Red John and the night of murder in Solothurn
Nov. 1382 - The first snow of the year was gently falling as Red John of Rumisberg, a simple but clever farmer, happened to overhear a murderous plan: Lying behind the oven of the Inn to Wiedlisbach, Red John witnessed the Earl Rudolf and his fellow Kyburgians forging the scheme to raid Solothurn, kill the inhabitants in their sleep an burn the city down. Caught and nearly killed while still listening, Red John had to swear not to tell a living soul of the evil plan. Courageously after being set free, he put on his wooden sandals the wrong way and marched as fast as he could through the snow towards the doomed city. Reaching the Baseltor he revealded the dreadful news to the stony figure of St. Urs. Hearing this, the watching guard roused Solothurn to defend the city.
Thus, thanks to Red John, our beloved Solothurn was safed. Let’s have some drinks to him.
Original story in swiss-german told by Elisabeth Pfluger