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Hatchet Man

The Hatchet Man is a scary story about one of Ohio’s first homicidal maniacs, Andrew Hellman.

Hatchet Man

The Hatchet Man is a terrifying ghost who haunts a cemetery in Ohio. In the dead of night, around campfires and at slumber parties, people tell the story of the infamous murderer named Andrew Hellman. They say his restless spirit stalks the road, searching for victims to chop up with his trusty hatchet.

The legend of the Hatchet Man begins in the 1830s. At the time, Andrew Hellman was a wealthy tailor who lived in Ohio with his wife, Mary. They had three children, Louisa, Henry and John. Those who knew Hellman described him as a violent fiend and a bloody devil. Far from being a happy family, the wife and children lived in fear of their husband and father.

They say Hellman was a brutal lunatic with an intense hatred of women. He believed that all females should be treated like slaves and thought that the only things women were good for was cleaning the house, cooking the dinner and darning his socks.

He beat his wife mercilessly and treated his children like dirt, often starving them and denying them everything except the barest necessities of life. He even went so far as to disown young Henry when he was born. He said the child was not really his son. He was sure that his wife was cheating on him with someone else. After young John was born, Hellman swore that if his wife gave birth to another baby, he would kill her.

By the spring of 1839, Hellman’s violent madness had blossomed into a murderous fury. Sick and tired of living with his family, he decided that the time had come to rid himself of them once and for all.

First, he tried to murder his wife by sprinkling posion in her milk at breakfast. His plan failed when she noticed the white powder floating in the milk and threw it out. Next, Hellman decided to poison his children. One day, all three of the youngsters suddenly became sick and spent two days in bed, suffering from a mysterious and agonizing illness.

Louisa and John finally died in terrible pain, but thanks to his mother’s valiant efforts, young Henry managed to survive. Of course, when Hellman’s wife accused him of poisoning the children, he denied everything. To save money, Louisa and John were both buried in the same grave. From that moment on, the wife and son lived in fear of Andrew Hellman, trembling and shaking with terror whenever they were in his presence.

Five months later, Henry went off to work on his uncle’s farm, leaving his mother and father home alone. After a vicious argument, the crazed Hellman completely flipped his lid and went stark raving mad. He flew into a violent rage, grabbed a hatchet and chased his wife around the house, hacking her to pieces.

When he came to his senses and saw what he had done, he knew he would have to cover up his evil deed somehow. The house was covered in so much blood that he couldn’t clean it up, so he tried to make it look like a robbery. He went through all the rooms, emptying out the drawers and overturning all the furniture. Then, he covered his hands in his wife’s blood and rubbed it all over himself.

When the police arrived, they were horrified to discover the mangled and mutilated remains of the poor wife lying on the bedroom floor. Her head was only hanging on by a thread. Andrew Hellman was lying in bed, moaning and groaning and claiming they had been attacked by a gang of thieves.

The police, however, were suspicious and when they washed the blood off his body, they couldn’t find so much as a scratch on him. He was promptly arrested and taken to jail. However, prison couldn’t hold The Hatchet Man for long.

One year later, he made his escape. When the prison guards weren’t watching, he managed to slip out of the heavy iron chains that were attached to his legs. He stole a horse and galloped off into the night before the guards even knew he was gone. A search party was gathered and they hunted day and night for the escaped prisoner, but after combing the area, they couldn’t find even the slightest trace of him.

Andrew Hellman fled to Baltimore, Maryland, where he opened a small tailor shop and began the next chapter in his weird, psychopathic life. Calling himself “Adam Horn”, he married a new woman named Malinda Hinkle and moved into a house with her. However, the honeymoon would not last very long.

Prison had not altered Hellman’s evil character or his violent temper. Before long, Hellman was getting into bitter fights with his new wife. He told his neighbors that she was too young for him and he suspected she was cheating on him with other men. Eventually, he just got sick and tired of her company and when he discovered that she was pregnant, it was the last straw.

Once again, he picked up a hatchet and chopped his wife into pieces. After he was done, he gathered up the dismembered body parts and spread them all over the property. Her arms and legs were hidden in the bedroom and he buried a sack containing her torso in a shallow grave near the orchard. Her head was never found.

