The Legend of The Green Man (Charlie No Face)

The Legend of The Green Man (Charlie No Face)

This article will be covering the legend of The Green Man that originates from the lonely roads of Pennsylvania. Also known as ‘Charlie No Face’ – is this legendary freak based on fact, or fiction?

Let’s take a closer look…


A Typical Urban Legend?

It’s a dark and rainy night as a couple drive up to darkened tunnel – a location that is often mentioned in a local legend that is linked to man/ghoul that has terrorized this part of town for decades.

The couple have only been dating for a couple of weeks, but he thinks his luck is in, this particular night.

He has heard of this location many times before – and his mates have suggested that he takes his date here, to scare her with the local legend and setting.

When the car enters the tunnel, his date turns to him and laughs – she is also local and she knows what he is up to…she has also heard the legend of The Green Man.

raymond robinson green man

They drive deep into the tunnel then stop – they sit in the darkness waiting for the legend to reveal itself but neither is too confident that it will…

Surely this is nothing more than a High School legend – designed to get young ladies ‘in the mood’?

Suddenly the guy realizes that the legend mentions a calling – so he beeps his horn twice…

The call is answered.

A strange green light begins to form in the middle of the tunnel…and slowly moves towards the car. As the light get’s closer, it takes on the form of a man.

The young couple are frozen in fear, as The Green Man’s disfigured face peers in at them.

He has a hole in his cheek, exposing his teeth, and there is a deep hole where his nose should be. His eyes twitch…but they are nothing more than sealed eyelids.


Charlie No Face

The young lovers have encountered Charlie No Face, or The Green Man.

Local legend suggests that he was once an employee of the power company and was electrocuted by a downed power line.

This accident managed to hideously deform the poor soul…leaving him to hide away in the dark tunnel.

As he reaches out to touch the car, they speed off back into the night.

They are both fully aware that the legend suggests that Charlie No Face gets his power, and his green glow, from the cars he manages to trap within the tunnel.


Raymond Robinson

Many paranormal experts believe that this urban legend is actually based on fact – an incident that happened to an eight-year-old boy named Raymond Robinson.

Raymond tragically fell into electrical lines on the Morado Bridge near Beaver Falls, and ended up with with hideous injuries to his face and body.

Due to such horrifying injuries he shied away from the public.

Charlie No Face

Raymond was constantly warned by locals not to venture out in the daytime, as he frightened the local children.

He resorted to taking long walks at nighttime, and soon became a bit of a celebrity.

Groups of teenagers would drive along the roads at night in search of him. More often than not, Raymond would stop to talk to them, and they would have their picture taken with him!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the legend of The Green Man, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Moundsville Penitentiary Shadow Man

The Moundsville Penitentiary Shadow Man

This article will be covering the Moundsville Penitentiary shadow man image snapped by Polly Gear back in 2004.

Over the years, the Penitentiary has been the center of several reports of shadow people, usually linked to the thirty-six homicides and ninety-four executions that took place inside it’s walls.

The photograph has been the subject of numerous high-profile debunking attempts, which have ended up slightly messy and confusing.

Fake photograph or actual paranormal image – let’s take a closer look…


The Shadow Man Image

As I touched on above – many online avenues have published this paranormal photograph as a complete fake…but numerous paranormal experts still believe that this is not the case.

Hopefully by the end of this article, you will have enough information to make your own mind up on the subject.

The shadow man image was snapped by Polly Gear in 2004 at the abandoned West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.

The Shadow Man Image

When Gear took the photo, she was in the process of investigating the reports of shadow figures that have been filed by those visiting over the years.

Many paranormal experts believe that these shadow figures are the souls of the 94 executed men and 36 homicides that are linked to the dark building.

The Penitentiary went out of commission in 1995, and nine years later this fascinating paranormal image was snapped as Polly was making her way down a hallway, to the cafeteria.

She later claimed that the figure seemed like a black static entity that had a humanoid shape. She shone her torch at it and the beam of light seemed to cut straight through it’s body.

