The tragic story of Raymond Robinson (aka The Green Man)

For years, there were stories of a demonic male figure that eerily ventured out during darkness in Pennsylvania. The ‘Green Man’ (or Charlie No-Face) was believed to be an urban legend, but sightings were being reported on a regular basis.

In reality, there was no demonic male or ‘Green Man’, but instead, Raymond Robinson.

Robinson was so badly injured in a childhood electrical accident that he could not go out in public without fear of creating a panic, so instead, he went for long walks at night.

Local tourists would drive along his road in hopes of meeting The Green Man. They passed on tales about him to their children and grandchildren, and people raised on these tales are sometimes surprised to discover that he was a real person who was liked by his family and neighbors.

How did Raymond injure himself?

Raymond Robinson was nine years old when he was injured by an electrical line as he climbed a pole and reached for a bird’s nest on the Morado Bridge, outside of Beaver Falls. The bridge carried a trolley and had electrical lines of both 1,200 V and 22,000 V, which had killed another boy less than a year earlier. Robinson survived, defying doctors’ expectations, but he was severely disfigured: he lost his eyes, nose, and right arm.

Morado Bridge.

The begging of an Urban Legend

It was years later that Ray started to gain acclaim and notoriety of sorts. No one knows for sure but years later, maybe in the early 1940’s, Ray started to walk at night along Route 351 between Koppel and New Galilee. He kept his course with a walking stick and by keeping one foot on the paved road and the other on the gravel shoulder. Word got around about his nightly walks and people, especially curiosity-seeking teenagers, started driving along Route 351 to catch a glimpse of him. Most kids just drove by him in fear but others stopped to talk and befriended him. People were generally very kind to him and even gave him beer and cigarettes. A handful of folks demeaned him and reportedly gave him cigarettes laced with drugs. The zenith of his popularity was in the late 1950’s and 1960’s when he encountered folks on a regular basis.

The nocturnal outings of disfigured Ray led to many far-fetched stories that often compared him to some sort of supernatural beast. Young children feared the frightening tales of the Green Man and the stories placed him all over the region. Many people in western Pennsylvania knew about the urban legend of the Green Man, but few knew the actual kind-hearted man that was Raymond Robinson. That stands true even today.