Popular Urban Legends Still Being Told Today Part 2
Ready for more urban legends? Let’s jump right in!
Most of you are probably familiar with Slender Man. This fictional character was created in 2009 as an internet meme by Eric Knudsen and posted in the Something Awful forums. Slender Man is extremely tall, thin, with a featureless face and is known by his habits of stalking, abducting, and traumatizing children. This character is featured in many fictional stories and is even featured in the popular video game Minecraft. Even though Slender Man is absolute fiction, some people are taking his legend seriously by committing criminal acts and blaming Slender Man for them. One incident involved two 12-year-old girls holding down another 12-year-old girl from their school and stabbing her 19 times. The girls claimed the reason they stabbed their classmate was because they wanted to take the first step to becoming proxies for Slender Man.
The Clown Statue
This legend is also referred to as The Killer Clown, The Clown Serial Killer, The Clown Doll, and It the Clown. The story involved a teenage babysitter who is asked to babysit for a wealthy family with a very large home. Before the parents leave, they tell the babysitter that once the children are asleep, she needs to go to a specific room in the house to watch television because they didn’t want her wandering around. Once the kids are sleeping, she goes to the room but feels really creeped out by the clown statue. She calls the parents to ask if she could go in another room and the father tells her to grab the kids and go next door to call 9-1-1. Of course, this freaks her out but he doesn’t explain, so she does as she’s asked, calling the father back when they’re safely next door.
When the father is back on the phone he explains to her that they don’t actually have a clown statue and the children have been complaining about a clown watching them as they sleep. The clown “statue” was actually found to be a homeless midget dressed as a clown who snuck into the house and was living there for weeks.
This story is nothing but a fictional story first uploaded in 2011.
Resurrection Mary is similar to the Vanishing Hitchhiker. The legend says that a young man was out dancing at a local ballroom when he meets a beautiful young Polish woman with long blond hair and a white dress. He begins dancing with her but notices she is very cold to the touch. To him, she’s exciting and mysterious. He offers her a ride home at the end of the night and she gladly accepts. When he passes by a local cemetery, the young woman becomes extremely anxious and asks him to let her out. He hesitates and then eventually does as asked, but when she leaves the car she rushes to the locked gates and passes right through them and then disappears.
The young man remembers that she wrote her address on a napkin so he goes to her house to check on her. When he arrives, he finds an older gentleman that tells him that his daughter did several years ago when she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident involving a driver coming home from being dancing all night. He sees a photograph of their daughter and realized it’s the woman he danced with the night before.
Fact or fiction? Well, some people have reported seeing the spirit of a young blonde woman in a white dress. The spirit apparently steps right in front of a car and then disappears. Many people purposely drive on Archer Avenue in Chicago hoping to get a glimpse of her themselves.
Did you ever go into a dark bathroom when you were little and say “Candy Man” five times in the mirror? If you did, nothing probably happened right? You were probably nervous as hell that something actually would happen once you said it for the fifth time. Legend says that if you stand in front of a mirror in a dark bathroom and say “Candy Man” five times, a man with a hook-hand and bees swarming around him will show up ready to kill.
So the legend of Candy Man is about a ghost of a slave who is back from the dead and ready to seek revenge. Supposedly, the legend is based on a real man named Daniel Robitaille. He was a slave on a New Orleans plantation and was chosen to paint a portrait of the plantation owner’s daughter because he was an extremely talented painter. Daniel fell in love with the daughter, but because she was white and he was black the plantation owner was pretty pissed off. The plantation owner and an angry mob chased Daniel out of town. Once the mob caught up to Daniel, they cut off his hand, covered him with honey, and threw him into a beehive. Daniel died a pretty terrible death but managed to put a curse on those that killed him.
Daniel Robitaille doesn’t appear to be a real person, though. There was a real-life Candy Man, though, but it was nothing like the legend. The real Candy Man was a pretty messed up father who gave his son a pixie stick filled with cyanide, killing the little boy. Pretty sure that’s worse than the legend, especially since it’s true.
House of Mirrors
Ok guys, this legend is pretty long so bear with me. It’s so creepy and worth a read!
The House or Mirrors legend is about the spirit of a little girl who was murdered by her own mother. Supposedly an Admiral in the Spanish navy lived with his wife and daughter, but he’d have to go away for lengths of time due to his job. He loved his daughter so much and thought she was the most beautiful little girl in the world. Whenever he would come back home after being away he would bring his daughter a mirror so she can admire her own beauty. The house quickly filled up with unique mirrors from all over. The mother hated the mirrors and was jealous of the daughter because she felt like her husband didn’t even love or notice her anymore. Whenever the wife would pass by a mirror, she was constantly reminded that she was getting older and wasn’t beautiful anymore.
The mother, extremely jealous and filled with hatred, gave her daughter a poisoned drink. She figured that with the little girl out of the picture her husband would notice her again and fall in love with her all over again. The girl died a pretty awful death, bleeding from her eyes and mouth before falling into a coma and then dying. When the father returned home, the wife told him the daughter fell ill with a disease and died. He was so incredibly devastated and spent days in his daughter’s room weeping for her.
One night when he was in her room he looked in one of her mirrors and saw his daughter being poisoned by the mother. He was furious and forced her to confess to the murder. He turned her in where she was eventually sentenced to life in prison. The poor father couldn’t stand to stay in the house so he moved away. The house still stands and is still covered with mirrors. If you go inside you’ll hear screams echoing throughout the building and you may even catch a glimpse of the daughter in one of the mirrors.
Such a creepy story, but this one is fiction for sure.
There are several variations of the legend of the Melon Heads but, this story takes place in Michigan (a friend of mine has even heard this story in Georgia too) and is about children with hydrocephalus who lived near the Felt Mansion in an insane asylum. These children endured terrible mental and physical abuse, causing them to slowly become feral mutants over time. Another twist to this legend states that these children lived in underground caverns and devised a plan to kill the doctor who tortured them. The children are said to have cut the doctor up into tiny pieces and then hid the pieces around the mansion. Legends also say if you visit the mansion you’ll see the ghosts of the children and the shadow of the doctor.
Another legend about Melon Heads is in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb, Kirtland. Local legend claims the melon heads were orphan children who were under the care of Dr. Crow. This sick and twisted doctor performed unusual experiments on the children which turned them into creatures with large heads and malformed bodies. The children already had hydrocephalus, but the doctor injected more fluid into their brains. This legend also says the children killed the doctor and escaped to live in the nearby woods, feeding on babies.
Connecticut has their own variations of the story, with residents all over the state (especially in western New Haven County and eastern Fairfield County). Many residents claim to have seen Melon Heads lurking in wooded areas, some people believing their unsightly appearance is a result of inbreeding.
Well, that’s it for now! Do you have any local urban legends you’d like me to write about? Be sure to let me know. I love urban legends, even when most of them are just fictional stories. They’re still very cool.