Local urban legends stem from a variety of sources.
Many are tales devised by parents to prevent children from going out at night, doing bothersome things, or engaging in risky behaviors.
Some are the product of too many conversations, for too long, surrounding the death of a local figure. And others come from very ancient rituals and traditions that have guided people in that area for generations.
But although the causes may be different, the outcome is the same: a horrifying promise that most don't want to believe, but aren't very interested in exploring far enough to find out for sure.
Lucky for us, some Redditors gathered to share the horrifying stories from their own towns. And we get to enjoy them from the safety of our own computer.
ChrissiTea asked, "What are the creepiest urban legends from your area?"
Of course, creepy kids came up quite a lot. The death of such a young person with so much potential causes people to believe that they still have more to do--even if it is from outside of the flesh.
A Janitorial Secret
"We have a chair that's been untouched since the 1960s in our schools boiler room. The janitor swears that a boy got locked down there by these other kids the day before summer break and died from the heat."
"He claims that the chair moves and that the door handle moves like he's still there trying to get out."
How the Legends Form
"There's one that I'm actually connected to."
"There was this friend I had in third grade, he was cool and we had a lot of the same interests, he always sat with me at lunch and played with me during recess."
"One day he was acting weird, he said that there were 'Bugs in his brain' I asked him if he was okay but he never responded; I didn't see him at lunch or recess either. He didn't come to school for 3 days, so I asked the teacher what happened to him, and she just said 'It's not your business.'"
"I never saw him again."
"Afterwards, other kids in my class started making up bullsh** stories about how he ran into the woods and drowned in the lake, or got kidnapped by an escaped convict, and as his friend I was obviously very offended by these kids making horror stories out of this guy I really cared about."
"Now 10 years later, the kids in my town are still perpetuating these myths, I just think it's crazy that this generation of kids who were literally infants when this happened are still talking about it like it's an urban myth, none of them know the true story, and neither do I, but they sure as hell don't know that I knew this kid who they believe these legends about."
Proof, or Coincidence?
"There's an enormous wooden railroad trestle not too far from me (tracks are still in use) and the legend goes that one day in the 1940s when the area was super rural, a teenage boy decided to kill himself."
"As the road passing under the trestle was the only way to access the houses beyond it at that time, he elected to hang himself from the beam directly above the road so his parents would be forced to see him when they returned home."
"I normally don't believe in this sort of thing, but if you look closely you can still see marks in the timber above the road that looks suspicious like a rope rubbed against it."
"Draw your own conclusions...."
Other legends seemed to involve the road. And it's not a huge surprise.
With so many chaotic, tragic events occurring behind the wheel, there's no shortage of ghost stories kicking around out there too.
"We have 3 mysterious men in a car called The Gaurdians (yes that's what we call them) along Montana highway 464."
"People have told experiences where they have car trouble and three men in a car drive up and help them out. Other people talk about headlights that disappear in places where they shouldn't disappear."
"We also have a Native American in a jean jacket and jeans who materializes in front of cars before they can swerve out of the way. When the driver checks for a victim, no body is found."
The Opposite of an Ambulance
"I live in Romania and as a kid the most common legend was the 'black ambulance' that would steal kids and harvest their organs and that kids' bodies were to be found a few days later abandoned on a field with some money for the funeral."
"Also, in my town, our parents would never let us go to the cinema because there was this legend about a man who wound put AIDS-infected needles on the seats."
Road Bear Dogs
"Black Shucks; big, black, ghostly/demonic dogs with glowing red eyes that are supposed to be omens of death. They generally appear on roads at night. There's apparently a few around town and some drag chains too."
"Also one is actually a bear, but I have no idea why we have a ghostly demonic bear because we don't even have normal bears in this country."
Finally, there are other legends that involve the bizarre behaviors of creatures, real and imagined.
Even a 25-foot Sturgeon is Scary
"Flathead Lake Monster"
"The Flathead Lake in western Montana is the largest body of fresh water this side of the Great Lakes. 18 miles wide, 26 miles long, 400+ feet deep. People have seen the FLM breach the surface looking like the back of a serpent type creature. My theory is there are some monstrous 25 foot long sturgeons hiding out down there, but who knows......"
"The Huaka'ipo, also known as the Night Marchers, are the spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors who have been cursed to march the islands for eternity. The night marchers are said to march in a single line, often carrying torches and weapons while chanting and playing drums."
