Screaming Skulls Coming to Haunt You
“The legend of the screaming skull” is a phrase heard all too often in England, where for years stories of haunted craniums have been passed down and feared. All of the legends tend to follow a pretty standard formula: someone dies under less than honorable circumstances, their skull ends up in a home or manor, and any time an attempt is made to remove the skull, screams are heard, nightmares are had, and strange poltergeist-esque happenings occur. There are countless tales like this all over the land of fish and chips, but the most famous are those of Bettiscombe Manor, Tunstead Farm, Wardley Hall, Burton Agnes Hall, and Higher Farm.
Bettiscombe Manor in Dorset England is the site of the most famous screaming skull, which is said to belong to a slave of the former owner. It’s said that on the slave’s deathbed, he was promised by his master that his body would be returned to his homeland; when the master reneged on his promise and buried him in a local cemetary, all sorts of screams and ghostly activity were observed. Finally, the body was dug up and brought back into the manor, halting the haunting (Emo-Band name alert!); over the years, parts were lost (Who steals bones? What do you even do with them?), until only the skull remained. Now, whenever someone tries to remove the skull, guess what? It’s yelling head-piece time! Unfortunately, this story was disproved when an owner of the home had the skull dated and it turned out to be over 3,000 years old. Unfortunately, that makes the legend even more terrifying.
The skull at Tunstead Farm in Tunstead Milton, Derbyshire England is of debated origin. Some say that it’s of a woman who was murdered in the house, who of course asked that her remains never leave her home. Others say that the skull is of a man named Dixon (hence its name, “Dickie”, seriously…no really, people tell horror stories where the ghost is named “Dickie”), who was murdered on the farm. Again, it’s the same story, remove the skull and you get haunted and yelled at.
We wonder if the other screaming skulls have yielded anyhting different…nope, we checked. However, it should be noted that the skull at Wardley Hall has had documented removals where nothing of suspicion is said to have happened, and that the skull at Higher Farm had documented removals where a whole lot of stuff happened. So there you have it folks…we have no idea. We do however suggest that just to be safe, if you ever find a skull in your home…well, call the cops first, but after that, don’t remove it. Just let it hang out if it seems happy, because we have no clue what is going to happen if you move that bad boy, because as of right now, screaming skulls are…an Otherworld Mystery.