Or maybe in a 1969 Harvey comic in which Little Dot visits her uncle in an Eastern European country and becomes embroiled in a complex plot involving a deposed king and gypsies.
Certainly by the summer of 1969, when I was watching Dark Shadows in the trailer in the deep woods. The story arc, set in 1897, featured Grith Grayson Hall as Magda the Gypsy, who put a werewolf curse on Quentin Collins.
"Don't ever go near a gypsy," Aunt Mavis cautioned. "They steal boys and take them away."
"What do they do with them?" I asked.
She gave me a vague, noncommittal answer. Maybe she didn't even know their intent. Wasn't it enough that they grabbed boys, stole them from their beds, whisked them away to never be seen again?
A few years later, I was told about swishes, who also lurked in the shadows, waiting to grab boys.
Swishes and gypsies had many parallels, as if they were two names for the same sinister species.
1. Traveling around, with no permanent home.
2. Wearing flamboyant, feminine costumes, with many rings and chains.
3. Untrustworthy, always conniving, grifting, stealing.
4. Violent, passionate, sexual.
5. A particular danger to children.
At age 15 he left and went undercover. He cannot be photographed, and writes under a pen name. He says that he has reconciled with his father, but his other male relatives still want to kill him as an affront to the family honor.
See also: Albanian Boys.