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.
The Grootslang, also known as the Grote Slang (which means “big snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch language) is a legendary cryptid that supposedly lives in a deep cave in Richtersveld, South Africa. According to legend it is as old as the world itself. Centuries ago, the gods made a terrible mistake when they created Grootslang. They gave it incredible strength, made it cunning, and made it intelligent. After they realized their mistakes, they turned the Grootslang into several animals, resulting in the first snakes and elephants. However, one escaped and that is where the other Grootslang were born from it. It supposedly devours elephants that it lures into it’s cave. The cave is known as “Wonder Hole” or “Bottomless Pit” and it’s supposedly filled with diamonds. The Grootslang is said to be able to live in warm rivers as well as lakes. In Benin, it is supposedly a large elephant-like creature with a serpent’s tail.
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.
The Turtle Lake Monster is something from Canadian folklore. It is some type of entity that lives in Turtle Lake in West Central Saskatchewan. It is usually described as being three to nine meters long (about 9.9 feet to 29.5 feet), scaly, has no dorsal fin, a head resembling a dog (also known to have a head to resemble a seahorse or a pig). Natives in the area are said to be nervous about the attention the supposed monster might bring to the area so they claim it is just a massive sturgeon that people are seeing. About once a year someone claims to see this creature or have some sort of encounter with it. Reports date back to pre-settlement days when the local Cree tribe had a legend of people who vanished without a trace when they ventured into the monster’s territory. It could possibly be a sturgeon or some believe it is a relict population of prehistoric plesiosaurs.
Giglioli’s Whale is a supposed species of whale that was observed by Enrico Hillyer Giglioli. It’s known for having two dorsal fins as opposed to one or even none. The species, however, is not really recognized by the scientific community.
On the 4th of September, 1867 on a ship called the Magenta, Giglioli spotted whales that he could not identify. He observed for a quarter of an hour and wrote down very detailed observations. The whale looked similar to a rorqual whale, was 60 feet long with an elongated body, but the most notable feature was the two dorsal fins. No known whale has two dorsal fins as most have just one or even none. The next year there was another sighting of this kind of strange whale off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland by Jacques Mairgret.
A possible explanation of this whale may be a genetic mutation. It is most likely just a species of rorqual that somehow ended up deformed or mutated by some means.
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.
The Chupacabra is a legendary creature and possible cryptid that has been spoken about for many years in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Americas. Its name is translated literally into “goat-sucker” because of how it kills and drains the blood from animals. There are various descriptions of the Chupacabra, some say it’s heavy and the size of a small bear. Others have said that it is a reptile-like creature with leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back and is about three to four feet tall. Also that it can hop like a kangaroo. Another description is that it is a strange hairless breed of dog with a pronounced spinal ridge, pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. There have been sightings since 1995 in Puerto Rico and are still being spotted today. Many biologists and wildlife management officials believe the Chupacabra is merely an urban legend.