The entity looked down at the light that cut through it’s body, as if it knew what the result would be.

Gear didn’t panic or freak out – she calmly drew her camera from her bag and managed to snap this now infamous photograph.

She was gradually retreating from the shadow figure when she used her camera, and when she lowered it from her eye-level…the entity had disappeared.


The Debunking Attempts Begin…

The image of the shadow man hit the internet within a matter of days…and with that the debunking attempts began to crawl out of the woodwork.

Eventually the popular paranormal television show, Ghost Hunters, got involved, and claimed that they had successfully debunked the image.

They pointed out that someone had merely shone a IR light behind Polly, creating a shadow man image out of her actual shadow.

The Debunking

Unfortunately, their debunk was then debunked itself – turns out the crew of Ghost Hunters are not as clever as they think (no big surprise there!).

They indicated that Polly was 10 – 40 feet away when she took this picture, and created the fake shadow man image. Experts who then examined the photo pointed out that Polly was actually over 100 feet away from the entity in the picture.

This means that there is no way the shadow could have been this size – it would have been A LOT larger.

Now it’s over to you…

Do you believe the flimsy attempts of a debunk by the Ghost Hunters team?

Maybe they were simply jealous that Polly had managed to capture such a fascinating paranormal entity?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the Moundsville Penitentiary shadow man, in the comment section below.

The Carmen Winstead Story

The Carmen Winstead Story

This article will be covering the tragic Carmen Winstead story and the paranormal chain letter incidents that followed the 17-year-old’s death.


The Carmen Winstead Death

Carmen Winstead was a run-of-the-mill Indiana teenager who was tragically killed when she was pushed into a sewer by five other students. The incident happened when her school was in the process of completing a fire drill.

Carmen had been having a few problems with a group of female students – she stood out as a little different therefore she was picked on occasionally…and that is exactly what happened when she was pushed down the sewer entrance.

It was supposed to be a joke – a way of embarrassing Carmen in front of the school…but she did not reemerge from the sewer.

The Carmen Winstead Death

The police were brought to the scene and they soon located and recovered her body in the sewer. Her neck had been completely broken, probably happening when her head hit the metal ladder on the way down.

The students at the school were questioned but none of them witnessed what the group of girls had done – these girls did not own up to their actions. Instead, they told the authorities that it was a clumsy accident – Carmen had simply fallen through the open sewer cover.


The Carmen Winstead Chain Letter

A couple of months after the tragedy, numerous students at Carmen’s school started receiving emails and messages on their myspace accounts titled ‘They Pushed Her’.

These messages contained the truth about what really happened on the day of the fire drill.

The messages did not contain specifics on who pushed Carmen into the sewer…but they did warn that the guilty party needed to come forward…otherwise there would be horrible consequences!

The Carmen Winstead Chain Letter

Most of the students thought that this message was nothing more than a sick joke…but five girls got REALLY worried.

They had a right to be worried – within several days of the message going viral, each of the girls was found killed and disfigured in the same sewer Carmen had died.

Many now believe that Carmen is a very real entity, that is hell-bent on informing the world about her murder. Not content with the deaths of the guilty party, she will visit anyone who does not believe the story and forward it on to others.


Is the Carmen Winstead Story True?

Well yes, these events apparently happened in 2006…but the ‘entity’ of Carmen Winstead is regarded as a bit of an urban legend.

Some skeptics claim that Carmen never really existed – that this story started as a hoax and went from there. Many believe this…but if they receive an email entitled ‘They Pushed Her’…they always forward it…just in case!

Others believe that these events DEFINITELY took place, but they were in another part of the world. As a side note – this subject is often researched through search engines from various parts of the Philippines.

What are your thoughts on the Carmen Winstead story?

Do you believe in the Carmen Winstead chain letter?

If you do not forward the letter with the words ‘They Pushed Her’ in the title…will the spirit of Carmen come after you?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

This article will be examining the Asian legend of The Slit Mouthed Woman, thought to have originated in the late 1970’s.

