We all love a good ghost story, but what happens when it turns out that it’s not a ghost at all? What happens when the dead thing is real, and it’s responsible for the deaths of innocents?
In the 1880s, there were numerous sightings of a mysterious creature roaming the desert of the southwestern United States. Prospectors, farmers, and ranchers all claimed to have seen this massive thing, and the fact that their stories largely matched gave credence to the claim.
They said that it was a camel, with a skeletal rider on its back. And the camel wasn’t staying away.
The first known casualty of the so-called Red Ghost was a woman who was trampled to death in 1883.
There were also miners who barely escaped the same fate when the camel barreled through their tent; in both cases, it left behind telltale footprints and long red hairs. The evidence seemed clear it was a feral camel, but it wasn’t just any camel – this one was ridden by a dead man.
More and more people began seeing the Red Ghost, and when a few prospectors had a run-in with it, they discovered something disturbing. They investigated the place where they had seen it, they found it had left behind a human skull.
The dead man might have lost something of his supernatural air, but people still reported seeing the beast with its dead rider. And somehow, that’s even creepier than chalking the whole thing up to the wide desert horizon playing tricks on tired eyes.