him who understanding calculate the number of the Beast;
for his number is that of a man: and his number is six
hundred and sixty six.”
the book of Revelations, “666” symbolizes
‘the mark of the beast,’ a prophesized anti-Christ.
To the Navajo Indians, the number “6” and
any combination of it is considered evil and to be a
harbinger of bad luck. No wonder Route 666, spanning
200 miles through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, is
a frightening route to drive- especially at night. There
are many names for Route 666, such as the Devil’s
Highway, Satan’s Highway and the Highway to Hell.
But, what exactly lies beneath this highway resembling
a serpent coiling around a giant cross?
AREN’T ALONE ON ROUTE 666
666 is a highway notorious for its numerous accidents
involving drunk drivers, deaths of pedestrians, dumped
bodies and even a mad trucker!
666 was christened by engineers in the 1930s. Since
then it has been home to satanic rituals and worship,
as well as a long history of accidents and apparitions:
number of sacrificed dogs and cats have shown up along
this haunted stretch of road, providing evidence of
devil worshipping on Route 666.
of demonic dogs have been seen wandering the highway,
attacking at night, with yellow eyes and sharp teeth
shredding the tires of those traveling the highway.
young and frail girl in a long nightgown is known to
wander the road. People have seen her walking along
the side of the road, all alone in the dark out in the
middle of nowhere. When they stop to help her, she instantly
have been reports of people disappearing at one point
along the highway and then reappearing at another location
miles away, without having any recollection of where
they have been or what they have been doing.
of the more malevolent spirits of Route 666 will climb
into your car with you. It’s said that the shape-shifters
known to Native Americans as Skin Walkers will terrorize
motorists along Route 666. They first appear in front
of moving vehicles as various animals, trying to make
drivers swerve and crash. If this does not work, they
appear in the back seat of the car, attempting to steal
Route 666 possesses its own serial
killer, known as the Mad Trucker. “So, (according
to legend) this killer truck” is a sadistic semi
that targets vulnerable pedestrians and mows them down.
The police along Route 666, have long conducted numerous
investigations into the various vehicular manslaughter
hit and run killings along this stretch of road, they
claim that the Mad Truck purposefully commits these
heinous acts of murder. The truck travels at roughly
130 miles an hour, and has been known to have a couple
One survivor of an encounter with the
Mad Trucker recounts his experience. He states that
the truck looked like it was on fire, heading straight
towards him from the middle of the highway. The truck
was going so fast that sparks were flying off the wheels
and flames were coming from the smokestack!!!
have also been numerous accounts of Mad Truckers driving
a black truck all over the country often ‘guarding’
a form of supernatural evil. Such as the Devil’s
Tree in New Jersey.
ever hear of the Flying Dutchman?”
a ghost ship infused with the captain’s evil spirit.
It was basically a part of him”
legend of The Flying Dutchman is said to have started
in 1641 when a Dutch ship sank off the coast of the
Cape of Good Hope:
van der Decken was pleased. The trip to the Far East
had been highly successful and at last, they were on
their way home to Holland. As the ship approached the
tip of Africa, the captain thought that he should make
a suggestion to the Dutch East India Company (his employers)
to start a settlement at the Cape on the tip of Africa,
thereby providing a welcome respite to ships at sea.
was so deep in thought that he failed to notice the
dark clouds looming and only when he heard the lookout
scream out in terror, did he realize that they had sailed
straight into a fierce storm. The captain and his crew
battled for hours to get out of the storm and at one
stage it looked like they would make it. Then they heard
a sickening crunch - the ship had hit treacherous rocks
and began to sink. As the ship plunged downwards, Captain
VandeDecken knew that death was approaching. He was
not ready to die and screamed out a curse: "I WILL
round this Cape even if I have to keep sailing until
even today whenever a storm brews off the Cape of Good
Hope, if you look into the eye of the storm, you will
be able to see the ship and its captain - The Flying
Dutchman. Don't look too carefully, for the old folk
claim that whoever sights the ship will die a terrible
Many people have claimed to have seen The Flying Dutchman,
including the crew of a German submarine boat during
World War II and holidaymakers.
11 July 1881, the Royal Navy ship, the Bacchante was
rounding the tip of Africa, when they were confronted
with the sight of The Flying Dutchman. The midshipman,
a prince who later became King George V, recorded that
the lookout man and the officer of the watch had seen
the Flying Dutchman and he used these words to describe
"A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow,
in the midst of which light the mast, spars and sails
of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief."
pity that the lookout saw the Flying Dutchman, for soon
after on the same trip, he accidentally fell from a
mast and died. Fortunately for the English royal family,
the young midshipman survived the curse.
Versions of the story are legion. According to some,
the story is originally Dutch, while others claim it
is based on the English play The Flying Dutchman (1826)
by Edward Fitzball.
to most versions, the captain swore that he would not
retreat in the face of a storm, but would continue his
attempt to round the Cape of Good Hope even if it took
until Judgment Day. According to other versions, some
horrible crime took place on board, or the crew was
infected with the plague and not allowed to sail into
any port for this reason. Since then, the ship and its
crew were doomed to sail forever, never putting in to
shore. According to some versions, this happened in
1641, others give the date 1680 or 1729.
BY A PENTAGRAM
"Dad and I were working
a job in Athens, Ohio. She was finishing up college.
We went out for a couple of weeks."
Athens, Ohio may seem like your quiet
and quaint suburban town. But, deep within lies a secret
just waiting to be discovered. Athens, Ohio is undoubtedly
one of the scariest places on earth and has been on
various television programs delving into the supernatural.
Univercity, and Athens, Ohio
Trip Down Haunted Lane
or remodeling can awaken spirits, make them restless.
Like that theater in Illinois”
The Avon opened in 1916, as one of
the most lavish theaters in Decatur, and considered
by many a waste at the time, because it was built specifically
for movies, which were considered in those days only
a fad which would soon pass.
It had one of the largest screens of
any theater outside Chicago when it opened. Its opulent
decor featured fancy plasterwork, sculpture (a nude
reclining goddess holding out a crown of laurel was
at the top of the proscenium arch), and unusual lighting
fixtures in the shape of lion's heads which were found
in the auditorium.
In the early 1950s, the Avon was considered
outdated, and received an unfortunate 'modernization',
which destroyed much of the splendid original decoration.
Also, a wide screen for Panavision and 3D films was
added in front of the old one, covering up the old little
stage and orchestra pit area, as well as the goddess
The Avon hung on, slowly declining
until the mid 1980s, when it finally was forced to close.
It remained empty for years, before receiving a much
needed restoration by its current owners, and reopened
in 1999, screening art and foreign films, as well as
the occasional mainstream hit.
Avon is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of its original
owner, who even after selling the theater in the 60s,
maintained an office upstairs, where he eventually died.
Avon Theater Haunting
to the amazing story of the curse surrounding James
Dean’s Porsche. Kripke has brought up this shocking
tale of the supernatural in numerous interviews. Perhaps
the basis for a future episode, but for now- enjoy,
or better yet get scared:
Death of James Dean
Curse of James Dean's Porsche
dare you to travel down these roads at night...
scientific look: The Ghost Highway
491 MARKS THE BEAST
May 31, 2003, the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials approved a new number for
the remaining segments of U.S. 666 in Arizona, Colorado,
and New Mexico. At the request of State transportation
officials, the route became U.S. 491, a spur of U.S.
whose to say the haunting will ever end? All over the
country there are haunted roads and highways. Including
another Route 666, located in Pennsylvania! So, just
be careful while out on the road. You might just have
a supernatural experience of your own.