Tom Walker went walking through the woods one day where he found a skull and to his surprise a man sitting on a chopped down tree willing to talk.
His name was Old Scratch and he was looking to make a deal. They sat and talked for hours then Tom was eager to go home.
He explained to his wife what he had been doing and was puzzled when she wanted him to make the deal and yet he didn't want to please her so she went instead.
She had brought all the silver and went to see the man in the woods that her husband has been talking about and yet she never made it home. Tom went looking for his wife and when he didn't find her but her heart and liver, he made the deal.
The man wanted him to steal and rob people of their money through loans, this business went on for months. Tom later felt guilty and became a heavy church goer. Hoping to get rid of the man but it didn't work and he let a simple phrase slip. Old Scratch then showed up with a horse to take him away.
The horse Old Scratch brought took tom down through the swamp with fire surrounding them both. He was never to be found after that. They say you can still see him and the horse and hear his screams throughout the woods.