I had a very scary experience as young
high school girl coming home late…9 pm from the Cricklewood
Candy shoppe in the Spring of 1954. I couldn't get a ride home and
missed the 94 bus that went over Sanford Avenue to Central Ave.
I turned the corner where St. Mary's Orphanage used to be on South
Orange Avenue and decided I would walk home.
I saw a man who looked in his 40's standing on the opposite corner,
dressed in an overcoat and hat turning the corner also and felt
relieved that I had someone "safe" behind me. Not so,
as I was walking fast, but he was walking faster, I crossed to the
other side of the street and he followed. The street was empty of
other people. I crossed again and really began to be frightened.
The man crossed again and I was almost running at this point and
came to Tremont Avenue. Up ahead the street curved and was very
dark….I was scared out of my wits…luckily I saw a men's
club on the opposite side of the street and knocked hard on their
door. The opened the door and I said a man was following me and
all the guys ran outside….my follower ran away into the night
and the men hung outside to make sure he didn't follow me.
I was very happy to get home that night and I believe that I had
my encounter with the Vailsburg Phantom…maybe not, but maybe