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Hellhound Harrasses Family

Submitted by on May 13, 2011 – 6:17 AM18 Comments | 8,979 views

Javier and I occasionally look in on Jason Offutt and his blog site “From the Shadows”. Most of what Jason publishes there are (allegedly) true stories from submissions.

I was over there just this morning and found an interesting story about a boy, his family and their lengthy encounter with what amounts to a Devil Dog or Hellhound. The boy, S. Costea, lived with his family in a Romulus, Mich. farmhouse at the time and has never forgotten the strange red eyed dog creature that stalked and taunted them.

We’ve all heard or read about animals that defy logic. Dogs that are said to originate from the very depths of Hell. I’m sure some of you have seen the made for TV movie “Devil Dog: Hound from Hell about a family that buys a puppy which turns out to be possessed of Satan. Still others swear there are werewolves roaming the foggy dark places that humans fear to tread. Wisconsin is well known as a location of frequent Werewolf activity for those who believe in such things.

To define what a Devil Dog is, we need only look to the Hellhound. This animal of darkness is said to have black fur, glowing red or sometimes glowing yellow eyes, super strength, speed and at times a ghostly or phantom like appearance. Other characteristics include a distinctively putrid odor, and sometimes even the ability to talk. These supernatural beasts are often assigned to stand guard at the gates of the dead and many believe that encountering a Hellhound is a sure ticket to imminent death.

Those that submit stories to Jason are on the honor system but it’s not hard to see that whatever happened to Costea and his family is something real and terrifying.

The Lurking Dogman
Thick trees surrounded the property where seven-year-old S. Costea met the strange dog, a dog with red, glowing eyes – a dog that sometimes walked on two legs.

Costea lived in a Romulus, Mich., farmhouse with his mother, his uncle, and his mother’s boyfriend. They raised chickens and rabbits, with farm cats roaming the crumbling old barn on the small acreage. But it was the woods that separated the house from a nearby major road, woods that kept the house and the family hidden, that marred Costea’s childhood.

Those woods harbored something dark.

“We had this really strange dog creature that would hang around the property,” Costea said. “I say dog creature because this thing was far too big and intelligent to be a stray dog.”

The dog, as big as a Great Dane, seemed to have the upper part of a German Shepard and the lower part a Doberman pinscher. However, its eyes are what haunt Costea.

“It had very pronounced red eyes,” Costea said. “I’m not saying it was a werewolf or a dog-man but it was very werewolf-like.”

Everyone who lived in the house saw the beast.

“The dog would frequently stalk the edge of the woods on our property in the day,” Costea said. “It seemed to have no fear. My uncle would yell at it or throw things towards it to try to scare it off but it would simply rear up on its hind legs like a ram and charge at (him) for a short distance.”

The dog never reached Costea’s uncle, or anyone else who lived in the house. However, it did reach other things on the farm.

“We would frequently find dead chickens or rabbits after thunderstorms,” he said. “We knew it was that dog thing because it would leave huge paw prints in the mud and claw marks on the window ledges.”

The thing eventually turned its attention to the house.

“Sometimes we would find the screens ripped from our screen doors and windows,” Costea said. “It would never outright attack us, but it did seem to enjoy taunting us and harassing us.”

The taunting quickly became dangerous when the “dog” spoke.

“One summer night my mom had left the window open in my bedroom to cool the room off so I could sleep,” Costea said. “She was on her way to the bathroom and went by my room and heard me talking to someone.”

Stopping by her son’s door, well after his bedtime, she thought he was playing. She opened the bedroom door, turned on the lights, and saw the dog.

“When she opened the door she saw me standing in my bed and I had apparently wet my pajamas,” he said. “I was talking towards the window. I wasn’t screaming or freaking out but seemed to be transfixed and talking in a low voice towards the window.”

Costea didn’t notice his mother, nor did he notice the tungsten light that suddenly poured a yellow glow through the bedroom. His focus was on what was at the window.

“When she looked towards the window the dog had its two front paws pushed through the screen and was looking through the window at us and making a low growl,” Costea said. “Its eyes glared red.”

Costea’s mother threw the beer bottle she carried into the beast’s face. Startled, it backed out of the window. She slammed the window shut and closed the blinds.

The dog-thing’s presence, however, was not gone.

“My mom told me that for about a week or so after that I acted very strange,” he said. “Like the way the kid acted in the movie, ‘The Shining’. I would say things like, ‘we don’t want you here,’ ‘our ghosts are food,’ or ‘God thinks you’re bad.’”

The housecats would run, terrified, when Costea entered the room for that time of madness. That wasn’t the only thing wrong.

“For some reason I would take sewing needles or anything sharp I could find and prick my fingers till they would bleed then finger paint all over the walls with the blood,” he said. “The house also had a very strong septic tank smell to it for a few days. Lights would burn out and pop and weird things would just happen.”

Two weeks after the dog tried to coax Costea out of his room it all stopped.

“My uncle was out back working on his truck when he saw the dog at the edge of the woods making its way in towards the rabbit pen,” Costea said. “At this point he was tired of dealing with it and went into the house to get his .22. Apparently he fired at it and hit it in the rear. The dog turned and ran into the woods. We didn’t see it anymore after that and everything cleared up.”

But the dog-thing will be with him forever.

“I always recall its eyes,” Costea, now 40, said. “You could see its eyes out in the woods sometimes at night. I have bad dreams about it from time to time.”

