Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Burned Man!

As with our last blog post,‭ ‬this is another tale concerning a‭ ‘‬Road Ghost‭’; ‬it was also sent in to the group following a press appeal,‭ ‬and‭ – ‬coincidentally‭ ‬-‭ ‬also has‭ ‬a‭ ‬Christmas-time association‭……!

This particular experience occurred on Boxing Day‭ ‬1992‭ ‬and involved a young woman driving past an old,‭ ‬Midlands airfield on her way to work one morning at‭ ‬7.30‭ ‬am.‭

As it was a cold morning,‭ ‬the woman concerned had switched her heater on in the car as soon as she had entered the vehicle some‭ ‬10‭ ‬minutes earlier.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬as she made a turning off a major,‭ ‬A road near to the airfield in question,‭ ‬she reports that the vehicle suddenly went icy-cold.‭ ‬Inexplicably,‭ ‬condensation immediately formed on the inside of the windows and she instantly became aware that there was now someone sitting,‭ ‬directly behind her,‭ ‬in the back seat of the car.

Too afraid to actually turn around,‭ ‬she looked in the rear view mirror and was horrified to see what she took to be the face of a man‭ ‬-‭ ‬who had evidently been badly burned‭ ‬-‭ ‬seated behind her‭! ‬For whatever reason,‭ ‬a sense of evil seemed to assail the witness‭ – ‬a feeling that stayed for a few seconds,‭ ‬before evaporating‭…‬.‭ ‬along with the condensation and accompanying,‭ ‬icy chill.‭ ‬Within a brief time,‭ ‬the experience had passed and the man had vanished.‭

Due to this experience,‭ ‬the woman refused to use this particular road for a long time afterwards and sought an alternative,‭ ‬albeit longer route to work.‭ ‬Some two years later,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬she happened to find herself on the same stretch of road again,‭ ‬and‭ – ‬at the exact spot where the figure had previously appeared‭ – ‬she clearly smelled something akin to the rank,‭ ‬stench of‭ ‘‬burning flesh‭’……

This smell later occurred on a further visit to the site,‭ ‬but there were no further experiences at the spot‭ – ‬despite many visits through the area‭ ‬-‭ ‬after the second of her olfactory encounter.‭

After the W.M.G.C.‭ ‬corresponded with the woman concerned‭ – ‬seeking further information on her encounter‭ – ‬she wrote back to tell us that the man had appeared to be around‭ ‬40‭ ‬years of age and had seemingly been staring out of the car window towards a nearby farm.‭ ‬She had seriously thought about contacting the occupants of the site in question,‭ ‬but had hesitated for the simple reason that she had no idea of how to broach such as subject,‭ ‬as she had wanted to enquire about,‭ ‬with complete strangers‭!!

Queries aimed at a local policeman‭ – ‬a friend of the witness‭ – ‬regarding accidents in the area,‭ ‬came to naught.‭ ‬It was noted however that a public house,‭ ‬situated some‭ ‬2‭ ‬miles distant,‭ ‬had burned to the ground many years earlier.‭

Another friend,‭ ‬who was in the RAF,‭ ‬had suggested that the womans‭ ‘‬visitor‭’ ‬may well have been connected to the nearby WWII airbase‭ – ‬the land now utilised for housing and commercial concerns‭ – ‬but a subsequent check of the death records associated with the site revealed no significant accidents for the time-frame in question.‭ ‬Despite this,‭ ‬our witness feels that this latter mentioned avenue is the most likely cause for her unnerving experience‭…‬.

All the best,

The West Mids Ghost Club‭

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