The details of the Melonheads vary. They all have very large heads, but short, almost elfin bodies, like some descriptions of E.T.’s. Their skin is light, and they have little or no hair. Often they lack ears, have flat noses, and have additional features that resemble Down’s Syndrome
The Connecticut legends center around witches driven away from human society, or fugitive mental patients. (One, outlier legend, talks about a “disabled daughter” kept in a “tower house”—one that my own mother claims to have visited, and found nothing odd but a spectacular view of the city.)
Midwestern legends center around a supposed Dr. Crow, who either sadistically did experiments on them or, conversely, was extremely kind and fatherly. Either way, at his death, the simple creatures became enraged at their loss, and burned down the house where they had been kept. Unable to feed, be clothed, or fit into society, they ran out into the woods, where they impregnated each other, and became inbred.