If you’re a fan of horror stories or anything involving the supernatural, then you’ve probably read, or at least heard of, Stephen King’s 1983 novel Christine. In both the book and the John Carpenter-directed movie adaption, a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by otherworldly forces terrorizes a small town. It’s a completely ridiculous-sounding premise, but did you know that the “Christine” car was inspired by a car that actually existed?
The Golden Eagle was a 1964 Dodge 330 Limited Edition that has since been dubbed “the most evil car in America.” Apparently, it’s responsible for at least 14 deaths over several decades. Yeah, there’s a reason why it has a reputation as one of the most haunted cars of all time.
The Golden Eagle was originally used as a police car in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Three of the officers who drove the vehicle all ended up killing their families in a murder-suicide. And that’s just the beginning.
Eventually, it was sold to the Allen family, and while no members of that family were ever harmed, several poor souls who vandalized the car in the ’80s and ’90s met tragic fates.
One was struck by lightning. Another was decapitated by an 18-wheeler. Two kids who were hit by other cars died after being flung onto the Golden Eagle.
In 2008, one kid simply touched the car. He later went home to murder his whole family and burn his house to the ground.
Wendy Allen, who was nicknamed the EelKat and the Sea Witch of Old Orchard Beach, was the Golden Eagle’s longtime owner and continued to drive it despite its apparent kill count. Given Wendy’s ominous nickname, members of a local church group suspected that she had actually somehow cursed the car. One day, they sought to put an end to the madness by stealing the car, chopping it up, and distributing each piece to various junkyards.
Since the Golden Eagle had been in her family for years, Wendy tracked down some of the pieces and had the car remade. Other than the doors inexplicably flying open on the highway, she claims that nothing spooky has been attributed to the rebuilt Golden Eagle. At least not yet…