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.
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Demon of Detroit
Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit of Pine Ridge
Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit. Photo: Ranker.
In 2015 a spree of suicides took place in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some believe these were caused by an evil spirit called Walking Sam.
Who is Walking Sam?
An artist’s depiction of Walking Sam. Photo: Ranker
Walking Sam is known by various names, including “Tall Man” and “Stovepipe Hat Bigfoot.” He is a towering figure standing at seven feet tall and has eyes but no mouth, sometimes wearing a stove-pipe hat.
When he raises his arms, people can see the bodies of his past victims hanging beneath him. Walking Sam is said to call out to teenagers and try to convince them that they are worthless, urging them to take their own lives. Some believe that he targets young people because they are more vulnerable to his manipulations.
According to Native American legends, Walking Sam is an ancient being closely linked to “Stick Indians,” who are dark and shadowy spirit entities.
Kids grow up hearing spooky stories about these evil forces that haunt reservations and try to lure unsuspecting victims to their doom. They’re always followed by a creepy cloud of death that just hangs around them.
If you hear whistling, it might be one of these Stick Indians nearby. But if you follow the sound, you could get paralyzed, hypnotized, or even lose your mind completely.
If you disrespect them, they’ll hold a grudge and seek revenge no matter what. Some tribes are so scared of them that they won’t even talk about them, so we don’t know everything about these beings. But Walking Sam is supposed to be one of the most powerful ones.
There are those who believe that Walking Sam represents the pain and trauma that the Lakota Indians endure on a daily basis. Given the deep spiritual connection that the Lakota people have with their land and heritage, some see Walking Sam as a physical embodiment of this suffering.
The Pine Ridge Suicides
A video telling the story of Walking Sam
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located near the Black Hills of South Dakota and is home to the Oglala Lakota tribe. It’s one of the largest Indian reservations in the US. Sadly, Pine Ridge has a sad past as hundreds of Lakota Indians were killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre.
It’s one of the poorest counties in the US. In 2015, a number of young people committed suicide on the reservation, and some people thought that supernatural forces like the legendary Walking Sam were to blame.
From December 2014 to March 2015, there were a staggering 103 suicide attempts, with nine of them being successful, and tragically, none of the victims were older than twenty-five.
The majority of those who died had used hanging as the method of suicide. Although there had been other clusters of suicides in previous years, this was the largest. As the community struggled to understand and deal with the crisis, some looked to traditional Native American beliefs for answers.
Lakota children are raised hearing stories about “suicide spirits,” “stick people,” and shadow people who try to lure young people away from their homes at night. These stories may have evolved over time, influenced by the popularity of Slender Man, into the figure now known as Walking Sam.
Walking Sam Sightings
During meetings of reservation officials, one of the topics that often comes up is Walking Sam. These officials advise reservation members to avoid walking on the streets at night as it would be an ideal time for Walking Sam to approach his victims.
Several residents have expressed concern and requested the police to keep a lookout for Walking Sam. Many residents have reported seeing his shadow and have shared their encounters with the police. Some residents have even reported hearing whistling sounds coming from nowhere.
Have you ever seen Walking Sam? Let us know in the comments.
If you enjoyed learning about Walking Sam you might also be interested in Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts or La Ciguapa: The Woman with Backwards Feet.
Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts
A Diao Si Gui or Hanged Ghost. Photo: Cryptid Wiki
According to Chinese legend, Diao Si Gui are the souls of those who took their own lives or were executed. These spirits may manifest as a body with a protruding, lengthy red tongue and attempt to persuade those who cross their path to join them in the world beyond.
The Legend of the Diao Si Gui
Diao Si Gui, or Hanged Ghosts can be created in two ways: when a person takes their own life by hanging or when they are executed by hanging as a punishment for their crimes.
The more prolonged and painful the death, such as by slow suffocation instead of a quick snap of the neck, the greater the likelihood of them becoming a Diao Si Gui.
These ghosts are said to haunt the vicinity of the location where they committed suicide and are often depicted with a noose around their neck, dangling feet, and long red tongues hanging from their mouths.
It is believed that one should avoid making eye contact with a Dio Si Gui as they may lure you into a hypnotic state and persuade you to hang yourself.
In some versions of the legend, if the ghost successfully persuades someone to hang themselves, that person becomes a Hanged Ghost while the original ghost goes free.
Other versions suggest that a Hanged Ghost is not limited to a specific location and can torment a person for days, gradually convincing them to take their own life. When the time is right, the ghost will appear to the person in a high place and lower a noose to them.
Stories About Diao Si Gui
In the Chinese Fairy Book by Dr. R. Wilhelm (1921), there is a story known as The Hanged Ghost, which tells the tale of a soldier seeking refuge for the night in an old, run-down temple.
While there, he witnesses a female ghost descending from the rafters, unaware of his presence in the shadows. Intrigued, he follows her to a farmhouse where he discovers the ghost urging a young mother and her child to hang themselves. The soldier intervenes, saving the woman’s life and causing the ghost to flee.
On his way back to the temple, the soldier takes the rope left behind by the ghost, but she appears on the road and demands that he give it back.
He refuses and wraps the rope around his arm, causing the ghost to transform and attack him. The soldier defends himself by flinging his own blood at the ghost, causing her to retreat. He continues his journey with the rope now part of his arm, unfazed by the encounter.
A video telling the tale of Diao Si Gui or hanged ghosts
Possible Explanations for the Diao Si Gui
It is possible that the legend of the hanged ghost came about as a way to help families come to terms with the unexpected suicides of their loved ones. It’s easier to believe that a loved one may have been manipulated in to killing them self by a spirit than it is to believe that they wanted to die.
Have you ever seen a Diao Sui Gui or Hanged Ghost? Let us know in the comments.
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