"To protect yourself, you must lie on the ground face down in respect. Otherwise, the Night Marchers will kill you. Or so they say..."
"I'll have to roughly translate it from Arabic so bear with me."
"We call it 'the caller.' It is told that in the middle of the night it calls your name and forces you to follow its voice, until you reach a body of water, it then pulls you under forcing water into every single hole in your body no matter how small and of course then drowning you."
"I think this was made up so kids do go on a swim at night."
"( If anyone is interested its originally an Egyptian urban legend. Here's the Arabic name 'النداهه')"
"Not my current area, but one of the primary schools I went to had a few trees in the back corner of the field with a mountain of dirt. There were rumours that it was haunted with horses (of all things lol) there was one black horse that was evil. And if you sat under the trees and closed your eyes, you could hear the horses."
"It wasn't until I was older that I found out the school was built on an old racing ground and it closed down after one of the jockeys poisoned a competitors black horse."
The scary thing about it all? There are countless more stories just like these, hailing from countless towns across the world.
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I am an avid, no obsessed watcher of real life murder and horror tales. I can't look away. When I hear there is a new episode of Dateline NBC or 20/20 I get flushed with excitement. My DVR is chock full of all sorts of television shows from ID Discovery. I have recently learned that I am not alone in my obsession. With the new world of podcasts, it seems everyone, from every age group and walk of life treats these stories like fanatics. And the creepier and unsolved the better. They do nothing for a good night's sleep, but I can sleep when I'm dead, and hopefully not from being featured on Dateline episode myself. And these stories have origins worldwide.Redditor u/grayfox104 wanted us all to gather round and discuss the eeriest tales of all by asking.... What in your opinion is the creepiest mystery in the world?
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The bronze age collapse. Many great and advanced civilizations circled the Mediterranean around 1200BC, but then in a span of only a 20-50 years, the cities were destroyed or abandoned and the surviving people retreating away from the coast to small inland settlements. All of the empires apart from Assyria and some of Egypt collapsed, and the area entered a dark age, with centuries passing before such advanced empires rose again.
Why? No one really knows. There are records of the 'Sea People' coming with advanced weapons - foreign invaders perhaps? Along with indications of a volcanic eruption, but still, such sudden collapse of such large and advanced civilizations is concerning, and perhaps should act as a warning to us now.
Who the hell was the Somerton Man?
I heard about 6-9 months ago they were getting close to having permission to dig him up for DNA testing as he has suspected descendants in Australia.
Yep, he's in a rare genetic group and the woman who claimed that she didn't know him had kids that are apparently in that group.
For my money, the Hinterkaifeck murders. A whole family bludgeoned to death with a mattock by someone who seemed to have snuck into, and was living in their house for awhile before butchering them all.
They hired a new maid and the murders happened her first day.
The Awful Day
Susan Powell. The husband and his creepy father! I know the husband killed her, I just wish they could find her body. Even though he's dead now, it would be so satisfying to prove it. He was so smug about the fact that no one would find her.
God, I remember following this one after she disappeared but before he murdered the kids and killed himself. That was an awful day. Not only did he take away her family's last connection to her, but probably also their hope of finding her body.
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The Marfa lights. I went out and saw them several years ago and it's haunted me ever since. None of the explanations make sense, the lights bob and weave in ones, twos, and threes, they shoot up and go back and forth and the creepiest part is that sometimes look like they're getting close to you but it's hard to tell because of the darkness.
1561 Celestial Phenomenon over Nuremberg. There is an illustrated news article from the time.
This is definitely one of my favorite mysteries.... they freaking saw spaceships fighting 500 years before the invention of planes. I think the same happened in Switzerland around the same era.... so it's not a one time thing.
The zodiac killer, his encrypted notes and how they never caught him.
Find the Bones
The Sodder children disappearance.
Their family house burned (after some weird occurrences the night before) and the parents and a few kids made it out, but a few kids didn't and supposedly burned in the fire. But their bones were never found which should have been their and the firefighters acted strange. Very interesting case.
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The origins behind the story of the Pied Piper.
"It's been 100 years since our children left"..this line makes me shiver with terror.
My favorite theory was that someone came and recruited them for a Children's Crusade with the parents' consent (because times were bad). Then, in better times, the villagers distanced themselves from responsibility by saying the children were led away in secret, and it became the Pied Piper's tale.
