Your Name: Stefanie
My Story: As a regular user of the badly bumpy shortcut through Gibbett wood from Dunsley road/hyde park avenue-Wollaston to the A449 Kinver, i always felt slightly uncomfortable.
I remember locking the doors of my battered little car everytime i went through- not sure why, just felt like i might get attacked in the car.
The regular eerie and misplaced sight of burned out cars and evidence of flytippers aside, it just had a ‘loaded’ feel to it and the suspension on my Nova bore the scarss of regularly being driven like a range rover through the meandering caverous pits and curves of the mud road.
So on the evening drive back from work on the 29th October 1999, i did the normal shortcut past the big industrial plant to the right and into the wood, did my normal routine of turning the radio off and locking the doors and closing the windows. Nothing more or less eeyrie than usual i was as always glad to emerge in my battered and mudsplattered car opposite the kinver junction.
On that evening, my then boyfriend and I went to see Blair Witch project at the cinema, so at approx 11.30pm on returning home, i decided that it would be funny to scare my boyfriend by driving him down the dirt road through Gibbits wood, coming in from the A449 near the kinver junction through towards wollaston.
It is creepy in daylight hours so i figured, close to halloween and bonfire night, might be a tiny thrill to see if it scared him…this is what followed…
We were chatting about the film and he was saying these woods were like the film and wouldnt it be funny if the blair witch jumped out…we came to about half way down the track as the mud started to rise up into a steepish hill…i was confused and my heart was in my mouth, my boyfriend turned from me to look at the path and he was looking ahead too…as we carried on up the hill we saw feet with brown shoes and long socks, then the feet turned into trousers and then into a body with a shirt and coat- there was a bag over the head with a rope around it hanging from the middle of a high branch directly over the top of the top of the hill.
I just carried on driving and said- did you see that?
My boyfriend replied- see what?