BY MADISON DEVER
In Port St. Lucie, a park is home to a horrible legend that has terrorized parkgoers and hiking enthusiasts for 38 years.
In the middle of Oak Hammock Park. In 1971, before the park was created, a serial killer sexually molested two helpless teenage girls and hung them on what today is called the Devil’s Tree. Six years later, on the park’s fourth anniversary, two fisherman found what was believed to be their bones lying next to the old oak, alongside a decomposed rope.
The legend says that the two girls still haunt the park and their screams are still heard. There have also been sightings of hooded worshippers dancing around the 48 acres.
Plans were made to cut down the tree but the chainsaws always malfunctioned. It’s been said that the teeth of the chainsaw actually fell out not even a centimeter into the tree.
Morgan Waddington, an IRSC student, went to the park after hours and she said she felt “a cool breeze out of nowhere. It sent chills up the spine.” Waddington also explained that there used to be a hole that carved from the hollows of the tree and inside was some kind of black wax.
The hooded worshippers used this wax to perform their rituals, according to legend. The hole has been filled with cement but the outline is still visible.
“I went by the tree but didn’t stay,” said Jaqueline Walker. “I was way too scared.”