An English couple had a bizarre run-in with a creature whom they identified as Spring-heeled Jack, a leaping, claw-handed monster infamous in the United Kingdom during the Victorian era.
According to the website Your Local Guardian, the Martin family was headed home from a Valentine's Day dinner when they spied a strange humanoid creature. Here's a recap of the experience from the victim himself:
Mr Martin, 40, the manager of a building company who lives in Blue Cedars in Banstead, said: "We were driving down the Ewell bypass and saw a man on the other side of the road. We didn't pay much attention until he started crossing over to our side of the road, the next thing he jumped over the centre fencing in the road and ran across our two lanes. On the side of our road is a bank easily 15ft in height and this figure crossed our road, climbed this bank and was gone from sight all in about two seconds. All four of us were baffled and voiced our sighting straight away with the same detail. A dark figure with no real features, but fast in movement with an ease of hurdling obstacles I've never seen. My last image was of him going through the bushes at the top of the bank. I'm not usually one to be freaked by these sightings but the cab driver was petrified. He didn't want to drive back alone. I am honestly baffled by this sighting and we are intrigued by it because it was so real but so strange."
Spring-heeled Jack was quite the monster back in the day. In fact, he became such a nuisance that the Lord Mayor of London hired a team of locals in a futile attempt to capture the man-beast.
Has the leaping creature returned to terrorize the people of England once again? Or is there just one extreme parkour fan running around causing a ruckus? Elaborate the Martins further:
"It was something we all saw and it wasn't imagination. I'm quite a sensible man but I have never seen anything move that quickly across the road and not been startled by the fact that we were driving toward him. It's the first time we have ever seen anything like this. If it was a burglar it is the fastest I had ever seen anyone run. That's the only other explanation. But it was just too quick."