The Enfield House

One of the most famous haunted houses in Great Britain is in Enfield, England. At the time of the haunting, in 1977, the house belonged to the Harper family. One evening the Harpers began hearing unexplained knocking and scratching noises. They called the police, and the officers heard the noises too, but after a thorough search of the house no cause could be found. The next day the family saw small objects, such as marbles and building blocks, rise through the air all on their own. The Harper family which consisted of a mother, two daughters, and two sons; Margaret aged 12, a younger sister Janet aged 11, Johnny aged 10 and Billy aged 7. They reported witnessing various phenomena, including moving furniture, flying marbles, cold breezes, shallow pools of water appearing on the floor, and fires which spontaneously ignited and extinguished themselves. Deciding that evil spirits were at work, the Harpers asked a priest to bless the house. When that failed to end the activity, they asked a medium to contact the spirit and ask that it stop haunting them, but the medium was unable to communicate with the entity.

Shortly thereafter, a neighbor called a newspaper reporter and told him about the house, whereupon he and a photographer visited the Harpers and were pelted with flying objects. The resulting news story made the house famous. At this point, the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) decided to investigate the case. The first SPR investigator to arrive on the scene was an inexperienced trainee, Maurice Grosse, but after he too was pelted with objects, SPR sent investigator Guy Playfair to help him, along with photographer Graham Morris. Together these three men spent a year working on the case, during which they documented more than two thousand unusual incidents, including flying marbles that landed on the floor but did not roll, books that appeared to change direction 90 degrees while flying through the air, and heavy furniture that moved while they were watching it.

Grosse and Playfair tried to further document these incidents with photographic equipment and tape recorders but failed, either because the phenomena only took place when their equipment was turned off or because the equipment would malfunction at inopportune times. Playfair also devised experiments to test various theories regarding the origin of the activities.

Their first assumption was that the Harper children were simply playing a prank on them, so they watched the youngsters carefully, and at certain times during the investigation sent them out of the house. Still the strange events occurred, and the investigators could find no evidence that the children were involved in any mischief. Their next assumption was that the activity was somehow created by eleven-year old Janet, who seemed to be the focus of much of the activity. She was usually present whenever a particularly strange incident occurred, and as the research project continued she seemed to be tormented by unseen hands that pinched and hit her. To test whether Janet was manipulating her environment through sleight of hand, the researchers tried restraining her, but the incidents still occurred.

The investigators also made careful note of events that did not seem connected to Janet. On one such occasion, Playfair and Grosse were experimenting with spirit communication while Janet was absent from the house. They had just gotten the spirit to knock once for “yes” and twice for “no” when Playfair asked, “Do you realize that you are dead?” Immediately objects began violently flying about the room, and elsewhere in the house as well; in fact, the activity was so frenzied that in the mayhem Grosse was struck on the head by a box.

Eventually, however, he got the ghost to answer other questions, and learned that the entity had once lived in the house, though the answers regarding when this happened made no sense. After this incident, the haunting activity became more dramatic and more harmful to Janet. She was often struck by objects and discovered obscene words written on walls by an unseen hand. Eventually the ghost seemed at times to possess her, because she would lose control of her body and speak with a man’s voice, though only when she was alone behind a closed door rather than in the room with someone else. The voice’s claims regarding who was speaking varied or sometimes made no sense.

Again the investigators suspected that Janet was the cause of the haunting, perhaps through some psychic phenomenon produced by her own mind, but when they sent her to the hospital for tests, the ghost began focusing on one of her two younger brothers, pinching and hitting him repeatedly. This convinced the investigators that the spirit was a separate entity.

After a year of in-depth study, the investigators could not come up with an indisputable explanation for the Harpers’ troubles and abandoned the project. Nonetheless, in late 1978 the activity lessened and then stopped. Two years later Playfair produced a best-selling book on the case, This House Is Haunted!

