At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, employees of a McDonald’s in Pueblo, Colorado reported hearing a woman screaming along with what they described as “demonic sounds.” Pueblo Police Captain Tom Rummel shared the few available details on Twitter that same day.
“At about 3:30 this morning,” he wrote in his first tweet, “officers responded to a business in the area of Pueblo Blvd. & Northern. Employees reported hearing a woman screaming & making ‘demonic sounds,’ to include speaking in a strange language & barking. They were so unnerved by the sounds that…”
In a follow-up tweet, Captain Rummel continued:
“…they said they wouldn’t be going back outside their building until after the sun came up. Three officers searched the area, but didn’t come up with the source of the disturbance.”
The only other primary report of this incident, which named the location as a McDonald’s fast food restaurant, came courtesy the area’s local newspaper, The Pueblo Chieftain. The story, unfortunately, ends there.
Responses to the unusual report include commenters suggesting the unidentified (and presumably unseen) screaming woman was mentally ill, and that nothing paranormal was involved. However, the reaction of the McDonald’s employees is notable — scared enough to not venture outside again until after sunrise (despite police finding nothing), and disturbed to the point of describing the experience as “demonic.”
Though, paranormal or not, I suppose I can see where they’re coming from.
It’s unclear if any other information may become available, including recordings. A week has passed and nothing has turned up, so that seems unlikely.
What’s also curious is the timing.
The Witching Hour, or Demon’s Hour, is said to occur some time between 2:00 and 4:00 in the morning, with a peak around 3:00 a.m. While there are variations and disagreements, according to some paranormal folklore, it’s at this time that people are most sensitive to supernatural activity, when the boundaries of our world and the other, whatever that may be, are weakened.