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To be fair, though, they used to hang people absolutely everywhere in Devon, so it's not that much of a coincidence.
Yeah, and the story may very well be true, but in the end, it's just a picture of a cool shadow.
Buuuuut... How many shadows have you seen that precisely resemble the history of the location. This has to be some very very low percentage. All in all, still interesting for me.
Did they ever hang a guy who wore a pot on his head? if so then it's really spooky
Probably did. Have you seen this guy? https://m.imgur.com/gallery/xIolo
i made a poop shaped like an h
This is where the term pothead comes from obviously
Dude it’s just a backwards flat cap,
Man got hung for being ahead of his time
They used to hang ALL the potheads
You’ve never heard of the hanging of saucepan Pete?
To be fair, “residents are spooked” are probably a made up way to introduce a pic of a random cool shadow.
Lol yeah, did residents call the news team and say "I saw a super spooky shadow"? What the fuck are they implying?
Someone took a picture with their smart phone and one of their journalists browsed Reddit at the right time
My grandparents are residents of Dartmouth so I’ll ask them and get back to you.
To be faaaaaaaaaaaair
I'm about to say my opinion to Reddit, here I come:
I feel like this probably applies to most places
I see a woodpecker
I can still see it the other way, but I'm choosing to see the woodpecker instead.
This whole time, I’ve been seeing it as a man with a very skinny head saluting.
What is seen, cannot be unseen.
I see a little silhouette of a man.
SCARAMOUCH SCARAMOUCH, will you do the Fandango?
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me!
Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro
I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
BeeeeELZZZEBUB has a devil put aside foooor
No. But I will do the Scarn
A half man
You have a pure soul
Do you know how bad a woodpecker that size could fuck someone up?
Would you rather fight one man-sized woodpecker, or 100 woodpecker-sized men?
The average woodpecker can peck 20 times per second. It would be like trying to fight a massive jackhammer that can fly vs fighting 100 G.I. Joe figures.
No tree would stand a chance!
We should try and spread that, maybe the lore will fade and people won't be so suspicious.
i actually saw like a salute gesture before seeing the title!
yeah thats the woodpecker that was used to hang the cross....
Saw the same and when I realised perspective, had a moment where I was wondering how big that bird was.
My Grandpa grew up in North Carolina. He remembers walking into town as a kid and seeing a man hanging from a lamp post. He was told that the guy was from out of town and had been accused of raping a farmer's daughter, so they hung the guy where everyone could see as a warning.
This happened to George Washington Carver too. Poor kid was just trying to get an education. If you ever find yourself near Joplin Missouri you should go to the National Monument to GWC, its really pretty amazing. When slavery ended he was like, okay cool, welp, let me go to school. Where he lived they were like, nah, fuck you, we don't let black people in. So he went to a school 8 miles away. Then he tried to go to school across the border in Fort Scott Kansas and they hung a black guy up on the lamp pst. GWC was like fuck this place, moved around a few times, eventually went to University in Iowa and then down to Tuskegee to be with Booker T Washington. Amazing man but by most accounts seeing a man hanging from a lamp post fucked him up.
Thanks for the tl,dr about GWC. That's a part of American history that was glossed over in my time in the education system. Any quick links for more reading?
Basically, peanuts, crop rotation, etc...
But a lot of other stuff too, wiki him etc. I still remember him from doing a report in like 7th grade on his accomplishments. He’s probably the most interesting thing/person I learned about during my entire 6-7th grade experience. I still remember that project years later, to this day. Most middle school things-obviously not the same case.
TLDR. He was a cool, smart dude. Before his time. And peanuts.
Wow. Just looked into his story. Looks like it was even worse than simply seeing a man hanging*: "Once in Kansas, a lynch mob dragged a black man down a street where George was standing, bashed the man’s brains out on the sidewalk, hanged what was left of him, and then set fire to the bloody remains. The memory haunted Carver for the rest of his days."
*obviously "simply" seeing a man hanging is fucking terrible and traumatic too
The GWC museum in Alabama is also a wonderful thing to see as is Tuskegee.
Anyone else read this like you’re watching “Drunk History” on Comedy Central?
didn't know people went near Joplin, Missouri
He's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.
Creepy except for the whole part of the rope around his head...not his neck.
It’s his backwards cap noting his rebellious nature.
Fuck you! he said, as he flipped his hat, stuck around after death, and aimed to haunt via silhouette.
Nah nah look closer! He's obviously wearing a sauce pan on his head
It's the frying pan on his head I'm not convinced by.
An iron skillet is more believable than a backwards cap.
Was about to say. Looks more like a dude tied up to a pole.
And who knows what he experienced
Makes it look more like a crucifixion
Ain't no rope. That's a big ass nail to his forhead
Looks more like a crucifixion than a hanging, so the citizens of Dartmouth should be more worried.
looks a lot less "hanged man" and more "broken robot."
Also, seeing lots of dailymail or whatever articles saying "this spoopy shadow is going viral on social media" and zero things saying "here's actual historical evidence that people were actually hanged people here"
Gotta remember, this is in the UK, most of Europe doesn't digitise documents, nor does anyone really talk about capital punishment, outside of France.
If you visit Devon, I'm sure they have documents in a stored vault dating back to the 1300s
We do digitise. But our records go back a long way.
In 1086, the Domesday Book lists Dunestal as the only settlement in the area which now makes up the parish of Dartmouth...
