Paranormal Housewife

What The Effingham Was That…?

When Jeremy and I first moved to Champaign, people told us to watch out for Effingham.  We assumed it was for the speed traps on the interstate by the rest area or all the construction. Nope, that was just part of what we should have been warned about. Turns out that in Effingham there are werewolves, warlocks, spirits and something else entirely weird prowling around. When Jeremy and I found out what all was going on down there, we had to go check it out ourselves.

We ended up going down there on New Year’s Day. It was one of the few days that Jeremy actually had off and was able to get away for a few hours. For those of y’all that have dealt with recruiting duty, you know how rare that actually is. I had hoped to turn this into our first youtube channel but a few things happened that day that stopped that. I’ll get to that later.

In my research of the werewolves and warlocks in Effingham County, I found out that those two things actually had to do with the same area. We figured we would head out to that area, Ramsey Cemetary, to start our investigation. It took about two hours to get there from Seymour. This cemetery is a tiny, tiny cemetery down a very long dirt road off of a random country road. So we were a little surprised to find that someone else was there when we pulled up. There was a gentleman who had just arrived to look for the warlocks grave. His name was Jason Myers.

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Side note to jump back to the whole youtube thing. I’m nervous in front of the camera so I wasn’t about to try and record in front of a stranger. Also, it was so cold I was having problems operating my camera. I didn’t even check this photo to make sure Jason’s eyes were open because I wanted to put my hands back in my gloves… Oops. Things to work on for the future. I am working still on the youtube videos.

Anyways but to the story. Jason, like us, had a sudden free day and wanted to come to check out the cemetery. He had come out there as a teenager and wanted to see if it matched his memories. He said that when he was a teen, that cemetery was a teen hangout area at night. He was especially interested in trying to find the warlock’s grave. He said that the first grave placed here was supposedly a warlock’s grave. He wasn’t sure if it was really a warlock’s grave or just an old teenage rumor. We told him that we would help him search for the grave.

We searched for about an hour going through each headstone individually. A lot of the headstones were quite worn and hard to read. Others were pushed over or broken. It made it difficult to find the grave.

Eventually, Jason said that he thought he had found it. It was quite worn but we could still make out the name on the headstone. It was the grave of Alexander Ramsey. He was 29 years old when he died. While it isn’t clear why people claim it was a warlock’s grave, it was interesting to find. On top of the headstone was a coin. Jason explained that there was a superstition that if you put a coin on the headstone, next time you came back it would be flipped onto the other side.

After finding the grave Jason told us about some of the history of the area. He said that he remembered a church being near the cemetery when he was a teenager but there was no church there now. From my research, I learned that the church was torn down after a guy had killed himself in the church. Since the suicide, a black figure wearing a cloak with red eyes has been seen in and around the area the church used to be located.

Jason also pointed out the fields beyond the cemetery. He said that there were caves back there that supposedly were inhabited by werewolves. He said he never saw anything paranormal there but he had heard of the legends. From the research I’ve done, the rumors of werewolves started back when people use to live in the caves. While there is plenty of proof of people living the caves, not much proof other than eye witness testimony over the years. I plan to go back when it’s warmer to explore the caves myself.

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The werewolves aren’t the only thing I hope to see when I go back to search the caves. There have been several reports of a pale crawler roaming the woods and near the roads. It was even reported as recently as last year! No one seems to know what it is. Most people describe it as a very tall grey/ white humanoid creature that walks around on all fours. One person described it as “Too short to be a deer, but too big to be a possum or raccoon. As we get closer it gets clearer, and I realize what I’m looking at is skinny, hairless and grey, human like but definitely not human. Crazy as hell looking…thing. It was crouched down, Its arms were incredibly long and looked like it could have been 7ft tall or bigger standing.” These creatures seem to stay in the caves and woods near Ramsey cemetery.

Some people I have talked to have questioned whether these creatures and the werewolves are actually related or mistaken for each other. The Pale Crawlers, as they have become known around the country, have been spotted elsewhere in the states and in some other countries like Scotland or England. They seem to hang around the caves and the forest around Ramsey cemetery.

You would think warlocks, werewolves, pale creatures, and black figures with red eyes would be enough for this tiny cemetery located in the woods but it isn’t. There are also claims of headless horsemen that ride through the woods scaring teenagers that wander through the woods at night. Never before have I heard of so many types of spirits and creatures in one location before. Whether they are attracted there by the magic left behind by a young warlock or the rumors from drunk teenagers, the area around Ramsey Cemetery is definitely interesting. I will for sure be back this spring or summer to explore the area more.

2 thoughts on “What The Effingham Was That…?

