Phantom Hitchhikers & Road Ghosts

A

Anonymous

Guest
Quite a few years ago i was watching tv and a short 10 min film came on covering for something cancelled or something.
It started with a young woman driving a car on a dark stormy night.After a while she passes an old woman huddled up alone in a bus shelter.Feeling guilty the lady stops the car reverses back and calls the old woman into the car and out of the storm.
she chats to the woman but gets no response,and begins to feel a little uncomfortable .Then slowly the old woman begins to turn her head around towards the driver and starts staring intensly at the woman -without uttering a word.
The lady by now is terrified-she slams the brakes on and pleads with the old woman the to get out of the car and check the rear wheels of the car as she pretends to have a punture.Reluctently the hag turns her head back and gets out of the car.At this the lady hits the gas and does one.
A few miles down the road she pulls over to pull herself together and realises that the woman has left her creepy looking shopping bag.She openes it up and is horrified to find that its only contents is a meat cleaver.
she pelts it to the police station and they phone her husband to pick her up-as she is now a jibbering wreck .
The next scene is the husbands car waiting at the traffic lights -they turn to green but the car stays still -then after a while the passenger door slowly opens and you can guess who steps out holding another bag in her hand .She then walks off into the night.
Has anyone seen this shorty -the scariest thing i've ever seen on tv.I don't know anyone who has seen it and i would love any info on it or feedback :confused:
 

JamesWhitehead

Piffle Prospector
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
13,336
Reaction score
12,195
Points
309
The scriptwriter of this one was simply giving a standard
urban myth. The phantom hitch-hiker is sometimes an old
hag but can also be an unshaven man or hippy type. Endless versions.

Mind you, just because it's a myth doesn't mean it couldn't have
happened. :eek:
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
i saw the one your on about and i know exactly what you mean the first time i saw it was late night itv just before highlander and the second time i saw it was sky one just before highlander (spooky eh?) but that was about 2yrs ago since i last saw it and its still as vivid and it stops me picking up hitch-hickers
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
...Wow !

I am absolutely amazed - this clip you talk of must be a real oldie, I remember it from the early eighties, when I was first allowed to stay up late to watch the telly..... and it scared the pants off me (especially as I was alone waiting for my Mum to drive home from a late shift at work along a desolate country road !)

It made such an impression on me that 17 or 18 years later I still remember every detail, like the head scarf the 'old hag' was wearing, that fact it was a rainy night, and the dodgy brown 'old people's' looking holdall bag she had with her ! I can even picture the car ....

I'm so amazed that anyone else remembers it though...

...talking of things like this I remember some fortean kiddies books from school about a boy who finds a key and/or a coin and suddenly can see all these invisable supernatural charaters etc.. I'll put a separate posting up about this, but just in case anyone remembers, please let me know !!
:eek!!!!:
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
I remember Strange But True on ITV with Michael Aspel. That once showed a story about an old hag on the A15 in Lincolnshire, just over the water from Hull. It detailed the hag, and said that she simply stepped out into the road and "played chicken" with cars and trucks. Numerous accidents have been attributed to her goulishly juvenile behaviour...
 

Hospitaller

Ephemeral Spectre
Joined
Aug 29, 2001
Messages
426
Reaction score
20
Points
49
Location
Ireland
road wraiths

Anyone ever heard of road wraiths? I heard of them from a colleague from Ulster who told me of her brother's experience with one.
Apparently they appear as half of a human body. The split can be in any plane, so you can just imagine the horror! He ran one over as it popped up in front of him, and of course when he got out of the car :eek!!!!: it was gone.
 

