I have searched various sites regarding the tall man original legend and was suprised that there weren't many that had the German legend. This is what I have found so far: -The tall man is a German faerie which was the old spelling of fairy. -Faeries although similar to fairies would sometime be evil and torture bad children. -The tall man was a way to keep German children out of the woods at night. -The tall man's job was to punish kids who misbehaved or wandered away from there families.
I will post again when I have found more.