19th century London was terrified of a strange humanoid type being which they called Spring-Heeled Jack. Spring-Heeled Jack would attack his victims at night leaving dreadful scratches and then would bound away with incredible agility.
The mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack has never been explained or solved. In most accounts he made his first appearance in 1837 when Polly Adams, a pub worker was attacked. In that September a further two women were attacked by the entity. It allegedly tore off her blouse and scratched her stomach with its claws.
All the victims agreed that Spring-Heeled Jack was man-like but had a hideous face. He was tall, thin but very powerful and had glowing eyes. Some accounts told of him being able to spit blue flames. He was often reported as wearing a dark cloak over a tight fitting white oilskin suit. One of the other things that all agreed on was his ability to jump incredible heights and distances.
The attacks continued into 1838 and got so much publicity that the Lord Mayor of London declared him “a public nuisance” and prompted vigilante groups to go out in search of the creature.
Rumours of the entity continued into the 1850’s, 60’s and 70’s.Interestingly in all the reported cases, Spring-Heeled Jack never killed or seriously hurt anyone. 18 year old Lucy Scales was the most seriously hurt when she was temporarily blinded by the searing blue flames Jack spat into her face.
By the 1870’s Spring-Heeled Jack had been all but forgotten. There were no reported sightings and no clue as to what or who he could have been.
Was Spring-Heeled Jack a mentally unstable individual? Was he a demon sent to cause havoc? Could he have been an alien life-form? Perhaps we will never know for sure, but Spring-Heeled Jack remains one of the most mysterious and elusive creatures in London folklore.