987.
Folklore in the British Isles suggests that Michaelmas day is the last day that blackberries can be picked. It is said that when St. Michael expelled Lucifer, the devil, from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, and stamped and spat on them, so that they would be unfit for eating. As it is considered ill-advised to eat them after 29 September, a Michaelmas pie is made from the last of the season.