Source :
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_Poltergeist

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http://www.maps-of-london.com/Enfield-map.jpg
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The Knowles UFO Encounter

One of the most unique UFO encounters from the 1980s occurred on the Nullabor Plain, in a remote area of Australia. On January 20, 1988, the Knowles family, including Fay Knowles and her three sons, Patrick (24), Sean (21), and Wayne (18) and their two dogs, drove along a desolate road at around 4:00 a.m when a bright light object was seen ahead of them. At about 20 metres from the object the family say they were confronted with a white blinding light that moved along in front of their moving vehicle. At first they thought it was a large truck, but as they approached, it was about 1 metre wide and described as a slightly angular egg in an egg-cup shape with a yellow centre. The object, which at first appeared to be either on the ground or immediately above it then began to move back and forth. Sean swerved the car to the opposite side of the road to avoid a collision with the object, but then nearly collided with a station wagon towing a caravan coming in the other direction. As the Knowles family drove by, the strange object started to pace their car. Then it started to maneuver around the car.

At one point, the object seemed to leave, but then suddenly, the unthinkable happened. The object returned and actually landed on top of the car! The family heard a loud clunking noise and felt the car shake. Suddenly, the entire vehicle was lifted up off the road. Mrs. Knowles reached out her window and touched the object, which she said felt “spongy and rubbery.” She pulled her hand back in, and it was covered with strange black dust. Suddenly, the entire car filled with the black dust. At the same time, a high-pitched sound was then heard, which sent the dogs into a frenzy. The family became disoriented and felt that their voices had become slower, and lower in pitch. They believed at this point that they were going to die. Patrick said that he felt that his ‘brain was being sucked out’, and Mrs Knowles likened it to having something ‘going into our heads’.

A while later, the family felt the car forced back down onto the road, bursting the rear right tyre. Sean brought the car to a sudden stop and then blacked out. The family left the car hurriedly and hid in some bushes by the side of the road. Meanwhile, the UFO remained above the car for a few moments and then darted away. They remained there for 15 minutes before changing the tyre and continuing on to the nearest town.

Unknown to the Knowles, a trucker just a few miles down the highway also observed the strange object as it sent down what appeared to be beams of white light. The Knowles family was extremely traumatized and the police were notified. Somehow the media heard about the sensational case and the Knowles became overnight, reluctant celebrities. Despite the physical evidence of their encounter (including strange indentations on the roof of their vehicle and the weird black dust), the family was ridiculed intensely in the press.

Although they never backed down or changed their story, they later said that they regretted coming forward because of how they were treated.

Sources :
Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena : “UFO and Aliens” by Preston Dennett;
http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case1090.htm

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Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena : “UFO and Aliens” by Preston Dennett page 44
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Levitation

For centuries, levitation has been associated with religious, mystical, or magical practices. For example, according to Catholic tradition, some individuals who were later declared to be saints were said to levitate when in a trance or state of ecstasy or rapture. Many believers in levitation say that this phenomenon is caused by psychokinesis, whereby a person’s mind can affect the physical world. Levitation (from Latin levitas "lightness") is the process by which an object is suspended by a physical force against gravity, in a stable position without solid physical contact. According to some accounts, 230 saints had this ability to varying degrees. Saint Teresa of Avila (1515– 1582), for example, wrote about how she would levitate in church. In some Eastern religions, levitation is said to be a skill developed by practicing certain breathing techniques and mental exercises to produce the altered mental state necessary for self-levitation.

The most famous was probably St Joseph of Copertino, born in 1603 in Apulia, Italy, who reached a state of religious ecstasy that allowed him to defy gravity. He is said to have levitated over a hundred times in his life, and it was the demonstration of his rapture-induced ability in front of Pope Urbain VIII that led to his canonisation. Eastern philosophies and religions teach that levitation can be achieved through a devoted study to fully harness the body’s life force. This natural energy is called ‘Ch’i’ or ‘Ki’, and is said to be controlled by extensive yogic training. The phenomenon of ‘yogic hops’, where a person can make short levitational movements using transcendental meditation is also advanced by Eastern teachings. The focus is placed less on extreme emotion, but more on visualisation and breath control to summon up all latent energy within the body.

