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Helltown, Ohio – Creepy Facts, Legends and Myths

Whether you’re talking about the paranormal or just plain odd, Ohio is easily the strangest state in the US.

There are ten times more hauntings, more cry baby bridges, and more urban myths across the state the state of Ohio than any other state, but among all creepy or weird places in Ohio there is one that stands out to such a degree that you would think the weirdness in the rest of the state was actually emanating from it. Welcome to Helltown Ohio….

Helltown is a specific area within the Boston Townships that borders the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In fact it is one of the original Boston communities; originally named Boston Village.

It found its new name as a result of the mass eminent domain seizure of homes in the region during the mid-1970s. The large number of vacant homes and other derelict buildings, a few disappearances and word spread that Helltown was home to a satanic cult.

There are so many urban myths, folklore (or fakelore), and paranormal locations in Helltown Ohio that its difficult to know where to begin, so we’ll start with the myths.

Satanists in Helltown Ohio

The belief that Satanists inhabited the Helltown may have begun with the abandoned buildings, but it didn’t end there. The story grew until the Satanists were said to be sacrificing animals by night in the local Presbyterian church.

The church itself doesn’t help refute the story; it’s a creepy old building built facing a fork in the road, and exactly the sort of place children make up stories about.

However; there has never been any real evidence of Satanists in Helltown, and while pretty much everybody tells the story, most are well aware that this is just a myth.

The Helltown Mutants

As if Satanists weren’t bad enough; the Helltown Ohio myths take a definite turn for the weird when you start hearing about the Helltown mutants.

There are two origin stories to the myth; one tells that a chemical plant exploded and another tells that there was a massive illegal chemical dump in the Cuyahoga River just upstream from the area known as Helltown.

These stories lead into a massive 30ft python (which you would think somebody might have caught on film by now) to a single hiker caught in the chemicals that mutated in to a sort of half human super powered monster. The “Peninsula Python”, a gigantic snake that wanders Helltown’s woods for food of the human sort is said to live in the river, while the mutant hiker is said to live in a small abandoned house in the woods.

The truth behind these is that there has never been a chemical plant in the area and the chemical spill rumour may have come from the 1985 discovery of toxic waste being dumped. However; the dump was discovered when a hiker in the park became ill after touching something coming out of some rusted drums at the abandoned Krejci Dump.

At least that part of the Helltown urban myths is true, but also true is that the hiker later died in a nearby hospital.

The Helltown Cry Baby Bridge

The Helltown Cry Baby bridge is a different matter. Although many have reported the sounds of a baby crying, the most notable occurrences on the cry baby bridge are of a physical sort.

Spooky bridge II by sahk99

Reportedly, if you leave your car, you’ll return to it to find it surrounded by children’s footprints and sometimes handprints on the window. More importantly, if you leave your car unlocked with the keys in the ignition you’ll return to find it running.

There aren’t many details to the origin story of Helltown Cry Baby Bridge, just that a child was thrown from its edge and died below, which is most often the case with all cry baby bridges.

The Highway to Hell and the End of the World

“The Highway to Hell” is in fact the nickname for a specific stretch of Stanford Road in Helltown Ohio where the road enters a steep decline on a wooded hill. The road also narrows significantly at the entrance of the woods creating a sharp drop-off, and at the end of the road (not visible from the top) is a barricade known as “The End of the World.”

The Highway to Hell

Today the portion of “The Highway to Hell” where it enters the woods is closed to vehicle traffic. However; it wasn’t always the case. Helltown legend has it that the road was once a popular target for cut throats and thieves.

Given the lack of visibility, the steep inclines and twists in the road causing drivers to slow considerably the myth was that cut throats would wait in the woods and highjack those driving by. The ghosts of their victims are said to be heard moaning from the surrounding woods throughout Helltown.

The School Bus in Helltown Ohio

The Helltown Highway to Hell myth certainly didn’t diminish when one day in the mid-1980s an abandoned school bus was discovered along the road. While there are certainly numerous reasonable possibilities for how the school bus got there you have to admit it has a certain creepiness factor to it, and this is Helltown afterall.

This was made worse when residents of the area began reporting that they had seen a man presumably living in the bus, which by that time was scheduled for removal by the county.