Hospitaller

Ephemeral Spectre
Joined
Aug 29, 2001
Messages
426
Reaction score
20
Points
49
Location
Ireland
PS also interested in any other road ghosts people may have heard of, especially in Ireland.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Road Wraiths

Road Wraiths, Road Ghosts, Phantom Road Accident cases, Phantom hitch-hikers - call them what you will: yes, a 'real' phenomenon, in at least real witnesses report such events, the 'reality' and vividness of which are frequently attested to by police investigators who have had to deal with shocked or apalled motorists who have encountered them. A common theme is the figure stepping out or throwing itself under the wheels of an oncoming vehicle, allowing the driver no time to take evasive action. Such encounters (like the related hitch-hiking habit) are found in folk accounts, right through to the present day, where they break through to meet a modern, unsuspecting and sceptical public. The wonder for me is that they have not been generally recognised as the discrete 'ghostly' sub-group that they are - a largely overlooked phenomenon that encompasses and relates parapsychological phenomena (ghosts, etc) to the denizens of our seemingly more outlandish and nonsensical creatures of folklore, to which these ghostly characters bear uncanny resemblance.
This fascinating subject, with all its hidden depths, is a subject I have studied for many years, and published occasionally on. My own dedicated website to it can be found at http://www.roadghosts.com

By all means, visit, and if you have any new encounters of this kind to report, or simply wish to comment, please visit the site guestbook before you leave.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Hags in the night

I don't know the title of this film either, but I've contacted a friend who I'm confident would know, so I'll post again in due course.
In the meantime, for anyone interested in true-life 'hag' encounters, you can read about a strong and fascinating case - that of Blue Bell Hill, near Chatham, Kent - that includes witness accounts scarier than the Blair Witch.

Read about on my website http://www.roadghosts.com
 

Justin_Anstey

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Jul 30, 2001
Messages
633
Reaction score
3
Points
49
Doc gets a fright, 3/9/1998.

"Hospital doctor Guy Routh got the fright of his life when he stopped to help a beautiful woman on a deserted Cotswold road – he’s convinced the apparition was a ghost.
The Cheltenham General Hospital anaesthetist was driving home from a meeting with a colleague in Banbury at 10pm on August 26 when he saw the woman standing by the verge on a desolate stretch of the B4068 two miles west of Naunton..."

-Justin.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Ho ho ho...Blue Bell Hill...

Blue Bell Hill is a nasty thing...the whole hand on your shoulder/someone in the back seat/give the girl a lift on the motorbike back to her parent's house in the next town over, get to the door and she's sat on the pinion seat...you knock on the door...the mom comes to the door...and says "shes been dead three years!" and you turn back and shes...gone!

More of an urban legend I think that one...
 

evilsprout

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Messages
1,217
Reaction score
34
Points
69
Not a huge ghost believer, but I can't quite dismiss my local road ghost legend in Stocksbridge (which is literally about 1 mile away from where I live).

For those who don't know, it involves a ghostly monk, which has often been reported as appearing in the passenger seats of car, and then vanishing later (presumably when it reaches its destination). The apparition appeared to two local policeman in a nearby quarry, and the case was features on Michael Aspel's Strange But True? TV series. Dancing ghost children were also seen under a pylon. (there's some stuff on Hermes' site about all this).

Not heard of any recent sightings... though I'm thinking of putting out a few feelers and finding out if anything's happening monkwards recently.

One (playful) theory I've got about road ghosts is why should ghosts bother trudging around the countryside any more? Apporting into cars and hitching a lift they can save a lot of psychic energy. Surely it's a bit like a paranormal version of those pigeons in London that hitch rides on the Underground.
 

JamesWhitehead

Piffle Prospector
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
13,336
Reaction score
12,195
Points
309
Well at least they are sharing cars and saving fossil fuels.

But where are they commuting to? Ghost Factories?

Taken over by bloody aliens, making UFOs for export?

Or maybe they just feel they should get out more, now they are dead.

:confused:
 

escargot

Disciple of Marduk
Joined
Aug 24, 2001
Messages
31,518
Reaction score
36,831
Points
309
Location
HM The Tower of London
A road ghost

A few miles from my home is Northwich, a spooky li'l town. I used to work there and collected many ghost stories.

