Thursday, July 16, 2009

Did an innocent girl share a dance with the Devil at the Rainbow Ballroom?

The Rainbow Ballroom on Broadway in downtown Fresno. There's a story that several decades ago there was a dance held at the Rainbow Ballroom, in downtown Fresno. The place was filled with many people, and at this dance there was a handsome man that everyone seemed to be noticing and talking about. He was tall, had dark features, and was dressed in an expensive white suit.

As the night wore on, he asked a young woman by the name of Patricia to dance. She was happy that she was chosen out of all the woman there and began dancing with the handsome stranger, who was said to have a very smooth sounding voice.

 As the night continued, they danced and danced. For some reason she looked down and saw the man's feet. To her horror, one of the man's feet resembled a huge chicken foot. Terrified at what she saw she began screaming loudly. Everyone stopped dancing at the sounds of her screaming and looked at her to see what was going on. They saw the man's strange foot and could not believe what they were seeing. At that moment he smiled at everyone and disappeared.

 No one knows who this strange man was. Some say he was a ghost of a man that was killed there years ago, others say he was a demon playing that enjoyed scaring young women. And then some say it was the Devil himself, reminding everyone that they won't know who he is until it's too late.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is interesting. My mother told me of a very similar story that happened in the 70's or early 80's in a town in Chihuahua, Mexico.

I believe it's a true story.

Anonymous said...

this story was also told to my mother by my step father years ago. but in his story it happened to him in Mexico. he kidnapped a sweetheart on his horse and when he saw her feet they were hoffs like that of a goat. he dropped her off his horse and went back home scared to death.

nicole said...

yes that is a true story indeed.. many people here in fresno have heard of this story and witnessed this event..

G Boogie said...

I heard about a similar story happening at the Siete de Copas in Farmersville, which is like Mexico, I guess. Chicken foot, goat foot, handsome man, well dressed, devil, chaos, pandemonium, death. Urban legends.

Anonymous said...

My great grandmother was a witness to this its very true

Unknown said...

I live in fresno my sister in law father friends went to that same ballroom back in the 70s. They told me about this incident...crazy im surprized its not widely known yet

Anonymous said...

It happpens in many contries and periods of times, handsome, white suit, good dancer, nigth clubs, goat hooves and usually.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the exact date this happened? Or the girls last name? My grandmother said she was there the knight that happened, she told me what she remembered. I kinda want to look into it more.

Anonymous said...

Just heard about this story wow what a trip! I couldn't believe it until my boyfriend primo was talking about it, I didn't know this cuz I'm young I'm only 21!but this caught my eyes once he was talking about it...

Anonymous said...

Its funny that this same story comes to me time after time over the years, I am 47 years old and remember the story like it was yesterday. We had neighbors that baby sat me and my sister in 1976-1978 that were Hispanic. Coincidently, the young girls that baby sat us spent most of there weekends at the Rainbow Ball room as my sister and I would hear the stories of the past weekends escapades. One day when she laid us down for our afternoon nap she told us a story about a good looking man at the Rainbow Ball room that wowed everyone and was a great dancer, but had hoofed feet that were discovered on his way out. I remember her saying he laughed and disappeared, I was about 7-8 years then and the story still reinstates in my head. I always thought it was her way of scaring us, but evidently others have heard the same story.

Unknown said...

Cartels are doing a good job.

Anonymous said...

Is Patricia still alive

Anonymous said...

i've been meaning to look up this tale since my father told me a similar story at a night club i believe in watsonville ca? He was there the night it happened i believe it was the 70's. well my dad was at the bar/ club with his work buddies when they saw this tall, very handsome, and well dressed walk into the club. My dad said he caught everyones eyes to put it as he said "Motherfucker had me second guessing my sexuality". All the girls wanted to dance with him but he chose one girl. As the music keeped paying my dad saw him dancing with her when all the sudden they see her levitating! this chick was off the ground my dad estimtates like 5feet. but anyways The girl started to scream and every one at the nigh club ran for there lifes. my dad booked it out cause even he was terrified mind you he is this big macho man you the type of mexican men that aint scared of shit. One of his buddies got held back, hes only like 5 feet tall so he got trambled and stayed in there. He said before people started running he was staring at them levitating wanting to see where the rope was and if all this was a joke. when he didnt see any(thats when everyone freaked and ran)he tried to run but couldnt. when he finally saw his opportunity to run he looked back one more time and just saw the unconsious on the floor. The Devil as the call him was no where in sight he had vanished. I understand sone people are skeptics believe me so was I. untill i saw this was actually in the news! Its some crazy stuff and paranormal or the DEVIL himself im just glad his ass got out.

Unknown said...

I heard a similar story about the same thing out here in Montclair about a club called mi hacienda. About a man dressed very well mannered and danced with a beautiful girl that no one can dance with and when they looked down at his feet they said he had chicken feet. A friend of mine told me this just last night.

Unknown said...

This happened in the 50's at the rainbow my parents went there all the time

Unknown said...

My grandmother was there as a teenager and witness the event.i would like to know the young girls name as well.but I was told the girl had snook out her window after her mother told her she couldn't go to the event and as she was dancing with the chicken man she screamed and her face was scratched

Unknown said...

My grandmother was there as a teenager and witness the event.i would like to know the young girls name as well.but I was told the girl had snook out her window after her mother told her she couldn't go to the event and as she was dancing with the chicken man she screamed and her face was scratched

Unknown said...

Wher this story took place is also similar to the story my parents told me.

Norma said...

First name Norma
Rainbow Ballroom I don't have the exact year but it was definately in the mid sixty's as we moved to L.A. in 1967.
I rarely went to these places, but I was there one week before the incident that was reported by The Fresno Bee.
However the devil was there, as their was a weird vibe that only got weirder, the room started getting hazy.
I was standing watching some couples dance when suddenly A girl in front me that was dancing, fell to the ground convulsing and apparently having a
seizure. The haze became thicker I heard someone yell get a spoon, now I realize it was supposedly to keep them from suffocating.
Self consciously I think I blocked it out, but I think I danced or had eye to eye contact with this alluring handsome man.
About a week later I heard about the girl who had sneaked out her bedroom window to go dancing, was lured by a man.

She later claimed that she looked down at his feet while dancing and saw that his foot was of a rooster like claw.
She then began screaming at that point he scratch her so deep, that I heard wound would not heal.
man disappeared.

Norma said...

First name Norma
Rainbow Ballroom I don't have the exact year but it was definately in the mid sixty's as we moved to L.A. in 1967.
I rarely went to these places, but I was there one week before the incident that was reported by The Fresno Bee.
However the devil was there, as their was a weird vibe that only got weirder, the room started getting hazy.
I was standing watching some couples dance when suddenly A girl in front me that was dancing, fell to the ground convulsing and apparently having a
seizure. The haze became thicker I heard someone yell get a spoon, now I realize it was supposedly to keep them from suffocating.
Self consciously I think I blocked it out, but I think I danced or had eye to eye contact with this alluring handsome man.
About a week later I heard about the girl who had sneaked out her bedroom window to go dancing, was lured by a man.

She later claimed that she looked down at his feet while dancing and saw that his foot was of a rooster like claw.
She then began screaming at that point he scratch her so deep, that I heard wound would not heal.
man disappeared.

Anonymous said...

its true...but it was at the Flamingo Nightclub....i was 24 then...first time i had ever been there...theres nothing funny about this. and i ask poeple to stop talking about this...for those of us who witnessed it...is something we rather forget.