This is good stuff. A perfectly normal street in a perfectly normal suburb very near a perfectly normal large mall/chain restaurant complex with a rather odd name. This odd name, of course, brings in the crazies with their video cameras and fanciful acting but more on that below.
Determining how Beelzebub Road got its unique name hasn’t been easy, as most of the info I can find comes from the nutter websites. But it sounds somewhat plausible, so I guess we’ll tentatively roll with it. But first, what is a Beelzebub?
Wikipedia has a bunch of junk no one will understand about the character, but I’ll sum it up with the following tidbit:
Beelzebub is commonly described as placed high in Hell’s hierarchy; he was of the order of cherubim. According to the renowned 16th century occultist Johannes Wierus, Beelzebub is the chief lieutenant of Lucifer, the Emperor of Hell, and presides over the Order of the Fly. Similarly, the 17th century exorcist Sebastien Michaelis, in his Admirable History (1612), placed Beelzebub among the three most prominent fallen angels, the other two being Lucifer and Leviathan, whereas two 18th century works identified an unholy trinity consisting of Beelzebub, Lucifer, and Astaroth.
No points off for not knowing any of that. Here is the supposed history of the street name, excerpted from the nuts at FEARnet, which has gone out of business:
“Beelzebub Road is located in South Windsor, Connecticut and, to the naked eye, looks like a completely normal little street. In fact, before the street was paved and named, it was referred to as Lovely Street, and became a sort of lover’s lane. How the street got such a demonic name has more to do with the people who lived in the town than the road itself, and it all follows the story of one man in the early 1900s.
Walter Green was, by all accounts, a rather strange fellow, and legend holds
CTMQ notes: Uh-oh, accuracy now questioned.
[I]t’s because of this man that the road gets its name. Green allegedly was a violent man who would walk down Lovely Street brutally whipping his horse. Some believe he was completely crazy, others believe he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, while others contend that he was simply eccentric. One thing we know for certain, based on old newspaper articles, is that Walter Green was admitted to, and escaped from, an asylum for the insane.
CTMQ notes: Other sources say this was the Hartford Retreat for the Insane, which now has a museum!
The trouble started when a young woman suddenly disappeared. Reports vary as to the cause and circumstance of her death, but some claim
CTMQ notes: Uh-oh, “some claim…”
that she was acquainted with Mr. Green, and say he could have murdered her. Months later, legend holds
CTMQ notes: Uh-oh, “legend holds”…
that they found her dead in a well. A second disappearance happened shortly thereafter, in which Elmina Bissell, Green’s own mother, disappeared. Her remains were not found for another eight years! After these two disappearances, the townsfolk began believing that Walter Green was responsible for the murders. They called him Old Beelzebub behind his back, and legend holds
CTMQ notes: Uh-oh, again…
that that was how the road got its name.
Today the street is relatively calm, though it should be noted that a local church built on the road was partially burned in a great, accidental fire. And the street is often mysteriously overrun by horseflies. A strange fact, considering that Beelzebub loosely translates to “The Lord of the Flies.”
Hm. Okay, lots of “legend holds” and “People say’s.” I have no idea if the road was really called Lovely Street 100 years ago and I have no idea about the supposed murders. But the last bit, about a church on the road burning is true. (As if that means anything.) From the church’s site: “On September 23, 2003 church members awoke to the news that a fire at the church had destroyed the Education wing of the church and badly damaged the Sanctuary. The fire made the church uninhabitable…”
So here’s the funny part. That church is called the Avery Street Christian Reformed Church. Wait… Avery Street? Yeah, even though their real address IS indeed on Beelzebub Road, Church has purposely named itself after the street it abuts rather than associating itself with the Demon King of the Underworld!
I drove the entire length of the road and saw nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, the only weird thing that has happened there recently is probably me taking the picture of myself. Some old guy side-eyed me when he passed by.
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Tom saysFebruary 26, 2009 at 5:45 am
Whenever I see Beelzebub mentioned, I can’t help but think of the Dead Milkmen’s classic Beelzebubba.
Maggie saysApril 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm
holy expletive, i live off this street.
That walter guy is my grandpa :)
Thunderhead64 saysSeptember 13, 2009 at 8:04 pm
This story is Bull***t. Someone with nothing else to do………..
The fact IS: The street has many natural springs on it. Years ago when it was just a dirt road,(and no name) the farmer’s and people would get there horse drawn carts/carriages stuck in the mud. And they would curse the road as “the devils road” in jest. This is from a women who lived on this road when her Husband built their home on it and raised there family in the early 1950’s. The women grew up in this town, and was friends with a family who still run a farm. They talked about this area and road from seeing and living here since the 30’s. That’s it, no big scary monster’s or devils………….
