Clinton Road

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Clinton Road is located in West Milford, New Jersey. There are very few houses along the road with a lot of woods on either side of it. It’s also the subject of many urban legends and ghost stories. One story is of the ghost boy at the bridge. The bridge, which is over Clinton Brook (also known as Dead Man’s Curve), has an interesting legend attached to it. Legend says that if you put a quarter in the middle of the road where the yellow divider line is, at midnight the quarter will be returned by the ghost of a boy who either drowned while swimming below or had fallen into the water while sitting on the edge of the bridge. In some stories they say that people have seen an apparition and in other stories they say that the ghost will push a person into the water if they look over the edge of the bridge.

There’s a story of a ghost Camaro that is driven by a girl who supposedly died when she crashed the car in 1988, and if any mention of her or the car is said while on the road this will trigger a manifestation of the car. Another story is of two park rangers who have been seen on a hiking trail but the two rangers died in 1939. Some people have claimed to see weird people dressed in odd clothing at odd hours who will just stare at people who see them and do not say a work and either disappear or are not seen by other people present.

There is a conical stone structure that is just east of the road south of the reservoir and it is said it was the site where Druids practiced their rituals and horrible things happened to those who passed by or looked too closely or even came at the wrong time. There are phantom vehicles such as pickup trucks or even floating headlights that appear in the middle of the road and chase drivers to the end of the road before disappearing. There are strange creature sightings as well such as hellhounds and monkeys to even unidentifiable hybrids that are seen at night.

In 1905 a man named Richard Cross built a castle for him and his family on some high land that was near the reservoir. Later in the 20th century it was destroyed after a fire and now is a popular place for hikers and local teens to camp out or party. People have reported going into seizures and having bruises appear on their bodies afterwards and having extremely strange and disturbing visions. There are some Satanic symbols that have been reported as to appearing on the interior wall’s of the castle, especially in areas that were suppose to be inaccesible.

In May o f1983, a human body was found in the woods close to the road. Supposedly a cyclist found the body after investigating a vulture feasting nearby. An autopsy showed that the man had died of foul play, but there were ice crystals in his blood vessels near his heart. Pathologists concluded that his body was frozen before being dumped in an attempt to mislead investigators. The man was identified as someone on the periphery of Mafia activity in Rockland County, New York. This investigation led to the arrest of “The Iceman” or Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey native who was involved in the Rockland organized crime and he confessed to being the killer.

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Kekkai/Sankai

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Sankai (meaning “birth monster”) is known as kekkai in Saitoma Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture and kekke in Nagano Prefecture. The legends regarding its out appearance are sparse, but it is said to look like a cattle and is hairy. After birth it’s said to bury under the house to kill its mother. In Urawa, a practice existed of surrounding the bottom of a house with byōbu during childbirth to prevent this from happening. If the kekkai successfully escapes, the mother will die. In order to prevent this someone would have to guard the hearth usually with a shamoji.

Hellhounds

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Hellhounds are know all around the world. They are supernatural dogs based in folklore and mythology. The features that are usually attributed to hellhounds are black mangled fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or super speed, phantom or ghostly characteristics, and a foul smell. Some European legends say that if you stare into the eyes of a hellhound three or more times you will die (I’ve heard if you look once into their eyes you’ll die or a loved one will die as well). Also in those legends, if you see or hear one howling it may mean death as well. In some cultures that associate hell or the afterlife with fire, hellhounds will have fire-based abilities and appearance. They often are said to have the duty of guarding the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or take on other duties related to the afterlife and the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding ghostly treasures. Some of these supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cwn Annwn, are regarded as benign, but still encountering them was a sign of imminent death. The most famous hellhound would have to be Cerberus from Greek mythology.