A Hairy Hand of the Horrific Kind

Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 28th, 2015


Back in 2011, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled The Hairy Hands Horror. It begins as follows: “It was around the year 1910 that a weird and horrific saga began – on what is today the B3212 road, which can be found in the vicinity of the Dartmoor, England locales of Postbridge and Two Bridges. It became known as the mystery of the Hairy Hands. Somewhat disturbingly, a hairy, monstrous and unknown force would time and again violently lash out at unwary passing drivers, and which, in one case, reportedly even resulted in a tragic death for an unfortunate road-user.”

The article continues: “In most of the cases, the victims of the frightening phenomenon reported seeing large, hairy, ‘disembodied hands’ manifest out of thin air, firmly grabbing the steering wheel of their vehicles – or the handle-bars of their bikes – and unsurprisingly striking complete terror into their hearts; something which invariably resulted in them being violently forced off the country road.”

Well, since writing the article on the hairiest hands in Devon, I have uncovered a somewhat similar account, this one originating in Wales. The location was Flintshire, and the time, the 19th century. According to the story, which was publicized by Elias Owen – the author of Welsh Folk-Lore: A Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales – the witness was a man named Richard Roberts, of Coederaill, Bylchau. Roberts had confided in the Reverend W. Jones – also of Bylchau – about what had occurred.

Read more at my Mysterious Universe article here.

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.

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