Is Kuchisake Onna real, and if so – where did she originate from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Kuchisake Onna Myth

A teenager is walking down the street at nightfall and turns off a main road and into a smaller street. The noise from the city workers driving home soon sounds very distant.

The street he is now walking down seems near enough deserted…except for a young lady approaching him…wearing a surgical mask.

This may seem strange in the western world, but people frequently wear surgical masks in Asia to protect against the high levels of smog.

kuchisake onna wiki

The woman continues to walk towards the teenager, at first looking to walk past, but at the last minute, veering to stand directly in front of him.

“Am I beautiful?” the masked woman asks.

She has long dark hair that covers a lot of her face…but her eyes just shine out – she is clearly very beautiful.

The teenager tells her that he thinks she is indeed beautiful…

The strange woman then rips of her surgical mask to reveal a horrific grin, that has been cut across her face from ear to ear.

“How about now?” she asks.

The teenager has heard about the legend of Kuchisake Onna – The Slit Mouthed Woman, in school…and now she stands in front of him.

He turns to run in fear…but suddenly she is in front of him once again, holding a scissors.

The Kuchisake Onna Myth

The teenager is found stumbling around the street minutes later, after being cut from ear to ear, with a permanent smile.

This teenager is actually considered to be lucky – he survives the attack but he must carry the permanent smiling scars for the remainder of his life.


The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

Reports of The Slit Mouthed Woman first surfaced in the late 70’s, leading to the authorities in that part of Japan putting more man-power on the streets.

They were desperate to get a hold on the panic that these reports were creating among the public.

It even got to the point where schools would not allow children to walk home alone – they were forced into groups as soon as they left the school gates.

Teenagers were scared – they devised inventive ways to get away from The Slit Mouthed Woman. The most interesting of these was to answer her question with a question – never give her a definite answer.

The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

There were also a few ‘survivors’ from these incidents – apparently they simply told The Slit Mouthed Woman that they could not stop and talk, they were busy and were late for an engagement!

The stories and sightings died down in Japan, only to surface in South Korea through the 1990’s.

There are numerous ‘urban legends’ floating about on her identity – many believe she was a beautiful woman that was caught having an affair, and her husband cut her, to make sure she would never cheat again.

Another ‘origin’ points to her being the spirit of a woman who used to chase kids and scare them. She was eventually chased by the police and knocked down by a passing car.

The car managed to rip her face in half.

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Teke Teke Urban Legend

The Teke Teke Urban Legend

This article will be taking a closer look at the Japanese Teke Teke urban legend that started doing the rounds in 1969 – is there any truth behind this macabre creature?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Teke Teke Story

A teenage boy leaves school late due to the fact he was being held back for extra tuition. It’s a winter month – so the dark is rising already.

He opts to avoid the smog of the main city roads, instead taking a route through the cramped maze of city blocks. All of a sudden…he feels like someone, or something, is watching him.

He starts to quicken his pace, but in his haste, he takes a wrong turning, and ends up in a courtyard with several city block exits.

Tall buildings stretch up to the sky on all sides of him – he notices a light on in one of the windows…and a girl of similar age staring down at him. He decides to walk over to the girl’s window to ask for directions, but as he begins to walk, he hears the sound of a train.

Now he knows he’s lost – his usual route home takes him nowhere near the train line.

As he approaches the girl in the window her face suddenly changes from a caring smile into a horrible curled snarl. She suddenly launches herself from the window…then he realizes she only has half a body!

The Teke Teke Story

She lands on the ground and stands up on her hands, dark hair covering her snarling face. She takes several steps towards him, hand over hand, each step making a curious sound as it slaps the ground – teke…teke…

The boy turns and runs screaming through one of the block exits…but he can hear the sound of her hands following him (teke…teke…teke).

He notices a wire fence in front of him – maybe he can clear it and maybe she won’t be able to follow?

