California Edition - Urban Legends, Monsters And Haunted Places
Sunny California, known for its movie stars, earth quakes and stunning scenic views, oh, and monsters, we can't forget their monsters. Everyone knows Hollywood has the largest array of movie monsters and ghastly spirits but who would have thought the entire state of California was loaded with strange legends of real life creatures and real dead apparitions that weren't created on a Hollywood set.
This edition of Urban Legends, Monsters And Haunted Places will focus on some of California's creepiest legends that have been spread through the masses, to terrorize the unsuspecting tourists and locals alike. From lizard people and sea monsters to dead movie stars and government conspiracy California has a little of everything.
So sit back, relax and get a feel for the unexplained creatures of the wild west in the California Edition of Urban Legends, Monsters And Haunted Places.
The Billiwhack Monster - Santa Paula, California
The Billywhack monster is described as being a huge muscular creature with white hair covering it's body, razor sharp claws, and long goat-like horns crowning its head. It is said the beast walks upright like a man and will pummel anyone within range with its clawed hands or large stones.
The reports of the Blliwhack monster date back as far as 1950. It has been primarily known to attack teenagers and small children who make the mistake of trespassing on it's claimed territory located on the property of the old Billywhack Dairy.
The dairy itself was opened up in 1924 by August Rubel. He had moved from Zurich, Switzerland to the area two years prior to this in 1922. According to the legend Rubel had been performing secret experiments underneath the dairy for the now disbanded OSS which was the predecessor of the modern day CIA.
Many believe the main focus of Rubel's experiments was to create a super soldier or a hybrid humanoid designed for military applications in the upcoming war. In 1943 Rubel was temporarily sent overseas to do some type of testing for the OSS, but he was not able to complete his task or return to his home in California.
The official records state that the ambulance Rubel was driving hit a German landmine killing him and destroying his cargo but the records give no information as to what the cargo may have been. It was a few years after Rubel's demise that the strange sightings of the monstrous horned creature began to come in.
In the late 40's and early 50's dozens of reports were made to the Santa Paul Police by high school students claiming that their cars had been attacked by a strange beast near the Billiwhack Dairy. Some claimed the creature had thrown large stones at them possibly weighing as much as 50 pounds. Others stated that the monster had actually leaped onto their car and thrashed wildly on the vehicles hood.
A nine year old boy also reported a similar attack on the property after he was taken to the hospital for large cuts across his back and both arms. In 1964 the creature had been reported once again after terrorizing a group of hikers for several hours before they finally made their way out of the area.
No physical proof has ever been found concerning the beast, though on several occasions the authorities have had to go out to the area to prevent outraged locals from conducting their own monster hunts often being armed with guns, clubs and even swords.
Again in 1964, the Los Angeles Times reported that a woman leasing property nearby had to hold off 43 angry kids with a shotgun until authorities arrived, they claimed they were there to kill the beast once and for all.
Haunted Alcatraz - San Francisco Bay, California
I'm not going to bore you with the details of the what, when and wheres of Alcatraz as I'm sure you already know all that as it is probably the most famous prison in the world, having many TV shows and movies made in it's honor. As with any location known for suffering and violence, Alcatraz is also said to be haunted by a number of it's former residents who remain condemned to this brutal island, even after death. The prison has been out of operation since 1963 but it has never stopped housing some of the worst criminals in America.
All throughout the confines of the prison, crying and sobbing can be heard when there couldn't possibly be anyone around to make the sounds. The sounds of a banjo being played in the shower area has been reported by both park rangers and visitors to the prison, they claim it is the ghost of Al Capone, who often was permitted to practice his banjo in this area so he wouldn't have to risk being killed in the yard by other inmates.
One of the strangest reports of all actually happened in one of the "hole" cells 14 D, in the 1940s while the prison was still in operation. Apparently a prisoner locked in the cell was screaming throughout the night that a demon-like creature with glowing eyes was trying to kill him.
The next morning when the man was to be released from isolation they found he had been strangled to death. Later that day, during head count, the officers numbers were continuously coming up with one extra inmate and many of the residents and guards had recalled seeing the deceased inmate on several occasions after his death, performing his normal routine as if nothing had ever happened.
His area of habitation once stretched for many miles but due to population growth it has diminished to the dense woods surrounding the Creek Road Bridge. There have been many stories of thrill seekers attempting to provoke the charred man by getting out of their vehicle and standing on the bridge calling out in a teasing manner.
At this point the creature is said to come charging onto the bridge in an attempt to attack his agitator. On multiple occasions the potential victims have left the scene and found the dents and black ash markings left on their car from the charred mans furious blows.
There are many different thoughts as to where this mysterious man/beast comes from, though no one really knows for sure. Some say he was once a child who was nearly burnt alive and became insane as he grew older from watching his father die in the same fire.
Another story is that he is a widow and was burnt trying to save his dear wife from a house fire that ultimately took her life and left him a mass of burnt flesh and peeling skin. Still yet, one other story of interest claims the charred man to be the driver of a bus that had crashed over the side of the bridge in the 1940s killing all of the passengers although the driver's body was never recovered.
The rumors go on and on of just what or who the charred man may be. I thought the bus scenario was interesting because there have been other reports in the past of a mysterious phantom bus being seen crashing over the bridges guardrail, but when authorities arrive there is no sign of a crash or any victims.
The Charred Man Of Creek Road - Ventura County, California
Camp Comfort County Park is located in Ventura County, California and is well known for at least five separate gruesome urban legends, a bloody ghost bride, a once female wraith on a horse who reenacts her death, a coal black demon dog from hell that is said to guard the tomb of an ancient vampire, a headless motorcyclist and the infamous Charred man of Creek Road.
Though these are all fascinating stories, it's the legend of the charred man that really caught my interest. Witnesses to the charred man have yet to determine whether it is the angered spirit of a burn victim of a living creature determined to take his suffering out on his tormentors. Whatever the case, he has become a very well known occupant of the Camp Comfort County Park.
According to the legend the charred man spends his nights roaming the woods near the Creek Road Bridge. Whenever a car passes over the bridge the charred man will emerge from the bridge, appearing to glare at the passerby through his burnt and hollow sockets. His form is said to be so burnt that he is no longer recognizable as either man, spirit or beast but carries with him a stench that could sicken the strongest of stomachs.
It certainly seems the more dramatic the history of any given area, the more likely strange occurrences will be drawn to it. California is definitely the Drama Queen of the United States and it shows proudly in the odd number of supernatural claims made there everyday.
With Hollywood being the epicenter of American film making perhaps it has just made it easier for people to believe in these legends, or is it possible that all the monsters and ghosts reported are just there to try to get a decent role in a B horror movie, either way their stories have been around for many years already, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time until they each get their own Movie made in their honor.
Thanks for stopping by and reading the California Edition - Urban Legends, Monsters And Haunted Places, and remember to leave a comment below if there are any creepy California legends that you would care to share.