Urban legends are modern myths or folklore told in today’s society of stories which may or may not be true. They usually begin with “ a friend of a friend” and contains an element of horror to frighten those listening to the story. Tales like the Hook, Kidney Harvest, Body in the Wall and many others have been told for decades. In a three part series, we’ll be looking into the urban legends about creatures and mysteries lurking within the backwoods of American. Let us begin by introducing the Melon Heads.
Melon Heads is an urban legend about deformed beings living within the forests of Ohio, Connecticut and Michigan. They are described as small humanoids with large or bulbous heads with misshaped bodies. Anyone entering into their area of the woods could find themselves to be stalked, pranked, or even attacked. Variations of the Melon Heads could be found throughout the Midwestern states, but today we are interested in the tale from Ohio.
As the legend goes, back in the 40s or 50s, a scientist by the name of Dr. Crow ran a facility in Kirtland, Ohio in caring for orphaned or abandoned children. Over time stories emerge that the good doctor was conducted experiments on the children in studying the effects of hydrocephalus, a medical condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain cavity. Dr. Crow would inject chemicals into their brains causing their craniums to grotesquely enlarge. The children were inflected with extreme side-effects of large,hairless heads, deformed bodies, mutations and become mentally unstable. The doctor nicknamed his creations Melon Heads.
After years of abuse, the children had endured enough and plotted their escape. One night, the Melon Heads broke free from their cages, killed the doctor, set the facility on fire and retreated into the surrounding woods. Legend says, the escaped children to this day still reside within the forests near Kirtland, living as feral creatures, surviving on anything they can kill. The Melon Heads has been blamed for missing pets or livestock and on occasion, for the disappearance of people. Some legends warn they will kill and cannibalize anyone who spots them.
The Melon Heads is a common urban legend told within the Midwest. There is no documented evidence to support how true this tale is, yet there are a number of reports posted on the Internet of sightings or encounters with them. If you are camping or hunting within America’s backwoods this fall, keep any eye out for the Melon Heads.
Other Sources of Information
Acherman, Micah. “The Melon Heads: Creepy Urban Legend or Real Life Horrror?” Micah Ackerman. October 22, 2014. http://www.micahackerman.com.