One person who became famous for levitating in public was Daniel Dunglas Home, a British medium who lived in 1853, when he levitated several times without seeming to be able to control his movements. Later, however, he seemed to grow skilled at choosing where, when, and how he would levitate, even giving demonstrations before large audiences. In his most famous demonstration, which occurred in December 1868, he went into a trance, rose from a chair into the air, floated out a window, and then hovered outside the window for a few seconds before floating back inside, landing on his feet, and sitting back down in the chair.

Home’s séances also involved the levitation of tables, chairs, and other objects, as did the séances of many other mediums of his day. At the time, this was attributed to spirits who were called into the séance room by the medium. Skeptics suggested that Home used some kind of mechanical device to levitate himself and various objects in the room, or that someone had in some way caused the witnesses to experience hallucinations.

There is no proof, however, that cheating of this sort occurred. Moreover, witnesses insisted that they had not been having a hallucination when they saw Home go out the window. Adding credibility to this insistence is the fact that three years later, one of the most esteemed scientists of the nineteenth century, Sir William Crookes, saw Home levitate and declared that, as hard as it was to believe, he knew that his eyes were not lying.

Skeptics suggest that instead of triggering actual levitation, the altered mental state is causing hallucinations that make the experiencer only think that he or she is able to fly. This does not explain, however, why witnesses to public levitations insist that they saw the experiencer rise from the ground. Some psychics believe the power needed to levitate ourselves is a naturally inherent psychokinetic power.

Sources :
100 Strangest Mysteries by Matt Lamy;
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levitation

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http://randomknowledge.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-cosmonaut-of-the-erotic-future/
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Menehune

The Menehune are the wee people of the Hawaiian Islands; and just as there are folk legends and beliefs that the fairies of the British Isles were originally an early diminutive people, so do some traditions in Polynesia maintain that the Menehunes were an ancestral pygmy race that averaged about two feet in height. The Menehune were said to be superb craftspeople. Legends say that the Menehune built temples (heiau), fishponds, roads, canoes, and houses. They are said to have lived in Hawaiʻi before settlers arrived from Polynesia many centuries ago. There are ancient sites in the Hawaiian Islands that some inhabitants still believe are the ruins of temples built by the Menehunes. For most Polynesians, however, the prevailing accounts of the Menehune are told as if the beings have always been members of a spirit race that coexists with humans.

The Menehune often serve as guardians and guides for the people, and the help of the “little vanishing ones” is sought in all tasks, from erecting a home to building a canoe. Much like the old European traditions of setting out food for the elves to come at night and assist the farmer or shoemaker, workers in Hawaii will sometimes set out sweets to insure the cooperation of the Menehune in the completion for their work project. The Menehune are highly regarded as engineers, and very often construction workers in Hawaii will ask a traditional priest, a Kahuna, to ask the blessing of the Menehune before any major building has begun. To neglect to do so may bring dire consequences if the work has been scheduled on a site that the Menehune regard as sacred. In this case, the Kahuna must offer prayers and gifts to pacify the spirit beings and win their cooperation.

Folklorist Katherine Luomala believes that the legends of the Menehune are a post-European contact mythology created by adaptation of the term manahune (which by the time of the settling of the Hawaiian Islands had acquired a meaning of "lowly people") to European legends of brownies.

From time to time, native inhabitants and tourists to the islands claim to caught a glimpse of the Menehune as they scurry from bush to bush in the forested regions. Most people describe the little people with light or slightly reddish-colored skin and large fuzzy mops of hair.

Sources :
The Gale Encyclopedia of Unusual and Unexplained Vol. 3 by Brad Steiger & Sherry Hansen Steiger;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menehune

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Hawaii_NA.pn
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The White Ship

The White Ship a twelfth-century vessel, sank in the English Channel near the Normandy coast off Barfleur, on 25 November 1120. A tragedy that cost the lives of the flower of English nobility and would eventually plunge the nation into two decades of chaos and misrule – a period that has become known as The Anarchy. The heir to the throne of England and hundreds of scions of noble families perished when the White Ship, one of the most advanced vessels of the time, was lost. Only one of those aboard survive. Its wreck and the potentially priceless cargo (in terms of historical and material value) it carried have never been located. The White Ship was a new ship owned by Thomas FitzStephen, whose father Stephen had been sea captain for William the Conqueror when he invaded England in 1066. He offered to let Henry I of England use it to return to England from Barfleur. Henry had already made travelling arrangements, but suggested that his son William Adelin travel on it instead.