One was about a local stately home, currently a posh hotel. I spent a happy afternoon being well spooked by first-hand accounts of ghostly goings-on which were firmly supressed, under threat of the sack, by the management.

Next morning in the doctor's waiting room I picked up a glossy mag, Cheshire Life possibly, with a long, beautifully illustrated article about said pile!
Minus any mention of ghosts, naturally.

The local road ghost appeared to couple of sensible young men of my acquaintance. Just outside Northwich, they suddenly noticed, too late to swerve, an old chap with a little dog on a lead, and to their horror the car ran them both over.

Of course they stopped, jumped out and searched the road for half an hour or more - nothing to be seen. Considerably shaken, they continued on their way. On the way back, at the same spot, exactly the same thing happened!

This time the driver revved up and left at speed, not daring to stop.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Re: Ho ho ho...Blue Bell Hill...

-Oracle- said:
Blue Bell Hill is a nasty thing...the whole hand on your shoulder/someone in the back seat/give the girl a lift on the motorbike back to her parent's house in the next town over, get to the door and she's sat on the pinion seat...you knock on the door...the mom comes to the door...and says "shes been dead three years!" and you turn back and shes...gone!

More of an urban legend I think that one...
What you've described is correctly the stuff of Urban Legends, some of which does occur as a thread or two in the fabric of legend at BBH. But to dismiss the whole case as an Urban Legend shows you haven't read my work or visited my Road Ghosts website. A little more going on there than you might think...
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Soz Hermes...didn't mean to offend by way of harmless comment!
:rolleyes:
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
No offence taken. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. And I certainly don't believe any position can be so well defended it is immune from criticism. I was definitely sceptical about the Phantom Hitch-Hiker before I began my research. Still am, in fact. But what I began to see was a different, 'though closely related phenomenon that followed the principles of the PHH theme, and which could be consistently found in often obscure strands of myth, legend and foklore, and in modern witness cases - which often involved investigation by police - all suggesting (to me at any rate) that there really was something going on with these cases that does not find such easy explanation.

Incidently, there are a few very good actual PHH encounters on record, involving named witnesses - which is an aspect I almost reluctantly had to deal with, but which have to be examined with a truly open mind if there is any real determination to get to the bottom of this particuarly ghost category.

A book I'd recommend is Michael Goss' The Evidence for Phantom Hitch-Hikers (Aquarian Press, 1984) - still the best work on the subject, but now sadly out of print. The good news, though, is you can still get it at the ASSAP website, for, I think, around £6 a copy.

:)
 

NilesCalder

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Aug 20, 2001
Messages
1,815
Reaction score
16
Points
67
A new take on the Phantom Hitchiker :D

From the Scotsman

"There were tales, when I was myself a callow hitchhiking youth, of a ghost car in the Western Isles, of some ancient vintage, driven by a little old ghost man. A few fellas I met did say they saw it with their own eyes, howling along a deserted road at dusk, but none claimed to have been given a lift, exactly. Is such a thing possible? You often hear ghost stories of drivers picking up pale, somewhat uncommunicative ladies dressed in white at the dead of night, driving some way then turning round and seeing there’s no-one in the car at all, but can you get the opposite? Can you get in a ghost car? Or would you just foolishly fall to the road and hear phantom laughter fading into the distance.

If you could get a ride, that would be just the very thing - no pollution, no need for road tax, a car that was perfect for the planet. We’d all have them. Perhaps the global multinationals who control the car market know this to be possible and suppress the technology?"

Niles "Laughing Boy" Calder
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
David Gray - author of The Scotsman piece: can you believe they pay the guy to sit on his backside and put out such rubbish?

