The story of the Char-Man seems to be real enough for the people of Ojai. As the legend goes, a father and son were severely burned in a house fire way back in 1948. The two survived the fire, but with serious health issues, mentally and physically.
Years after the fire, the son, who became mentally unstable and horribly disfigured, hung his father. When the police showed up at the scene, they thought both son and father were dead. They thought the boy’s scarring was fatal. The son managed to escape the police and hid in the woods surrounding Ojai. Every once in a while a tourist or a local camper would say they were mugged or assaulted by a strange figure. Locals are sure it is the son, now named the Char-Man.