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The Demon Hag of Detroit



A typical grey frame family home stands at 5508 Martin Street in Detroit, Michigan. From the outside it appears to be a lovely residence for a family to move into and make memories in but inside lie unspeakable horrors waiting to be unleashed upon the next unsuspecting tenant.

The Adams family moved into the home in the early 1960’s. The family loved the house apart from being a bit spooked by the back bedroom. The children & the dog were afraid to go in there but couldn’t explain why.
There was nothing about the appearance of the bedroom that made it seem scary. It was very small with only enough room for a single bed and a built in closet. Bill Adams worked night shift in the Cadillac factory and would come home to sleep in this room so he didn’t disturb the rest of the family.

It wasn’t long before Mr. Adams started to have nightmares while sleeping in this room. He told the Detroit Free Press “They would leave me limp with fear, because they were so real. I would find myself sitting in the bed screaming, till my throat was sore. “One of the dreams was when I found myself opening a door, & a mutilated body fell out.” The nightmares only happened when he slept in the back bedroom. When sleeping in his own bedroom he slept undisturbed.

The family assumed there was something disturbing Bill and he was thinking about getting some therapy. In August of 1962 Bill’s mother came to visit from Georgia and stayed in the back bedroom. At breakfast after her first night she was pale and visibly upset. She told the family there were terrible sounds in that room and it sounded like someone was trying to break in through the closet. She was so disturbed by her experience in the room that she cut her visit short and returned to Georgia.

The Adams decided to test the room they would invite their friend Shirley Patterson to visit and stay in the room. Shirley was a practical, matter of fact Southern man who didn’t believe in the paranormal. They knew that if Shirley would admit to experiencing something in the room it was definitely real. The Adams’ didn’t reveal anything that had happened in the room to Shirley before his visit.

On his first night in the bedroom Shirley was lying facing the wall about to fall asleep when something turned him over onto his other side. He was now facing the door where a woman was standing. At first he thought it was Lillian, Bill’s wife, but he quickly recognized it wasn’t her and he began to shake uncontrollably. The woman had long hair and was wearing a short fur coat and a blue dress.

Shirley screamed as loud as he could and lunged at the woman. When he reached her she disappeared and every light in the house went out. Shirley went to the kitchen where he found Lillian and began to tell her what had happened when suddenly they heard a horrific wailing sound, half human and half animal. Almost immediately a horrible rotten stench wafted in from the back bedroom. Shirley and Lillian stood in the kitchen too frightened to move when the heavy trapdoor to the downstairs basement began banging repeatedly. They ran outside of the house with the children and called the police. The police couldn’t find anything that would explain these terrifying occurrences.

When Bill got home from work on October 28th, his wife & friend were waiting up for him. They retold the events of the previous evening as calmly as they could. Bill didn’t believe them and decided to test for himself one final time. He lay down to sleep in the back bedroom at 7.30pm and decided that this would be the night he ended the saga once and for all. He would either conquer the evil spirit that claimed the room or the family would move out and find somewhere else to live.

Lillian and Shirley slept in the front room with a small table lamp left on. Bill was lying on the bed when he though her heard Lillian enter the room. He told her she better leave or the spirit might not come back. To his horror when he turned over to look it wasn’t his wife in the room with him. Inches away from him was a horribly disfigured face. The eyes stared past him and the mouth moved to talk but only a hissing sound came out. The same terrible stench from the night before permeated the room. Bill ran from the room in a state of hysteria pulling clumps of hair from his head. Lillian and Shirley had to wrestle him to the floor to calm him down.

When Bill regained his senses he told them of the horrific image he had seen. They grabbed the sleeping children from their beds and fled to the neighbors house. The next morning the Adams family moved in with Lillian’s Parents in another suburb in Detroit.

When Lillian’s brother Leo and her sister Virginia heard the story they wanted to check it out for themselves.
Virginia stood out in the kitchen while Leo went to lie down in the room. A few minutes later an awful groan came from the bedroom. Leo came rushing out of the bedroom, pale, with a horrified look on his face. He refused to say what he had seen and the pair left the house immediately.

The landlord has refused to let any paranormal investigators into the house to see what could be causing this horrific haunting.

If you enjoyed this article you may also like learning about Zozo the Ouija Board demon or the Enfield Haunting.


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Fleshgait: Predatory Mimic in the Woods




A fleshgait is a creature that imitates the voices and appearances of people in the woods, with the intention of luring them away. People who have seen fleshgaits describe them as tall, thin, grey beings with long claws and no hair.