The spook light near Quapaw, Oklahoma. (I'm horrible at explaining this so I'd suggest you go to google or something) I went to go see it on one of the best nights ever recorded. It split in two, was unnaturally bright, changed from white to yellow then to red, it blinked a couple of times too. Anyways, on a hill near it, people set up some good cameras pointed at the Spook Light and sent other people to walk closer to it all while having radio connection.
The people walking to it reported that it had gone away after a certain point, but the camera people still saw it on camera. An old legend if I remember correctly is that it's the lantern of a Native American boy who had fallen off a cliff or something.
Spontaneous human combustion.
It's doesn't even take anything special, just clothes and fat. I remember seeing a test on tv with a pig carcass wrapped in cloth that perfectly recreates the strange pattern of burning: intense heat in and around the body, but the fire doesn't spread.
Basically, if a small fire starts on the clothes, it can melt the fat in flesh. Then the fat seeps into the nearby clothes and efficiently burns, creating something like a candle where the clothes are the wick and the fat is the wax.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
While we will never really know I think the pilot suicide theory makes the most sense and has the most supporting evidence.
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The fact that no one knows who Jack the Ripper actually was.
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All of the dark stuff that probably went down in the Soviet Union's government but we'll never know about because it was so well hidden, then the Union collapsed.
Dylatov Pass Incident
I'd say the Dylatov Pass Incident. So strange to find the hikers just naked with strange wounds and with the tent ripped up and clothes strewn in random places.
I think it's mostly solved by the survivor of a very near identical incident on another mountain. Apparently a down force wind caused them to flee. Pretty much every detail was explained including the radiation. It made a lot of sense actually and seemed very plausible. I think it's true that the simplest explanations are usually the correct one.
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The ax man murders of New Orleans A person sneaking in to houses with ease and chopping at anyone's head leaving many with shattered skulls and then dropping off the used weapon (cleaver or axe). I find the simplicity a bit creepy.
There are many intriguing mysteries. But up there as creepiest? For Australians over 38+, especially if they lived in Melbourne in the 1980s-90s, I'd say Mr Cruel. He was essentially the Boogeyman come to life.
Australians do not screw around when it comes to serial killers.
The Beauty Queen...
The death of Jon Benet Ramsey. I feel like the family knows what really happened to her.
I'm expecting hate from this, but I do believe Burke did it by accident and I don't mind that he was never convicted because it was a very unfortunate accident. That family suffered enough and the parents went into protection mode.
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Oak island. Whatever is down there, whoever put it there really, really didn't want it getting out. Seriously look up all the crazy crazy defense mechanisms they put there. They are currently trying to unearth it. I would rather not learn what is buried down there. Oak Island the Mystery
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Old wives tales, urban legends, conspiracy theories, and that whole thing about your school being built on a graveyard or there being a pool on the roof - those are all myths. Our personal favorite thing about myths is that they can be absolutely bonkers and some people will still just roll with it.
It kind of shows the power of even a mediocre story in the hands of a great storyteller.
One reddit user asked:
Fam ... the stuff some people believe. Whales control the weather???
OK listen, if we focused on how people actually believe this and what it says about hope for humanity, we would be really really bummed. Like really. Really.
But, we're not going to do that. Instead, we are choosing to call this a celebration of the power of storytelling. Yup. That's what we're doing. Celebrating storytelling. Excellent, excellent storytelling.
That's Not How It Works
My mother in law got mad at me for reaching up high to grab something while pregnant because, "That'll wrap the umbilical cord around the baby's neck!"
I told her that no part of my anatomy directly connects my arms to the inside of my placenta. She didn't believe me so I googled to show her it's an old wives tale. She got upset and cried. :/
Sweet lady but damn. Use some common sense.
When I had cancer a few years back and was doing chemotherapy I had people who constantly questioned that I actually "had cancer" due to the fact that my hair didn't fall out until I was actually in remission (Had been off chemo for about 2-3 weeks when my hair started gradually thinning and falling out).
It's a complete myth that every single person's hair will have the same reaction to chemo. Some people lose hair right away, some don't. Everybody is different.
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Had a cab driver insisting that the reactor meltdown at Fukushima was a failed Chinese attack on the US. The plan was to superheat the rods so they'd burn into the ground, through the center of the Earth, and come out in America and irradiate it.
The antipode (exact opposite side of the planet) of Fukushima is nowhere near the US... it's several hundred miles east off the coast of Uruguay/Argentina.
