and I were settled at an eatery in Coventry RI reviewing our plans for
a quick recon for one of our investigations. Our conversation quickly
drew the attention of some of the locals. Having over heard pieces of
our conversation, they were curious as to what we were all about.
Cautiously we explained what we did and after a few confused stares
and shared chuckles, their own personal stories began to
surface. One particular tale that caught our attention concerned
a strange family.
During the 70’s
there was a family that lived in Coventry RI that were known as “The
Green People.” Their home was rundown with cars and junk of all
sorts scattered across the yard. Their standard of living
alone made them the butt of many jokes from the local teens. The
strangest thing of all was the faint greenish color in their hair and
green tones in their skin. High school teens would often venture to
the house for a chance to get a peek at these odd characters. Many of
these excursions would involve daring a friend to run up and ring the
doorbell. All too often one of the Green People would end up chasing
the kids off their land while threatening them if they were to come
back. There were many fantastic explanation for their odd coloring but
nobody certain. Eventually, the family seemed to vanish. The house was leveled
long ago and all the trash in the yard removed.
No one really seems
to know much more about these strange locals nor what had happened to
them. Though the story sounded a bit odd it really didn't come as a surprise
to me. I too had seen people with greenish tones in their hair.
The coloring was caused by a high copper content in the well water
they used. Since the "Green People" lived in the back woods
of Coventry I can only assume that they may have also used a
well water with a heavy copper content. Drinking and bathing in it
combined with their filthy life style most likely would have produced
an even more intense result. Then again, maybe they were leprechaun,
trolls or even aliens from another world. Unfortunately we'll never
really know the truth about the Green People.