Melon Heads is the name given to the legendary beings that live in the forests of Michigan, Connecticut, and Ohio.
The Melon heads were originally abandoned children that a scientist by the name of Dr. Crow decided to take care of at his facility in Kirtland, Ohio. While the children stayed at the facility, Dr. Crow performed torturous experiments on them. What got them the name “Melon Heads” was when Dr. Crow injected chemicals into their brains, which caused their craniums to grotesquely grow. Because of the abnormal growth, they developed hydrocephalus, which caused them to become mentally retarded and insane. After years of abuse, the Melon Heads brutally killed Dr. Crow and burned down his facility.
The melon heads of Michigan are said to reside around Felt Mansion, although they have also been reportedly seen in in southern forested areas of Ottawa County. According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum. The Allegan County Historical Society asserts that the asylum never existed, although it was at one point a prison.
It is said that the children had no place to hide the body, so they cut it up in small pieces which they hid around the Mansion. Rumors exist that teenagers who had broken into the mansion saw ghosts of the children and claimed to see shadows of the doctor’s murder through the light coming from an open door. The legend has spread throughout the region, even becoming the subject of a 2011 film simply titled “The Melonheads”, which is based around the West Michigan legend.
Several variations of the Melon Head legend can be found throughout Southwest Connecticut, especially in eastern Fairfield County and western New Haven County, Connecticut. In eastern Fairfield County many tales can be found in communities such as Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford, Monroe, Easton and Weston. In western and central New Haven County tales can be found in towns like Seymour, Oxford, Milford, and Southbury.
There are several primary Connecticut variations. According to one 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. Some retelling of this version substitute the asylum with place of business or camp grounds and the inmates with employees, staff or camp-goers. 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 version of this legend, this variation attributes the appearance of the melon heads to inbreeding. Melon Heads allegedly prey upon humans who wander into their territory. Also like the first version individual retelling will modify what town the family were originally from and where they inevitably end up.
A number of Connecticut-based legends of the melon heads has one similar characteristics in particular. This characteristic often involve a secluded, rustic or single lane (usually) dirt road running through the melon heads’ wooded and forested territory. Many towns in Fairfield County and New Haven County have rural and forested sections and it is not uncommon for these forests to have rural roads running through them. These rural roads at times are associated with the local variation of the Melon Head legend and claim to be part of the Melon Heads territory.
- Saw Mill City Road in Shelton.
- Edmonds Road in Oxford.
- Velvet Street in Trumbull and Monroe. (Runs between Tashua Road in Trumbull and Judd Road in Monroe near the Easton border.)
- Zion Hill Rd in Milford.
- The roads around Lake Mohegan in Fairfield.
- Marginal Road in New Haven.
- Jeremy Swamp Road in Southbury.
- Paths/roads in and around Roosevelt Forest in Stratford.
- The Danbury Frog People (commonly told in Danbury/Bethel).
- The Faceless People of Monroe / The House of the Faceless People (commonly told in Monroe).
- Mongoloid Village (commonly told in the communities of eastern New Haven County like North Branford).