Posts Tagged ‘1985’

The title related to a local Pittsburgh legend, a man called Charlie-No-Face. The story is that he was the employee of a power company and a downed power line disfigured him to the point that he would hide in an abandoned house. The story elaborates that he has a hole in his cheek and green skin. This ghostly tale of his sightings actually had a more natural and somewhat sadder explanation.

Raymond Robinson was born 29th October 1910, he died 11th June 1985. When Ray was 8 years old he was injured by an electrical line, on the Morado Bridge, when he tried to view a birds nest. The bridge carried a trolley and the electrical lines were 1,200 and 22,000 volts worth. The lines had killed another boy less than a year before.

The poor child was not expected to survive but he did, he suffered terrible scarring, lost his eyes, nose and one ear and one of his arms. He lived with his family in Koppel and made doormats, belts and wallets. His appearance meant that he would rarely venture outside during the day but he did go for walks along the quiet stretch of State Route 51, using a walking stick.

Locals would regularly gather up and search for him along the road, he would quite often hide from them but on occasion he would engage in conversation. Some of these people were inevitably cruel but that didn’t stop him from taking his walks. He had been struck by cars on more than one occasion and yet only stopped his walks in the later years of his life. He retired to the Beaver Country Geriatric Centre, at aged 74 years-old.

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Pic courtesty of Wikipedia – creative commons.

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An unoccupied territory with 4-20 non-residents who are from the US Government, The Nature Conservancy and then another mix of rotating researchers are the only people that generally access this part of the world.

In 9174, Palymyra was the site of a double murder, of a wealthy San Diego couple. ‘Mac and Muff’ aka Malcolm Graham and his wife Eleanor were the victims. Duane Walker and his girlfriend, Stephanie Stearns, were blamed for it and arrested when they came to Honolulu that year. They were in the Graham’s boat the Sea Wind.

No bodies were located at the time and so they were unable to trial them for murder, they were both convicted for the theft of the yacht however. Then six years later a partially buried, corroded chest with the remains of Eleanor were discovered.

Duane Walker and Stephanie Stearns were arrested again, this time Duane was convicted and served from 1985-2007 for the crime. He died 26th April 2010 and Stearns was acquitted.

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PalmyraSign” by en:User:Clarkma5 – en:wikipedia. Via Wikimedia Commons.

One of my greatest fuels for nightmares as a teen was spontaneous human combustion. I had heard an urban legend in the area I lived in about a teenager that had got into the local HMV (music store) and burnt up. I am sure it was an urban legend but it fuelled my restless sleeps for a while.

Which leads me on to the story of Paul Hayes, on the evening of 25th May, 1985, nineteen year old Hayes was walking home in Stepney Green, London, England. The computer programmer was suddenly and inexplicably engulfed in flames. he thought he had been doused in petrol, and from the accounts I found was convinced he was dying.

He curled up on the ground, even explaining he thought that he could hear his brains bubbling. Strangely as soon as it began, it was over, and Hayes stumbled into a London hospital.

He received treatment for his burns to his hands, forearms, neck and face. The police and medical investigators were left with a mystery.

 

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Yes there is such a place, Helltown (not actually called that in reality) is in the Boston Township, Summit County in Ohio. It’s got a vast legend of activity that I will try and go over in this post. Always good to know that there’s a nice cheery name to visit if you are in the area right? Do not get this place confused with Helltown, Richland County.

Boston Village was founded in 1806 and seemingly was quite a prosperous place until the 70’s. A bill was signed to allow the National Park to be made there and they brought several houses with an aim to demolish them, the houses were boarded up for a fair time before being demolished and of course the rumours started.

It was said that the houses were boarded up to conceal a chemical spill, tourists who were unaware of the of the purchase would see nothing but a ghost town. There are still some homes left standing but there were some destroyed in 2008. It is possible that the rumours for the chemical spill came about from a hiker that got ill in 1985, they got ill after touching some rusted drums at nearby Krejci Dump that was abandoned too.

Stanford Road – another road nicknamed ‘The Highway to Hell’, features in the town’s legends. It’s said that a steep hill and sharp drop off on the road lead to a barricade, this is known as The End of the World.

The Boston Cemetery is another local spot for a good old fashioned rumour or two. It is said to be haunted and there have been sightings of a ghostly man, a moving tree and grave robbers! (I’d love to hear more about that last bit if anyone has information.) The locals have had floodlights installed and they do tend to keep a good eye on the place, from all accounts it’s just a cemetery and doesn’t even have rest benches.

Another one is that there was an old school bus abandoned at the Stanford Road near the drop off, it is supposedly another haunted spot but the bus has since been removed. At night there was supposed to be a ghostly figure in the school bus smoking a cigarette. Okay so one of the other tales from this appears to be that the last trip on the bus was made with the kids and some crazy killer who butchered them. More mundanely (Ghosts of Ohio source) it seems that it was just a bus that was outside someone’s house that they lived in until the house was done up. The bus was towed away once it was done.

Suffice to say there’s also rumours of Satanists which were involved with animal sacrifice at a Presbyterian Church – Mother of Sorrows, decorative fascia boards on the church had upside-down crosses carved into them – this is more to do with it as an art feature of gothic revival than actually being satan worship. Again the boards were removed sometime around the 2000’s, and it’s said that there were reports of black hooded figures trying to stop people going through the village at night, blocking their cars in the road. More recently there has said to have been an escaped mental patient roaming the woods looking for victims, seems to be there’s plenty of scope for some new dodgy films!

Mutants? So with the rumours of the chemical spill there is a wonderful rumour of a large mutant python! There has never been a chemical plant in the area, and this particular myth seems to date back to the 1940’s. Not too sure that there is anything more to this one.