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#1    GoddessKate

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 05:24 AM

So I'm new on this board, I just found it thru a Google search so excuse me if I'm making kind of a newbie... But I was wondering if anyone had ever heard about something called the Grinning Man. Basically a scary grinning man-looking thing wearing black. Has anyone heard of this?


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:14 AM

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So I'm new on this board, I just found it thru a Google search so excuse me if I'm making kind of a newbie... But I was wondering if anyone had ever heard about something called the Grinning Man. Basically a scary grinning man-looking thing wearing black. Has anyone heard of this?
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Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:44 AM

Woah! Cool! This looks like a new thing! By the way, Welcome Aboard!  grin2.gif


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:57 PM

Haven't heard of it. Did a quick search but nothing came up. Welcome to UM!

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 01:01 PM

Hello, welcome. I think Spring Heel Jack was supposed to be a grinning fiend if I recall. You could type into google Spring Heel Jack and Unsolved Mysteries and to find some posts on him. I know there was a thread at one time that covered hin some, but I do not recall the title.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 01:38 PM

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So I'm new on this board, I just found it thru a Google search so excuse me if I'm making kind of a newbie... But I was wondering if anyone had ever heard about something called the Grinning Man. Basically a scary grinning man-looking thing wearing black. Has anyone heard of this?


I remember what your talking about. Sounds like it could be real, But i remember back in my school books. There was a halloween story with a man wearing black with big teeth called the grinning man. He followed the boy around and eventually tried to eat him. So more than likeley it isnt a true story. Seeing how it was in with a bunch of other made up stories.


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:33 PM

Well it's a demonic character in a silent hill novel.

The book (The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings) mentions him i think.




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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:08 PM

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I remember what your talking about. Sounds like it could be real, But i remember back in my school books. There was a halloween story with a man wearing black with big teeth called the grinning man. He followed the boy around and eventually tried to eat him. So more than likeley it isnt a true story. Seeing how it was in with a bunch of other made up stories.


grin2.gif  good story, but is he just like a regular guy who eats people? Cuz if so why not just call him cannibal man?  w00t.gif


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:47 PM

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So I'm new on this board, I just found it thru a Google search so excuse me if I'm making kind of a newbie... But I was wondering if anyone had ever heard about something called the Grinning Man. Basically a scary grinning man-looking thing wearing black. Has anyone heard of this?

I've heard of it, but don't have any info at the moment.
This is a similar mystery: Mad gassers. user posted image

For two months starting in December 1933, a mad gasser ran amuck in Botetourt County, Virginia, spraying poisonous gas into resident's windows, making them violently ill.  The mysterious perpetrator was never caught and the gassings were considered the result of "mass hysteria."  However, 11 years later, a series of similar gas attacks occurred in Mattoon, Illinois. Are the two cases related?  What has become of the phantom gasser?
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The first gas attacks happened 22 December 1933 in rural Haymakertown in western Botetourt County.  At about 10pm, Cal Huffman's wife detected a foul odor and became slightly nauseated.  The gasser struck again at 1am and this time, the Huffman's daughter, Alice, became so ill that a doctor had to resuscitate her.  A neighbor reported seeing a shadowy figure running away from the house and a woman's high heel shoe print was found under the window where the gasser had stood.

The next reported gassing happened in Cloverdale at the residence of Clarence Hall, who returned home with his family on Christmas Eve to find their home filled with noxious fumes.  Clarence was so nauseated and weak that he had to be drug outside by his wife.  He and some friends searched the nearby woods all night looking for the perpetrator.

After a third gassing in Troutville, when a 1933 Chevrolet had been seen near the time of the attack, there was a lull until January 10th when Mrs. Moore of Fincastle was gassed while tending to her baby.  The victim and a neighbor heard voices outside her window just before the attack.  Nearly 40 more gas attacks occurred in and around Botetourt County throughout the following months, finally ending on 11 February 1934.  With no suspects to arrest, the police and newspapers determined that the gassings had been the result of mass hysteria.
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This is a map of the first 5 gas attacks in Botetourt County, Virginia.  "Start" is the first attack and "End" is the fifth.  These five cases are less likely to be a result of the "mass hysteria" that later attacks have been attributed to.


