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The Bandage Man of Canon Beach



An artist’s impression of the Bandage Man of Canon Beach. Photo: facts-chology.

Legend has it that a man covered in bloody bandages terrorizes a specific stretch of Highway 101 that passes through Cannon Beach. While the origins of this legend are shrouded in mystery, many believe it to be the result of a tragic accident that occurred on the highway decades ago.

Description of the Bandage Man of Canon Beach

The Bandage Man is said to look like a mummy, covered in bandages.

The Bandage Man of Canon Beach is described as a man of average height and weight, covered in blood soaked bandages. He is said to appear out of the fog near Canon Beach and jump in front of vehicles, bang on the side of cars or sometimes even hitch hike, disappearing once inside the vehicle.

Some people even claim the Bandage Man has killed their pets.

The Legend of the Bandage Man of Canon Beach

A video telling the tale of the Bandage Man of Canon Beach

When the United States entered the Second World War, Oregon sawmills experienced a surge in production due to the construction boom caused by labor shortages. With workers hustling to keep up with demand, it’s no surprise that accidents became more commonplace in these dangerous workplaces.

One tragic incident, in particular, stands out as a haunting reminder of the perils faced by those who worked in the sawmills. After a heavy rainstorm, a logger slipped and fell onto one of the saw blades, sustaining deep, lacerating wounds all over his body.

Despite the swift response of his co-workers, the logger’s injuries were severe. The medics who arrived on the scene were forced to wrap his entire body in bandages to stop the bleeding.

After hastily wrapping the logger’s body in bandages, the ambulance rushed to get him to the hospital. However, tragedy struck when the vehicle crashed on a slippery bend in Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the medics were unconscious, and the body of the logger, who had been wrapped in bandages, was missing. Despite a three-day search effort, no sign of the missing man was ever found.

There were no reports of the logger showing up at any local hospitals or sightings of him wandering the area. Many speculated that due to the severity of his injuries, he could not have survived for long.

Years later, a small piece of a bloody bandage was discovered, but no other trace of the missing logger was ever found.

Today, the ghost of the logger is said to haunt the old sawmill where he met his untimely end. Visitors have reported eerie sightings and unexplained phenomena, leading many to believe that the restless spirit of the logger is still seeking peace and closure after all these years.

Sightings of the Bandage Man of Canon Beach

The beautiful town of Canon Beach, where the Bandage Man is said to reside. Photo: Wikipedia

Several years later, a young couple parked their pickup truck in a secluded area of Cannon Beach along Highway 101 one dark night.

As they sat inside their vehicle, they heard rustling sounds emanating from the nearby woods. Initially dismissing it as the wind, the couple suddenly found themselves enveloped in a foul stench of decaying flesh.

As the truck shook violently, the couple peered through the window and were horrified to see a man covered in bloody bandages staring back at them.

The bandaged man began yelling and pounding on the roof of the truck, sending the couple into a panic. The driver quickly started the engine and drove away recklessly, narrowly avoiding a collision.

After finding a well-lit area, the driver cautiously examined the back of the truck and discovered a torn piece of the bandaged man’s bloody wrappings. Despite searching the area, there was no sign of the mysterious figure.

Since that fateful night, there have been numerous reports of the bandaged man appearing to others, either on top or in the back of their cars. Some even claim that his sudden appearance has caused multiple accidents and deaths along the treacherous stretch of highway.

According to local legends, the bandaged man has transformed into a ghoul or zombie, driven by an insatiable hunger for human flesh. In fact, many missing pets along Cannon Beach are rumored to have fallen victim to his gruesome appetite.

Theories about the Bandage Man of Canon Beach

It is possible that the bandage man is simple a mentally ill person who had perhaps suffered some horrific injuries and chose to go for walks at night time to avoid being seen by too many people.

Some people may have seen the poor man and then embellished the story with scary happenings.

What do you think about the Bandage Man of Canon Beach? Have you ever seen him? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Bandage Man of Canon Beach you might also be interested in the legends of Pigman Road and the Penanggalan.

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Fofao: The Killer Doll




The creepy Fofao dolls did in fact contain a sharp spike within to support the doll’s head. Photo: Latin Folktales

An urban legend spread throughout Latin America in the late 1980s telling of a knife being hidden in Fofao dolls. It turns out it was somewhat based in reality.

Who was Fofão?

The rather spooky looking character of Fofao. Photo: Wikipedia

Orival Pessini was tasked by TV Globo director, José Bonifácio de Oliveira Sobrinho , to create a child character for the upcoming program Balão Mágico. As any character that was created would go on air, Orival was unsure of what to create, having no prior experience with children.

After contemplating various possibilities such as a dog, pig, clown, teddy bear, extraterrestrial, or human, Orival decided to combine all the ideas, resulting in the creation of Fofão.

Orival was also inspired by Steven Spielberg’s E.T, which he described as being unattractive but possessing a great heart and charisma. Therefore, he aimed to create a similar character in Fofão.

In 1983, the character Fofão made its first appearance on the morning children’s television program, Balão Mágico, as a supporting character to the children’s musical group.

