Time after time, something sank its fangs into the screaming girl, even while police held her. But what it was, nobody knew. And nobody knows til this
The night of May 10th, 1951, had been warm and quiet in Manilla, until police brought that hysterical girl into headquarters. The chief medical
examiner slammed his hat on his head and snorted. "Nonsense!" he huffed. "You get me out of bed in the middle of the night to look at a girl who
has epileptic fits!"
The Mayor of Manilla said nothing. He looked in bewilderment from the irate doctor to the screaming girl. There were welts on her arm, the teeth marks
on her neck. Had she really inflicted them herself while in the throes of an epileptic seizure, or had they been savagely driven into flesh, as she
claimed, by something... or somebody... who had attacked her in her locked cell?
Mayor Arsenio Lacson did not know, but the case was so strange that the Chief of Police had been called and he in turn had called the Medical
Examiner. Together they had gone to the jail to examine the cause of all the excitement - 18 yr. old Clarita Villanueva - just another of the
countless homeless youngsters the war had left adrift in the streets of Manilla. When police found her she was the center of a small crowd on the
street corner, screaming that she was being attacked and bitten.
Dope perhaps? Absinthe? Insanity? Whatever it was police left it to others to determine. They seized the screaming girl and took her to a cell.
Clarita fell sobbing to the floor as the door clanged behind her. The police ignored her pleas to look at the 8 sets of teeth marks where she said the
Thing had bitten her. The Thing? What Thing? Clarita could only describe it as a thing that looked like a man, except that he had big, bulging eyes
and was wearing a loose black cape, and he seemed to float in the air when he desired. Just then she began to scream again, shreiking that the Thing
was coming again, right thru the bars.
The policeman unlocked the cell door and led the girl into the hall, screaming at the top of her voice. And right there, before his eyes, more teeth
marks appeared on her upper arms and shoulders... livid marks surrounded by what appeared to be saliva. The officer called for his Captain, his
Captain called the Chief.
After the medical examiner had gone, the Mayor and the Chief of Police examined the marks on the girl for themselves. Self inflicted? Ridiculous, they
told each other; no one could bite themselves on the back of the neck, or on the back of the shoulders where this girl was bitten. Something strange
Next morning, as the police prepared to take her into court to face vagrancy charges, the girl began screaming again. The Thing was back, biting her!
Two policemen each grabbed an arm and before all of their astounded eyes, the teeth marks sank deep into her arms, the palms of her hands, and her
neck. This attack lasted for at least 5 minutes until the girl fainted and fell to the floor. Medical Examiner Mariana Lara examined her again and
reversed himself. This girl was NOT having epileptic seizures at all. The bites were real, but NOT self inflicted. He asked that the Mayor and
Archbishop be called at once.
It was some 30 minutes before the Mayor arrived and by then Clarita had regained consciousness. The bites on her arms were badly swollen and the palm
of one hand was thick and bruised where the teeth prints had been deeply embedded. As the Mayor and the ME accompanied her to the prison hospital,
Clarita began shreiking that the Thing was after her again; this time he had a helper, another bug-eyed creature.Mayor Lacson later testified that, as
he watched, livid teeth marks appeared simultaneously on opposite sides of her throat, on her index finger, and one set of teeth prints was deeply
indented on the girl's hand even while the Mayor held it.
The 15 minute trip to the prison hospial was a nightmare for the Mayor of Manilla, the ME, the girl, and the driver of the automobile. But once there,
the attacks ceased and Clarita began her slow recovery. She never again underwent such an experience. Said Mayor Lacson, "This is something that
defies explaination." Said Medical Examiner Dr. Mariana Lara, "I was just scared stiff!"
Dr. Lara, once skeptical, was now deeply interested in the case and recorded: "What happened to Clarita Villanueva is a complete mystery, something
which defies description. She was repeatedly attacked by something with invisible sharp fangs. We shall never know what it was, but I don't mind
admitting that I was scared stiff." And even today, Clarita still has bite marks all over her body...evidence of the impossible was, unhappily,
possible!" (A Look Through Secret Doors By John Mackim, 1969, Ace Publishing)
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