I think for that one you would have to have no idea that China and Japan are two different countries ... and that they are not allies.
That this pandemic comes from 5G.
It's so dumb, that 5G conspiracy isn't even new, just repackaged. Of course, they avoid the fact that there are confirmed cases in areas without 5G towers.
My neighbor doesn't believe the virus comes from 5G. Oh no he's smarter then that. He believes the virus is just a cover up for the deadly rays of 5G itself. He was like "birds kept dying in countries with 5G coverage!"
Fan Blades Of Doom
Definitely the Korean urban myth that sleeping with a fan on will kill you. I've heard it explained as the blades chopping up the air creating gaps so that you suffocate in your sleep.
I think it's a prevalent thing in all of Asia. I remember visiting Vietnam as a kid and having my aunts fan me to sleep, afraid of killing me if they used an electric fan lol. Read somewhere that it's actually a myth used to explain away SIDS and suicides.
A kid I knew in high school actually believed and tried to convince others that the mentally handicapped were actually professional actors, and they were there to "keep the human race from feeling perfect."
Does he also scream crisis actors?
Speaking Of Paid Actors...
Australia isn't real.
It was made up by the British to kill a ton of people and all the people who are from there are paid actors.
If I'm a paid actor I would like to find out when I'm getting my money.
Full On Wakanda
It's dumb, and I know it's not true, but my favorite conspiracy theory is that North Korea is actually a paradise and everything we hear about it is propaganda. All the claims from NK are genuine, and everything else is trying to discredit them so people everywhere else in the world don't get upset knowing that such a level of perfection as NK is attainable.
Full on Wakanda, with advanced hologram technology shrouding the country and fake decrepit cities set up for tourists.
Coal For Your Health
My stepmother told me once that her grandfather was convinced for some reason that charcoal was really healthy for kids and whenever he made toast for them he'd keep pushing it back down into the toaster until it was solid black and force them to eat it because he thought it was good for them.
Ironically, burnt food is carcinogenic. So, actually kinda bad for you.
Activated charcoal is a filtering agent, and can bond to impurities such as bacteria or heavy metal. If you ingest something toxic, in some cases it can be beneficial to immediately follow up with some activated charcoal so that body doesn't absorb the full brunt of whatever you swallowed; in any case you should ALWAYS contact poison control FIRST in the event of a suspected poisoning, because activated charcoal won't always be helpful and in numerous circumstances there are other crucial steps to avoid something terrible.
LASTLY, while incredibly useful under specific conditions, a person should not be taking activated charcoal regularly like some kind of vitamin; remember how I said the carbon bonds to impurities? That can include essential micronutrients and good gut bacteria. So avoid taking it unless you have a reason, or on the recommendation of a physician.
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Whales control the weather and are currently causing global warming.
Because apparently their movements affect ocean currents or air currents(?) or I don't even know what. I wish I were making this up.
This is nuts. Everyone knows that whales only help us communicate with alien satellites. C'mon people.
Oh makes sense because blow holes blow water into the sky and that's how rain gets up there.
A guy tried to convince me that Earth's oceans are only salty because male whales ejaculate so much sperm that doesn't end up in a female whales vagina and that has "salted" the oceans over time. I tried to explain to him that a) That is ridiculous and you cannot imagine the amount of ejaculations that would have to occur in order to make that happen and b) Where do whales manage to get all of that salt? He was adamant that I was wrong and he was right. This guy is at least 25 years old.
No, the probe is controlling the weather because it can't talk to the whales.
You believe in whales?
Einstein Didn't Fail
The whole "even Einstein failed math" myth.
The confusion likely comes from the grading system, but this myth has been around for a long time and used as some sort of motivation idea by many.
When he was shown a clipping from Ripley's Believe It or Not, where that myth gained popularity, he responded, "I never failed in mathematics. Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus"
I recently encountered a woman who tried to convince me that black people are somehow immune to this pandemic. I've been told that this was a relatively commonly held misconception just around a month ago, but I hadn't heard it before, so I was baffled.
"Drinking water every 5 minutes will help prevent Covid-19 because it will wash the virus in to your stomach and be destroyed by stomach acid."
I don't even know where to start about how wrong this is.
