; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


A guy and his buddy are moving into a new place. They later notice a girl standing in the yard next door, but soon realize that she has black eyes. Then something occurs that totally freaks them out!

I received the following account:

“My story is from 1988. I was just moving out of the house for the first time. I moved to Crestline, California with a couple buddies. This story involves my buddy Nate and myself. He was helping me move into my room and, by then, we moved most of my things and it was the end of the night, probably around 10 PM. My room was facing the back of a slope of the hill. Right above the hill, was another house and there were no fences, so neighbors and the kids, I noticed, throughout the day, were playing and just going through the yard. You know, no big deal.

When my buddy and I were in the room, we looked out the window and we saw a couple kids. And it was pretty late at that time and very dark. The kids were just playing around, having a good time. I go and get another beer for Nate and when I come back, he says, "The kids went away." And there was just one girl left and it's kind of weird. We're looking, trying to see if she was okay because she was just standing there, kind of just facing, I guess, east.

When she started moving, she started moving slowly, and we noticed that, I don't know if it was the moonlight or what, but her skin started becoming more pale. Yeah, it was really weird. She was dressed in normal clothes. Just at that time, she started to put her head up and started looking around. We didn't say anything because we were already freaked out, but then when she looked at us, her eyes were all black. Then maybe a couple seconds later, it was almost a reddish-black. Really weird.

That freaked us out and we slammed the window shut and put the blinds over it. And as we just peeked through the window, to see what was there, it was almost like it was a, I don't want to say skinwalker, but it was almost like a creature, something out of Men In Black (the movie). It was all quiet, but it wasn't a girl anymore. It was almost like a human-like body but the arms and the legs were almost double-jointed and it was walking and, very, almost crab-like. It was very weird, you know. At that point, it was just screaming like crazy. So, at that point, we just ran down the stairs and we were trying to contemplate whether we should just get in the car.

We stayed inside for about an hour and my buddy Nate and I were having anxiety through the roof. And, at one point, Nate decided to just say screw it and let's just get out of here. We ran down through the deck, got in the car and luckily the car was an automatic, you know, the button, you can just press it and it opens.

Well, when we were backing up you have to go slow on the very tip where it gets onto the main street from your driveway or else it'll scratch the back of the car. But, at that point, we were going too fast. He went backward too fast and when it hit the bottom of the tow hitch, it was so fast that the truck went back on it, that the front end went up and we were vertical basically for, maybe, 30 seconds, freaking out. I kid you not.

At that point, I was able to use my body weight to push the car forward, and when it went down forward, we looked down and there was the creature right in front of us. We were just cold. It was humanoid, almost a human body, with no hair, but it was just a pale creature almost like an insect, but its arms and legs were both disjointed. It was the craziest thing. It was exactly what a praying mantis looks like, the arms and legs.” A

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The wendigo has been misappropriated from its original context in Algonquin folklore. The word "Wendigo" roughly means “The Evil Spirit Who Devours Mankind.” Originally it was depicted as a cannibal ice giant and cautionary tale relevant to the realities of Algonquin life. Euro-American popular culture mutilated it into what may only be described as a "zombie-were-deer."

First, the Algonquin monster has relevance to their traditional way of life. Their culture was reliant on teamwork, so selfishness is a deadly sin to them, and the wendigo is the ultimate embodiment of that.

Secondly, wendigo psychosis is a real mental illness and was historically used as a justification to destroy the Algonquin culture. There are written accounts in the last two centuries of people suffering from this illness being murdered by their peers.

So then, how was the Wendigo tale altered? This goes back over a century to Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo." The story does not depict a Wendigo but seems to get it confused with the Inuit (not Algonquin) creature Ijiraq and possibly the Tariaksuq. In the story, the monster burns away a victim's feet with friction, while in myth the Ijiraq is sometimes described as stripping the flesh off its victim's shins and if it survives then it becomes a faster runner. The Ijiraq is otherwise described as a trickster who kidnaps children or lures hunters by pretending to be caribou. So, it is easy to assume Blackwood read about the Ijiraq and then twisted the details for his own story.

Now Euro-American popular culture takes the name of an Algonquin cannibal ice giant and applies it to a zombie-were-deer; it has been utterly stripped of its original context and symbolism. I doubt there will ever be much push-back against the zombie-wear-deer version since it has been burned into popular culture at this point.

Now, that being stated, I'm going to present several modern-day accounts that some of the witnesses described as the ‘Wendigo.' Then you can determine what the creature in the report is. Is it an original folktale of the cannibal ice giant or something a bit more contemporary?


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