When his crime was uncovered, the police finally put two and two together and realized he was the Hatchet Man. Hellman was tried in court and the judge found him guilty of murder in the first degree. He was hung by the neck until he was dead and his corpse was buried in a grave next to his first wife and his two kids.

According to the legend, the ghost of Andrew Hellman still haunts the cemetery where he is buried. The house where he murdered his wife and children is very close by. Locals call it Hatchet Man Cemetery and his tombstone is said to glow with a ghastly, spectral light.

Reports of hearing mysterious voices and footsteps are common among those who try to find the house. There are those who say that, late at night, they’ve heard the sounds of a hatchet being repeatedly slammed into the side of a tombstone. A few brave souls have even reported seeing hatchet marks all along the side of the headstones.

Many years ago, the cemetery caretaker was making his nightly rounds when he was attacked by an unknown assailant who was carrying a hatchet. The caretaker was chopped to bloody bits and his killer disappeared into the night, never to be seen again.

There have even been unconfirmed reports that the hatchet-wielding maniac killed three university students who were camping in the cemetery on a dare. When the students came to the site, they reportedly vandalized some tombstones and went up to check out the dilapidated ruins of the Hatchet Man’s house. Even though it was the middle of Winter, the walls of the house were hot. The students looked up and were horrified to see the silhouette of a man standing on the roof, holding a hatchet. The legend is that he killed the students and hid their bodies. Either way, they were never seen again. They say that if you go there and the walls of the house are hot, it means that The Hatchet Man is on the prowl and looking for fresh victims.

Many people claim to have seen his restless ghost lurking among the tombstones and walking down the road that runs past the cemetery. They say he appears at night, terrorizing drivers, particularly female drivers, whose cars break down on the nearby road. He particularly hates women, so if you are unlucky enough to be passing through this area at night, beware. You may just see the shadowy figure of the Hatchet Man, stalking down the road, hatchet at the ready, eager to satisfy his blood lust with another female victim.


  • just casually scrolling through the argument comments… amusing, let’s get Dragon Slayer, Furrykinz and don’t take me seriously to have a reunion EX DEE

  • Oh darn! I’m four years late to join the oh so wonderful argument about the first second third comments or whatever…

    But to anyone who is reading this – Just ignore the comments like that, complaining about it or giving your opinions about it most likely would not stop it.

    And yes I know I just gave my opinion on it but it’s actually been amusing reading through the conversation to see people slowly getting triggered by others.

  • Nice but the thing about this story that pisses me off is that Hellman shouldn’t of had his kids and wife if he hated them he should of left or made them leave and another thing I don’t understand about women if they are so scared of their men why stay

  • @bet your so scared You can’t be going around saying 80 year old’s and Sfk are boring when you have TERRIBLE grammar.

  • @bet your so scared WOW!!! Glad you like picking on people. She can have her own opinion don’t judge people and no one can understand what you were saying anyway because U DONT UZE PROPER ENGLISH!!!

  • @bet your so scared u cant just call her 60 and once u find out she’s a girl you will back up that just seems dumb I think that that’s just wrong and cliche

  • I love how most of the posts aren’t even about the story xD
    Anyway, I don’t get why he just doesn’t stay away from women if he hates them so much. Cool story, nonetheless.

  • yea right…80 year olds cant ride bikes,play with pets,draw,color, and many do not even know how to use a computer. :/ so,can you leave me alone now?

  • @Furrykinz2234 naah it dasent seem like a 60 yr grandpa.Now it 80yr old.The fact still remains i dont like fightin wid girls xo here the thing,we r not gonna stop wid the first sec third…. stuff xo if it irritates u SCRACH IT!P.S,dont warry dear ull just get used to it.

  • naah it dasent seem like a 60 yr grandpa.Now it 80yr old.The fact still remains i dont like fightin wid girls xo here the thing,we r not gonna stop wid the first sec third…. stuff xo if it irritates u SCRACH IT!P.S,dont warry dear ull just get used to it.