The Blue Ridge Mountains, where the Mad Gasser was thought to have hidden
All the cases were similar with a few notable exceptions:

-The crank of an old automobile was found at the scene of one attack

-Wood and brush was found piled against the front door of one house after an attack

-A woman's footprints were found at the scene of several attacks

-Four men were seen fleeing into the Blue Ridge Mountains after an attack
The symptoms of the gas were: nausea, weakness, restricted throat and mouth, headache, numbness, smarting eyes, choking and dizziness.  No one died from the gas attacks, and most victims recovered within a few minutes of contact with fresh air.  On 30 January 1934, the Virginia legislature passed a law (still on the books today) imposing a prison term of up to 20 years for anyone convicted of releasing noxious gasses in public or private places.

Local author, Bob Willis wrote a series several years ago for the Fincastle Herald detailing the attacks, based mostly on old articles from the Roanoke Times.  He's still undecided about the mass hysteria explanation of the gassings.  "I think there was probably something of substance to it to start with, and then people's imaginations ran with it."

THE VICTIMS
Cal Huffman, Haymakertown
Clarence Hall, Cloverdale
A.L. Kelly, Troutville
Mrs. Moore, Haymakertown
G.D. Kinzie, Troutville
F.B. Duval, Bonsack
Mrs. Campbell, Cloverdale
Howard Crawford, Cloverdale
Ed Reedy, Carvin's Cove
Mrs. R.H. Hartsell, Plesantdale Ch.
Chester Snyder, Cloverdale
Ed Stanley (x2), Cloverdale
Mr. Hamilton, Roanoke
A.P. Scaggs, Nace (near Troutville)
Mrs. A.H. Milan, Roanoke
J.G. Schafer, Lithia
Numerous theories have been put forth concerning the identity of the gasser and the source of the gas.  While the true perpetrator's identity may never be known, in his book The Mad Gasser of Mattoon, author and chemistry teacher Scott Maruna suggests that Nitromethane was the agent used in the attacks.

Travis has undertaken to investigate and solve the mystery of the Botetourt County gassings.  He is currently writing a book on various paranormal topics, with two chapters dedicated to the mysterious Botetourt County gas attacks.
Travis and Bob Willis at his home in Fincastle
Additional attacks occurred where victim's names were not mentioned.  In most cases, an entire family or multiple persons were sickened by the gas.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:07 PM

Ah the Mad Gasser of Matoon. Weird story that! Up there with Springheel Jack in terms of weirdyness.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:28 PM

Spring Heeled Jack
Mad Gassers

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:38 PM

Welcome to Unexplained-Mysteries.com! I'm Legendcop13. I know quite a bit of myths and legends, but I haven't heard a whole lot about the 'Grinning Man'. I only know what I have read, so Bon Yoyage and good luck researching your topic! Any questions?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:16 PM

o yea my bad i forgot to introduce myself...im cubsfan7 i enjoy MGS and halo...enjoy posting in UFO and Urban Legends topics

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 06:07 AM

Wow, first thanks for the awesome welcome guys! I'm really glad I found a friendly board like this.

Second, to answer some of the stuff above: This does sound a little like Springheeled Jack in similar... appearance things. The bulging eyes at least, from the description I got. I have put my hands on John Keel's book and read what he said, which jived with a lot of what I heard - creepy tall, grinning ear to ear, reddish skin, piercing eyes. That's a lot of what I read, but I'm not one who attributes everything to aliens and... he connects too many ideas without actually giving much conclussive researched evidence in folklore or mythology. The Silent Hill book I ran across but it's fiction, don't know much about it. I wonder if its based of something obscure that I'm just calling something else...? The closest I came was Springheeled Jack.

Once again, I appreciate the help on this. Its been my recent obsession in this department.


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Posted 09 October 2006 - 07:52 PM

Hey, don't mention it! There is a lot of nice people on Unexplained-Mysteries.com Forums! Like I said, I really don't know a lot about "Spring Heeled Jack", so I couldn't inform you on this...sorry. But I do know a lot about Mothman, Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, the Northern Michigan Dogman, and some others, so feel free to ask questions!

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