posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 03:11 PM
I have always considered Spring Heeled Jack to be somewhat more than just a madman.
There is NO EVIDENCE whatsoever, that this creature either had or used Springs in his heels. The Term Spring-Heeled-Jack was coined to explain how the
creature could evade capture by leaping HUGE distances, often over high walls or onto rooftops.
The actual evidence that was presented, and reported at the time, mainly took the form of a tall, thin, "man", in tight fitting dark "oilskin"
suit and cape, with burning/glowing red eyes, pointed ears and chin, horns, metallic claws, the ability to emit blue flames from it's mouth,
following or accosting young women, and leaping into trees/over walls/onto rooftops.
Does this actually sound like a "man"?
When looking at the evidence, you have to take into consideration, that the people who encountered (and reported on) this character, were from
Victorian London. Anything out of the ordinary, had to be rationalised, anything unknown had to be described in familiar terms.
If you saw an unknown "beast", you could have been ridiculed, or worse still, branded a heretic. So, I think that the people who encountered this
being, described (as much as possible) what they were expected to describe... A man. A madman, In a cloak.
Not a fiery eyed, sharp clawed, fire spewing, winged, unknown creature.
The actual descriptions of the characteristics of this "man" sound much more like the New Jersey Devil, or Monkey Man of Delhi to me.
Inhuman devilish features, long face, pointed ears, horns, red "fiery" eyes, ability to produce blue flames, etc. Couldn't the "cloak" actually
be folded wings? Like NJD. It would certainly explain the "leaping" ability, problem was... if you described being attacked by a winged creature
back then, you would have been thought of a being a lunatic!
The sightings continued for many many years. And curiously, over the years they drifted north.
The last one that I'm aware of was in the 1980's, in Liverpool I think?
I'd love to find out more!