Source: Jason Offutt’s From the Shadows

I’m not sure what this beast was or if it even existed but based on the way the story reads I have to say that I do believe something very sinister was taking place in and around that farmhouse. One thing that stands out is the family itself and the people that make it up. We often hear of terrible and sometimes even supernatural occurrences surrounding families where the mother has a live in boyfriend. Could there have been more going on behind the scenes? Did Costea experience abuse of some sort and in his mind the memories are of an evil dog rather than someone in the house? By no means am I saying anything of the sort took place nor am I casting aspersions on anyone that was there, It’s just a matter of looking at all the possibilities.

It could be that what this family encountered was in fact a Devil Dog from Hell. Does such a creature exist? Far be it from me to answer that question.

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  • Valkyrie

    The fact that a hellhound was seen in a town called Romulus raises a red flag to me, because in Roman legend Romulus was rescued by a wolf after being abandoned by his parents. Maybe Jason Offutt changed the name of the town for a literary effect and to protect this family’s anonymity. There was a story a while back here on GhostTheory about a lady named Minnie who had a chihuahua, and she claimed she saw a “wee person.” All too coincidental if you ask me.

  • Whipthorn

    I dont know about this one. There’s a lot of red flag items for me in what’s presented.

    “Far too big and intelligent to be a stray” sounds to me like they don’t have much experience with dogs. I’ve known some strays that are smarter than I am, and other owned dogs dumber than dirt. The statement sounds very opinionated for this type of report.

    “Dead rabbits and chickens” that kinda happens when you live on a farm. Predators just show up, it happens. “Huge paw prints in the mud and claw marks on the window ledges” again, back to the inexperience with dogs, this stuff comes from big dogs, it’s just natural, nothing too special about it.

    Now the opening of a window on a property plagued by a predator seems a little bit like bad parenting to me. Especially if they have house cats and kids. But then again, the mother went to the bathroom with her beer in hand, so maybe bad parenting isn’t a stretch in this case.

    I’m suspicious of the boy’s behavior too. My little brother used to throw these fits when he got angry as a kid. He’d bite his top lip, stick his bottom teeth up and breath heavily through them, it was creepy as hell. But he was just doing it to get attention. To me it sounds like the kid was just acting out, and there’s not much information about when and where these comments were spoken.

    Overall, highly suspicious to me, and lots of red flags. I’d need to sit down with the family and visit the property before I’d be satisfied enough to call it plausible.

  • Lindsay

    Even if this story is fake..it’s great. Well done =)

  • Lindsay

    but coming from someone who has had a lot of dogs in their lifetime…no dog is going to waste that much time messing with a family. and dog’s aren’t as intelligent as you may think.

  • Jenfaer

    it seems more plausible to me that cats would come from hell…

  • Whipthorn

    @ Lindsay – yeah, I thought of that one too. It does seem odd. Only reason I could figure (outside of the hell hound hypothesis) it might do that would be the readily available supply of food, i.e. chickens, rabbits, house cats, etc. But you’re right, no real solid explanation for why it would be hanging around a family like that.

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Scott McMan


    The whole idea of the story is that the dog is a supernatural beast. If it were just a story about a dog eating chickens it wouldn’t even be here.

    No, I’m not saying the dog is really a bona fide Hellhound, it’s my job to put up articles that I feel will interest people while keeping with the theme of the site.

    Frankly I think there was something going on within the family unit and the dog is just something that came out of the mind of a young boy to cope and protect his own sanity.

    Javier is good with these types of connections. Maybe he will stop in and explain they psychological theory surrounding these situations.

  • http://ghosttheory.com Javier Ortega


    I think what Scott is trying to say is that this all could be the made up story by a person who lived under immense stress.

    If the family dynamics inside that home were negative, then we can conclude the following:

    Costea urinating and wetting his PJs is a sign of severe stress that a child is going through. These signs can also come from severe anxiety.

    Costea talking in voices and telling his parents “God thinks you’re bad” could indicate a child who develops a split personality, one which is more alpha, in order to deal with the harsh environment around them.

    Costea pricking his fingers and painting walls with his blood would indicate a child going through traumatic events, where he feels ignored, unimportant and alone. His actions can be seen as cries for help.

    Overall this is a very interesting read. I have to agree with Scott in regards to this story sounding a little off. Maybe this was all Costeas psychosomatic response through a tumultuous childhood.


  • Mike D.

    If the family dynamics inside that home were negative, then we can conclude the following:

    Costea urinating and wetting his PJs is a sign of severe stress that a child is going through. These signs can also come from severe anxiety.

    Costea talking in voices and telling his parents “God thinks you’re bad” could indicate a child who develops a split personality, one which is more alpha, in order to deal with the harsh environment around them.

    Costea pricking his fingers and painting walls with his blood would indicate a child going through traumatic events, where he feels ignored, unimportant and alone. His actions can be seen as cries for help.


  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Scott McMan


    You may have something there! LOL!

  • Lindsay

    i’m not knocking the story at all. it’s a very good story. all i’m saying is since no one knows what it is, it’s hard to rule it out as only a dog; i know what a hell hound is.

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Scott McMan


    Please don’t ever be concerned about “knocking a story”. I don’t have any problem with being disagreed with.

    I’m sure there’s a possibility that it was just a big dog.

  • Lindsay

    lol, that’s not what i mean. i can’t find the right words lol. i’m not disagreeing at all!!

  • http://www.ghosttheory.com Scott McMan


    I know you’re not disagreeing. It’s all good, I know you’re style now and understand what you mean.

    I’m just letting you know that I have no problem with being disagreed with should you ever choose to disagree.

    We OK now? LOL!

  • http://torchkc.site90.net/ torchkc

    I had a whole post written up, then realized I was just repeating a lot of what has already been said.

    Send ‘em some shrinks, and go from there.