Who or what are the hooded beings said to lurk in the forests near the long-abandoned iron mines in the Hudson River Valley of New York? These are among the scariest accounts from the Annals of the Strange and Unexplained. (Story is below)
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In one such report from 2003, a woman was headed home on a hot summer night and being well acquainted with the area, decided she would take a backroad through the woods. Not long after turning off, she thought she saw a deer in the darkness up ahead. She slowed the car and blinked her lights. Then she realized it was a hooded figure, not a deer. The apparition wagged its arms as though to wave her down, whereupon the woman stopped and called “Are you okay?” At that point, “ten to fifteen people dressed in long red robes” appeared from all directions, swarmed her car and started shaking it. Before she had the time to lock her door, one yanked it open, reached inside and tried to drag her from the vehicle! In her subsequent report she said that when it grabbed her arm, its hands were cold and leathery “like something dead.” She could see no facial features, just a pair of red glowing eyes. Terrified, the woman kicked the at creature with one foot, floored the pedal with the other and ultimately disengaged herself. As she sped away she saw the figures running after her but much to her relief, lost them behind her in the night.
This was not an isolated incident. Such reports of “hooded beings” in the area date back into the 1800’s. In one such account, a Mr. Harold Eglin Jr. claimed he’d seen the hooded fiends emerge directly from the bedrock. In some reports, the figures “come from nowhere,” disappear like smoke, and witnesses insist they “drove right through them” in their vehicles. Among the earliest accounts is that about a Mr. Tilly Foster who paid a great deal for a certain mine in the region back in 1830 – but he never mined a bit of ore! The mine still bears his name, today. The story goes that he was walking to the entrance of the mine one evening when a he saw a glowing mist emerging from the tunnel mouth. The mist took on a “human shape,” a strong wind began to blow and something in the dark began to howl in an almost-human voice. The specter came in his direction, drifted past him to his side and then returned to the tunnel where it disappeared. So terrified was he, he shut down the mine and never made a profit from it, though he lived on the property until his death in 1842.
Who, or what, are people seeing in the woods? Is something in the air causing people to hallucinate? Are there strange beings living underground? Or are the witnesses to such events seeing through a sort of “gateway” to an alternate Reality existing side by side with ours? The jury’s out on that … but there have been more such reports in the past twenty years than in the prior century. The region is a “hot spot” too, for UFO’s and many other supernatural happenings – so evidently something is afoot (we just have no way of knowing what it is!)
Just another Mystery … marked “Unsolved!”
(Information based on “Files from the Edge” and “Interdimensional Universe: The New Science of UFO’s” both by Philip J. Imbrogno. Image is inspired by the books!)
Background from Mystical Forest by burtn
Car from car 01 by Qosko stock
Screaming woman (standing) is from Scream by stormstock
Screaming passenger from X-pressionette by tasastock
Hooded figures based on Masked Pack by Ysaedastock and the hooded girl by aliel (colors altered)