Mike, Eric, Joe and Special Guest talk about the legend of The Devil Tree and our findings during several paranormal investigations at this location. In Port St. Lucie Florida on canal C-24, there’s beautiful 150-year-old oak tree located in Oak Hammock Park called the Devil’s Tree. This legend isn’t that old. On January 8, 1971, before Hammock Park was built, a serial killer (sometimes known as the Killer Deputy) Gerard John Schaefer captured two young girls while they were hitchhiking. Schaefer bound, gagged, raped, hanged, then buried 19 year olds Collette Goodenough, and Barbara Ann Wilcox at the Devil’s Tree. The crazed killer was said to have returned on several occasions to do unspeakable things with the decomposing bodies.
In January 1977, two men discovered bones sticking out of the ground along with deteriorating ropes tied with a noose. Since then, there have been reports of hooded satanic worshipers dancing around the tree, and some say you can still hear the girls screaming.
Though there have been several attempts to cut down the oak, it seems that chain saws refused to work when near the tree. All the teeth fell out of the saw blade when they tried to cut it down with a two-man cross-cut saw to no avail. The tree is still standing in a small open area down a trail that cuts through the park. Locals pass along stories of cold spots in certain areas of the park and the park lady’s room being haunted by the dead girls.
In 1992, a priest placed a cross at the base of the oak and performed an exorcism. In 1994 the cross was knocked over.
In 1995, Gerard John Schaefer was stabbed to death in prison
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