Urban Legends

Well to Hell, Urban Legend #1

There are a ton of things that scare me, but Hell and Satan never did. Amazed by the expanse of our universe, I find it hard to believe there is a hell ruled by an evil red dude with a pointy tail. And that this hell exists somewhere “down there,” begs to be questioned. However, while researching urban legends, I discovered the Well to Hell. The tale sent chills down my spine.

Because of this, it will be my first in a blog series on urban legends. I won’t attempt to explain or verify these legends. This will merely be a retelling of a few of the unexplainable things in our world. 

Everyone has time restraints; therefore, my urban legend blogs will be short. Also, there are hundreds of urban legends (my surprise, too). Too many for me to cover. I will present a sampling of those I find most creepy, most intriguing, and/or those that are less famous than, say, Big Foot. 

The Story

On a chilly day in 1989 Siberia, Russian scientists bore a hole about nine miles deep into the depths of earth. The drill opened up a cavity. The scientists lowered equipment down into the cavity to see what was there. They recorded the temperature to be 2,000 ° Fahrenheit. Freaky, but not the freakiest thing that happened that day.

The scientists retrieved their equipment on which they only received 17 seconds of sounds. But those sounds were so horrifying, many of the scientists turned tail and ran, believing they had heard the horrifying screams of those souls damned to hell.

However, those who stayed behind were in for yet another scare. From the borehole’s depths, a luminous gas sprang forth in the shape of a gigantic winged demon. Flames seethed with the Russian words, “I have conquered.” Adding to all the creepiness are the reports that doctors gave the scientists who had remained an injection of something to erase their memories. (Talk about cover up.)

 Debunking the Well to Hell

Main stream media didn’t take an interest in the events, but religious organizations grabbed the story and ran with it, proclaiming it was evidence that a physical Hell existed. As always, once the story became popular, the debunking began.

Most damning to the legend was the claim no such borehole was dug in Siberia. Additionally, the Well date, 1989, coincided with the date of a publication that talked about a borehole being dug on the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia—far from Siberia, about 10 miles from Norway.

However, twelve years later, in 2002, the recording of the sounds surfaced.

Purpose of Urban Legend Retelling

My purpose is not to debunk or verify the Well to Hell, but to entertain and provide you fodder for those fireside get-togethers and/or sleepovers. However, as in all urban legends, some occurrence compelled such a tale of terror to unfold. And, in my opinion, powerful persons went to great lengths to cover-up something they didn’t want outsiders to know about.

Do you have an opinion? Please, no debunking. There’s always a Debbie Downer (or Donnie Debunker) ready to debunk urban legends, but what fun is that?

Most of us like to be scared in a safe way. Urban legends transport us from harsh reality to our imaginations. A nice place to be.

And if you dare, listen to that recording of the damned. I’ve added it below.


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5 replies on “Well to Hell, Urban Legend #1”

You might not fear Satan, satanists, and evil.
But they do exist. I get the feeling that you do not understand this realm very well.
Lucky you! You should still try to stay protected. Trust me. Someone like you is very easy to hurt. You have no idea.

Kev, thank you for returning and pointing out my faults. I have many, for sure. So please enlighten my readers and me as to the truthfulness of a horned-red man with a forked tail and cloven feet. I’m pretty sure that’s not the way he is described in the Bible. The Hebrew translation of the word “satan” means adversary or opponent. I’m thinking many of our current perceptions about Satan were created by John Milton in Paradise Lost. Which is brilliant literature, but not truth.

Evil does exist. I’m not denying that. But from where does this evil come? I see evil most often stem from greed or religions. Not from some creature, but from humans. —Clara

I think I’d heard of this one before, but this is a good video of it. I love Urban legend stories, so I’ll enjoy reading about more.
There are lots of unexplained things to wonder about. 🙂

Hi Barbara,

Thank you for the comment. I too enjoy Urban Legends. They definitely serve a purpose even if it’s only to entertain and scare naughty children into NOT misbehaving. Who doesn’t enjoy a good story with a monster? —Clara

They are fun to read about or hear about. Sometimes I think there might be a grain of truth to them, but like that gossip game kids play, these legends get exaggerated with each retelling. 🙂

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