  • ooooww u r a gal,i dont like fightin wid a girls xo here the thing,we r not gonna stop wid the first sec third…. stuff xo if it irritates u SCRACH IT!P.S,dont warry dear ull just get used to it.

  • mhm….well just so you know,you don’t know me in rl,you don’t know what I like to do,just because I find something un-fun and instead irritating and pointless doesn’t mean I “act” like a “60 year old grandpa”. So you can’t come in here and judge me, when you have absolutely no idea who I am,or what I love to do. P.S. before you say “and I never want to know you” I love reading fantasy, writing fantasy and adventure stories, drawing, coloring, riding my bike, and playing with my pets. Now,does that seem like a 60 year old grandpa to you? Also I’m a GIRL.

  • @Furry kinz2234 well us “morons”dont act like stupid adults who enjoy ruining kids fun!Seriously u bahave like a 60 yr old grandpa,i cant even belive u r 11!!

  • @Lady Gamer Mia,y r u spoiling the fun i was enjoying the arguement.@Dragon Slayer I TOTALLY agree wid u,tha 1..2….3 thing is fun,n noone will force me to stop so to those it bugs ’em just JOIN US or DEAL WITH IT!

  • estas rocas del sitio web! y las historias son muy impresionante literalmente asustados mis calcetines (means this website rocks! And the stories are awesome,literally scared my socks off!) (Spanish)♥ὺύ

  • @furrykinz2234:- Um-m-m most extraordinary indeed, really, most extraordinary. exceedingly yes. um. very… funny how i always thought exams measures nothin’ but how good you are at exams! Just sayin’
    Anyways on the subject of that A & B Honor
    Roll stuff, i believe you to be my intellectual equal.

  • @Dragon Slayer,yeah I consider myself smart,considering that I have been on the A & B Honor Roll, since first-grade in a private school,which is more advanced than public schools. :/ not bragging…just saying

  • @Lady Gamer Mia: – Thanks for your practical input, i totally agree with you!
    Unlike furrykinz2234 i don’t consider myself smart, i reckon thats for others to decide.
    Anyways I’m sorry, I really didn’t mean to offend anyone.
    It’s just that i don’t like being told to “shup up” for posting my opinion, that’s it!

    P.S If you go through my earlier posts you will see I did explained in clear terms as to why i called furrykinz2234 a hypocrite.

  • @ Lady Gamer Mia I’m already smart,I just don’t talk much,so I’m not a fast thinker with words,and how can I respect him,when all I did was post my opinion-which I didn’t mean to be rude in at all- and he replys back saying that I’m a hypocrite who doesn’t like childish things?

  • Can this argue stop? sorry, my english is bad.. FYI : if that’s ur real ages, then i’m a year older than u Dragon Slayer. @Dragon Slayer : U are older than furrykinz2234. u must can give in to her/his.. @furrykinz2234 : U are younger than DragonSlayer, u must respect him/her. Calling she/he’s ‘idiot’ is not going to make u smart.. i’m sorry.. i don’t like to see argument like this. P.S. : idk both of ur gender.. Please forgive me..

  • @furrykinz2234 : In your original post you wrote “@ Don’t take me seriously & @Dragon SLayer A could you two shut up already?” and again you wrote ” People have their opinions”.
    So technically you told us to SHUT UP for posting our OPINIONS.
    So what does that makes you if not a hypcrytes?
    Got it now?
    Btw you choose not to explain it as to why you find it soooo stupid and annoying, because you can’t explain it logically.

  • @Dragon Slayer
    I just “love” how you said I was commanding the others to stop. In fact,I never even remember “commanding” anyone to stop,other than asking you two to just shut up about it,because you both agreed on the same thing,but you couldn’t just shut up after the first time? Pathetic. And yes,I choose not to explain it. And btw just so you know the part when you said that I was wrong aout calling you an idiot is well basically wrong…you said you used my previous post to show that I am a hypocryte…when the statement was “@Dragon Slayer. No I will not explain. I choose not to explain to some idiot who calls kids hypcrytes.” you only proved me right.

