Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Joker

The following narrative is from a 2004 file that I recently recovered:

This incident took place near Wheeling, West Virginia during the Winter of 2002. I've told a few people, those I can trust, for their honest opinion. Ever since it occurred I've been puzzled and frightened.

I'm going to be specific and honest on all the details. Please don't judge me, but my girlfriend and I used go to a local treatment center for opiate addiction and counseling. Since starting treatment I have remained clean and I'm proud of that. It's been difficult, but with diligence and support we've both gotten through it - though, I can honestly say that this incident I'm about to describe made breaking my dependency more difficult.

Many of our appointments were in the evening around 5-6 pm. The center is about a mile off the interstate on a wooded road with a few other businesses around. It can be a very dark road even before the sun goes down. On this day it was about 5:15 pm and dark, except for a few sparsely placed street lights. It was extremely cold and there was an inch or so of snow on the ground. We had just driven off the interstate exit onto the wooded road when we noticed someone ahead of us on the right shoulder walking towards the center. I thought it may be another patient, so I asked my girlfriend if she knew who it was and that we could give them a lift.

As we approached I slowed down to get a good look at his person. When I got nearer, the figure stopped and turned it's head and looked directly at us. What I witnessed was the most terrifying thing I have ever seen!

It had dark-colored clothing and a hooded jacket of some kind. The face - well, it just wasn't human! It had a huge, evil smile on it's face. The smile literally went from one side of the face to the other and the teeth were enormous, but not sharp. The teeth reminded me of horse's teeth and the overall expression was similar to the 'Joker' from the animated Batman TV cartoon. I remember my girlfriend gasped, then ducked to hide her face. Needless to say, we didn't stop - but I had to get another look. I needed to figure out what it was we saw. I turned the car around at a driveway and went back. My girlfriend quickly crawled into the backseat and covered herself up. She didn't want part of this.

I turned around and reached the spot where we had seen it, no more than 30 seconds, but it was gone. There was no where this thing could have gone. There is a high link fence between the road and the edge of the woods. On the other side of the road is a creek. This thing simply vanished. Another car was coming from the direction of the interstate and slowed to see if everything was alright. I asked if they had seen anyone walking on the shoulder, but they said they had not.

After we couldn't find it, I asked my girlfriend to describe to me what she saw. She also compared it to the 'Joker.' We are still a couple and have talked about this experience in detail many times. I don't know what it was, but I know it was not human. It seemed evil - I felt it deep in my soul. I know how this comes across, but I assure you this incident is 100% true.

In the 18 months since we witnessed this 'thing' I still have not received any plausible explanation. Was it natural (which I doubt) or a real monster?

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Jake

NOTE: I remember this account when I originally read it. In fact, I referred it to another researcher who was interested in humanoids / alien hybrids. That researcher is no longer with us, though I don't remember acquiring a theory from him. That being said, I have read of other encounters with similar humanoids in different situations. I'd be interested in reading similar incidents and thoughts on this humanoid. Lon

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  1. the 'grinning man'! even i would be mighty interested to read & know more about this unique humanoid/hybrid. the supernormal never ever ceases to perplex, baffle & bewilder!

  2. A similar incident happened to a friend and I back in probably 1977. As teenagers, we were out late at night driving around. We decided to head back towards town as it was 2 a.m. and we'd decided to call it a night. Coming up Country Club Rd. (a county road that consisted of rolling hills) we saw someone in the headlights walking along the side of the road towards us on the passenger side of the car. I slowed a bit, and my friend and I could both tell the person was female. The startling part was the unusually large grin she had on her face. We only saw her face briefly, then we were past. I turned the car around as my friend and I described to each other what we had seen. I drove along the road, but she was gone. There were fallow fields on both sides of the roads, so nowhere to hide, unless she were lying in the ditch, which seemed unlikely. I've related this story to very few people over the years.

  3. Anonymous8:25 AM

    There are non-corporeal entities in our world that can briefly take on different forms. The ancients knew them by many names, and they come from many places and times. What their business is, or why they appear, is anyone's guess. Perhaps they are messengers, or predators, or merely passing through. Perhaps what they choose to show us is a reflection of our time, or our own personal condition. For further reading, please check out:


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