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#1    truthorder

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:15 AM

I don't know if anyone has ever brought this up here before.  It's not exactly an extremely famous place, but I've been there...and I've witnessed it.

I am as skeptic as they come so allow me to indulge you on this a little bit.

I live in Northwest Indiana and there's a small town called "Francesville" that is about a 40 minute drive from where I live and grew up.  Well, of course any rural Indiana stories and legends will make their rounds throughout the surrounding communities over time.

As legend had it, if you parked your car along a certain road outside of the town...a glowing yellow light would come towards you.  What happens after that is not very detailed, as most people were too scared to stick around to find out what it was.

Well, I can tell you that as a high schooler, I was there.

I saw the damn thing.

I can't explain it, and like many others before me, I didn't stick around to ask it any questions either.  It was just myself and a bunch of other friends who had heard the stories and asked another person who had been there for directions to see it.

We weren't drinking.  None of us were taking any drugs.  I'll try and sum up the story exactly as it happened.

When we got out to the area we were supposed to be at...we were on a dirt road that sloped down...and then back up in the distance.  We were out in the country (picture Indiana..you get the idea) and it was around 11 PM on a hot July evening.

We sat there for a while and were really silent at first...but I knew that everyone else's heart was beating just as hard as mine was.  The legend was enough.  But being out on a deserted dirt road in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night with the lights turned off was damn creepy enough.

After a few minutes and nothing extraordinary happening, my friend Brian made some quiet "ghost" like sound.  It was so damn pathetic that it wasn't scary...but funny as hell.  We all immediately started cracking up.  That loosened everyone up enough to start talking for a few minutes.

I was in the middle of cracking some stupid joke when I noticed that everyone got real quiet.  I turned and looked out the front windshield and...well...there it was........

A small, yellowish glow in the middle of the road that looked as though it was waving back and forth a bit.

My first reaction was to tell everyone that it had to be a car from another road down the way and that we'd probably see the light dim as the car turned.  

That didn't happen.

After a few minutes of watching it seemingly sit idly there, we all got the distinct impression that it was moving towards us.  Again, I thought it was maybe a trick of light somehow.  I couldn't tell how far away it was.  At one point it looked like it was real far away, and then at another it looked like it was getting closer.

And then..........I covered my eyes to block out the light....and saw that the damn thing was casting shadows on the trees that were at the bottom of the slope.  It's at this point that I really got unnerved...and pointed out what I was seeing to everyone else.

Brian immediately started the car but we sat there for just a little while longer.  Just to make sure if we could get away if we needed to, Brian put the car in reverse and did a quick 3-point turn.  The object was now in back of us...and of course we all turned back to see it.

It was moving.  And it was coming towards us.  It was moving a bit side to side and now we could see it casting shadows quite easily.

That's all we needed to see.  As I said, we didn't stick around to ask any questions.  Brian gunned the engine and we got out of there in one helluva hurry.

To this day, I don't know what it was.  Maybe it was someone else who knew the legend and saw us...then decided to give us what we came there for.  Maybe it really was somehow lights from another road that were playing a trick on us.

All I know is that what I saw was real and tangible, not an hallucination or a trick of the eyes.


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Posted 31 March 2006 - 07:09 PM

Cool story.  thumbsup.gif  It would be kinda neat to find out what it was though.


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Posted 01 April 2006 - 06:53 AM

Farmer with a flashlight coming to see what them durned kids were up to.


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Posted 09 October 2011 - 03:35 PM

I too am from IN and have been to the fracisville light..... What they say happens does same thing happened to my friends and I....... It was a scary night,,,,,


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Posted 09 October 2011 - 04:21 PM

Sounds pretty cool. So go back again and film it! Why did nobody have a camera? Someone must have had a phone!? Same to the other guy who mentioned it. It sounds pretty cool, so go film it!

With a quick search I've found only 2 videos on this, one is a stupidly obvious fake and the other is so inconclusive it's pretty much worthless. So one of you guys could be the first to get a good film of this thing. So go do it and get back to us!


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:39 AM

Great story...

 Manc_Lad, on 09 October 2011 - 04:21 PM, said:

Sounds pretty cool. So go back again and film it! Why did nobody have a camera? Someone must have had a phone!? Same to the other guy who mentioned it. It sounds pretty cool, so go film it!