  1. The Rake scares the hell out of me more than the Dogman or Sasquatch. Where I am my wife mushroom hunt, there has been Sasquatch activity, from many Bigfoot tracks discovered by a dog walker down the lake shores, to an old miners cabin that the local bikers once took as a club house, the Sasquatch came and terrorized the bikers in the cabin and it now stands as abandoned once again. There have been Sasquatch tracks discovered by family members that frequently hike around their woodland home way up the river. And a Sasquatch couple supposedly accidently captured on the far bank of the river by one of two drift boats by a fishing guide as he was filming the second drift boat in the foreground at the river’s rapids way up river.

    And as told by a local man who is the son of a geology professor at the local University the son and another buddy were frequent hard core scramblers / trekkers / cross country skiers. The two men while in their senior year of high school at the local high school one weekend late winter decided to be the first two to make the first season ski tracks upon one of the Sisters Volcanoes, they were Cross country trekking with roped modified cross country skies, when they were spotted by a lone and apparently very hunger angry Sasquatch. Upon their ascent up the low slope of the snow covered volcano as the beast was vocally screaming out it was gaining closer to them, and the chase was on, they were trying to outrun it, but it was gaining, so they broke into and took refuge in hiding within a season parked excavation road / snow grader left from ODOT the sasquatch caught up right after and it searched around them moved on, later the boys exited and aimed there escape down towards the highway, when they came across the sasquatch prints tracking up the area in its search for them.

    They made their escape. Also Kat Hanson had her horrifying monstrous and extremely viscous Dogman encounter when she was 11 or 13 years old while with her girl friend, they both barely escaped up the muddy hillside as it climbed after them, when there screams alerted her father and uncles and they fired down upon the viscous creature, that was not far from here.

    But as I said, it is the Rake I fear having an encounter with. Although all three creatures have been reported in harassing sleeping camper in the tents, with Sasquatch having been reported even dragging off tents along with the sleeping occupants within it. I study a lot of cases, man hundreds of the cases over the period of the past 8 to 9 years now. Daily, it’s what I do.

    Thanks for sharing of your story.

    And for the mention I had read a very interesting case a few years back of a team of shelter maintenance / improvement excavators crew that two of the younger men ventured off while they were in the cascade mountains and they came upon a crude yet very well made tree structure, huge trees heaped up into a point, opening at the top of it, the one young men investigated scurrying up one of the huge tree logs set deep into the muggy earth, he climbed upon hands and knees and peered down within, he saw a black haired bipedal creature using a crude wooden spear digging out the wall of dank earthen clay as it was excavating a Den or a game holding pit. He suddenly whistled to get an idea of what the creature was, it stopped gigging and turned around, snarly, it was Dogman using tools. They both fled back to their companied base camp and that night the shelter they were fixing up was stocked as they were sleeping and they had to get up and stand guard with a rifle until morning when they made there escape out of the mountains.

    All of these encounter were within 20 to 130 miles from my home here.

  2. aside from the Rake ‘entity’ which stalks the woodlands, there is a seemingly nocturnal creature which has been seen / encountered by varying eye witnesses in Kentucky, this creature is said to mover very fast, also in jumps just like the Dogman Jumps this creature was seen doing a standing leap of 40 feet to get away. there have been at least 9 or 10 encounters by people strolling the woods seen around railroad lines, and seen within close area of old family grave yards there in the Kentucky woodland hills.

    It called a Grave Digger that’s what the old folks call it Kelly. It been seen very up close and its size is said to be at 7 feet, the eye witness at first thought he was following a very large dog, but it was he said, bipedal. Its fur is very fine and blows in the breeze and wind moving like a rabbit fur. its face is rounded human ish’ shaped, with bright red eyes. a mouth of many straight needle like sharp teeth like a bats teeth. it arms and legs are hairless. It has no shoulders, it has arms close on front like attached to its chest. it rubs its face and head with its oily hands and arms, .Wet arms like dirty dark brown used crude oil sheen. It is terrifying to encounter to come upon it, as is the Rake is.

    It is called for a Gravedigger. it leaves burrow holes near grave stones. the old folks say it burrows into fresh graves and eats the human cadavers, burrows into the corpse and makes its nest to birth its young. Really quite horrid to think about, and I suppose from reading the eye witnesses encounters it frightening as all hell to encounter and the many of those have been day time encounters. It is very rarely seen. has been encountered in Boyle County Kentucky. 1960s / 1970s. / Junction City, Kentucky – used to be named as Shelby City, Kentucky. Seen along the L & N railroad tracks, and most all encounters have happened around old family grave yards. Writer Burton Nunnelly search PDF Inhumands: Real Encounters with Beings that can’t exist.

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