It's true that humidity does make it harder for viruses to be transmitted. We bought a humidifier at work to increase humidity from ~20% at its lowest when it was really cold outside to just over 60%. The ecologist with the HVAC company we consulted with had a study that showed viruses die seven times faster with that change in humidity. We also bought a nice water cooler on his recommendation. The water is so cold and tastes so good. We started working from home the day after it was installed. :(
The dumbest myth I've ever heard was Covid-19 was faked so that the Trump administration could covertly arrest a bunch of elite pedos. Covertly because we the common folk couldn't handle it. Absolutely ridiculous.
A moron I worked with, swore that the diet Pepsi I was drinking was flavored with aborted fetuses from planned parenthood... He was serious. "Google it..."
According to this genius, regular Pepsi was ok.. it was only diet Pepsi that was bad evidently aborted fetuses are a sugar substitute
This dude had tattoos on his eyelids too, so not real bright to begin with.
I was behind a lady in line at a gas station and she said this! The cashier mentioned that Pepsi products were 2/$3 or something and the lady was like, "Oh, I don't drink Pepsi. They use aborted fetuses in it!" She was totally serious. The cashier was like :| and I was like :| and we shared a mental facepalm.
I like this one. Just the idea that Planned Parenthood is selling aborted fetuses to PepsiCo in general, rather than... putting them in vaccines!
:O (or the stuff they ACTUALLY do with them?)
That's bad enough, but that they put them specifically in diet Pepsi and not in anything else? Like regular Pepsi? Golden.
Milk and Fish
As a Pakistani there's quite a few superstitions old folks say. One that I remember is if you drink milk and eat fish together, you get white patches in your skin (Vitiligo)
I never believed this, but I had Vitiligo as a kid and relatives used me as an example 🙄
A Speech Impediment
Oooooo I've got one.
When I had my kid, one my mother-in-law's friends said not to nibble on his feet because that's how people get a speech impedement, by far funniest shit ive ever heard.
God had to sacrifice himself to himself to serve as a loophole for a rule he created himself to stop himself from torturing us, his beloved children, for all eternity.
Oranges and Eurobeats
My top 5:
1- Flat Earth
2- "vaccines cause autism"
3- "Donald Trump is human"
4- "eating oranges at night can kill you"
5- "Eurobeat does not make your car go faster"
It is a lie! Eurobeat makes everything faster!
I've never heard the orange one.. any more info on this?
It's a myth from my country, Portugal. Old people used to say that before the internet existed. Our country has an old proverb, which I'll roughly translate:
"In the morning it's golden, in the afternoon it's silver and in the night kills."
It rhymes in Portuguese....
In other words, someone made up that proverb a long time ago and the following generations believed (not a strict belief) that oranges at night could harm you, make you ill or have a negative impact on your sleep.
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That fat mfer Santa is gonna come with toys and fit down my chimney.
Even then i was a kid I was like "Get the f outta here guys c'mon"
"Bill Gates is behind the CoronaVirus, which is actually caused by 5G cellphone towers. He wants to use the vaccine to inject everyone with microchips."
That Bill Gates is trying to make a vaccine to poison everyone.
I was talking with a Young-Earth Creationist one time who was attempting to explain away the radiological dating that proves the Earth is billions of years old. His claim was as follows:
When the Great Flood (the one with Noah) began, great springs of water from within the Earth erupted onto the surface. The great seismic force of this event shocked quartz* deposits so much that they super-heated, to the point where they were essentially nuclear breeder reactors, which is where all the world's radioactive elements came from.
Bonus crazy claim: those radioactive elements in the Earth's crust are why modern humans only live to a maximum of 125 or so, while pre-flood figures like Noah, Adam, and Seth lived to be 800+.
*It is true that when struck with great force, quartz can emit teeny-tiny electrical charges, but this is beyond ludicrous.
Christian High School Sex Ed
A girl I used to go out with thought that if she had anal sex without a rubber it would absorb through and make her pregnant. She also thought that if she swallowed after a blowie it would make her pregnant.
Good thing for that Christian high school sex ed!
Beers And Bad Advice
You will get cramps and drown if you swim immediately after eating. We have a swimming pool in our backyard and have parties during the summer. My neighbor told their child to wait 30 minutes after eating or they could drown. I corrected my neighbor in front of their kid by saying "as a parent, you should not say stupid things to your kid or they will grow up stupid and say stupid things to their children."
I might have had a few beers before that discussion.
Alien's visit Earth. It's so difficult to travel from solar system to solar system. The Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977 and its only 13.2 billion miles from the sun. Proxima Centauri the closest star to ours, is 24,808,000,000,000 miles away.