Description of a Fleshgait

Imagine a mysterious creature lurking in the depths of the woods, capable of mimicking human voices and appearances. Meet the fleshgait—a cunning trickster that entices unsuspecting wanderers. Witnesses who have encountered these eerie beings describe them as towering, slender figures, draped in a shroud of grey, with razor-sharp claws and an absence of hair.

Picture this: as you venture into the wilderness, unaware of the lurking danger, the fleshgait slinks in the shadows, perfecting its masquerade. With a supernatural ability to mimic the voices of both people and animals, it skillfully mimics the ones you hold dear, beckoning you deeper into its treacherous domain.

It is widely believed that fleshgaits are dangerous towards humans and often lure them deeper into the woods in order to harm or eat them. Some people also think that fleshgaits are connected to the Missing 411 disappearances, but there is no evidence to support this claim.

The powers of fleshgaits are not fully understood because nobody has witnessed their full capabilities. Based on reports, here are the commonly agreed-upon traits:

Voice Mimicking: Fleshgaits can imitate the voices of both humans and animals. They can only mimic voices and phrases they have heard before. Their calls can be captivating and difficult to resist, even when people know the voice is not from the person they are concerned about.

Super Speed: Fleshgaits are known for their unnaturally fast movement, often disappearing quickly into the woods.

Excessive Strength: Animals found torn apart in areas where fleshgaits are sighted suggest that these creatures possess tremendous strength.

While some reports suggest that fleshgaits can change their shape, not all reports mention this ability. Reports of shape-shifting fleshgaits occur frequently enough for many people to believe in their shape-shifting abilities.

Fleshgait Sightings

The Lore Lodge covers the the legend of the Fleshgait

Angeles National Forest, California – Alex Reynolds, Sarah Mitchell, and David Thompson, had a heart-stopping encounter with a fleshgait almost ten years ago. Despite the scary moment, these brave explorers managed to come out of it without any harm.

On a sunny afternoon, specifically on July 21st, 2013, the trio set off on an exciting adventure deep into the breathtaking Angeles National Forest. Towering trees and stunning views provided the backdrop for an experience they would never forget.

As they went further into the wilderness, a strange feeling of unease settled over them. It felt like the forest was holding its breath, and they sensed something they couldn’t see. Curiosity pushed them forward, unaware of the terrifying encounter they were about to face.

In the heart of the forest, they heard a voice calling their names from all directions. Confused, they looked at each other, trying to figure out where the calls were coming from.

With fear gripping them, the hikers cautiously followed the enchanting yet unsettling voices. Suddenly, in a sunny spot, they saw the fleshgait appear. It was tall and slender, with eerie eyes that seemed to shine from another world. Its appearance matched what others had described—a tall and thin creature with pale skin that stood out against the green forest.

Surprisingly, the fleshgait showed no signs of wanting to harm them. Instead, it seemed curious and watched them with an enigmatic gaze. The hikers watched in both awe and fear, their hearts racing with a mix of emotions.

After a few intense moments, the creature vanished into the forest, disappearing quickly as if it were never there. The hikers were left bewildered but relieved that nothing bad had happened. They hurried back to civilization, eager to share their extraordinary story.

How to Know A Fleshgait is Near

Here are some signs that suggest that a Fleshgait may be nearby:

You hear someone calling your name, but it’s not the person you know. For example, a woman heard her “mother” calling for help in the woods, even though she knew her real mother was far away. Despite the strange voice, she felt a strong urge to follow it. Later, she heard chattering noises and realized something was wrong. She barely escaped.

Your group feels like it has more people than before. People often sense an “extra person” around them before a fleshgait attack.

You see claws wrapped around a tree or a very thin figure that doesn’t look human. Many people witness them with their hands wrapped around trees or standing nearby. Some even describe them as resembling the character Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

There are reports of animals being killed in unusual ways or strange disappearances happening nearby. This makes sense because fleshgaits are predators.

The forest suddenly becomes quiet and eerily still. This often means there’s a predator nearby and creates a feeling of panic in the woods.

Your “friend” starts acting strangely and doesn’t sound like themselves.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to trust your instincts and make a quick exit from the area.

How to Avoid a Fleshgait Attack

Fleshgaits are believed to be attracted to bright colors so it may be wise to wear more dull colors when adventuring in the woods.

