Note: For more information about this and other ghost lights, check out my book The True Ghost Stories Archive: Spooklights, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the chapter in the book.

Location: Oxford, Ohio

Appearance: White light that appears at some distance up the road and disappears when approached. The light is called by flashing your headlights.

Folklore:

  1. The light is said to be that of a young man on a motorcycle who was decapitated in an accident while going to see his girlfriend. The girlfriend would summon him by flashing her porch headlights.

Other explanations: Probably car headlights.

Additional notes: This story seems to be a cousin to the “Elmore Ghost Rider,” another Ohio legend.

Reader Comments:

“Now, you can go to the top of the street where the tractor was and flash your lights. Soon, you will see a light coming towards you, appearing and disappearing as he crests the hills. Then, the light disappears a few hills from you. I have seen this dozens of times and even tried chasing the light to see if it was a hoax. You never hear any motor—you just see a light.” – Alex, July 2000

“I was a freshman at Miami University during the 1988-89 school year. The road was exactly as the guy in the other story said: narrow, hilly, straight and wooded. We came to the curve in the road, turned around, and I flashed my lights three times. I turned around and saw, way in the distance, a headlight, just like the other guy described. It didn’t make any sound. You could see the glow build on the other side of the hill as it approached the top. It went over 2 or three hills, then disappeared behind another and didn’t come up again.” – Dstew, November 2001

“A friend just sent me a link from your site featuring a story by a guy about going to it. So far I’ve seen it nine times and it has only not worked once. The last time I went it didn’t work, I think it has to do with the newly placed streetlights on the road. But the light is no hoax and is the creepiest thing I have ever witnessed in my life.” – Sephiroth, January 2004

From: warejd@ucbeh.san.uc.edu
Newsgroups: alt.folklore.ghost-stories
Subject: Story of ghost I saw in Cincinnati
Date: 25 May 94 00:37:33 EST

I would like to share an experience I had not too long ago. Go ahead and mail me back or post telling me what you think. People who are from around Cincinnati might be familiar with this. It’s an old legend, that kind of spooked me.

I will start off telling you the story behind the story. There are several versions of the story, this is the one most popular.

There is a long narrow stretch of deserted road near Oxford, Oh. Oxford is about 30 minutes North of Cincinnati. Supposedly several years ago, a guy broke up with his girlfriend, got piss drunk and started riding his motorcycle down this road. At the end of the road is a very sharp hairpin turn. The guy didn’t make the turn, and ended up wrecking into the barbwire fence straight ahead and was decapitated.

Now the story is if you go to this road at night, flash your lights three times, you will see the bike coming down the road.

MY STORY

A couple of friends and myself went to this road one night about 1:30 A.M. My two friends had been there two other times and saw the same thing every time. There was another car full of people from the nearby college, Miami Oxford University. They left about fifteen minutes after we got there. Well It was just the three of us out there. We flashed our lights several times and nothing seemed to happen.

Well we decided to give it one more try before we left. We did and five minutes later about 1/2 mile down the road a very very bright single light came down this road. It seemed to be coming very fast, but it was not lighting up the road in front of it like a car headlight does. It was coming closer and closer. It was so bright. Well the light was about 100 yards away when my friend in the backseat said “Uh Jeff?”. The exact instant I started the car, I mean no lapse in time whatsoever, the light went right out. You should know that I didn’t turn on my lights until I was well under my way. I took off like a bat out of hell towards where the light went out. I got to the spot in seconds. I really wanted to see if there was anything there. A car a motorcycle or kid with a flashlight, anything. I slowed down to where the light went out. There was absolutely nothing around.

You have to know the terrain to understand this better. The road is a long deserted stretch of road with only a couple of houses on it. It is only wide enough for one car. The road is straight but it is hilly in parts. The spot where the curve is and the spot where we saw the light is very hilly and you can see pretty far down the road. The light we saw was steady and not moving up and down like a vehicle would on such up and down hills. It was really bazaare.

Has anybody out there seen the same thing or heard the story? I know by talking to several different people that has gone to see it say the exact same thing. What does everyone think? I know that there are a lot of skeptics out there. Some will say that we saw it in our minds, others will say there is someone out there amusing sight-seerers. But I honestly think I saw something.

Later
Jeff

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