You might think a blog about Mojave Mysteries would be the last place to hear about a true creepy diving experience, but you might just be surprised.
One of the most head-scratching of the “Death Valley Mysteries” ever circulated has to be the tale of “Devil’s Hole” – a little deep-water hole located in one of the most arid regions of the Mojave Desert – good old Death Valley!
And it has a revolving cast of characters like: Charles Manson, Native American Giants, missing divers (quite sad and creepy for sure) as well as a genuine desert mystery of where its waters come from – and where they go!
Check out this episode about a true creepy diving story:
If you’d like to read a TON of really bizarre and terrifying true creepy diving stories then that link will take you to a wealth of personal underwater encounters and happenings of the scariest scuba kind – things like fighting with giant fish, finding bodies in old fishing nets, drownings and all sorts of bizarre things divers have had to deal with (even killer kelp!)
Remember how when you first saw “Jaws” and were scared to go back in the water? Yeah, stuff like that.
Some people fear being alone at night out in the desert, the darkness closing in and strange animals and sounds, but how about being under water or out at sea? Pretty much the same type of creepy scenario, right?
Mojave Desert or an open ocean (or lake for that matter) – a fine place to enjoy a true creepy story or mystery!
When the United States was locked in an escalating cold war with the former Soviet Union staring in the early 1950’s, both sides tested their atomic and nuclear arsenals with open air tests and blasts.
And aside from the horrendous environmental damage, other more exotic tales have been reported over the years.
One such true creepy story comes from the Mojave Desert to the north of Kingman, Arizona. Did some kind of alien ship (or “flying saucer” in the parlance of the time) sustain damage from the 1953 open air test at Yucca Flats in Nevada and come down along with its alien pilots?
Were others involved who might of stolen wreckage from the crashed ship and hid it from the Army’s UFO crash retrieval teams?
But surely the strangest part of the whole Mojave Desert mystery, are the stories circulating that one of the alien crew members survived – was captured by US forces – and ultimately became an asset to the teams at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who were tasked with reverse engineering the captured UFO!
A another strange, and somewhat scary story from the master of Mojave Mysteries, Author M.L. Behrman.
Growing up, I’m sure you heard stories about people who picked up hitchhikers …usually something strange happened …or worse.
Or the stories of people encountering strange and bizarre figures along the road, almost always somewhere remote and during the darkest hours of the night.
In the Mojave, it’s often called “The Road Ghost Phenomenon” and countless people have sworn it happened to them – or someone they knew – or heard about.
But does it have a historical counterpart? Let Author M.L. Behrman tell you a tale that might go back hundreds of years…
It’s a common enough bit of haunted lore heard across the country, but in the Mojave Desert, it has a slightly different flavor…
People have always loved ghost stories, and like many urban legends (which does not mean to imply this is not a true scary story) this one gets better and better – whether one goes back in time to when the horse and buggy was the favorite mode of transport, right up to modern times when truckers and others have reported encountering this fascinating Mojave desert mystery.
How about you, ever seen a ghost? Would you WANT to?
Deep within Joshua Tree National Park you will find a curious walled-up “cave” (actually a enclosure built around a large boulder) that has an interesting legend attached to it.
Some think it was where a local rancher kept his dynamite, others think it was where rustlers or gold thieves (there are lots of old gold claims in the area) kept their loot. It is one of Joshua Tree’s most enduring urban legends.
But as I detailed in my book, Mojave Mysteries, there is an odd tale also told of the strange place:
“Now there is another story about the door, and it is one I have heard more than a few times surrounding other such odd constructions all over the west, but it contains all the ingredients for a good mystery and I share it here. The tale goes that a local family had a horribly disfigured and mentally impaired son, huge and monstrous who they hid away from sight and society by locking him up in this rock and iron dungeon. The father would bring him food and sustenance but the poor creature spent his days and nights a virtual prisoner in this lonely cell.
Until one day when the father came to the place and found the door open and his deformed son gone!
In some versions of the story the son then goes on a Frankenstein-like rampage across the countryside, but in others he is never seen again and like all good monster stories told around a desert campfire “might still be out there waiting for an unwary traveler”. I myself used the theme of this campfire myth as the seed for one of my western horror novellas entitled The Charred Man (available on Amazon) but as far as I know, nobody was ever kept in the Joshua Tree iron door cave. At least, I hope not! Being out in that searing heat locked in a cave would truly be a vision of hell…”
If you enjoy true Mojave desert mysteries, this is one you won’t want to miss!