The Mysterious Man without a Face

Those who did see him were terrified as they rode along the country roads of western Pennsylvania.

Halloween is gone.  Can you tolerate one more good scare?  Try this.  There is an urban legend that cropped up in various parts of the country throughout the 20th Century.  On some occasions, it was retold, and retold, and embellished as it tiptoed its way into the 21st Century.

The basis of the tale is that a hideous man who has a blobby face with no eyes, and no nose, appears at night out of nowhere, and scares the bejeezus out of poachers, farmers running down livestock, and teenagers getting it on in parked vehicles.

To make him even more terrifying, he has a green tint to his skin.  He seems to glow with greenish electrical vibrations.  The tales of eyewitnesses grow scarier with each telling.  More elaborate and made-up details are added.  Can they be believed?  It sounds impossible—a gangly, faceless man, who glows green, laughing evilly down country lanes—Charlie No Face, The Green Man.  No one has died as a result of a confrontation with him—that anyone is aware of.

One never knows what poor choices a person will make that will seal one’s fate forever.  Young Raymond Robinson made such a poor choice when he was nine years old.  Raymond, born in 1910, spotted a bird’s nest on a pole.  He climbed that pole to get it.  As he reached up for the nest, all he remembers is a type of explosion.  His hand came in contact with an electrical wire that was on top of the pole.  The wire supplied electricity to the trolley on the bridge. 

Raymond was jolted to the ground.  

Good Samaritans found him burned and semi-conscious.  The skin on his face was melted.  His nose was blown off.  His eyes were blown out of his head.  He spent many months healing and recovering.  He received a larger than fatal voltage of electricity.  Doctors marveled at his very survival.

Raymond improved gradually but people could not handle the sight of him.  He holed himself up in his home and did leatherwork—belts and wallets—to bring in some income.  He would not leave his house because he did not want to scare people.  

After a few years passed, he steeled himself up to venture out at night, when no one was about—first with the aid of friends, and finally on his own.  It became his routine to walk the country roads at night alone.  Sometimes these same friends would bring him a beer and join him on the walk.  He was a likable person.

Raymond Robinson lived in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  He was Charlie No Face, The Green Man, The Man Without a Face.  He did not set out to scare anyone, he only wanted to live a life.  Those who did see him were terrified—and there were those curiosity seekers that used to ride along the country roads of western Pennsylvania, with a carload of passengers trying to provide a scary thrill.

Charlie No Face was a real person, Raymond Robinson.  The Urban Legend was true.  No one knows what caused him to glow green in the headlights of automobiles, but he did.  Raymond tried to make the best of his life and he died peacefully in 1985.  This true Pennsylvania tale took on a life of its own and traveled throughout the land.  It does still.


Sara Marie Hogg is the author of It Rises from the Pee Dee. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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