Luck And Racism
A black cat is an omen of bad luck and if one crosses your way you have I don't know how many years of bad luck. Like, excuse me? Can that cat ration put a fucking spell on you??
In most places I know of, certainly Britain, black cats are traditionally good luck. It's unclear where the American bad luck version comes from, possibly the general prejudice about black.
Luck traditions are widespread. I'm not sure I would call them silly, in a dangerous premodern world full of inexplicable disasters they probably gave some psychological sense of empowerment. Look at how we tend to grasp at anything that suggests something we can do to protect ourselves against coronavirus whether or not we understand if it makes sense.
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Folks love a good urban legend. A scary story to tell in the dark.
There are whole collections of urban legends. There are webpages dedicated to finding out whether or not urban legends are true or false.
Society loves them.
Here were some of those answers.
One urban legend that really sticks to me for whatever reason is the Baby Train. Basically, the story tells of a town with an abnormally high birth rate. The reason for this is because the town is located near a railroad where a train passes by at 5 AM and its whistle wakes up all of the residents. Because its too early to get up but too late to go back to sleep, couples will "do it" to pass the time.
I grew up in Hawaii hearing stories about the Night Marchers as a kid. You would always hear stories about seeing the band of worries at night or the beat of their drums. It was some seriously spooky stuff as a kid.
Dogmen. Basically werewolves, but there is an entire podcast with 200+ episodes where people talk about their actual encounters with them, aptly called Dogman Encounters.
There is also a midieval religious treatise called "do the dog headed men have souls?" That discusses in length whether the dog headed men have souls, talking about them very matter-of-factly.
And That's A No From Me
The native American legend of the skinwalkers has always fascinated me. I believe I had an encounter with one when my Dad and I were camping. Ever since then I've never felt completely safe outdoors. That was the last time my dad went outside without a gun.
Onryo Or Nah Bro
I've always liked Mexican and Japanese urban legends. One is a japanese legend called Teke Teke. How she came to be differs, but it all ends up in her turning into a ghost. The one I first heard about was that she was a very shy girl and got scared very easily. So one night heading home with her friends going to the train tracks, they decided to pull a prank on her and put a bug on her shoulder. She then fell onto the train tracks and was cut in half horizontally.
She now became a vengeful spirit and roams the train tracks/railroads in Japan at night, wielding a scythe or another weapon that she can use to cut you the same way she was cut in half. It is said she is now as fast as the train that killed her and if you somehow escape from her and she notices you, you will die within 3 days. She is called Teke Teke because she travels on her elbows and they make a "teke teke" sound.
In far northern Canada some small villages that have seasons of 24/7 darkness have stories of "the little people". Basically small humanoid creatures that will kidnap children in the dark. I believe the stories were created to keep children from wondering into the cold and dark and getting lost.
The Jersey Devil.
I know he's supposed to be in south Jersey, but I had an experience in Sussex County. There is an abandoned town called Walpack that my wife and I were exploring at night. There is one part with a meadow/clearing that has a tree that looks like Rafiki's tree from the Lion King right in the center. Well, we were by that tree when suddenly something the size of a damn horse swooped down and flew over us. It was not an owl. We ran as fast as we could outta there.
Jersey Devil is real folks.
These Are All Terrifying
There's a few
The SCP Foundation (Love the toaster, the Vending Machine, and
the Monster that teleports you to the ocean to eat you SCP:1128).
The Psycho Banging the boyfriend's severed head on the car roof
The Shivering Cactus
Human's can lick too/Drip Drip Drip I've heard them together and as separate stories
Goatman of Anansi I think its called
The cocoman/el cuco/the boogeyman is an awesome urban legend that takes place in multiple countries and cultures across the planet. Stephen King recently wrote a cool book about it that was made into an amazing HBO show. I heard about "the cocoman" from my parents and grandparents growing up so it was really cool and eerie seeing it on TV.
I am brasilian and in some states there is a urban legend called The Matuto, he isn't that scary but the story is kinda cool.
If you go to a place with a mirror at 3:00 am, turns off all the lights nearby, stand backward to the mirror and count the seconds until one minute pass (3:00 to 3:01, 3:01 to 3:02 or 3:02 to 3:03 don't work after this) and exactly when the minute pass you turn on the light and turn yourself around. Then you will see yourself turning around 1 or 2 seconds late the one you will see at the mirror won't be you will be the Matuto then he will be behind you until the end of your life.