Just Ol’ School farm stories…………………………….BOOH!
Steve saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 5:28 am
Thanks, Thunderhead64. I hope you at least read the whole page above to realize that this blog finds these juvenile “haunting” stories as stupid as you do.
Manny saysDecember 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm
I’ve been to this house on numerous occasions. I recall one time my buddies and I were walking to the rear end of the house where the alleged murders took place and after about 5-10 minutes of walking around we see an old man and he starts running towards us. Of course we all ran away and left. Now I’m not sure if this was an apparition or if it was the man living next door who could have possibly seen us exploring the vicinity, but regardless it was one hell of an experience.
Elizabeth saysJuly 30, 2010 at 10:24 am
I live right across from this street. of course the haunting and ghosts and crap isnt real but the history definatly is. there WAS a man named walter green that lived on a house next to the field. ive been to the house plenty of times its a shit hole now of course because its been abandoned. i went on the field with my friends and an old man looked at us from behind that house and started running towards us. i think he might own the property or something.
When walter green was a child his mom dressed him like a girl because she wanted a daughter not a son. so walter came out kind of sexualy confused and he hated his mom. i thought his mom was the first one he killed but i guess not. and it wasnt just the dead body found in the well. he also put his mothers body into a sewage thingy that is usually on the side of the road. its said that the field by walter greens house is an indian bariel ground (i dont know if thats true or not) but he would drag dead bodys from his house at night to the field and bury them there. i also hear that they would find the dead bodys but the heads were always missing and they never found them. all of that part of the story i beleive to be true. what you might here wich totyally isnt true is that he cut off his own penis. also theres a truck in the drive way of that house on beezlebub alot of people say its walter greens truck and they never moved it but, if he road horses back then why would it be there? hahah anyway the old man that usually chases me away from the house and the truck is there because that old man owns the property (i think) and maybe hes trying to fix it up or something but just recently there was a pedofile let out from prison. he lives on beezlebub so…careful >_>
Tracu saysSeptember 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Thunderhead64. I noticed that Thunderhead Productions is somehow associated with 382 Beelzebub. What is this about?
Kevin MacKenzie saysNovember 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Hey!!! Take it easy!!! I grew up at 6 Beelzebub Road!!! (in the 50’s & 60’S)
biggy saysApril 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm
jack saysJune 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm
this is weird for the fact that in live in the biggest house on the street. i thought that it had something to do with where i live. i do live on beelzebub and on one halloween night, i was going trick or treating at my neighbors house when i looked at the street and saw a blue spirit like figure walking as it slowly disappeared i started to panic as i just walked on. this is not a lie! im serious!
Alton saysAugust 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm
So does anyone know what did happen? Also isn’t it still private property? Or is that changed.. >.<
Ann saysOctober 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm
I grew up on Beelzebub. The story I heard was the builder tried a bunch of different names for the road & the town turned them down. So he followed all their rules and used Beelzebub. They couldn’t turn it down because he followed their rules.
Bob saysNovember 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm
I grew up on Beelzebub Rd, #64,..My father built the house and my mom sold it to the Elliots, I beliee in 67. It was a great street to grow up on. I was there when the road was dirt and then paved. I often travel it time to time just to take in the landscape. I remember the ponds behind the woods that we use to skate on during the winter and the woods that we would play in. Life was good back then and a kid could be a kid.
Lynne saysMarch 12, 2017 at 3:09 am
I have lived off beelzebub Rd. For over fifty years. I have walked down it in the middle of the night through the 80s. No ghosts ever and I lived at 196 Beelzebub Rd. With my second family. I am on Norton Lane. I feel nothing but safe there always have always will!!!
Ashley Newman saysJanuary 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm
So ann had it right. The builder named it after his son he used to call little beelzebub cuz he was always getting in trouble
alex saysJuly 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm
i live about five minutes from there and can confirm that the thing about the plagues of horse flies is simply just an old wives tail
Madi saysJanuary 4, 2021 at 9:59 am
I can walk to that road from my house. There’s no horse flies or anything, but def coyotes and a lot of other animals. What is weird to me is that there it’s a complete dead zone and there’s no service, but there’s service the second you get off the street.
Sara saysApril 24, 2021 at 7:35 am
I can confirm the cell phone service “dead zone”. From the Church in the very beginning of the street to the fire station at the very end. Absolutely no cellphone service. Can also confirm that my brother was chased by an old man and a young girl when he drove is moped on that land in the late 90’s. They drove after him on a moped too with the girl creepily screaming “Get him daddy!”