Results for - Spookiest Urban Legends from Every State (Part Seven)
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Taken from Reader's Digest. Whether you dismiss urban legends as children's lore or believe they're based on fact, these 50 tales will send a a shiver up your spine. Decide for yourself which of these urban legends from across the U.S. is most terrifying. Enjoy!
1. New Mexico: UFO Crash at Roswell - In 1947, something big, really, really big, crashed on a ranch northwest of Roswell. Members of the U.S military quickly came to retrieve the debris, which led some to believe that it was something they wanted to cover up... a UFO, perhaps? Adding to the mystery, Jesse Marcell, Jr., son of one of the military officers charged with clearing the site, later described the debris he saw his father bring home as being made of lead foil with "I"-beams. According to Roswell UFO Museum, "He recalled the writing on the 'I'-beams as 'Purple. Strange. Never saw anything like it ... different geometric shapes, leaves and circles.'" The U.S. government maintains it was a weather balloon that crashed. Are you familiar with this legend?
2. New York: The Legend of Cropsey - Staten Island's "Cropsey" has been a local legend for decades, and gained national attention when the documentary of the same name was released. The story goes that Cropsey had a hook for a hand and was a patient at the Willowbrook State School. He would come out late at night to hunt and chase local kids with his hook hand. In truth, a series of child murders did take place in that area of Staten Island in the 1970s and 1980s. Are you familiar with this legend?
3. North Carolina: The Beast of Bladenboro - Many regions in the United States have their own urban legends of a story about a mutant creature in the woods who kills viciously and indiscriminately. In North Carolina, it's the Beast of Bladenboro, described by locals as a panther-like, bloodthirsty killer lurking in the darkness. It is said to have attacked numerous dogs and even people. Are you familiar with this legend?
4. North Dakota: The Miniwashitu - Next time you're on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, keep an eye out for the Miniwashitu of North Dakota, a giant, red, hairy monster with sharp spikes along its back, a horn, and only one eye. If you look at it, blindness, insanity, and death are said to soon follow. So on second thought, don't keep an eye out for it! Are you familiar with this legend?
5. Ohio: Gore Orphanage - In the 1800s, there was a deadly fire at the aptly named Gore Orphanage in Lorain County. Tragically, every single orphan in the institution perished. Locals say if you visit the site where the orphanage stood, you can still see the ghosts of the dead children, hear them playing, or smell their burning flesh. Are you familiar with this legend?