Urban legends have existed for thousands of years. While most people believe them to be legends and nothing more, it is important to remember that all myths arise from real incidents. The following list of twenty-five urban legends from all over the world will make your skin crawl – especially when you find out that they are entirely true.
The Buckley Children
Susan and John Buckley decapitated their mother in hopes of creating some Halloween décor. Once the murder was discovered by the other kids in the neighborhood, the police were called. However, by then the Buckley children had long disappeared.
Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac
Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac attempted climbing down her lover’s chimney but got stuck there and never managed to escape. Once fluids from her decomposing body filled the fireplace, the boyfriend realized something was wrong.
Michelina Lewandowska was buried alive in 2011 by her boyfriend who tied her up, tasered her, and buried her in a box. However, she escaped by using her engagement ring to cut the tape.
Japan and China believe in the legend of a woman who cheated on her samurai husband. Enraged, he slit her face from ear to ear. Now, she dons a surgical mask asking men if she is beautiful. Then she rips off the mask and kills her victims.
In the late 1990s, in Abilene, Texas, two young teenagers approached journalist Brian Bethel’s car, requesting to be let in. Their eye sockets were completely black.
The Slender Man is a tall, skinny man with lanky arms and claws who hunts children. In the late 2000s, it is believed that he convinced a young girl to commit murder.
On three separate occasions, 1994 in Miami, and 1996 in Pasadena and 2003 in Kansas City, guests rented motel or hotel rooms only to be greeted by a foul stench. They later found dead, decomposing bodies under the beds.
Elisa Day was a pretty girl with red hair who was in love with a man. One day as she sat by the river, he hit her on the head with a rock and then sent her off downstream with a rose. People have claimed to witness her ghost, with a single red rose in hand, and blood streaming down her face.
The White Death
The White Death is the legend of a young girl who killed herself. Oddly enough, soon all her family died. According to legend, if you discuss her death she will come knocking on your door to take your life, too.
“Psychic Japan” was a famed television show that showed people that spirits and ghosts existed. The woman in the picture appears possessed as she sits in the audience.
The Cooper Family
After moving into a new house, this family decided to take pictures of the place. When the images were developed, a shadowy hanging body appeared in the prints.
Cedar Senai Hospital
In 1972, at Cedar Senai Hospital, a young patient broke loose and killed two nurses before escaping.
More Than Just A Hobby
Numerous murders were discovered in 2009 where the victims’ fat was extracted. It turns out; the fat was used by cult leaders to make candles which were later used in satanic rituals.
Charlie Noonan traveled across the panhandle looking for a creature which lived in disguise as a woman. Noonan disappeared and was never heard from again. However, when his camera was found, the only picture on the roll was this.
The Bunny Man
The Bunny man urban legend started in 1970 with stories of a killer who roamed around in a bunny costume wielding an ax. The Colchester Overpass, where he was most often seen, is even known as Bunny Man Bridge.
The Bunny Man Copy Cat?
This picture was found in 1982 in Georgia behind a dumpster. It was duly handed to the police, but to date, the case remains open and unsolved.
Creepy Halloween Murder
On Halloween night in 1962 in a small town on the east coast, a man donning a black mask attended a costume party. Once inside, he locked the doors and proceeded to stab everyone to death.
Roll Out The Carpet
Three students from Columbia University came home one night to discover a rug in their dumpster. Thinking they scored a fancy decoration piece, they unrolled it only to find a dead body wrapped up within with two bullet holes in his head.
A woman hung herself from a tree in 2005 beside a busy road in Delaware. Due to Halloween being right around the corner, everyone mistook it for decoration until someone realized the body was warm and then the cops were called.
After getting into a heated argument with his wife, Chef David Viens duct-taped her and left her alone. In the morning he found her dead and in an attempt to destroy all evidence, he cooked her, whole, for four days in a massive pot.
Don’t Forget Your Mask
The residents on an island off Peru which hosts an active volcano are forced to don surgical masks at all times to save themselves from dust, ash, and other particles.
The Russian’s Skin
According to legend, a Russian man wandered into the woods, completely naked, after drinking heavily one night. He stumbled to his death, and when he was found, his skin was shaved off in a manner that neither man nor beast could create.
Don’t Go Into The Woods
In a rural town of Iowa, 27 bodies were found in the woods in the late ’60s. The motive behind these deaths remains a mystery to this day.
A British national by the name of Rochelle Harris went on a South American adventure only to discover a strange discharge from her ears once she returned. Doctors realized a screwworm fly laid eggs in her ear canal resulting in a mass of maggots that were feeding on her flesh.
The urban legend of waking up in a tub of ice after a heavy night of drinking came about from the story of Naseem Mohammad. AN illegal kidney-transplant ring involving 500 Indians was discovered from 2000-2008.
Now you know what the origin of these dark tales and legends stems from. If you dare, read these on a cold night while sitting home alone. How many of these can you stomach?