reply to post by dashdespatch
I too, have penchant for the tales of the mysterious figure.
Spring-Heeled Jack is probably a tale of a acrobat who may have
attempted an amorous advance on one of the many 'loose' women
in London in those times.
With a possible confrontation with a Peeler -or Policeman, somersaulted
away from the situation and fled into the night.
The newspapers and Penny-Dreadfuls that were always on the look-out
for 'upbeat' tales that destracted the public from the squalour and poverty of
the time took up the yarn -and then the account was embroidered and blown
out of all proportion.
As today, a story passes along and acquires more-and-more outrages parts,
until Spring-Heeled Jack leaps buildings and emits fire from his mouth!
I have a tale that may help.
In the early 70's and one evening, my friends and I were playing football (soccer) in
a small street where private gardens lined the side of the road.
The ball bounced into one of those gardens and a friend went to retrieve it.
Behind a bush of around four-feet, he suddenly disappeared and thinking he was
messing about, we entered the garden to see what the problem was.
There he lay with a bloodied face and a terrified expression, we helped him up
and asked him what happened.
"There was a man... a man waiting in the dark of the hedge and he beat me up!"
he told us. He went on to say the man had 'hairy teeth'!!
I told many of my friends that evening and went on with my life.
30 years later, I visited a friend in the same area of the town and her child
told me of a harrowing episode.
"My friend once saw a man with hairy teeth!" the child told me... "She was in
the park when it was getting dark and as she passed a hedgerow, she could see
him hiding in the leaves... he was horrible and had long claws!"
So... was there a man who hung around for thrity years in the dark, never seen
during daylight hours with his disfigurement...? or was it a bearded guy who enjoyed
beating up children and never apprehended or even looked for by the Police?
I'll gamble it was a tale that had hung around all those years and like a rolling snowball,
gathered more-and-more detail from children's imagination.
edit on 18-9-2011 by A boy in a dress because: Left Spring-Heeled Jack costume in Edit Room.