Re: Spring-heeled Jack
Maybe my book of useless information isn't as useless as I thought it'd be. *grin*
Kay, Spring-Heeled Jack was first sighted in 1837 (London) and last reported in 1986 (Houston, Texas.) He/It has been described in a number of ways, including the features:
*wearing a helm
*tall and thin
*a 'gentleman-like' appearance
The first sighting was October 1837, when a servant girl was attacked by what they figured was a would-be rapist who had long claws. He fled the scene with 'inhuman leaps.' The next day, the same creature jumped in front of a carriage, causing the coachman to lose control of the horses. A businessman claimed to have seen a muscular man with 'devilish' features leap over a cemetary gate with a single jump. Letters from around London were sent to the mayor, complaining of similar pranks. Contrary to usual, as the legend of Spring-Heeled Jack grew, the reported sightings decreased. He later became a popular penny dreadful character.
The last sighting was reported on June 18, 1986 in Houston, Texas. No one knows exactly what Spring-Heeled Jack was/is supposed to be, but a lot of people have claimed him to be a demon. There's a similar creature by the name of Perak, the Spring Man of Prague.
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