Friday the 13th has history of fear, prof says

By Arthur Page

Release Date: January 13, 2006

An article in the Argus Leader on superstitions about Friday the 13th quotes Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology, who said the most popular theory about how the superstition started has to do with Jesus' death, and "For many centuries into the Middle Ages, the church regarded the killing of Christ as the most horrible crime of all time. Even though theologically it's recognized as the foundation for Christianity, it was a horrible, horrible event." Go to article.