(Orig. Published 4/2004)
DISCLAIMER: Not an actual Melonhead.
These big-headed children have been rumored to roam the woods surrounding Wisner and King Memorial Roads in Chardon. They only come out at night and seem to be incredibly shy, often running away from from others who spot them.
Some believe these children were victims of freak medical experiments conducted by a Dr. Crow (or Crowe), who injected their heads with water or chemicals.
Another version of the story explains that the children’s maladies were birth defects caused by Mr. Crowe’s exposure to radiation during his work as a government scientist. The children later died and were buried in secret graves somewhere within the woods.
Are they ghosts? Or are they living descendants of The Melon Head Family, who continue to live in seclusion?
Interestingly, there is a cemetery nearby called King Memorial Cemetery. While it does not appear that Dr. Crow is buried here, there is a marker for a gentleman by the name of CROWER.
Even if they did exist at one time, it’s hardly likely that they can still be found in this area. Massive real estate development here is largely to blame. As of February 2002, there seems very little in the way of “woods” along King Memorial Road. Needless to say, no Melon Heads were found. Perhaps they relocated elsewhere.
MORE MELON HEAD GOODIES:To see photographs and read about additional legends and our 2004 exploration of Wisner Road, check out the Wisner Road section on the Crybaby Bridges page.
Check out Creepy Cleveland’s Melon Heads page for some truly amusing testimonials and comments on the Melon Heads.
7/8/02: Think the melon heads are unique to this area? Guess again. Here’s a similar tale arising out of Connecticut, as told by LadyWilde21nospam@aol.com:
The whole melon head story was interesting to me because growing up here in CT, my father would often scare my sister and I with a story about the melon heads. His story changed often, but the ones I remember best concerned the melon heads being people that were horribly deformed after years of inbreeding and another having been escaped mental patients who had horrible experiments done on them that left them with large soft heads and a hunger for human flesh…I know my dad told sick stories. lol. However, I find it odd that you mentioned a similar tale being told in a different part of the country. To me it sounds like urban legend more than fact.