5 Horrific Headless Haunts in Ohio!
Of all the bone-chilling tales floating around Ohio about the strange and unusual, none seem more gruesome to me than those involving headless phantoms. Here are five such tales that come to mind..
THE BLOODY BRIDGE
The Route 66 bridge, spanning the Miami-Erie Canal, can be found on County Road 182 in Auglaize County and was the scene of a brutal murder way back in 1854.
A young couple in love, Jack Billings and Minnie Warren, met their doom one night at the hands of jealous rival, Bill Jones.
As they crossed the bridge, they were surpised by the axe-wielding Jones who jumped out of the shadows, swinging like crazy. One swing took Jack’s head clean off and Minnie, in a panic, fell over the side of the bridge and drowned.
Now, it is said, the bridge is haunted by the headless ghost of Jack Billings and the spirit of Minnie Warren can still be seen looking up at you from under the water below.
Just outside the quiet town of Sylvania, in Lucas County, sits a beautiful slice of wilderness known as Camp Miakonda.
Thousands of Boy Scouts have passed through its gates over the past 100 or so years and no doubt most of them have all heard the story of Bloody Mary while seated around a roaring bonfire.
As the story goes, a young woman, presumably named Mary, was murdered in a fit of rage by her jealous boyfriend. The attack was so horrendous that he tore her head clean from her body.
The next day, her body was discovered in a shallow grave beneath the camp’s water tower and, now, to this day, Bloody Mary is said to wander the trails and woods in search of her missing head.
THE GHOST OF KATOTAWA
Along the banks of the Katotawa Creek, near Township Road 593, in Ashland, Ohio, the headless spirit of a Native American warrior is said to wander.
As the story goes, Katotawa was welcoming towards the early European settlers of Ashland County. His interaction with the newcomers was always kind, generous and helpful. He was a genuine friend.
But, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished.
Even though most pioneers enjoyed and appreciated Katotawa’s generosity, there was one who took great offense at his presence around European settlements.
Katotawa’s body was found on the banks of the creek which now bears his name. His head had been chopped off and thrown into the water. Mournful settlers buried Katotawa on a nearby hill, close to where the Katotawa Community Club now sits but his spirit has never found rest.
If you venture out to the Katotawa Creek at night, people say you can still see the headless warrior walking the banks in search of his lost head.
THE PHANTOM OF WEST FORK ROAD
A horrible accident occurred along West Fork Road in the 1950s in Adams County, Ohio, just outside of Lynx.
A man was riding his horse along the edge of the road when a car came from out of nowhere and careened into them.
The impact was so tremendous that it killed the rider instantly and severed his head clean from his body.
Legend doesn’t specify what may have happened to the horse and driver, but you’d have to imagine the car was a mangled wreck and neither could’ve survived their injuries for long.
To this day, people traveling along West Fork Road on dark and moonless nights have reported seeing the strange specter of a headless man wandering the side of the road.
STONE CHAPEL CEMETERY
An unimaginable and gruesome discovery was made inside this cemetery on a crisp morning in 1825.
Under the branches of an oak tree, close to the banks of a nearby creek, the headless body of a man was found sprawled in the grass. Upon examination of the wound, evidence pointed to the fact that the head was not severed cleanly or otherwise. Rather, it was wrenched, twisted and pulled from the body by either mechanical means or through sheer brute force.
Furthermore, a wound of that magnitude should have left behind an incredible amount of blood and gore, but there was none to be found. The head, too, was nowhere to be found. This led authorities to believe this man was killed elsewhere and then dumped in the cemetery.
Legend tells us that, to this day, the headless apparition of this murdered man walks the cemetery. He’s most often seen in the area of the creek, but some have also claimed to have heard his painful moans throughout the cemetery grounds.
The identity of the man was never determined and the murder has gone unsolved.
Most re-tellings place this story as taking place in a spot called Stoney Creek Cemetery. The problem is, there is no Stoney Creek Cemetery in Adams County, nor is there a Stoney Creek. Local ghosthunters have since come to believe the actual location of this legend is in Stone Chapel Cemetery.