The Ratman of Southend

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The site of the alleged Ratman hauntings in Southend-on-Sea, England.

The Ratman of Southend is an English urban legend originating in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.[1] The story of the Ratman tells of an old homeless man, seeking shelter from the cold in an underpass, was set upon by a group of youths and beaten to near-death, cold and blood loss doing the rest. As he died, the numerous vermin who inhabit the area gathered, and were found to have devoured his face. After this, a ghostly figure was spotted in the underpass, with people hearing ratlike squealing, and scraping, as if large claws were moving across the walls.[2]


  1. ^ Gordon, Dee (1 January 2012). "Haunted Southend". The History Press. Retrieved 5 June 2017 – via Amazon.
  2. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (24 June 2014). "Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What's Great about Great Britain". Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Retrieved 5 June 2017 – via Amazon.

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