a sleepy hallow near the Kickemuit River, residents of Warren RI
have encountered a strange brand of spooks.
Much like the Headless Horseman, these spirits had their
heads severed from their bodies. Though they lack the
ghostly steeds, they make up for it in numbers.
In June 1675, a group of Pokanolet natives looted and vandalized
several homes. The settlers were outraged by this. On June
23, the natives returned to ransack and burn more homes.
This time John Salisbury was able to shoot and wound a native
warrior. The following day, the natives again returned
ambushing and killing Salisbury, and 6 other settlers as they
left the garrison. Seven days later the severed heads of
these men were found mounted on poles on the banks of the
Kickemuit River. The records do not make it clear if it
was only these seven men or if this also included the 2
men killed shortly after as they attempted to seek help.
Nonetheless, the natives made their point clear, ‘Yankee go
home!’ These events marked the beginning of the King
Philips War: New England’s bloodiest conflict.
Several times each year
people from around Warren have claimed to see eight
floating heads which appear during the early evening.
Most often the heads are floating about the trees with an
eerie glow, but some witnesses claim to have seen them on the
posts. Though quite a disconcerting sight, witnesses have
said that they didn’t feel threatened. The spirits seem
troubled, and lost rather than belligerent. So next time
you’re in the area don’t be surprised if you feel like you
are being watched. Walk swiftly though, because these 8
heads may be lurking about the river still searching for their
bodies or someone else's to replace theirs!