With a quick search I've found only 2 videos on this, one is a stupidly obvious fake and the other is so inconclusive it's pretty much worthless. So one of you guys could be the first to get a good film of this thing. So go do it and get back to us!

can you post the link of the one that isn't obviously fake, would be interesting to see if it tallies with what truthorder saw...

But yeah truth, you should totally go back and take a video...  I'm not saying you are lying, more that the story is good and it would be interesting to see if you could get footage.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:24 PM

I would but I dont live in IN anymore..... Someday i will........ But right now i live in ND with my husband whos in the sir force and we will be moving to Belgium in February....... So then i wont be back for 3 years..... But after that i PROMISE you if i can get the GUTS to record it with out thinking something is going to happen to me i will for you guys and everyone.......


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 02:02 PM

 Mekeys, on 10 October 2011 - 01:24 PM, said:

I would but I dont live in IN anymore..... Someday i will........ But right now i live in ND with my husband whos in the sir force and we will be moving to Belgium in February....... So then i wont be back for 3 years..... But after that i PROMISE you if i can get the GUTS to record it with out thinking something is going to happen to me i will for you guys and everyone.......

No worries, I understand it must have been scary...

Could you describe your experience and how it differed from truthorders.

edit:  Don't know if you have anything similar in the states, but this is reminiscent of British Fairy lights and Willo' the Wisp legends.

Edited by Wyvernkeeper, 10 October 2011 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:59 PM

 Wyvernkeeper, on 10 October 2011 - 10:39 AM, said:

Great story...



can you post the link of the one that isn't obviously fake, would be interesting to see if it tallies with what truthorder saw...

But yeah truth, you should totally go back and take a video...  I'm not saying you are lying, more that the story is good and it would be interesting to see if you could get footage.


That's the link, but I was saying it's an obvious fake, not real. There are a couple of lights in the distance, nothing really happens and then suddenly at the end a really bright light appears and nobody in the car reacts to it and the camera goes off. Looks really fake to me.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:18 PM

I might be mistaken about this, but isn't the Francesville light AKA the Moody Road light?


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:06 AM

 Manc_Lad, on 10 October 2011 - 07:59 PM, said:



That's the link, but I was saying it's an obvious fake, not real. There are a couple of lights in the distance, nothing really happens and then suddenly at the end a really bright light appears and nobody in the car reacts to it and the camera goes off. Looks really fake to me.

At work atm so can't really watch it properly but from flicking through I see what you mean.  It does look staged but it seems to be based on the same legend as the OP as the descriptions/events tally quite well.


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 01:47 PM

Not familiar with this story, but I have yet to see one of these "lights" that isn't explainable in one way or another - superior mirages, actual lights in the distance, aircraft, etc.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:42 PM

I think the Francesville light and Moody light are the same story, the stories overlap a lot and Moody Rd is just a bit out of town west of Francesville.

The spooky explanation is that it's a long dead farmer swinging his lantern. The mundane explanation most commonly given is that it's cars coming down Hwy 49 and due to the hills in the area it looks freaky.


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 10:23 AM

 rashore, on 11 October 2011 - 03:42 PM, said:

I think the Francesville light and Moody light are the same story, the stories overlap a lot and Moody Rd is just a bit out of town west of Francesville.

The spooky explanation is that it's a long dead farmer swinging his lantern. The mundane explanation most commonly given is that it's cars coming down Hwy 49 and due to the hills in the area it looks freaky.


There is a place in North Wales that I am familiar with in which we get a similar illusion from car headlights following the road along the clifftops....  It is quite similar to this story but less terrifying.


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:18 PM

Not trying to debunk your story but do not rule out crafty locals. I too live in Indiana, and the town I live in their is a legend about a road known as Spook Hill. on this old dirt road you are supposed to park your car atop this hill and flash your lights, about a quarter of a mile down the road a ball of light will appear and is supposed to be the apparition of a man looking for his head after a freak wagon accident or the ghost of a father looking for his daughter. (their are actually a number of story's bouncing around. I have been out their numerous times and never saw a thing until a few years ago on Halloween me and some friends tried and and finally saw it. My conclusion: Seeing how I never saw it until Halloween I figured it was some local having fun knowing that lots of people will be looking for it. Their were at times 5 cars along side the road. And finally the ball of light that we saw only moved from one side of the road to the other and looked exactly like my led lantern. I am almost 100% sure someone was having a laugh with everyone that was their that night. So if the legend is fairly popular don't rule out some jokesters.

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