If you were to ask me to name Stephen King’s story, which is least likely to be based on real events, the first thing that comes to mind would probably be Christine, the novel turned into a horror movie about a diabolical red car with a mind of its own. And it really wasn’t based on real events, but rather inspired by a totally unrelated experience in King’s life.
The story goes that King was entering his driveway one night when he saw his car’s odometer go from 9,999.9 miles to 10,000, which made him think of a story about a car whose odometer was going backwards, becoming essentially younger instead of older. It was the germ of an idea that led him to write Christinegiving a paranormal twist to the concept of the living machine.
But if houses, people, and even mirrors can be owned by demonic entities, then is it so hard to believe that a car could be too? Well, if you choose to believe the stories, there was actually a real version of Christine, who is said to be responsible for the brutal death of over a dozen people …
As we saw on the Roadtrippers, the 1964 Dodge 330 Limited Edition you see above, called “golden eagle, ‘is the most diabolical car in the history of the world and begins its life as a police vehicle in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Legend has it that all three officers who drove the car killed their families before taking their own lives, leading many to believe that the seemingly harmless car was inhabited by a demon.
The stories continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, when several people who tried to vandalize the car were equally horrified, either by being struck by lightning or by being struck – and allegedly beheaded – by 18-wheeled vehicles. The current owner of the evil car, Wendy Allen, claims that almost everyone who came in contact with the vehicle suffered its wrath and died in strange circumstances, and she believes that the death toll is up to 32.
Several other car stories and legends include the tragic deaths of children, many of whom appear to have been hit by other cars and landed on, under or near the Golden Eagle. A 2007 story even suggests that a child killed his entire family and burned their house to the ground after he only dared to touch the car.
In recent years, the haunted car has been torn to pieces and hidden away from the world so that it can no longer continue its reign of terror. Many in her city have suggested that Allen used the vehicle to cast death spells over the years because she was never directly injured by it, although of course she denies the allegations.
What do you think? Is the Golden Eagle really possessed by a demonic entity or are these stories just coincidences or maybe even the work of fiction?