Urban Legend: Charlie-No-Face

On lonely stretches of Western Pennsylvania highways in the dead of night, you may find yourself face to face with Charlie-No-Face (AKA The Glowing Green Man). If you do see him, keep driving. If he touches your car, it may just stall out, then you’re abandoned with Charlie-No-Face for the rest of your miserable life.

Or so the legend goes.

In reality, it’s only a legend borne from the tragic past of an old man fond of walks. Here’s the real story about Ray Robinson.

Raymond Robinson was born to Robert and Louise Robinson on October 29, 1910 just outside of Beaver Falls, PA. In 1919, when Ray was just 9 years old, he and a few friends were playing on the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway Co. bridge, where his face was permanently disfigured by electrical burns.

Doctors said it was a miracle that Ray survived. His eyes were gone, his nose was gone and his lips and ears were disfigured.

Robinson lived with family for most of his life and kept mainly to himself. He did not go out much, for fear that his appearance would incite panic with the locals. Because of this, he took to taking his walks at night. The road he frequented most was Route 351, between Koppel, PA, and New Galilee, PA.

People started to notice Robinson walking this road at night. These people told their friends, who told their friends, and the story got out of hand. Just like a bad game of telephone.

Some local teenagers coined the name Charlie-No-Face, while areas a bit further out called him the Glowing Green Man.

Robinson eventually passed away on June 11, 1985, at the age of 74. The legend of Charlie-No-Face lives on to this day, overshadowing the real life of Raymond Robinson.

A movie was to be made about him, titled Route 351, however the production is currently on hold. It is unclear if production will ever move forward to tell this story.

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