It's not the Fortean investigator/journalist who's the bedraggled geek, Mr Gray...
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Can people on bicycles see phantom hitchhikers or road ghost

I know of a case of a gentleman seeing a road ghost whilst pushing his bike up a hill one stormy night. The woman emerged from the hedgerow, walked towards him then veered to the left before vanishing. There is also a hitchhiker case where a chap picked up a girl in a sidecar and a famous Australian case of a phantom motorcycle passenger. Maybe though, in the case of the bicycle incident, the phantom was triggered but could only be perceived as walking instead of going under the vehicle (which wouldn't have made sense, certainly to the witness). Do the witnesses perceive road ghosts in their own way, i.e. faces at car windows, spirits giving a warning, phantoms going under or over the bonnet, ghosts running out into the road and vanishing and those that disappear whilst in the back seat ?
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Re: Can people on bicycles see phantom hitchhikers or road g

Andre Coetzee's experience with the Uniondale (South Africa) phantom suggests that cyclists/motorcyclists encounter road ghosts in virtually the same manner as drivers of four-wheeled vehicles. In Coetzee's well-known case, the woman he picked up assumed the pillion seat (equating with the rear-seat-of-car convention of the Phantom Hitch-Hiker legend) of his bike on the N2 highway in 1980 - before vanishing, in so doing re-clipping the helmet he had loaned her back on the rear of his bike and fusing the earphone jack. In the same case, the 'ghost' - said to be the spirit of a young woman killed on the highway on Good Friday, 1968, obeys certain other conventions of folklore attached to (often lone) travellers - namely hopping on or appearing on the vehicle (in the past, it would have been horses and wagons)without invitation (and accosting the motorcylist (with raps on his helmet), or vacating a vehicle with banshee-like screams that curdle the blood).
In the case to which Neil alludes - that of Blue Bell Hill in Kent (UK) - motorcycles feature in the anecdotal history, and in a case I have on record (from personal interview) that involved a gentleman who encountered a woman standing in the way of his motorcycle (in the middle of the road - another feature common in witness reports worldwide) late one night in 1934. As is the convention, this female figure led this gentleman out of his way (his journey home), to be given a lift to a nearby village (which has been linked with the legend, and where the victim of an obscure murder case on the Hill dating from 1916 was finally buried - in the churchyard adjoining the narrow road where the girl asked to be dropped off and subsequently vanished in 1934).
The only feature of encounters that can be related to the Phantom Hitch-hiker legend that does not appear to be reflected in two-wheeled vehicle incidents is that of being struck and run over by the vehicle. For that, I now await with patience and interest.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
I remember a story from a schools's TV program in the 80's, can't remember if its true, but I think it was.

Went something along the lines of Wirral man stops on motorbike to give girl a lift home from Liverpool to the Wirral. Guess what, she disappears whilst in the Mersey Tunnel. He goes to house to explain she must have fell off but couldn't find her, gets told she died in a motorbike accident.

It's possibly even easier for people on push bikes to 'see' things especially if they put their head down like I used too. ( When I got off the bike I needed about 10 minutes to recover on a good trip home from work. )
If your pushing that hard your brain sometimes gets less oxygen and your not as focussed on the periphery as usual. You wouldn't believe the number of times I've read 'shoplifters' on the side of shopfitters vans.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Imagine what would happen if you were driving along a lonely road one night and saw a woman by the side of the road (who without you knowing was a phantom hitchhiker) and before reaching her you run out of petrol!!!
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
A23 road ghosts. Has anyone heard of any stories?

A friend of mine recently told me about a ghost she saw on the A23, coming north from Brighton and close to the turning for Slaugham, just as the road zigzags up the hill towards Handcross. It was Christmas Eve and she reported seeing a dark figure walk out into the road. It was so close that she cried out to her boyfriend to slam the brakes. At the same moment, the figure disappeared.

I have found reported sightings of a ghostly girl who wears a light raincoat, but these do not fit the description of my friend's sighting. Has anyone seen this or a similar ghost in this area?
 

liveinabin

Gone But Not Forgotten
(ACCOUNT RETIRED)
Joined
Oct 19, 2001
Messages
1,920
Reaction score
113
Points
79
I travel that road a lot but I've never seen anything.

You might want to checkout the last issue of FT though. It was mentioned there.
 
Top