Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Hairy Hand of Dartmoor

The Hairy Hands is a ghost story/legend that built up around a stretch of road in Dartmoor, United Kingdom, which was purported to have seen an unusually high number of motor vehicle accidents during the early 20th century. According to the story surrounding them, the Hairy Hands are a pair of disembodied hands that appear suddenly, grab at the steering wheel of a moving car or the handlebars of a motorcycle, and then force the victim off the road. In some cases the hands are described as being invisible.

It's began in 1920s where spate of accidents plagued a lonely road crossing Dartmoor in Devon. All of the accidents were fatal and seemingly unexplained as there was nothing particularly strange about that part of the road. One evening another accident occurred but this time the driver survived. When he regained consciousness in hospital he was visibly shaken. He explained to the police what happened: as he approached the accident prone part of the road he felt a pair of rough hairy hands grab the steering wheel wrenching it from his control.

Further accidents happened and yet another survivor described the very same thing. Some time later a self-proclaimed psychic was driving on the road and as she passed the area she saw a pair of disembodied hairy hands crawling up her car window.

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