In March of 1886, eight-year-old Robin encountered a woman in the woods whose feet never appeared to touch the ground. The old lady led her by the hand to a house in the woods, took her into the basement and left her there, telling her she’d be right back. When the woman didn’t return for several hours, Robin got scared and crawled through a window, running home.
While Robin was missing, a search party had been dispatched into the woods to find her, but they never returned so a second search party was sent out to find the first. They found the group at Coffin Rock, nude, tied together with rope, and disemboweled with strange pagan symbols carved into their foreheads, hand and feet. The men had been alive when the torture took place. The party went for help, but when they returned, the bodies had vanished without a trace.
Robin continued to live in Burkittsville at least until the age of fifty, never again going into the woods. She refused to discuss the incident for the rest of her life outside of her family; and her family maintained she quickly forgot most of the details of what happened, but the image of the woman's face and smile stayed with her for the rest of her life.