“Have you ever heard the legend of the fourth nail?”
Kojak, Queen of the Gypsies
Original Air Date: Jan 19, 1975
Commentary: The legend of the fourth nail is a very old story told among Gypsies and it has many variants. The story goes that a very long time ago a traveling blacksmith was working in the holy land. One day, a soldier came to him and placed an order for four nails. That night the blacksmith had a dream in which an old man directed him to make four nails but to only give the soldier three of them, saving the fourth one for himself.
Taking the dream to be a sign from God, the following morning the blacksmith wrapped three nails in a cloth and gave them to the soldier. It came to pass that the nails were intended for the crucifixion of Christ and the fourth nail would have pierced his heart bring instant death. In return for sparing Jesus the pain of the fourth nail, God granted the blacksmith and all his descendants the right to steal. The blacksmith was a gypsy.
In some stories the blacksmith has a daughter whose gift of foresight allows her to see the true purpose of the nail and begs her father to only give the soldier three nails to which he agrees. In this instant God not only forgives the gypsies for their petty crimes and theft, but also grants the gift of prophecy to them. In other stories, a gypsy steals one of the four nails and uses it to repair his wagon. God curses the gypsy to roam the earth for the sin of stealing, but grants them the right to steal in order to survive.