eResearched by John Williams
Victorian Nanny

-I have heard rumors about unusual paranormal activities happening in some places and children mysteriously missing as well. I don’t care what it is or what it wants, I just want that thing far away from my daughter.

Interview by Laura Anderson.

The Nanny

The Nanny Anne (AKA “The Headless Maiden” or “The Spider-Woman”) is presumed to be a female paranormal figure to have existed around the 1820s. Though, it is proven that it is an amorphous imaginary being told by an adult to frighten his children into compliant behavior, some people have already claimed sightings and children have mysteriously disappeared occasionally on nights or when they’re alone without company. There have been reports that mothers vanished along with them; leaving widowed fathers. There are similarities between this implausible tale and other legends from different regions or countries


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The Nanny Anne has a female appearance of a tall slightly slim middle-aged woman. Nevertheless, she appears as an arachnid semblance with two lanky arms around 3.5 feet long (each one) that excel from her sides, however some paranormal investigators are disputing on this fact that she can develop more than just two. She is able to stretch out her body to ensnare her prey leading them into a horrible fate, but leaving no trace or the victim’s body which complex our searches.

She appears headless, nonetheless few survivors said they have seen her face, but in a ghostly way having the facial features of a young woman.

By most sightings of her, she appears dressed in early 1800s settlement clothes. A neat (black or olive) Victorian silk gown with an apron, similar to clothing seen on nannies and housekeepers during that time; although in the European aspect, she is portrayed to wear a simple white dress like that of an old-fashioned slumber gown. It is thought that this being was a human being before she was murdered or executed. She often wanders across someone’s home when there is a new baby present.


Due to the Victorian gown no one is sure if she has legs or not. Those who say she does not, say she either glides or drifts across the ground.


Her passion is utterly noticable. I’ll warn you, DON’T LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN OUTSIDE ALONE. Seemingly, she loves children but the same time she slaughters them too which leaves us perplexed of what is her objective to let one brother live while the other is psychologically slaughtered.

But we finally understood her main intention. The being only seems to slaughters naughty children, leaving the well- educated child untouched or being nicely greeted in some rare cases.

Naughty children are instantly pursuit by the Nanny, makes them very paranoid with her unpredictable approaches by night or day physically and psychologically anguishing them till she finally kills them. Most children who have disappeared also vanished with their mothers; it is described that her mental thinking is not to only obliterate rascally children, but also their mothers for the fault of raising them into the wrong path.

She is commonly reported to wander through empty streets of forgotten sections (Hospitals, orphanages, forest, etc) wherever there’s a child at sight, mostly in suburbs where there’s open space and such.

A group of young people tried to capture her in scene, though they have mysteriously disappeared after trying to catch evidence of her eerie figured presence along with some paranormal recorders or photographers.

Historical References

There has been evenness between the Legend of Anne Boleyn and the Nanny Anne (The reason why we baptized her the name “Anne”.) Though, many investigators conclude that the “Nanny Anne” is basically the spirit of Anne Boleyn, though many disagree on this conclusion due to her different aspect.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Henry's marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation. Anne was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, and was educated in the Netherlands and France, largely as a maid of honor to Claude of France. She returned to England in early 1522, in order to marry her Irish cousin James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond; however, the marriage plans ended in failure and she secured a post at court as maid of honor to Henry VIII's wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Legend of Anne Boleyn

Many legends and fantastic stories about Anne Boleyn have survived over the centuries. One is that she was secretly buried in Salle Church in Norfolk under a black slab near the tombs of her Boleyn ancestors. Her body was said to have rested in an Essex church on its journey to Norfolk. Another is that her heart, at her request, was buried in Erwaton(Arwarton) Church, Suffolkby her uncle Sir Philip Parker.

In 18th century Sicily, the peasants of the village of Nicolosi believed that Anne Boleyn, for having made Henry VIII a heretic, was condemned to burn for eternity inside Mount Etna. This legend was often told for the benefit of foreign travelers.

A number of people have claimed to have seen Anne's ghost at Hever Castlet, Blickling Hall, Salle Church, Tower of London, and Hall. The most famous account of her reputed sighting has been described by paranormal researcher Han Holzer. In 1864, Major General J.D. Dundas of the6 0th Rifles regiment was quartered in the Tower of London. As he was looking out the window of his quarters, he noticed a guard below in the courtyard, in front of the lodgings where Anne had been imprisoned, behaving strangely. He appeared to challenge something, which to the General "looked like a whitish, female figure sliding towards the soldier". The guard charged through the form with his bayonet, then fainted. Only the General's testimony and corroboration at the court martial saved the guard from a lengthy prison sentence for having fainted while on duty. In 1960, Canon W. S Pakenham-Walsh, vicar of Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, reported having conversations with Anne.

The Headless Woman of Iroquios Park

Iroquois Park is a 739-acre park in Louisville, Kentucky, It was designed by Frederick Law Cherokee and Shawnee Parks, at what were then the edges of the city. Located south of downtown, Iroquois Park was promoted as Louisville's version of Yellowstone, being incorporated in 1888. It is said if you approach to it, you will experience through abnormal events as in thick fog suddenly rolling in and then you’ll notice a figure approaching, a woman holding her head in her hands as blood drips from the severed neck walking towards you.

Case Unsolved

Regardless, The Nanny Anne remains an open case, therefore her existence is unknown, but many witnesses have claim sightings of her roaming through the surface among us. Is it real? Or is it just a myth? All is known that children are mysteriously disappearing from their parents.