Fairytales seem to be full of princesses, witches, magic, and castles. While most present day fairytales seem to have happy endings, the original stories are much darker and with messages other than a girl needs just needs Prince Charming’s kiss to make everything alright. The stories that originate in the forests in today’s post are so much darker than Disney would ever want to go. If you go walking in these forests, forget bringing Prince Charming and instead opt for a flash light and some salt to chance away the shadows and ghosts that may follow you.
The name Black Forest may bring up images of Black Forest Cake and cuckoo clocks, the forest that these items are originally from is also home to many of the fairytales written down by the Brothers Grimm. The fairytales they wrote down help explain the urban legends and spooky stories written about the Black Forest.
One legend says that the forest is home to a creature called Der Grossmann. Der Grossmann is a tall man who is grossly disfigured. He is said to have bulging eyes and multiple sets of arms. If children entered the forest at night, Der Grossmann will start to follow them until he catches them. The only way to break free of him pursuit is for the child to confess all of their wrongdoings to their parents. If they don’t confess in time, Der Grossmann drags the child back into the woods where they are never seen again.
The Black Forest is suppose to be the home to werewolves, witches, and the Freischutzen. A Freischutzen is a marksman who made a deal with devil for a certain amount of bullets that can never miss their mark. Traditional the stories of the Freischutzen say that the devil gives him seven bullets. The first six are for whoever the marksman was to kill. The seventh bullet is for whoever the devil decides he wants the marksman to shoot. Also seen in the forest is a headless horseman who rides a pure white horse.
The Black Forest isn’t the only forest in the world that has creepy, dark stories. Cameron Park in Waco, Texas has it’s fair share of stories and hauntings to make you think twice about visiting.
The oldest story from the park area is about an area called Lovers Leap. The name comes from the tragic story of two young people. Wah-wah-tee was the daughter of the Waco chief. She had fallen in love with an Apache man. They had made plans to runaway and live together. Unfortunately, her father found out and threatened to have the Apache man killed. Wah-wah-tee and her lover decided that since they couldn’t live in this world together, they would jump from the cliffs above the river and send the afterlife together. Visitors to the park claim to be able to see their spirits jumping from the cliffs when there is a full moon out.
In the late 1800’s, a pair of brothers were captured by local vigilantes. The Lindsay brothers hung for stealing cattle from a local farm. The road that runs by where they were hung is now called Lindsay Hollow road. People say that sometimes you can see them still hanging in the trees.
In 1917, the Cameron family purchased the area and built a house on the land. The Cameron children loved to run in the forest and their nanny went with them. The nanny would chase off any vagrants living in the woods so that the children could play safely. Now people that go in to the woods at night run the chance of been scared away by a young woman dressed all in black.
Further back into the woods is an abandoned house that has partially fallen down. It is known as the Witch’s Castle. People who visit this area report smelling decaying flesh. There are also reports of hearing screaming, whispering, and banging on walls that no longer stand. Some visitors to the area have reported seeing the ghost of an old woman who seems to be chanting something before disappearing.
If you go to either of these forests, please let me know what you experience.