When we think of the Victorian era we think of a time os science and the age of reason but running alongside this was a belief in the Paranormal it was the age of mediums, fortune tellers, Phrenology( the art of reading your fortune through the bumps on your head) Fairies at the bottom of your garden and the age of Ghosts.
And a lot of Victorians believed in a man called Spring-Heeled Jack.
I use the term Man loosely as what man has eyes like burning coals and claws for hands and goat-like horns on its head.
From 1837 to 1880 the sightings of this man or creature spread across Victorian England from London to Chichester to Liverpool and even to the Black Country.
The many Magazines or papers like the penny dreadful gave rise to this man or creature that looked like a Hispanic devil that could leap buildings.
One of the very first sightings of Spring-Heeled Jack was in London in 1837. A young Servant girl by the name of Mary Stevens was walking to Lavender Hill. On her way through Clapham Common, a strange figure jumped out at her from a dark alleyway and grabbed hold of her and started kissing her and ripping at her clothes and touching her bare body with its claw-like hands.
Which Mary later tells the police that the claw-like hands felt cold like they were off a dead person.
Her screams lead many people to the incident and witnesses claim to have seen a horned figure jump over a very high wall and disappear.
Another report tells of this horned Devil jumping in front of a horse-drawn carriage which leads the driver of the carriage to crash and was hurt. As the police and onlookers went to help they saw this horned Devil leap over a 9ft wall these reports gave this devil the name of Spring-Heeled Jack.
The sightings of this horned devil doubled over the years and even lead the Times and News of the World Papers to report on this creepy figure.
The last known report of Spring-Heeled Jack was in Peckham London in 1870 and reports called it the Peckham Ghost that had eyes of fire and horns on its head. Which lead people to believe that this was Spring-heeled jack the same creepy figure that terrorised London a generation earlier.