Following the Norman Conquest of 1066, England was ruled by the dukes of Normandy. As overlords of two lands divided by the English Channel, it was routine for the Norman kings of England to shuttle back and forth between their dominions as they sought to preserve their territories on the Continent and in Britain. In 1120, Henry I, third of the Norman kings of England and youngest son of William the Conqueror, had been forced to travel to Normandy to confront the King of France, Louis VI. Accompanying him was his heir and only legitimate son, 17-year old William Adelin. ‘Adelin’ is a latter-day rendering of ‘Atheling’ (the Saxon term for king) – he was named William the Atheling to show how the royal houses of the Saxons and Normans were unified in his person. Henry had successfully resolved his dispute with Louis, gaining recognition for his son as the de facto Duke of Normandy, and was returning to England via the Norman port of Barfleur, from where his father had embarked for the invasion of England less than 60 years previously.

The mood of the party was festive, especially since young William was habitually accompanied by a kind of ‘youth court’ – a youthful mirror version of his father’s court, which included many of the most important heirs and offspring of the noble houses of England and Normandy. With the party were his own half-brother and sister – Henry I was the most prolific father of illegitimate children in the history of the English monarchy. Despite this, William was his only legitimate son (one of only two legitimate children), and was therefore absolutely central to Henry’s dynastic ambitions.

On 25 November Henry was preparing to embark at Barfleur when he was approached by Thomas FitzStephen, master of the Blanche Nef, or White Ship, a fine new vessel of the highest specifications. FitzStephen’s father Airard had captained the Mora, the flagship of William the Conqueror’s invasion fleet, and now he himself begged William’s son for the honour of bearing him across the Channel in his splendid ship. Henry declined, as his own travel arrangements were already well in hand, but suggested that FitzStephen could carry his son,William Adelin, and his company. Henry boarded his own ship and departed not long afterwards, safely making the passage back to England. Meanwhile William and his companions were feasting and drinking prodigiously, and their own departure was delayed while all the available casks of wine in port were loaded onto the White Ship.

Once aboard, the partying continued, with the captain and crew apparently joining in. The company grew so inebriated that when a party of clerics led by the Bishop of Coutance arrived they were driven off with howls of derision. At least one of the passengers disembarked at this time: Stephen of Blois – possibly as a result of an attack of diarrhoea, or possibly because of an attack of common sense given the carryings on. It was a decision that would have fateful consequences.

By the time the White Ship was ready to depart everyone aboard was roaring drunk and night had fallen. On board were around 300 people, including 140 noblemen and at least 18 noblewomen. In relative terms, the Channel crossing was not especially dangerous – Henry had done it many times, while his father had made the crossing 17 times as king. But in the 12th century naval technology was still crude, and any sea journey was dangerous, particularly with a drunken crew, captain and pilot. To make matters worse, young William was keen to catch up with his father and get home first, and insisted that FitzStephen take the quickest route home. This was to prove fatal.

The correct route to take out of Barfleur harbour was to the south, avoiding dangerous shoals, after which the vessel would swing north towards England. The ship’s drunken pilot tried to cut corners by heading directly north, but succeeded only in driving the ship onto a rock called the Quilleboeuf, about 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles) out of the harbour.

The ship began to sink, but all was not lost for William. He was quickly hustled aboard the only ‘lifeboat’, but as he was rowed to safety he heard the piteous cries of his half-sister, Matilda, Countess of Peche, imploring him not to abandon her. William ordered the boat to turn back, but as it neared the sinking ship it was overwhelmed by the number of people who tried to climb aboard and it too was lost.

Those drowned included William Adelin, the only legitimate son of King Henry I of England. William of Malmesbury wrote: "Here also perished with William, Richard, another of the King's sons, whom a woman without rank had borne him, before his accession, a brave youth, and dear to his father from his obedience; Richard d'Avranches, second Earl of Chester, and his brother Otheur; Geoffrey Ridel; Walter of Everci; Geoffrey, archdeacon of Hereford; the Countess of Chester; the king's niece Lucia-Mahaut of Blois; and many others ... No ship ever brought so much misery to England."

