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The Evil Behind The Sanctuary


I'm going to start off with a few details otherwise If I mention names or places people may get confused.

There was my cousin Russ, his girlfriend Sharee, my then fiancée Casey and myself there that night. It occurred around 1:30 am at the back of Humbug scrub wildlife sanctuary in the Adelaide hills. Humbug scrub wildlife sanctuary was founded and ran by my great grandpa or something like that. I don't remember the exact date now but it was in 2004.

Russ and Sharee decided to pick Casey and myself up one night to go out for a drive. We decided to head through the hills and see how close Russ could get to his personal record which was a challenge in itself have 4 people in the car as opposed to just the 1. Anyway we arrived just outside the parking lot entrance to Humbug scrub, round the back area. Russ and I decided to get out to stretch our legs, both of the girls stayed in the car. We were standing about 5 feet from the car joking around and discussing hill runs when we heard what sounds like a foot stepping on twigs and leaves. We continued talking when we heard it again and again. By this stage we were looking through the patch of trees, from a few steps back (opposite side of the little fence). We could see a glimpse of some shadow moving from tree to tree, getting closer. We turned and paced back to the car when I heard from Russ "look at that" only not so calm. I turned and looked to see what he was looking at and there it was. This 7 - 8 foot, hooded, raggy looking shadowy man. Though we couldn't see any features under the hood we weren't that interested to go check neither. One thing we did notice was how this being moved as though it was levitating but still made the crunchy footprint sound.

We got back the car and the girls Russ quickly started the car and boots it to create distance, Sharee asked where we went. We said how we were just standing like 5 feet from the car. Apparently what happened was when we got out of the car they couldn't see us after we started moving away from it and thought we kept walking, they wound down there window and yelled out for us to not take off too far. From our perspective the window was not wound down at all and we couldn't hear them. As we were speeding our way through, we couldn't help but notice what seemed to be a house frame covered with thousands of lit candles (that wasn't there 8 minutes ago).

After a while Russ slowed down to 80km. After a little while a rabbit ran out in front of us and kept in front for quite a bit. Thing is we were still doing 80km. After a while the rabbit turned back towards the side and left and I couldn't help but notice tied to a branch of the arched style trees was a noose hanging directly above the road. This left us feeling a little uncomfortable. The feeling of being hunted became pretty intense so Russ floored it again and as we started to come back towards society, there were 2 hitch hikers on the side of the road, dressed in old school clothing like top hat and all that. The closer we got to them the deader they looked. By the time we were passing them they looked all limp with heads facing down like they had been hung. To top it off, they had no faces. Just seemed like where they should have had feature was just blank. Needless to say we didn't pull over for them. So we finally make it back to the suburbs and wonder who the hell won't think of us as crazy if we mentioned these events.

A few days later I spoke to my dad as he knew a bit more than myself about the sanctuary and said that he was told the animals don't go near the back at night. Later on we found out that that area had been a hotspot for witchcraft and black magic for decades. All 4 of us could feel something watching us for at least 6 weeks after.

If anyone has had the same or similar experience please get back to me. I'm definitely interested in hearing about it.

Thank you

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HAZMATT (1 stories) (5 posts)
4 weeks ago (2022-04-25)
Hey Clarence. Again havnt really been back here for apparently 8 years. If you by chance read this now then yeah I'm cool answering questions.
Clarence (2 stories) (24 posts)
8 years ago (2014-09-06)
HAZMAT, would you mind contacting me directly via email? I have a question concerning this story that I'd rather not ask in the comments. Let me know if that's okay and I'll post my email address on here.
HAZMATT (1 stories) (5 posts)
8 years ago (2014-04-23)
Hi Casey. Long time lol. Havnt been here in a while. Just came through because jake brought it up. Just seen that other page. Still remember that night pretty vividly haha.
Hope all is well with you. Take care.
Casey_8285 (2 posts)
9 years ago (2013-02-04)
Casey_8285 (2 posts)
9 years ago (2013-02-04)
I will NEVER forget this night. There are only a few people that I have told this story to. I was just remembering about this night, so I decided to google "paranormal humbug scrub" As it has left me very confused, even after all these years! I remember I couldn't sleep for a good week after experiencing all of this. When us girls were in the car, The boys couldn't hear us yelling for them, I then had thought they had gone missing and started to have a panic attatck. Most of all, it was the two men dressed in top hats with no faces that has left me confused.
Morticia1 (6 stories) (162 posts)
10 years ago (2012-03-03)
[at] bluefoxx I for one can guarantee rabbits in Australia (pretty sure we don't have hares here) don't reach speeds of 60 kmh let alone 80!

And yes I do know, I have lived full time in the country for 27 years along with the 15 years previous to that spending half my time in the same area 😊
latty (10 posts)
10 years ago (2012-01-14)
I hate when people are so critical of other people's experiences. Isn't this site supposed to be about sharing and giving advice?
sacul (1 stories) (71 posts)
10 years ago (2011-12-19)

I had a very similar thing happen to me at a wildlife sanctuary after dark as well. See my only post (so far) under my profile. I never saw the "thing" crunching through the darkness but know there is/was no possible way it could have been human. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) my friend didn't want to stick around to see it, and I certainly wasn't sticking around by myself, so I too fled after it was within several yards of us.

At one time I worked at the sanctuary and, it too, had a past of animal mutilations/evidence of strange rituals found by co-workers, as well as being one of many battlegrounds during our civil war. The animals were freaked out as well. I will *never* forget the sound of 12 different types of birds and mammals (nocturnal and diurnal) simultaneously "screaming" in the night...

Thanks for posting this story.
HAZMATT (1 stories) (5 posts)
10 years ago (2011-12-09)
I can understand the disbelief from some as I also used to be as closed minded. There was no mind games or anything going on before any of this occurred as we spent a lot of time out that way at night as it was the best time to race, while there was no traffic at all. So we were used to the area. Theres not too much about humbug scrub online, just a little info about the place. I have gone up along that road since and it has all new road put down where it turned into a dirt track. Still I am glad to have heard a few others stories. Didnt feel so crazy then.
bluefoxx01 (81 posts)
10 years ago (2011-11-25)
My My, rabbits running 80 km's an hour that's a long stretch of the imagination. I have seen a hare run over 60 km, the rabbits around Adelaide must be on steroids to do that speed.
Moongrim (2 stories) (871 posts)
10 years ago (2011-11-25)
So what exactly is the evil here? You got the notion that you were being hunted, at one thirty in the morning, out in a wildlife sanctuary?

Almost sounds as if you managed to stumble into someone else's dreamtime.
Clarence (2 stories) (24 posts)
10 years ago (2011-11-25)
This was a seriously creepy story. I've been reading entries on this site for a while now, and this is definitely one of the most (for lack of a less pun-y term) haunting that I've come across.

I would love to hear more about this Humbug scrub wildlife sanctuary and its (seemingly sordid) past.
ashavanilla (1 stories) (3 posts)
10 years ago (2011-11-24)
i would have peed myself those things are true because my brother saw this man as well late in the night walking past a cemetery and as he got closer he saw the man had no face that cemetery has no streetlights and no houses close by but he ran as fast until he reached home and told us pretty scary

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