Have you ever seen a Fleshgait? Tell us about it in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Fleshgait you might be interested in similar creatures such as El Silbon or La Siguanaba.

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Bélmez Faces




One of the Belmez Faces.

In 1971, strange stains in the shape of human faces started appearing on the kitchen floor of a house in Bélmez de La Moraleda, a little village in Andalusia, Spain.

The Story of the Bélmez Faces

Another Belmez Face

Back in August 1971, María Gómez Cámara noticed a weird stain forming on her kitchen floor. It soon transformed into a creepy face, and to her surprise, the stain seemed to move around.

María tried to remove it, but nothing worked. Her husband and son even tried destroying it with a pick-axe and re-cementing the floor, but it came back a week later, along with more faces.

News of the “house of faces” spread quickly, attracting many curious visitors who wanted to witness this mysterious phenomenon for themselves. Parapsychology experts arrived and considered it a great mystery. They even claimed to have recorded strange voices in the house.

A local urban legend began to spread claiming that skeletons were found buried under the floor during an investigation.

Eventually, a new floor was made, and people thought the faces were gone for good. However, just two weeks later, a different face started appearing, surprising everyone once again.

By Easter of 1972, a large number of people were visiting the house to witness the faces. The Pereira family continued to claim that new faces kept appearing for the next 30 years. These faces were of both men and women, and they varied in shapes, sizes, and expressions.

Investigations into the Belmez Faces

The main researchers involved in the Bélmez case were Hans Bender and Germán de Argumosa. They worked together in Bélmez and Freiburg in the early 1970s when the alleged phenomena began. Surprisingly, neither Bender nor de Argumosa published an official report on their findings.

Bender only mentioned the case briefly in his journal, Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie. He did make some references to the case in his lectures, particularly mentioning the sealing of certain areas of the floor where faces were forming, using transparent plastic material. He stated that slight changes in the faces’ appearance during this sealed period, as documented by a notary, supported their paranormal origin.

In 2014, a TV show called Cuarto Milenio, hosted by Iker Jiménez, conducted a technical analysis to investigate the possibility of a hoax related to the Bélmez faces. The research was carried out by José Javier Gracenea, a chemical engineering doctor and general manager of Medco, along with Luis Alamancos, a forensic criminalist who served as the chairman of Gabinete Pericial Inpeval and director of the Spanish Institute of Applied Criminalistics. Alamancos was later honored with the European Police Cross of Honor.

With the permission of the house owner, Gracenea collected samples from the faces and analyzed them. His conclusion was that the images “were not created with paint” and that there was no evidence of external manipulation or added elements based on scientific knowledge and analysis techniques.

Alamancos attempted to replicate similar images using various methods that had been considered valid in previous investigations, including concrete solvents, hydrochloric acid, and silver nitrate. However, he failed to reproduce the faces and concluded that he was utterly perplexed by the phenomenon.

Skepticism about the Belmez Faces

Super Horror Bro covers the Belmez Faces

According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, the Bélmez Faces were intentionally fabricated, and he believes that the faces had a very unprofessional and amateurish appearance in their design.

Similarly, Brian Dunning from Skeptoid has written that investigations revealed the faces were actually painted onto the concrete floor, initially using paint and later with acid. Dunning also suggests that the woman residing in the house was involved in perpetrating a hoax on the public, potentially for financial gain.

In a journal article published in July 1993, Luis Ruiz-Noguez discussed the presence of three pigments commonly used in paint manufacturing: zinc, lead, and chromium. Based on this, Ruiz-Noguez suggested that the use of paint should be considered when it comes to the Bélmez faces, particularly with the suspicion of lead being involved. Here are the reasons he provided:

Lead was commonly used as a pigment for primary colors for a long time.

The analysis showed that the amount of chromium present was too low to be a likely option.

Lead tends to create dark and hard-to-see colorations, unlike chromium.

The most common and inexpensive primary colors are enamels that contain lead, which are widely used in homes because they are easy to apply.

However, Ruiz-Noguez also mentioned some objections to the hypothesis of paint being used based on the ICV (inorganic chemical values) samples. These objections include the fact that alkydalic-type enamels are not resistant to abrasion, paint leaves a visible film that is easily distinguishable from the surface it is applied on, and alkydalic enamels have low chemical tolerance to acids, alkalis, and detergents.

What do you think caused the faces to appear in Belmez? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Belmez Faces you might also be interested in other ghostly faces such as the SS Watertown Ghost Faces or faces appearing in an airplane oven on Flight 401.

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