Every town, big and small has it's secrets and it's wild tales and cast of characters. All of those pieces of the puzzle combine to make legends and stories passed on through generations. Although they are only tales told in secret and never brought up in proper public. No one wants to discuss what could be when the mystery is still not resolved.
Redditor u/PMForDickGraysonPics wanted to hear stories from everyone about the kooky details in small towns out there by asking them to divulge.... People who live in small towns, what's the story everyone knows but no one likes talking about?
In my town we had the Mayor's daughter drive drunk through a pizza place and get out of the car and walk up to the counter and try to order. It was on the news for like 1 day and then disappeared completely. The place just opened back up. sh3nto
It Never Happened.
The superintendent of my hometown school district got a DUI IN A SCHOOL ZONE and used his wealth and influence in the community to not only get out of jail time, but to get the arrest completely scrubbed from his criminal record. He's sued multiple people for slander for mentioning it publicly because, as far as the official record is concerned, it "never happened." astaten0
There's a dungeon under the abandoned yellow house in the park that was used by the current owner's great grandfather. He admitted on his death bed that he was the cause of 13 disappearances from the 1910's to the 1930's. Issue is, we don't know who the 13 victims are since the surrounding area has had hundreds of disappearances over the decades and we have nothing to go off of except a period of nearly 30 years. Plus, no one wants to think about a relative or ancestor being locked up in there. AnneAuthor
A gazebo was removed from the town green because it became a place late at night where people were regularly caught having sex.
It was a beautiful gazebo - with comfortable benches (like church pews) where people could relax in the warm weather and enjoy the town green. But… no more. Back2Bach
Dude was DEVASTATED.Giphy
One day I see a bunny. But like a HUGE bunny. I thought it was normal sized but as I got closer I realized I was wrong. Thing was an absolute unit. Like medium sized dog. As time went on I would occasionally see more and more of these gigantic mutated rabbits.
So turns out this guy had a couple of pet giant rabbits and then moved out to college. The official story his parents gave him was that his beloved pet rabbits got sick like a week after he moved out and had to be put down. Dude was DEVASTATED.
My guess is that the rabbits weren't put down and were instead released. Now I'm not sure if Flemish Giants can interbreed with wild bunnies, but everyone swears that even the local bunny population is composed of mega bunnies. And the parents are low key kind of hated by everyone now for being nasty to their child. MisterComrade
Under the Rug.
About 3 years ago a young lesbian couple came up missing. They found their car half submerged in the river but no sign of the girls. They found them a week later in the river dead with bullet wounds in their heads. It devastated the town when it happened but I feel like it got covered up quickly so it wouldn't scare off any tourists.
They made a small memorial near the river for the girls, and it's been vandalized beyond repair twice now. In the other town I lived in, the mayor's wife killed an elderly couple on Christmas Eve while driving drunk. She never did any time. Completely swept under the rug, but he didn't get reelected thankfully. ravenclawpoetry
Change of tone......
Change of tone on this one but I figured I'd share anyway! I grew up in a tiny farm town in PA. On Christmas Eve, one of the local farmers would go to all the houses with kids and climb on the roof and walk around for a minute or two to keep our belief in Santa alive and well. It's hilarious cause he never asked, just always did it every year. It obviously wasn't talked about much so that the kids never caught on, but was truly so cute. cashewcheez
Young local lawyer is kidnapped in the middle of the night at gunpoint and ordered to tie up her husband. There is a man in jail for the kidnapping but she has never been found. Happened in the early 90s and the theory is she was killed to cover up corruption in the court system. She was supposedly going to the DA about some shady stuff. Lnzy1
Two guys robbed one of those car compacting places, where they mash up old vehicles into giant metal bricks.
They went in at night, dropped off by their gfs to go get parts and scrap to sell I guess. They'd done it before, the owner found out and waited for them one night.
Shot both in the backs of the heads, put their bodies in a car and crushed it up.
The truck didn't come to pick up the metal for a couple days so the one with their bodies sat out in the heat, the officers only found them after the gfs telling police they dropped them off there and couldn't find them again. They checked the place and found them from the smell.
I remember before the two guys were found, missing posters of them were all over the town. Zerobeastly
There's someone who has been killing people in my town and their bodies have been found, around the same time every year in a large lake. Nobody talks about it but people are being kidnapped, beaten, tortured and murdered by this sicko! It's insane. Ardie_BlackWood