Real Name: Robert Davidson
Case: Medical Mystery
Date: June 1980
Location: Acton, Indiana
Details: One day in June 1980, Robert Davidson was driving his motorcycle on I-74 near Acton, Indiana, when all of a sudden, a thunderstorm came through the area. He pulled off to the side of the road to get his rain jacket when he was struck by lightning. 200,000 volts went through his body and it seemed certain that he was going to die.
Paramedics were on the scene within minutes and tried to revive him there. However, based on the condition of his body and his vital signs, they did not believe that they could save him. Then, events at the scene seemed to take on a supernatural tone. First, every power circuit in the ambulance inexplicably failed. Firefighter Richard Neibert stated that they had backup batteries, so the power should not have failed. Suddenly, a mysterious woman dressed in black arrived, stating that she had to touch him.
The first responders decided to let her touch him. She began praying and chanting for him. She also repeatedly struck her bible against the ground. The paramedics noticed that she was wearing clothing that appeared to be from the 1800s. She soon began to speak in tongues. After a few minutes, she left and vanished. Within seconds, the power in the ambulance came back. Almost immediately after that, Robert's vital signs came back and he began to improve. He was rushed to the emergency room, but the doctors believed that he would remain in a coma for the rest of his life. Two months later, however, he emerged from his coma. He woke shortly before his first grandchild was born.
Interestingly, some of the eyewitnesses, including two of the paramedics, insisted that the woman was not there. However, the others were certain that the woman existed and was with them for several minutes. It is unknown what became of the woman who pleaded for Robert's life. Known as the "Lady in Black," she is believed to be a ghost from the 1800s Acton Campground.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 3, 1996 episode. It was also featured on Unexplained Mysteries. An alternate theory links the woman to the land where the road cuts through which was once known as the Fendler Estate. (See the Talk Page for more information)