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Ghosts and Christmas: Headless Horsemen and Devil’s Footprints

Roos Hall, located in Suffolk, England, constructed sometime in the 1500s, has more ghostly activity than you can shake an ashen wand at. Part of that may be due to Nelson’s Tree, which grows on the site formerly occupied by a gibbet where hundreds of criminals of bygone days were executed. Yep, reckon that might do it, if ghosts is what you want. There’s more, though. Lots more. It is said that the ghost of a woman in white is sometimes seen walking around the tree as part of a ritual to conjure the Devil. Perhaps this ritual worked, as the Devil is said to have left his hoof print inside on one of the walls, or inside a cupboard; it depends on the website you are consulting. Unfortunately after some googling I was unable to locate a photograph of this hoof print. You’d think somebody would have snapped a pic at some point.

Anyway, a headless horseman—or alternately a headless coachman; again, it depends on the website— is said to come charging down the driveway outside the house every Christmas Eve, disappearing when it reaches the house. I couldn’t find any photographs of this, either. Not to be one of those assy skeptics, because I love love LOVE this kinda stuff, but you’d think, if it happens every year, somebody would have thought to bring a camera at some point. And, I mean, cellphones have cameras built right in these days.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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