The authorities put the bus under observation to deter vagrancy, but each night the shadow of a man smoking a cigarette in the bus would appear and the bus would be found empty when the posted officers investigated.

Mother of Sorrows Cemetery

Despite that “Mother of Sorrows” is the English translation of the cemetery’s proper name, Mater Dolorosa Cemetery has become the standard name by which it’s called in most tales of Helltown Ohio.

The cemetery is about as eerie a cemetery as you’ll find. Entirely hidden within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park just east of Peninsula Mother of Sorrows Cemetery has been abandoned for the last fifty years and is now just a scattering of twenty or so tombstones in the forest.

Quaker Cemetery

It’s said that the Helltown Satanists we explained earlier are buried on these grounds in unmarked graves, but the more notable spirits are those of Michael Raleigh who’s face is said to appear in his tombstone when it rains or in the reflections of moonlight, and Thomas Cody whose spirit wanders the woods of Helltown at night and can be sometimes seen peering out at night time visitors.

The Cabin in the Woods in Helltown Ohio

Depending on who you ask there are two abandoned structures in the Helltown woods that play the part of the infamous “cabin in the woods”.

The story of the cabin in the woods tells that somewhere in the forests of Helltown there is an abandoned residence that when approached a heavy fog will set in sealing it off from the outside world and making it impossible to navigate the terrain.

Some claim that the cabin is a specific house not far from the Highway to Hell. However this house has recently been restored and is currently the residence of a family of four.

The Cabin in the Woods

The other structure pointed to as the Helltown cabin in the woods is in fact the barn shown in the image. The barn of course pulls in the Satanic cult myths from above, but also includes from time to time stories of red eyes that appear in the fog.

The fog itself is actually a reality and although it ups the Helltown creepy factor by about a thousand degrees, it’s in fact perfectly natural.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is home to one major low lying river, about a dozen smaller offshoot streams and creeks, and more ponds than you could count. Under very common circumstances the Helltown forests are covered in fogs put off by these waterways.

Spectral Hearses, Headless Train Conductors, and Slaughterhouses

Believe it or not we’ve only covered a handful of the urban myths saturating Helltown. We could probably write another five pages on the lesser myths, but a couple do stand out enough to warrant a mention.

There have been a number of visitors to Helltown that reported being chased by a hearse, and as it turns out there was once a resident of Helltown that owned a hearse, but I’m sure he didn’t appreciate the constant attention when people started accusing him of chasing them in it.

A set of rail tracks runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its said that where the tracks cross the Cuyahoga river the headless phantom of an early 1900s train conductor can be seen by the water beside the bridge. There’s really no back story here; just a headless train conductor hanging out by the river in Helltown.

Lastly; the same barn mentioned above is often included in another legend that tells of a slaughterhouse where numerous versions of “bad things” happened. Locals telling these myths will also tell of the stench that seems to come and go and the whispering voices that accompany it.

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TV with no plug turns itself on inside an abandoned military building

Shocking footage captured a TV allegedly turning itself on in a powerless derelict house that once belonged to a serviceman.

Zenith Chien, a self-proclaimed seeker of paranormal activities often streams his adventures on Facebook under the online persona Yao Yao.

However, in his latest video, Zenith got more than he bargained for while exploring the home of a former Republic of China military man.

His late-night adventures took him to an abandoned residence in Daliao District on 29th September in Taiwan’s southwestern port city of Kaohsiung, where there is a large concentration of military dependents’ villages.

Mr Chien’s live stream, which lasted over 27 minutes, shows him exploring one of the homes last occupied by the widowed owner who herself passed away in 2016.

Most of the house’s furniture, appliances and even kitchen utensils had been left in their places.

He then comes across a switched-on TV, but it soon gets very creepy.

“F**k! Why is the TV on? No, really? Why did the TV turn on by itself? It turned on by itself.

“How is there even electricity in a place like this? There is no electricity!” he says, testing the light switches.

After walking over to the TV, he realises the plug to the has been removed.

The spooky happenings quickly heard Zenith saying: “Sorry, sir.

“You watch your TV. I’m leaving.”

He then ends the live stream by announcing: “That’s it. That’s all for today.”

How the television managed to turn on by itself despite the apparent lack of power is still a mystery.

