A mysterious figure has been entering people’s homes in Pascagoula, Mississippi since 1942. His mission? To cut or shave people’s hair while they were sleeping. This strange intruder, dubbed the “Phantom Barber,” shocked the residents of Pascagoula and left them wondering who was behind these mysterious break-ins and why they were occurring.
The First Sightings
The first recorded incident of the Phantom Barber occurred in May of 1942 when a woman living on Market Street reported that her husband had woken up with half his head shaved. Other reports soon followed, all with similar stories—the Phantom Barber had entered their homes while they were asleep and had either partially or completely shaved their heads. Even more disturbingly, nothing else was ever taken from these homes—just the victims’ hair.
Who was this mysterious figure? Why was he shaving people’s heads? These questions captivated the public and sparked numerous theories regarding the identity of the Phantom Barber. Some speculated that it was an escaped psychiatric patient; others thought it might be a prankster or even an alien from outer space! Unfortunately, no one could crack the case, and eventually, sightings of the Phantom Barber tapered off until he disappeared altogether by 1945.
To this day, no one knows who or what the Phantom Barber was—or why he felt compelled to break into people’s homes to cut their hair while they were sleeping! Was it a prankster looking for a laugh? An escaped psychiatric patient? An alien visitor from outer space? We may never know…but what is certain is that this creepy mystery continues to fascinate true crime enthusiasts around the world to this day!