Five Scary Urban Legends You Might Not Know

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Sometime’s there’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire on a warm summer night and telling ghost stories with your friends. However, so many of the urban legends out there, like Bloody Mary or the Babysitter and the Man Upstairs, have been told countless times that we know them as well as we know fairy tales. Here are five scary urban legends you might not know.

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Elisa Day

Elisa Day was a woman who lived in medieval Europe, and she was supposedly as beautiful as the wild roses that grew down by the local river in her town. When a man came to town and fell in love with her instantly, the two of them were together for three days. On the first day, the man visited Elisa at her house, and on the second day, he gave her a single red rose. However, on the third day, the man took Elisa down to the river and murdered her. He supposedly waited until Elisa’s back was turn and then struck her in the back of the head with a rock, saying, “All beauty must die.” People claim to have seen Elisa’s ghost strolling the riverside, as blood runs down her head, a red rose in her hand.

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The White Death

Apparently, there was a little girl in Scotland who despised life so much that she wanted to destroy every little bit of herself from it and leave absolute no trace of her existence. She committed suicide, and after her family members found out what she had done, they each died only a few days later, each one of them torn limb from limb.  According to legend, when you learn about the White Death, the Scottish girl’s ghost may come and find you, knocking repeatedly on your door with each knock getting louder until you open it. When you open the door, the girl kills you because she’s afraid that you’ll tell someone else of her existence – she does not want anyone to know about her.

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The Slit-Mouthed Woman

This a Japanese and Chinese legend about a woman named Kuchisake-Onna, also known as the slit-mouthed woman, who cheated on her husband with a younger, more handsome man. When the husband found out about her affair, he supposedly became so angry with his wife that he took a sword and slit her mouth, ear-to-ear.

People claim to have actually seen the ghost of the Slit-Mouthed Woman appear as a beautiful woman, wearing a surgical mask, who asked them, “Am I pretty?” After people would say “yes,” the ghost would rip off her surgical mask, showing them her scarred face. The Slit-Mouthed Woman would then asked the same question—and if people did not tell her she was pretty anymore, she would kill them.

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Crybaby Bridge

Legend states that a couple was driving home from church with their baby, arguing about something, as torrential rain fell, and the man and woman soon found themselves having to drive over a flooded bridge. The couple exited the car to help push it through the water and left their baby inside. The woman heard the child crying loudly and returned to the car, only to find that her baby had been carried away by the water. According to the same legend, if you go to that same bridge you can still hear the baby crying. (This is similar to a local urban legend from by where our live. Look up Van Sant Bridge, where people were supposedly hung during the Civil War and a woman committed suicide with her baby. My best friend still claims that he heard a baby crying the one night he went to check it out.)

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Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

This is another urban legend that’s close to home for me. I’ve always grown up hearing about the Jersey Devil, a flying and hooved demonic creature that lives in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. Now, there have been many supposed sightings of the Jersey Devil, but what my Uncle Mike always told me was that the Jersey Devil didn’t have to appear to kill you. He would tell me that it would also be responsible for the many brutal car accidents that would occur on the Atlantic City Expressway and Garden State Parkway, which is why he vowed to never drive on either.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13).
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  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Did the Jersey Devil cause the Tracy Morgan crash? Granted that is a bit north of South Jersey, but still close.

  • Il_padrino

    Ok, pretty sure the first one is just a Nick Cave song. Unless he got that from folklore.

    • http://studentsofcinema.wordpress.com/ Chris King

      It is part of a Nick Cave song, but the story of Elisa Day is actually its own legend as well. Either way, it’s pretty creepy!

  • JoeyBagels

    Maybe it’s in the telling, but most of these tales lack that certain moment where the suspension of disbelief has a head – on collision with the shock of recognition. In other words, these feel false–and I’ve heard about The Jersey Devil all my life.

    • http://studentsofcinema.wordpress.com/ Chris King

      JoeyBagels, sorry if I wasn’t able to portray the frightening nature of these tales through my writing. They definitely scared when I was researching them. And as for the Jersey Devil, I totally understand that people have heard about it before, but I also wanted to include a local legend (I’m from PA but live like 20 minutes from Jersey) on the list. Hope you enjoyed the article!