Posted on Wed 28 December 2011

Spring Heeled Jack

I want to see Jack as a villain in Doctor Who sometime...

He wore a large helmet; and his dress, which appeared to fit him very tight, seemed to her to resemble white oilskin. Without uttering a sentence he darted at her, and catching her part by the dress and the back part of her neck, placed her head under one of his arms, and commenced tearing her gown with his claws, which she was certain were of some metallic substance...

It is not at all surprising that in the popular urban imagination “Spring-Heeled Jack” was identified as the offspring of the devil, and described by witnesses as possessing horns and cloven feet. In February 1838 he was reported to have been seen in Limehouse with blue flames issuing from his mouth... a helmet or mask to protect his face. The great leaps and bounds were perhaps the effect of springs concealed in the heels of his shoes.

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