This at least was the tale told by a butcher of Rouen named Berthold, who had only gone aboard to chase up a debt. He clung to one of the masts that projected above the waves, and was rescued the next morning. He was the sole survivor: few people of that era could swim, and in the dark, amidst the waves and strong currents, a watery grave was inevitable. When the news reached England none of the barons or high officers of the court dared to tell the king; it was left to a child to tell him the terrible tidings. It is said that he fainted away, and that he never smiled again.

For 12th-century England the sinking of the White Ship was to have grim consequences. Despite his extra-marital fecundity, Henry was unable to produce another legitimate male heir. Although he forced his barons to swear allegiance to his legitimate daughter, also called Matilda, the idea of a female ruler simply would not wash with the medieval mindset. When Henry died in 1135 most of the English barons promptly ignored their oaths and acclaimed Stephen of Blois, Matilda’s cousin and the same man who had so fortuitously stepped off the White Ship before it sailed to disaster, as king. Matilda was able to rally some support and attempted to reclaim the crown, plunging the country into nearly 20 years of civil war.

The cause of the shipwreck remains uncertain. Various stories surrounding its loss feature a drinking binge by the crew and passengers (it is also suggested that the captain was dared to try to overtake the King's ship ahead of them), and mention that priests were not allowed on board to bless the ship in the customary manner. However, the English Channel is a notoriously treacherous stretch of water.

The wreck of the White Ship also represents a potential gold mine of archaeological and material significance. William Adelin and his party would have been richly caparisoned and loaded with jewels. He would probably have been accompanied by a considerable treasury of plates, goblets and other loot. Discovering this today would amount to a unique record of courtly life in the early 12th century. The ship itself would also be of tremendous importance. As the cutting edge of naval technology it could reveal fascinating insights into the evolution of ship-building, from the longships used by William the Conqueror to the medieval galleons with their high fore and rear castles.

Sources :
Lost Histories : “Exploring the World’s Most Famous Mysteries” by Joel Levy;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Ship

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The Glozel Artifacts

In Glozel, France, there is a little necropolis where over 60 years ago finds have been made. About 2500 objects have been discovered with carved symbols, animals and mysterious inscriptions. On almost every object made of bones or ceramic there is script. Most of the artifacts were dated 3000 B. C. But there are also pieces that are younger and some that might be 17.000 years old. Less known is the fact that also numerous stone relics with carvings were found, that are very old and caused controversy among the French scientists. The artifacts were dated between 4.500 and 15.000 years. Also some tablets of clay with different unknown letters have been found. This discovery wasn’t taken seriously because the scientists wouldn’t believe that men of the Ice Age were able to make such objects. The typical carvings of Glozel are also found on stone relics. The meaning of those findings is unknown. Experts think that they might have been used for an occult purpose or for ceremonies.
The main problem with the collection of Glozel is, that something similar wasn’t found yet. But the symbols on the tablets are similar to symbols of the Harappa culture. In April 1999 the finds have been analysed by archaeologists from the Harvard University – they have been proven as authentically ancient pieces. The discovery was made on 1 March 1924 by 17-year old Émile Fradin (born August 8, 1906) and his grandfather Claude Fradin. Émile was guiding a cow-drawn plow when its foot became stuck in a cavity. Freeing the cow, the Fradins uncovered an underground chamber, with walls of clay bricks and 16 clay floor tiles, containing human bones and ceramic fragments. Adrienne Picandet, a local teacher, visited the Fradins' farm in March, and afterwards informed the Minister of Education about the site.

On July 9, another teacher, Benoit Clément, visited the Fradins representing the Société d'Émulation du Bourbonnais, later returning with a man called Viple. Clément and Viple used pickaxes to break down the chamber's remaining walls, which they took away with them. Later, Viple wrote to Émile Fradin identifying the site as Gallo-Roman, dating to between about A.D 100-400, and possibly of archeological importance.