  • @furrykinz2234:-
    “@Dragon Slayer. No I will not explain. I choose not to explain something to an idiot who calls kids hypocrytes.”

    So you choose not to explain, or is it that you can’t really explain it?
    besause the 1st 2nd comments just annoys you without any logical reason!!
    The fact is some find them annoying, but again some of us find them to be good fun! Simple as that.
    Just because some of you find it annoying and stupid you can’t command the rest of us to stop doing it.

    Ok so now i am an idiot, right? but if you even bother to read my earlier post, you will see that unlike you calling me an idiot, i explained perfectly well (using your previous post) as to why i called you an hypocrite.

    And FYKI i am just 2 yrs older than you if thats your real age.

    Btw commanding other’s to stop doing a thing just because you find them STUPID is nothing but arrogance.

  • @Dragon Slayer. No I will not explain. I choose not to explain something to an idiot who calls kids hypocrytes. And yes the stupid 1st and 2nd comments are annoying and stupid to some people. Like I said,I’m 11 and it annoys the heck out of me,just like it annoys deathbolt and blazingflame16,after all he said he agreed with death bolt. But unlike some people,even kids find it annoying,I’m childish ALL the time in rl,so seriously…stop hating on an 11 year old just because something annoys them

  • @furrykinz2234: So like you said ~ er~ it annoys the heck out of me? But why? Would you bother explaining?
    Is it because you people have a general vague grievance against everything and a particular grievance against childish fun?
    Yes, i agree its a bit childish, but you can’t blame a kid for being childish, now can you?
    Funny how you told us both to “shut up” and in that very same comment wrote “People have their opinions” so what does that make you? oh yes a
    FYI it was dead bolt who first saw it appropriate to comment about ’em 1st 2nd comments in this post devoid of “annoying” 1st 2nd comments! so i had to give him/ her a reply.
    Anyways waiting for your reply….so go ahead, I’ll just wait here…

  • i would never treat my wife like that -_____- i would kick his ass because he knows women are people to..

  • @ Don’t take me seriously & @Dragon SLayer A.could you two shut up already? only one person said they agreed with you both,and you continue to say the same thing. B. People have their opinions. You can’t tell someone to loosen up,when it might annoy the heck out of them. I’m a kid,and it annoys the heck out of me,its pointless, not fun.

  • When I read the first comment and if it goes 1st, I say to myself and I quote’Dagnabbit! Someone beat me here!’ Its just fun. People should just try to not be so uptight(couldnt find the antonym for uptight) Loosen up! :)

  • So, wait… What happened to the youngest son from the first marriage? Did he grow up and live happily ever after, once he went off to live with his uncle?

  • Isn’t his name also a brand of mayonnaise? (I don’t eat mayonnaise but the name sounds kinda familiar)

  • yup guys it ain’t hurtin’ no one, and btw we are kids and kids do this kinda stuff, its just fun:)
    I reckon ’em kids who can’t appreciate this kinda stuff (if they are kids) will grow up to create a society that will have difficulty being personal with each other because coworkers and potential friends can’t joke around for fear of offending the other.

  • Hey, what happened to Henry? I totally agree with Dragon slayer why does the first thing bother you so much?

  • It seems the “politically correct” liberals can’t help commenting about the first, second comments (even if it’s not there in the post, like this one). Like i always say ’em comments ain’t hurtin’ no one, its just good fun!!!

  • Hatchet means axe. An axe is a sharp blade attached to a wooden stick. Its mainly used for cutting/chopping things(mainly trees though much people use chainsaws now-a-days). Its also called a tomahawk

  • Awesome story! If the Hatchet man hates women so much, then he should just live alone and go queer.

  • Heyo, 1st story I have seen in a long time that doesn’t involve the annoying ‘first second’ comments, weldone to the people who have already posted.

    Awesome story, I think I saw this story in a documentry, I’m not sure

  • wow he’s such a sexist! good grief! someone’s sick in the head! if he hates women so ‘much’ than dont go near them! silly man!

  • Good story. Strange though that I’m an Ohio native and never heard this one before and I’ve read pretty much every legend there is in Ohio.

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