Mr Chien said the incident severely traumatised him and left him with unusual red-eye for several hours.

He said he went to pray at his local temple after the scare.

The villages known in Chinese as ‘juancun’ were built by the Republic of China military in the late 1940s and 1950s as provisional housing for members of the armed forces and their dependents following defeat to Chairman Mao’s Red Army and the nationalist government’s retreat to the island in 1949.

As many of the former servicemen have now died, their former homes remain abandoned and often neglected by their descendants who see no value in maintaining the properties.

Source: Daily Star

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Levitating stones near the crystal mine were filmed on camera

A small private quartz crystal mine called Board Camp Crystal Mine is located in Arkansas, near the town of Mena Where Levitating stones were captured on camera

It was opened in 2008, and work on the extraction of quartz in it began in 2012. The owner of the mine is Orville Murphy, who lives in the city of Mena with his wife Cherill.

Everything went fine, but in 2017, strange things began to happen in the mine and next to it, which Murphy himself and his workers and visitors to the mine noticed – there are also guided tours.

Mostly, strange flashes of light were noticed, but there were reports of incomprehensible shadows and even about UFOs.

Quartz from Murphy's Cave Levitating stones
Levitating stones

Murphy decided to install a CCTV camera at the entrance to the mine, which reacted to the movement and took pictures every time something moved in the frame. And the camera captured something truly extraordinary.

The first inclusion of the camera recorded a stone hanging not very high above the ground, an ordinary stone that in many lay on the ground near the mine. The second inclusion of the camera occurred at the moment when this stone finally fell to the ground.

Quartz from Murphy's Cave Levitating stones
Levitating stones

And then it got even weirder, whence a bright light started to flash from above and it was so intense that at some point the camera simply could not stand it and stopped working.

When Murphy uploaded the video to the network, he was interested in ufologists from the organization MUFON. They even decided to come to the Murphy mine and personally inspect everything there. For their sake, Murphy closed the mine for a while and all work stopped there.

“They told us that our video falls under 3% of real evidence of something unusual, while 97% of all messages that come to them on the site, as a rule, have neither photos nor video confirmations,” Murphy said.

It should also be answered that Orville Murphy is a Catholic believer and was disturbed by unusual occurrences in the mine. He was afraid to be ridiculed or ostracized by local residents only for the assumption that his mine attracted aliens or ghosts.

Therefore, since 2017, Murphy has “sunk to the bottom.” His mine works as before, but now the owner avoids any talk of paranormal phenomena as if nothing had happened here.

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Award Winning ‘The Witching Hour’ to premiere on Manhattan Neighbourhood Network

Just in time for the Halloween season, Argos Paranormal is proud to announce that its award-winning series The Witching Hour will be airing for a new audience in Manhattan, New York, through the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s  Lifestyle Channel (FIOS 34, RCN 83, and Spectrum 56 & 1996) on Wednesday, September 25, at 12:30 am EST.

Among other things, The Manhattan Neighborhood Network is known for distributing The Chris Gethard Show before it was picked up by truTV in 2017.

With new episodes of The Witching Hour being released on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of every month, viewers will have the opportunity to experience what goes on during the most active part of the night at some of the East Coast’s most haunted locations.

The Witching Hour is an award-winning series which goes where no other paranormal show has gone before as the investigators of Argos Paranormal investigate the locations that the locals fear and no other paranormal show has ever dared to investigate.

These investigators will be pushing themselves to their max limits as they investigate locations at around 3 am, also known as the witching hour when paranormal activity is believed to be at an all-time high during the night.  The show was also recognized as the Best Non-Fiction Series during the 10th Annual Indie Series Awards.

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Argos Paranormal consists of a team of investigators, primarily based in Northern Virginia, with a background in media and journalism with the knowledge and experience in the occult and paranormal to help individuals discover whether or not their location is the site of paranormal anomalies.

Their collective background in media has provided them with the experience to use the proper AV equipment during their investigations while their knowledge in investigative journalism enables them to analyze their evidence from a perspective of proof and logic.

Their services include investigating small private residences to commercial sites while using the latest tools in the paranormal community to help them collect empirical data to help individuals figure out what goes bump at night.

Find The Witching Hour Online:
Website: www.argosparanormal.com/witchinghour
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