The unsuspecting Victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
We used to have this place in Alabama where a black man was hanged, but before he was, he ran up to the top of a courthouse and looked out of the window down at the lynch mobbed and SCREAMED
"I AM INNOCENT" and a flash of lightning lit his face up in the window for everyone to see.
After they killed him his face was forever etched into the window.
In the early 2000's someone who was so creeped out by it shot the window out with a gun. don't know what happened since then
Pics of the window?
Edit: I want you all to know that after reading the links and looking at the pictures, and thinking about generations of people staring at that window (some with horror, some with glee, none with indifference), I had nightmares all night long about this.
He is talking about the Lightning Portrait of Henry Wells.
That’s wild. So sad.
Unavailable in sweden :(
Holy crap. Can lightning actually have done this? I don't see how. If it's real, it sound be removed and preserved. I live 3 hours away from Carrollton. Maybe I'll go steal it and keep it safe.
You must have missed the part where they said it was shot out in the early 2000s.
That's crazy because after two minutes of googling it says it's still there
Edit: Damn even in the site that's linked above
It's looks like, from everything I can find, that it's still there. I didn't see anything saying the window was destroyed in 2000.
This is what Google came up with: https://www.alabamapioneers.com/face-window-pickens-county-alabama-can-see/
Yikes. That’s crazy.
With a little description:
“Scientists don’t think much of the idea, but who can really judge the true power of such a massive burst of electricity?” Are u guys serious with this? Why is this being talked about? I feel like I don’t need the quote either to make my point. I do apologize if this is the ghostbusters subreddit.
This is the story of Henry Wells. I remember reading this story in the book 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey from my middle school’s library back in the 1990s. I’m not sure about the “I Am Innocent” part, but here’s the story from RoadsideAmerica.com .
Lightning Portrait of Henry Wells
Field review by the editors. Carrollton, Alabama
Towns will sometimes go to great expense to immortalize their municipal buildings, adding sculpture and monuments. Those buildings only wish they could be as unforgettable as the Pickens County Courthouse, famous for its mysterious face in a window, also known as, "The Lightning Portrait of Henry Wells."
According to local lore, Wells, a former slave, was accused of burning the original Pickens County Courthouse. He was arrested two years later. The town had no jail, so Wells was locked in the garret of the new courthouse. And then a mob of locals gathered outside to lynch him.
As Wells peered out the garret window on January 29, 1878, a bolt of lightning struck nearby and permanently etched his terrified expression into the windowpane. The lightning also apparently scattered the mob, but Wells' good luck was short-lived. He died less than two months later, according to local accounts, "of wounds received while attempting to escape."
The lightning photo is still visible today, but only from the outside. An arrow bolted to the exterior wall, three floors up, directs you to the miraculous face.
According to one RA tipster: "Through all the years, in spite of hail and storm, which has destroyed all the windows in the courthouse, this one pane has remained intact. It has been scrubbed with soap and rubbed with gasoline by those who doubt its permanence, but it has met every test and the face remains unchanged. At close range the pane looks clear and flawless, but viewed from the ground where once gathered an angry mob, the fear-distorted face of Henry Wells can be clearly seen!"
Another lightning portrait has been reported in Clay's Ferry, Kentucky, of a slave's face burned into the upper window of a three story house. Also in Kentucky, the lightning portrait of an angry bather supposedly haunts the turret window of an old house on Hwy. 79 in Russelville.
We were told by the Carrollton town clerk that despite reports from nervous tourists, the Pickens County Courthouse had never been threatened with demolition; it had simply been off-limits for a time as it was being renovated. "We know it's there," she said of the lightning portrait, but added that Carrollton would never tear down its most famous building, even though it perpetuates the I-am-never-leaving-you curse of Henry Wells.
Thanks I hate it.
While I'm no expert, I don't think that's how you hang people.
He wasnt hung. Rather, a spike was nailed straight through him.
Wth. I live near(ish) there. I'm gonna go check this out
Let us all know if this is legit. The shadows seem weird at the bottom.
Cool shadow trick, but these Facebook made up stories are getting tiresome.
Looks like they hanged Peter Pan
Want more fun?
It it’s Peters Shadow, they hung it.
If it’s Peter- he was hanged.
In this case, I’d say they hung the shadow.
Pepter Pan was weird
That's one way to never grow up. :/
I went to school not far from here in the 70s .....
I thought it was the shadow of a woodpecker before I read the caption.
Where are you guys seeing all these woodpeckers that you’re so familiar with their shadows?
Kinda reminds me of Jeepers Creepers?
Yeah cuz we used to hang folks by drilling the rope into the back of their head
Always nice to see Devon on the homepage!
Add drama by Reading the description in irish-piraty accent
I did it - great suggestion
ghosts aren’t real
Looks kinda intentional imo
Also what's with the Johnny Apple Seed pot on his head?
Some people are weak: they see jesus' profile on a potato chip and they ecstatic frenzy.
It would take minimal effort to fix that.
Looks like the guy from jeepers creepers
It may just be me but the show is way darker than other shadows, doesn’t have falloff, and the shadows color tempter is different. I didn’t really study it but that’s what I saw from just a glance.
The haunting shadow of a man being hung by his forehead.
Looks more like he's being burned at the stake to me.
Proof of people who are spooked?
The struggling sculpture artist turned road-sign installer reads this Reddit post and thinks, "unintentional my ass".
Every 23rd Spring, for 23 days, it gets to... eat.
Whats your sith name?
Not often I see a post on the front page about something where I'm from!
If this were any more HEAVILY PHOTOSHOPPED, OP would need to be hanged as well.
Just to clarify, we don't find it creepy.