Despite its minor role, the character quickly gained popularity, eventually becoming an iconic figure in Brazilian media during the 1980s. This was largely due to the high sales of a plush toy based on the character.

In 1986, following the end of the original program, Fofão was given its own solo show called TV Fofão, which aired on Rede Bandeirantes until 1989, with a brief return between 1994-1996. The character made its final TV appearance in 1998 on the CNT Gazeta channel.

During the early 1980s, he gained immense popularity among Brazilian children and became a sensation. The character had its own TV show, released albums, dolls, and various other licensed products.

The Legend of the killer Fofao dolls

A video telling the story of the creepy Fofao dolls

After Fofao’s meteoric rise to fame the Fofao dolls sold in huge numbers. Not long afterwards rumors began to spread about the dolls having a knife concealed inside them.

According to the legend, Fofao dolls were cursed and would come to life in the middle of the night. The doll’s head would then separate from its body revealing a large knife. The Fofao doll would then repeatedly stab the child sleeping peacefully next to them.

After the story of the cursed Fofao doll became widely known, many people reportedly burned their own Fofao dolls out of fear. The story has since become a popular urban legend throughout Latin America.

Spookily, the Fofao doll legend wasn’t completely made up. When the head of the doll was removed a large, sharp plastic spike was revealed. This was used as a structural support to help the doll to sit up on its own.

Did you hear the legend of the Fofao dolls when you were growing up? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Demon Cat of D.C




A possible Demon Cat peering over a fence in Washington D.C. Photo: Wikipedia

Several people have reported seeing a large cat lurking around the US Government buildings in Washington D.C. Some say the cat appears as a warning before significant events.

The Legend of the Demon Cat of D.C

In the mid-1800s, cats were introduced into the underground tunnels of the United States Capitol Building with the purpose of exterminating rats and mice.

The story of the Demon Cat began during this time, with the belief that it was one of these feline workers whose spirit remained in the basement crypt after its passing.

The crypt, which was meant to be a final resting place for President George Washington, is said to be the Demon Cat’s favourite hangout.

As per a Washington Post article from 1898, the Demon Cat initially appears to be a regular-sized housecat but quickly expands to the size of an elephant, causing fear in the observer’s eyes.

In a 1935 Washington Post article, a witness described the Demon Cat’s eyes as glowing with the same intensity and fierceness as the headlights of a fire engine.

In addition to the Capitol Building, the legend extends to the White House. According to the tale, when the Demon Cat is seen on the Ground Floor of the White House (previously known as the basement), it means that a huge tragedy is about to unfold.

The Demon Cat’s notoriety is largely attributed to a collection of cat paw prints that can be found on the concrete floor of the Small Senate Rotunda, located near the entrance to the Old Supreme Court Chamber.

While the Architect of the Capitol asserts that these paw prints belong to the rat-catching cats that once inhabited the building, proponents of the Demon Cat legend contest this claim.

According to them, the paw prints only materialized after the rotunda was almost obliterated by an explosion in 1898, which they attribute to the vindictive cat, although official records attribute the blast to a gas explosion. (Who is to say the cat didn’t cause the gas explosion).

These believers also allege that the initials “D.C.” etched into the same floor stand for “Demon Cat”.

Sightings of the Demon Cat of D.C

One of the cats that lurked in the basement of the Capitol Building

The first recorded sighting of the Demon Cat was in the United States Capitol in 1862 when it appeared in the basement, which was then used as a bakery to feed soldiers during the Civil War.

The cat was seen multiple times in the basement, and a guard supposedly fired a gun at it, causing it to vanish.

Since then, the Demon Cat has been spotted most frequently in the Capitol Building’s basement. While some describe it as a tabby, others claim it to be black.

A White House guard claimed to have witnessed the Demon Cat before the 1929 stock market crash, while another night watchman spotted it prior to John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

Even though no firsthand source confirms the Demon Cat’s sightings at the White House, the feline ghost is occasionally included among the “most renowned” spirits of the Executive Mansion.

Possible Explanations for the Demon Cat of D.C

A video about the Demon Cat of D.C

The legend of the Demon Cat of D.C is thought to have originated from a guardsman at the United States Capitol who had possibly consumed too much alcohol during a long night shift, as per public historian Steve Livengood from the United States Capitol Historical Society.

Livengood speculates that upon waking up from a nap, the guardsman saw a basement cat that appeared larger than life due to his lying down position, and this experience might have perpetuated the story of the Demon Cat.

Such oral ghost stories are commonplace, particularly among those who worked graveyard shifts in the Capitol and White House, and the Demon Cat legend aligns with the traditional perception of cats as mystical creatures with the power to bring misfortune.

In addition to this, cats are often associated with nefarious activities and witchcraft. As a result, the Demon Cat tale is probably an amalgamation of history, imaginative narration, and widely held beliefs, making it one of the most renowned ghost stories in the nation’s capital.

Have you ever seen the Demon Cat of D.C? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Demon Cat of D.C you might be interested in other supernatural cats like the Bakeneko or the Canterbury Panther.

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