Antonin Morlet, a Vichy physician and amateur archaeologist, visited the farm on 26 April, offering 200 francs to be allowed to complete the excavation. Morlet began his excavations on 24 May, 1925, discovering tablets, bisexual idols, bone and flint tools, engraved stones and a few human bones continued to appear from the soil. He also found, in the top layer of soil, a few pieces of stoneware pottery and some vitrified objects.

Below that was a layer of yellowish clayey colluvium, in which most of the older artifacts were found. Some 100 ceramic tablets bearing inscriptions are among the artifacts found at Glozel. The inscriptions are, on average, on six or seven lines, mostly on a single side, although some specimens are inscribed on both faces.

When Dr. Capitan, an elderly and very famous French archaeologist, visited Vichy for his health, Dr. Morlet invited him to visit the site. Capitan was enthusiastic and offered to publish information on the finds at Glozel. But Dr. Morlet, becoming alarmed at indications that Capitan wished to appropriate the site for himself, hastily published the first of a series of little booklets on Glozel. Morlet identified the site as Neolithic in a report entitled Nouvelle Station Néolithique published in September 1925, with Émile Fradin listed as co-author. French archaeologists were quick to point out the improbability of Morlet's interpretation of the site. They were also outraged that an amateur archaeologist and a young peasant boy had the presumption to publish books about Glozel. Capitan changed his mind about the authenticity of the finds. And so the controversy began.

Two other tombs were uncovered in 1927. More excavations were performed in April 1928. After 1941, a new law outlawed private excavations, and the site remained untouched until the Ministry of Culture re-opened excavations in 1983. The full report was never published, but a 13-page summary appeared in 1995. The authors suggest that the site is medieval (roughly A.D. 500–1500), possibly containing some earlier Iron Age objects, but was likely enriched by forgeries.

However in March 2001 there was an examination and analysis of the artifacts. It resulted that the objects haven’t been worked with a metal tool. The pictured animals and the symbols have been made with the same types of tools. That means that the script has not been added later, like sceptics are used to say.

The symbols on the tablets are reminiscent of the Phoenician alphabet, but they have not been conclusively deciphered. There were numerous claims of decypherment, including identification of the language of the inscriptions as Basque, Chaldean, Eteocretan, Hebrew, Iberian, Latin, Berber, Ligurian, Phoenician and Turkic.

Sources :
Unsolved Mysteries : “An Exhibition of Unsolved Mysteries and Enigmatic Findings in the History of Humanity” PARTIAL EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (ENGLISH) by Reinhard Habeck, Dr. Willibald Katzinger and listed authors;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glozel;
http://www.glozel.net/index.html

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Springheel Jack

The figure’s presence was first noted in September 1837 when he assaulted four separate persons, three of them women, at locations in and around London and was seen again from 1843 through 1845, and in the 1860s, the 1870s, and in 1904 in other parts of England, he was called Spring Heeled Jack or Springald, Springheel Jack. His name came from the suggestion, by some who had seen him, that he must have had springs in his shoes because he escaped by making tremendous leaps that carried him great distances. In one instance he allegedly ripped off the top of his victim, scratching her belly with fingers that felt as if they were made of iron. What made these incidents different from conventional sexual crimes was the attacker’s appearance. He was tall, thin, and powerful, wore a cloak, and had fiery eyes.

On occasion, it was said, he spat blue flames from his mouth and into victims’ faces.He also could effect enormous leaps that enabled him to move with such rapidity that it was impossible to escape or catch him. He also wore a cloak (which, according to one witness, had an embroidered W on the back), and some said a helmet and a strange, tight undergarment seemingly made of white oilskin as well.

By January 1838 London’s Lord Mayor, Sir John Cowan, had declared Springheel Jack a public menace and formed a vigilance committee to bring the bizarre criminal to justice. But the attacks went on regardless. The last Springheel Jack assault on a woman appears to have taken place in February 1838. The victim, eighteen-year-old Jane Alsop, said that a cloaked figure had lured her outside of her home pretending to be a policeman, and only after he began tearing her dress did she realize, from his red eyes, claws, and strange clothing, that he was Springheel Jack.

