In this story, we will be taking a closer look at the Spring Heeled Jack sightings from 1808 to more recent incidents. What was this entity and what did it want?
The first documented encounter of Spring Heeled Jack came to light in 1808 within the offices of the Sheffield Times.
The editor of the newspaper received a strange letter explaining about an entity/ghost that spent its time playing pranks on the living. Apparently, this ghost had existed for many years.
The strange beast was able to jump huge heights from a standing position and seemed to be made out of thin air – striking the supernatural beast had no effect whatsoever (weapons just passed straight through it).
The author of the letter referred to this entity as Park Ghost and Spring Heeled Jack.
In 1837 an unnamed female was outside Blackheath Fair in England when out of nowhere a strange figure appeared and started to violently attack her.
The lady ended up receiving numerous cut injuries to her skin and most of her clothes had been ripped off her body.
When she was later interviewed she claimed that the assailant had definitely been male but there was something ‘off’ about him. He had a surreal look of madness on his face and his fingers seemed to be long cold iron tips.
After hearing about the crime, the mayor of the area decided to publicize it to warn his public…and ended up receiving hundreds of letters claiming that they to had been attacked or chased by this strange, tall figure.
Numerous people came forward with claims about being attacked by this strange creature – most of them were too scared about being labeled crazy to report the incidents before 1837.
Local vigilante groups were formed in an attempt to catch this crazed criminal.
These groups were extremely well set up by the public and patrolled the streets on a shift basis – they even encountered the entity on occasions but were unable to catch him due to his speed and athleticism.
Word soon spread from these groups to the public – they were not chasing a man…they were chasing something supernatural!
About 12 months later the attacks seemed to grow in intensity. One night a young lady was walking home when something jumped out of the shadows and breathed blue flames at her.
The figure then closed its mouth and pounced away in a sort of kangaroo movement. The same night brought in many similar reports…
The reports consisted of a tall man with scary red eyes who could breathe blue fire and would always jump, never walk or run.
The final attack in London during this time period is probably the most famous, it involved a young lady named Jane.
Jane was having a conversation in her home with her visiting sister when she heard a loud knocking at her front door.
She was a little afraid of opening the door so she asked the visitor through the locked door who they were. The visitor quickly replied:
“I am a police officer for god sake bring me a light for we have caught Spring Heeled Jack”.
Jane hastily opened the door, only to be confronted by a tall man breathing blue flames from his smiling mouth. She screamed and tried to close the door but she was too late – Spring Heeled Jack was on her clawing in a flash.
Thankfully Jane’s sister heard the screams and the two of them managed to get the entity back through the door. It then ran off into the darkness.
Let’s Move To The Country
The Spring Heeled Jack sightings died out until the 1870’s when for some reason, they moved to the English countryside.
Many incidents involved local groups in towns hunting down and setting up traps to catch the supernatural creature, but with no luck.
After these attacks, it’s almost as if ‘Jack’ realized his time was up in the UK, and many believe he somehow moved on to America in the 1880s…
New Hunting Grounds
During the 1880s there were many reports in Kentucky of a tall man attacking people at night. Eyewitness reports claimed that the culprit had long icy cold iron-like fingers, pointy ears and that he shot blue flames – but from his chest (not his mouth).
These incidents seemed to die out within months and all of a sudden… Jack seemed to disappear from people’s minds.
This lull in attacks lasted up until 1939 when Cape Cod seemed to be hit by the strange entity.
Now Jack seemed to have new powers in his arsenal – eyewitnesses claim that he could now levitate and even had the power to disappear and reappear miles away within a blink of the eye!
It was at this time that Jack picked up the newer nickname of the Black Flash from the American public.
In recent times incidents involving ‘Jack’ have been reported in Canada (1973), Texas (1979) and back in the UK in 1986 (a very famous case involving a British army officer).
Obsessed by ghost hunting and all things paranormal. Chris spends a lot of time (some would say too much time) investigating ghosts and spirits and documenting stories and paranormal communication. He teaches aspiring ghost hunters in the Paranormal Academy.