As he reaches the fence he feels a sharp pain in his back…

The body of the young boy is discovered the following morning next to a fence that runs along the train lines. He has been ripped in half…and there is a trail of hand prints leading to and from the body.


The Japanese Teke Teke Legend

The Teke Teke entity is that of a Japanese schoolgirl who committed suicide in 1969. She was a victim of bullying and she took her own life by lying in front of a train…resulting in her being sliced in half.

Her spirit is extremely vengeful, and unable to rest due to the horrible life she led when she was being bullied. She seeks revenge on those who seem similar to the ones who bullied her.

She gets her name from the hideous noise her hands make as she drags her body across the floor…towards you!

Legend suggests that she only hangs around near the location of her death – so it’s best to avoid all train tracks if possible.

Once you have locked eyes with the Teke Teke – there is no escape. Even if you manage to outrun the grotesque creature…it will find you and kill you within three days.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Teke Teke urban legend, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Bell Witch Tennessee Story

The Bell Witch Tennessee Story

This article will be covering the Bell Witch Tennessee story from the early 1800’s, when a simple family were tormented by a now infamous malicious spirit…


The Bell Witch Curse

John Bell and his family decided that they needed a change in 1804, and ended up purchasing a property in Tennessee.

John decided that the peaceful country life was they way to go – he would steadily build up his land and leave a solid legacy to his children.

Unfortunately, this idea did not go according to plan…

During the period of the Bell’s buying up property, John managed to piss off a neighbor named Kate Batts. This lady was convinced that John had somehow ripped her off when it came to the deal for her land.

The Bell Witch Curse

Batts was not one to let things lie – and the two had a feud right up until the moment she died, in 1817.

On her deathbed she left what is now referred to as ‘The Bell Witch Curse’ on John’s family.


The Bell Witch Haunting Story

Shortly after Batts passed away, the Bell family began to hear scratchings behind the walls of their home. This then escalated into a whispering voice that got louder and louder over time.

The family members were convinced that this was the voice of an old woman, but they could not quite make out who she was or what she was saying.

Before long, poltergeist activity hit the household. This force seemed to be waking the children up when they slept, by slowly tugging the blankets off them.

The poltergeist entity then moved on to various items in the household – stealing them and hiding them about the property. It then moved on to physically abusing the young children (pinching and slapping them!).

The Bell Witch Haunting Story

At night, John would be woken by the sounds of some sort of beast, chewing on wooden posts and supports of the house. When he looked out of the windows at night he could see strange and unknown creatures lurking about the garden.

The entity seemed to concentrate most of it’s efforts on John and his daughter Betsy (Elizabeth). It would only ever laugh out loud when it witnessed one of the two in severe discomfort or fright.

The voice became clearer and clearer over time, and in the end the family could hear it stating that it was going to kill the head of the household – John Bell.

At this point, John had no idea what to do – he invited his friend James Johnson and his wife for dinner…hopefully they would witness the paranormal activity and provide some sort of solution…

The ghost did not disappoint.


The Bell Witch House

By 1818,  James Johnson and his wife had let most of the locals in the area know about what they witnessed that night – The Bell Witch.

John was desperate for help, and he turned to religion to find it.

Unfortunately the local church wanted nothing to do with him or his witch – the Bell family were promptly excommunicated.

Before long the story of the Bell Witch stretched itself across America, and people flocked in their hundreds to witness the entity. It never disappointed – it would always let itself be known, never seen, but always heard.

The Bell Witch House

General Andrew Jackson (who would go on to become the 7th President of the United States) got wind of this supernatural story and decided to gather a group of close friends and visit the Bell property himself. He was not a believer in the paranormal, and he thought he could prove the whole issue was a hoax.

When they neared the Bell property their wagon suddenly locked it’s wheels and stopped. The General and his men investigated the wheel mechanisms but nothing seemed wrong with them.

