“Just about how many people heard stories of the masks, maniacs, and alien abductions, the details may have changed from telling to telling, but there are legends that have a way of sticking around, especially those creepy ones.” – Listverse.
This article contains three of the top 10 Creepy Urban Legends listed on the Listverse site. The clear definition of the term urban legend is highlighted on the Wikipedia site.
An urban legend, popular legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a form of modern folklore consisting of usually fictional stories, often with macabre elements, deeply rooted in local popular culture. Despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily originate in an urban area. Rather, the term is used to differentiate modern legend from traditional folklore of pre-industrial times. These legends can be used for entertainment purposes, as well as for semi-serious explanations for random events such as disappearances and strange objects.
Now, fasten your seatbelt as you are about to read the best three legends originated from USA.
- Suscon Screamer – ‘The legend of the dead bride’
Underneath the former Susquehanna Railroad Bridge (also known as Boo-Boo Bridge or The Black Bridge) that once crossed Suscon Road lurks the legendary Suscon Screamer.
The story goes that a woman who was scorned by her lover hung herself from the bridge after being dumped at the altar. She now haunts the area surrounding Suscon Road including the nearby forest and bridge.
According to many locals, if you drive onto the bridge, turn off your car, put the keys on the roof, and wait, you will be able to see the Suscon Screamer in your rear-view mirror. Eyewitness accounts that the ghostly apparition would often float out of the woods and either cut across the road moaning or if you parked under the bridge she would howl like a banshee.
- Lilly’s Grave – ‘Victim of the Beast 666’
This story has started with a tombstone located in the middle of a cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah, which belongs to a woman named Lillian E. Gray, who died in the 1950s at the age of 77. At first glance, it doesn’t look any different from the other graves surrounding it. Nothing catches the eye until you see the inscription of the ominous words written underneath: “Victim of the Beast 666.”
What could this enigmatic statement mean? Is it some kind of accusation, made by the believers in one of the most religious cities in the nation? Could she have been sacrificed by a Satanic cult? Was she a devil worshiper herself? An innocent woman punished in a Salem-style witch hunt? Those are only some of the rumors intrigued citizens have come up with to explain it.
Lilly E. Gray has been dead for more than half a century, yet precisely who she was, and the weird inscription on her grave, continues to baffle researchers to this day. Interred in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Lillian “Lilly” E. Gray has become an enduring local mystery, and something of an urban legend to generations of Utah teenagers.
Some people have claimed that the inscription was commissioned by the woman’s paranoid, anti-government husband, who blamed the police for her death. But, until we know for sure, Lilly E. Gray, and the precise meaning of the inscription on her grave – Victim of the Beast 666 – will remain an enigma.
- The Ghost of Stow Lake – ‘The San Francisco Chronicle’
One ghost story that has been the most popular and circulated, ever since it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 6, 1908 is the story of the Ghost of Stow Lake. The story reported a rather strange encounter that had taken place in Golden Gate Park. Police had pulled over a man named Arthur Pigeon for ‘speeding’ in his car and the reason they were given for his fast driving was that he had just had a terrifying encounter that he was trying to get away! He claimed to have seen the ghost of a woman at Stow Lake. He described the figure as being that of a woman who had a shine and long, fair hair, was dressed in white, barefooted and put a terror in him.
The legends always claim this woman was a mother who lost a child, or else killed her child and then herself. For over a century, a story has persisted that Stow Lake is haunted, and that people venturing near there in the dead of night have come across a woman looking for her child. She frantically pleads with the strangers and then disappears upon the realisation they are unable to help her.
Another element to the legend concerns the statue. If you approach the statue at night, and the elements are just right you may get a glimpse of the statues head moving, as if scanning the area for something. Being as the statue is of a mother with two children (the pose suggests there may have been a third child or there is room for a third child) people believe the energy of that desperate woman has taken refuge within the bronze itself.
These are just few of the legendary stories originated from USA. You would know there is still lot more than these. For more related stories, please see this video clip that runs approximately 8 minutes from Listverse.
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