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Winter solstice hooded figures

March 6, 2019 | Comment icon 21 comments

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This story was submitted to the site by Peoplearestrange from Decatur, IL.
I'm a 26 year old man who has ALWAYS been thoroughly certain that people who tell stories like this are only doing so because they're ignorant and want attention.. in fact gave this girl I was with for a few months SOOOOOO much flack because she said she was a psychic and all kindsa crazy stuff..

Well, it's December 24th, 2018 and I and my girlfriend drove through Greenwood cemetery in Decatur Il at precisely 3:45 PM. I want to add that not ONLY is it the Winter Solstice, but it's ALSO a full moon, the last expected to occur until 2084..

Well we're driving through, laughing and talking and whatever, get out a few times, read a few headstones, ect. ect.. Well we pull around to the very back and are about to head to the gates to leave when I see TWO of these faceless, hooded things, colored the DEEPEST hue of black that I've EVER seen! They're sitting next to each other halfway up an INCREDIBLY steep hill and at first I thought they were just mounds of dirt or something, but NO dirt is that dark..
Well I grab my girlfriend on the arm and ask "WHAT IS THAT?? CAN YOU SEE THAT TOO?? AM I GOING CRAZY??" Honestly, I wish it could've been as normal as all that.. She looks at me with huge eyes and says she can, I'm not just tripping.. So we just stare for a full minute, sun shining, until I just CAN'T do it anymore..

I scream at her to get us out of there and she slams on the gas and takes off and one of them turns its head, following us until it's too far away to see.. We get a few miles away and pull over and we're both shaking.. We try to imagine ANY rational explanation for what we'd seen, but can't and I'm not handing it well AT ALL..

So I got to the family thing and tell them.. Well my girlfriend and I are talking about it and I'll say now, I was the most frightened I've ever been in my life, but it keeps running through my head that if we just go back and take a second look, we'll see that it was something benign, a tree stump or maybe just some dirt and so that's what we end up doing..

It's basically dark now and my every fiber is screaming not to, but I HAVE to know.. Well we get to the spot, turn on the brights pointing PRECISELY where these things had been, and there's NOTHING THERE.. And that was almost worse.. So we leave and I immediately hop on Google.. And here I am.. Absolutely terrified and looking for answers..

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Comment icon #12 Posted by travelnjones 4 years ago
I don't know but it sounds pretty awesome to me
Comment icon #13 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Pretty dismal but not the rule here the exception with the ones i have been to around here and yep to a small degree i have been involved with cemetery conservationist and histological work too, sure those things can and do happen but lets not get carried away, so perhaps your srea is that bad not mine, so my question,† just how much, was in context. And if the cemetery i hung out at or better yet the OP one had a fraction of those issues then a young couple would have been asked their business and hooligans in hooded robes would be reported investagated, doing anything else might be possibly ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
bats, has this story morphed to the point that you are assuming these people were so effected by regular people in robes. I can't dismiss that possibility, but re-read the OP story again. It almost seems like you are insulting the two observers intelligence in saying that they were that effected by two people in robes. I am sure in their lives they have seen a lot of people and weirdness and have been in all kinds of lighting conditions and this doesn't sound like they are describing anything even close to normal. The OP person I assume is not around, so, there it will lie.
Comment icon #15 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
George, Try not to take things i say and remove the context i subscribe to them and then rework them into something else to suit your agenda. I am not wanting or trying to insult anyone but if my questions and doubts about the validity of an anecdote does that so be it, if a person has such thin skin perhaps posting questionable stories to be gauged and critiqued by the public isnt for them. the quote you made of me was in a context that all cemeteries or most are wretched hives of crime, while i do not belive that myself i would expect some places are better than others, so any suspicious act... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by rashore 4 years ago
Glad you donít get much bad human cemetery activity around you. A lot of cemeteries donít, and thatís a good thing. Unfortunately a lot of cemeteries all over the place do†face such problems. It might not seem like a lot, but several to over a dozen cemeteries around the country see crime enough to make the bigger local media every week.†More are on police blotters and local gov reports that donít make it into the bigger local media. This can double or so†in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Places that have haunted reputations tend to see more traffic all year.† Back to Greenwood... its a ce... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
I was in new orleans after the hurricanes and saw closed graveyards due to bio hazards and hoodlums I do not have and at the risk of sounding snark dont care to have the statistics listing crimes like murder, rape, body dumping etc at cemeteries across the USA, not my point here in this thread this is in my opinion a derail of the OPs story and my point. Either the story is made up, fine done, over, However, if it did happen if it was supernatural which i do not subscribe to then its also done, over. However, since i believe it was either made up or real people if real people then even if the ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by jowasmus 4 years ago
Not being there, I can't speak about what was seen, but I wouldn't worry much about it. It wasn't like the hooded figures were being threatening in any way. Whatever they were, they were just there. Unless you see them again or feel threatened, just chalk it up as unexplained & a cool story to tell.
Comment icon #19 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
Well you want to claim I want to 'automatic jump'† to the paranormal. I fully consider the possibilities of lying and misinterpretation of regular people.† And what should even make these observers suspect a crime was going on?† Made-up story? For what? and for why?† Lying is always a possibility in stories from someone we don't know, but I am not seeing the likeliness of that explanation here.† My most likely theory: These people encountered something they didn't recognize as normal. And giving credit to normal adults' ability to distinguish between two normal people in costume and something ... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by moonman 4 years ago
I don't understand how a couple of emos in robes on a hill in a cemetery on Christmas eve is scary or odd. I guess it is odd, only in the fact that a couple people feel the need to do that on that day, but it's far from unheard of, probably some pagan BS. Full moon on Christmas near the solstice = extra special pagan stuff. Where else better to view it than on a hill overlooking a cemetery? The whole story reads like fiction anyway, with dramatic flair added for no reason - "saw two people on a hill" isn't exciting enough I guess, gotta add screaming and squealing tires and "darker than the da... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
George, They observed something as you put it, So at the very least im safe to call what they allegedly observed "suspicious" and in my opinion its derelict as a citizen not to report suspicious activity immediately to proper authorities not because they suspect a crime is going on but because they dont know, and not reporting it could cost a life. † Then you say, † Your "theory" this is a paranormal encounter even if in your mind is the most likely explanation in reality is the most unlikely possible explaination, Even if i do as you did giving credit that normal adults would be able to disti... [More]

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