The general joked about the power of the witch stopping the wagon…and with that a high pitched voice boomed out through the night saying…

“All right General, let the wagon move on, I will see you again tonight”

The General left early the next day after witnessing a night full of terrifying paranormal activity.


The Death of John Bell

When John reached the age of seventy he suffered from a stroke, leaving him bedridden and needing medicine every day. One morning he failed to wake from his sleep…and the witch claimed that she had switched medicines on the family…

Had they been feeding John poison without knowing it?

The witch told his family members that John would be dead by the following day – the poison was strong and there was no return for him.

He died the next day.

The Bell Witch sang joyously at the close of John’s funeral, and could be continued to be heard as the family and friends filed away.


The End

In 1821, the Bell Witch informed the surviving Bell family members that she would be leaving their property, and she would return in seven years time.

She kept her promise – returning in 1828 and appearing only to John Bell Jr, John Bell’s son.

After a while she once again decided to leave the Bell family, and told Bell Jr that she would return in 1935.

There has been no record of the Bell Witch since.

Nearby to the Bell house there is a cave known as the Bell Witch Cave.

There have been numerous modern-day paranormal incidents recorded and reported in this cave. Some paranormal experts and psychics believe that the Bell Witch still resides in this cave…watching…and waiting…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Bell Witch Tennessee story, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Fox Sisters House

The Fox Sisters House

Many modern-day spiritualists believe that their movement officially started on March the 31st, 1848, in the now famous Fox sisters house in Hydesville, New York. This article covers their fascinating story…


Paranormal Beginnings

The Fox family lived in a well known house in Hydesville (now a part of Arcadia) that was said to be haunted by a number of ghosts. Several of the previous owners are reported to have moved out of the house shortly after they purchased it.

In mid-March, 1848, the family began to notice strange rapping noises around their home. The head of the family, John Fox, thought nothing of it – he tried convincing his daughters that the noises were nothing more than the house groaning and creaking with age.

The sisters were not buying into this, and would frequently run and hide in their parent’s bed in the middle of the night.

Twelve year old Kate was the first of the sisters to take the paranormal step forward – she decided to challenge the unseen creator of the sounds, by asking it to repeat the snapping of her fingers or claps of her hands.

The invisible entity complied.

Fifteen year old Margaret was also present – and she began talking with this entity, calling it ‘Mr Splitfoot’. The presence reacted to this new name, and began listening and replying to Margaret’s commands.

spiritism fox sisters

Mrs. Fox had been listening to proceedings from the kitchen, and she decided to join in with the experiment. She asked the entity if it was able to tap out the ages of her daughters – to prove it was an intelligent life form.

The invisible entity complied, and got the ages correct…

But it also included the age of her youngest child, who had tragically died years before!

The sisters, and their mother, continued communications with the paranormal force all through the night. During this time they found out that it was the spirit of a 31 year old man, who had been murdered in the house – his body was still buried somewhere in their cellar.

They even managed to convince the entity to return and show his ‘tapping powers’ to visitors to the home who may be interested in the situation.


The Witnesses

The first witness was a neighbor named Mrs. Redfield – she seemed to take the family’s claims very seriously, right from the start. She wasn’t disappointed…

The entity was able to guess Redfield’s age, and relay it in a series of taps once again.

Soon the house was filled with many from the local community. Still the rapping continued, answering questions. This ‘paranormal session’ went on throughout the following night.

During this time, the family and the local witnesses managed to determine that the dead man’s name was Charles Rosna and he had been killed during a robbery for his money (someone had slit his throat).

fox sisters spiritualism

On April the 1st the cellar was dug out to search for the body of Rosna, but the workers went so deep they eventually reached the water pipes to the neighborhood, and stopped. They didn’t manage to locate the body.

The following Saturday around 300 witnesses crammed themselves into the Fox house and heard the strange paranormal tapping sounds.

The church finally turned against the family because they thought they were playing with demonic forces. The sisters were moved – Kate to her brother’s house, and Margaret to her elder sister’s house.