On the evening of February 20, for example, a stranger appeared at the gate of a London residence and called out, “For God’s sake, bring me a light, for we have caught Spring-heeled Jack in the lane!” When eighteen-year-old Jane Alsop brought a candle, she saw a figure, according to the London Times (February 22), “who appeared to be enveloped in a large cloak. . . . [H]e threw off his outer garment, and applying the lighted candle to his breast, presented a most hideous and frightful appearance, and vomited forth a quantity of blue and white flame from his mouth, and his eyes resembled red balls of fire. . . . [H]e wore a large helmet, and his address, which appeared to fit him very tight, seemed to her to resemble white oil skin.” He lunged for her, his clawlike hands ripping her dress. The young woman struggled with him and was soon rescued by a sister, who with great difficulty pulled her into the house and slammed the door. Undeterred, Jack knocked two or three times on the door and left only when family members looking out from an upstairs window shouted for the police. Jack dashed across a field, dropping his cloak in his haste.When it was quickly picked up by someone else, the Alsops and later the police concluded that Jack had an accomplice.

A week later a similar figure called at another home, but he ran away after the servant boy answering the door started screaming. Residents of a British slum claimed that Springheel Jack was also responsible for the murder of a thirteen-year-old prostitute in 1845, but authorities did not believe their stories of the fire-breathing man who threw her off a bridge.

However bizarre his appearance and behavior, Springheel Jack was assumed by investigating authorities to be a real person. Rumors spread that he was Henry, the Marquis of Waterford, a young Irish nobleman of rowdy habits and cruel humor, but it was not physically possible, nor is it now, to effect huge leaps with springs concealed in boot heels. In any case,Waterford died in 1859.

Even after his assaults stopped, however, Springheel Jack sightings continued in various parts of England, with most occurring between the 1850s and the 1880s. The following year, in Sheffield, people reported seeing a tall figure who “sprang like a goat.”

In the 1860s two women walking along a road in the moonlight saw a tall figure, clad in “some very fantastic garment,” soar over a hedge on one side of the road and land a few yards in front of them. It then bounded over a high hedge on the other side and was lost to sight. In 1872 a “ghost,” as witnesses called it, haunted the Peckham area. It was said to leap over fences and walls too high for a mere mortal to scale. In 1877 Jack merrily bounded from rooftop to rooftop in Caistor, Norfolk, nearly all of whose citizenry witnessed the spectacle. Observers said he had huge ears and was dressed in something resembling sheepskin. In August of the same year Jack (or, as some suspected, a prankster impersonating him) appeared before soldiers at Aldershot’s North Camp., England. Soldiers at the Aldershot Barracks at North Camp, claimed to have shot at Springheel Jack—wearing his customary cloak, helmet, and oilskin suit—as he bounded toward them from some distance away, with flames coming out of his mouth. When their bullets failed to strike the frightening being, the soldiers ran away. Later they would report that they heard metallic noises as Springheel Jack came at them.

The last Springheel Jack sighting in England occurred near Liverpool in 1904, when people saw a man fitting his description on a rooftop. The man leaped to the ground, leaped over the witnesses, and bounded away. After this, no such figure appeared until 1938, when four children in Silver City, New Mexico, told of encountering a strange man who leapt over their heads. That same year, several people in the area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, spoke of seeing a leaping, fiery-eyed figure who made blue flames come out of his mouth. No one connected these sightings with Springheel Jack until the late 1950s or early 1960s, when British ufologists began to suggest that Springheel Jack might have been an extraterrestrial.

Interestingly, a similar figure was later seen in parts of the United States, where it was sometimes connected to the sightings of UFOs. Since then, supporters of the theory that Springheel Jack was an alien have combed through UFO reports and discovered that some people have reported seeing high-leaping figures in areas where UFOs were previously or subsequently sighted. An alternate theory is that Springheel Jack is a being from another dimension or a demon summoned into the natural world via an occult ritual.

Sources :
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
Unexplained! Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena by Jerome Clark

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Unexplained! Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena by Jerome Clark page 501
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