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The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

There was once a beautiful brown-skinned Asian woman who long ago was raped by a group of Japanese fishermen out on East Point. She became deranged after this event and when she discovered that she was pregnant she hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree near where she’d been assaulted. She has since become a wraith who stalks and kills men at night. She entices them by initially appearing as a beautiful, white-robed, long-haired young woman but then transforms into a hideous wild-haired eagle-clawed hag just before she eviscerates her victims and feeds on their still-steaming guts.

Alfred R Wallace, “native boys” and the Red Bird of Paradise

Alfred R Wallace, “native boys” and the Red Bird of Paradise

"All travellers know that native accounts of the habits of animals, however strange they may seem, almost invariably turn out to be correct."