Strangely, the tapping sounds followed both Kate and Margaret to their new homes – was this spirit now linked to the two sisters in some way?

With the help of the Quaker community, the Fox sisters eventually started performing public séances in New York, with their oldest sibling Leah – the spiritualist movement was born!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Fox sisters house, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

This article will be covering the Tulip Staircase ghost image that was snapped on what is possibly the first unsupported spiral staircase in England, in June, 1966. Did retired clergyman Reverend Ralph Hardy manage to capture an image of a paranormal entity?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Photograph

The image that was snapped in June, 1966, seems to reveal the dramatic movements of an individual pulling themselves up a staircase, looking quite morose. Reverend Ralph Hardy insists that he was only taking a photograph of the elaborate staircase – nobody else was present at the time!

Ralph Hardy was a Canadian minister that was visiting the Queens House in Greenwich with his wife when he decided to take the photograph in question.

His wife was the one who actually suggested that they should visit the location, as she had seen a photograph of the wonderful staircase in a magazine publication back home.

Paranormal Activity 

Hardy tried his best to get a position underneath the staircase – so he could point the camera upwards and capture the impressive spiral design. Unfortunately the staircase was cordoned off for security reasons, so he made do with his sideways vantage point.

He took the shot and thought no more of it…until he returned home and got his holiday pictures developed.

Shocked by what he saw, he sent the ghostly image on to experts who then took them to the Kodak laboratories. It was a true image – the photograph had not been tampered with in any way.


Paranormal Activity 

When the photograph was finally released to the public, the Tulip Staircase became an instant hit for ghost hunters and psychics from all over the world. Numerous seances were held in the building and they even attempted a strange re-enactment of the photo, attempting to recreate the same conditions.

Unfortunately, these psychic and ghostly gatherings did not work – they could not manage to make contact with the spirit in the photograph.

But, there has been numerous other reports of paranormal activity at the Queens House…

Some visitors have claimed to have heard soft footsteps on the staircase…followed by the strange sound of a group of children chanting.

There has also been a handful of paranormal incidents involving a pale woman, dressed in old fashioned clothing. She has been spotted mopping up what appears to be blood, on the first step of the staircase.

This woman is thought to be linked to a maid that fell to her death from the staircase, many years ago.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Tulip Staircase ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Varginha Incident, Brazil

The Varginha Incident, Brazil

This article will be covering the alien reports that surfaced in Brazil in 1996 – now known as The Varginha Incident. What were these strange bipedal creatures and where did they come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Creature

The first reports of these creatures surfaced in the city on January the 20th, 1996, when three young women claimed they had encountered one.

The creature was said to be no more than five feet tall, bipedal, with dark brown skin. It’s head was said to have been ‘over-sized’ with large red eyes, and it had an extremely slender body.

The creature seemed to be injured in some way, and moved in a hobble, as if it was seriously hurt. The three girls (Lilane Silva, Valquiria Silav and Katia Xavier) didn’t care a jot if it was injured – the red eyes were enough to send them running off, screaming.

The Creature

Word spread quickly, and the local press pushed the story until it was worldwide news.

But this was not the end of the extraterrestrial activity in Varginha during January, 1996…


The UFO

The night before the discovery of this creature, the Brazilian Center on Air Defence and Air Traffic Control was contacted by a US agency, regarding an unidentified object heading towards the ground near Minas Gerais Estate in South East Brazil.

Around about the same time, two farmers were awoken to the sound of cattle going mad in their fields. They both got up, got changed, and walked out into the night to find out what was spooking the animals.

The Varginha Alien

When they got to the first field they were shocked to see a silent flying object without lights gliding down one of their fields. The ‘craft’ seemed to be in some sort of distress and was banking left and right erratically.

Rumors suggest that this UFO finally crashed on the farmland, and an alien survivor was shot by one of the farmers. All the evidence was removed from the scene by authorities before the locals could set eyes on it (apparently!).


