Today's post is about a possibly true urban legend. I first heard about the Melon Heads when Rich my co-host from the Megapods podcast asked me if I had heard the story about these abominations here in Connecticut. I hadn't heard of them and started to do some research. What I've found is that this legend isn't just confined to the borders of Connecticut, but has been told and reported throughout the United States most commonly in the Midwest.
The Melon Heads are rumored to be a group of individuals who have either been born with a severe birth defect, have mutated, or a combination of both. Supposedly the group or tribe of people have enormous, bulbous heads and live in the woods. They have been banished or ostracized from society and the live of the land in secluded forests feeding on whatever they can including human passerby's.
Here's what Wiki has to say about the variations of the Connecticut legend:
"According to the first variation of the myth, Fairfield County was the location of an asylum for the criminally insane that burned down in the fall of 1960, resulting in the death of all of the staff and most of the patients with 10-20 inmates unaccounted for, supposedly having survived and escaped to the woods. The legend states that the Melon Heads' appearance is the result of them having resorted to cannibalism in order to survive the harsh winters of the region, and due to inbreeding, which in turn caused them to develop hydrocephalus. According to the second variation, the Melon Heads are descendants of a Colonial era family from Shelton-Trumbull who were banished after accusations of witchcraft were made against them causing them to retreat to the woods. As with the first legend, this variation attributes the appearance of the Melon Heads to inbreeding.Melon Heads allegedly prey upon humans who wander into their territory"
The area most well known for Melon Head sightings is a street nicknamed "Dracula Drive." Dracula Drive is a secluded road that runs through Trumbull and Monroe, Connecticut. The actual name of the road is Velvet Street. The legend usually includes the Melon Heads as an extremely territorial bunch, attacking, biting and eating anyone who treads on their territory.
The Melon heads are also a common legend in Ohio here is what Wiki has on the Ohio Melon Heads:
The melon head stories of Ohio are primarily associated with the Cleveland suburb of Kirtland. According to local lore, the melon heads were originally orphans under the watch of a mysterious figure known as Dr. Crow (sometimes spelled Crowe, Trubaino, Krohe or Kroh or known as Dr. Melonhead). Crow is said to have performed unusual experiments on the children, who developed large, hairless heads and malformed bodies. Some accounts claim that the children were already suffering from hydrocephalus, and that Crow injected even more fluid into their brains.
"Eventually, the legend continues, the children killed Crow, burned the orphanage, and retreated to the surrounding forests and supposedly feed on babies. Legend holds that the melon heads may be sighted along Wisner Road in Kirtland, and Chardon Township. The melon head legend has been popularized on the Internet, particularly on the websites Creepy Cleveland and DeadOhio where users offer their own versions of the story. A movie, "Legend of the Melonheads" was released in 2011 which is based on the Ohio legend and various other legends in the Kirtland area"
Michigan also has a similar legend. To me these myths or Urban Legends are all the same thing. In the past parents and townfolk needed something to dissuade teenagers from going and drinking a whole lot of beer on deserted back roads and turnoffs. It would start with "you don't want to go out there that road is haunted." The legend would change and twist to finally settle on a certain story with a few different variations. In my opinion this is an example of that. Do I think that there could be creepy people who hang out in the woods? Absolutely. Do I think they are mutated spawns of Satan, or some cast off children from Insane Asylums? NO.