The Werewolf and the Hexham Heads
Have you heard of the Hexham Heads? (I love unintentional alliteration.) Hexham is a town in Northumberland, England. In 1972, allegedly, a pair of Hexham youths were pulling weeds in their yard (it would thus seem that the boys were brothers, since they would’ve been a mite young to be cohabitatin’ otherwise) when they unearthed a pair of ancient-looking stone effigies about the size of tennis balls and fashioned into crude heads. (Note: It would be “mite”, an old term that means a small or slight amount, although one might—ahem—be forgiven for thinking it is a contraction of “mighty,” as in “mighty young.” But “mite” is correct.) These heads were allegedly sent to the British Museum but subsequently disappeared. Their unearthing coincided with a series of appearances of a werewolf-like creature in the area as well as poltergeist-type activity and other sorts of strangeness.
A man named Desmond Craigie came forward and claimed that he had in fact created the heads, carving them for his daughter in 1956 while he and his family were living in the house in the yard of which the heads had been unearthed. Why, then, should there have been supernatural activity linked to them?
Hexham had, prior to the discovery of the heads and the alleged werewolf sightings, an established history with a beast colloquially called the “Hexham Wolf,” but this creature seems to have been a wolf that escaped from a nearby zoo in 1904.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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