The Varginha Reports

The reports of ‘The Devil’ creatures started surfacing in Varginha at 8 o’clock the following morning. The first one was made by a student not more than 6 miles away from the farm crash site.

The Varginha Fire Department then received several calls that morning regarding strange creatures in the city. These creatures were described as moving like jaguars. The military had turned up at the scene of every report and ‘removed’ each culprit.

The Varginha Reports

The whole city spent the remainder of the day watching the military patrol their streets, looking for something…

One of these military groups are rumored to have captured one of these creatures alive in a city park, that night. They apparently took it to a general hospital where the doctors and nurses were suppressed. Several areas of the hospital were closed down and the public were told it was nothing more than a training exercise for the military.

The creature is rumored to have died in a ward of that hospital, and kept there under guard, for a full thirty hours before the military heads turned up to remove it.


The Varginha Incident, Brazil

Locals of Varginha, Brazil, still believe that their city was under extraterrestrial quarantine on  January the 20th, 1996 – what do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Cottingley Fairy Incident

The Cottingley Fairy Incident

I can remember coming across the photographs from the Cottingley fairy incident in a school library publication when I was about 10 – at the time, they completely blew me away!

In this article we will be taking a look at the story behind the famous paranormal images Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright gave to the world…only to take them back again in the 80’s…


Frances and Elsie

Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright were relatives that ended up living in the same house in mid 1917. The two young ladies got on like a house on fire, and spent every waking hour together.

Most days they could be found messing about at the stream that ran through the bottom of the Cottingley property.

When the adults would ask what they were doing down there – they would simply reply that they were playing with the fairies!

Frances and Elsie

Before long the two girls got sick of the adults laughing at their fairy claims, and borrowed a family camera to take down to the stream to prove their existence.

The girls returned about an hour later and handed the camera to Elsie’s father, Arthur, who set off to his amateur darkroom to develop the photographic plate.

At first Arthur was shocked by what he saw – images of the girls playing around the stream with fairies dancing by them…but then he passed it off as a clever teenage joke!

Several months later the girls returned to Arthur with a picture of Elsie holding out a hand to a gnome…

Enough was enough – he banned the girls from using his camera again!


Are These REAL Fairies?

A few years later, Elsie’s mother was attending a lecture on fairies at the Bradford Theosophical Society. Because of the lecture subject – she decided to take the fairy photos along.

Things seemed to snowball a little bit from here – the public got hold of these images pretty quickly!

Are These REAL Fairies?

Most people decided that these images were clever forgeries, so Edward Gardner, head of the national Theosophical Society, stepped in to find out if they were indeed tampered with.

The experts he contacted concluded the images were real and genuine, with no apparent tampering.


1920

In 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Gardner decided to ask the two young ladies if they could maybe capture some more images of these wonderful creatures.

They handed the girls a brand new camera, and Gardner waited for them as they went down to the stream – apparently the fairies would not appear if Frances and Elsie brought visitors with them!

They returned about an hour later with several new shots of the fairies. Gardner contacted Doyle immediately and Doyle was over the moon – a famous spiritualist, Doyle had been waiting for years to get his hands on some sort of confirmation of the paranormal.

The 4th Fairy Photo

The photo’s appeared in the December 1920 issue of The Strand Magazine, to mixed reactions, and Doyle started receiving reports from all over the world…involving incidents with fairies.

With these reports, he eventually created a book in 1922 titled The coming of the Fairies – resulting in many questioning his credibility and integrity.


The Fake Fairies

The girls managed to keep the act up until old age – in 1983 the two cousins admitted to faking the photographs.

The fairies were actually cut out female figures from a book titled Princess Mary’s Gift Book. They then suspended these figures on hatpins for the photos.

Once the photos had been taken, the two girls threw the paper fairy constructions into the stream, so all the evidence was washed away!

Frances passed away in 1986, followed by Elsie in 1988.

It’s worth noting that both girls were still convinced that ‘real’ fairies lived at the end of their garden…even though the photographs they produced were fake…

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