Results for - Spookiest Urban Legends from Every State (Part Nine)
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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. South Dakota: Walking Sam - Walking Sam of South Dakota is a bit like the notorious figure from the Slenderman video games: An unnaturally tall, skinny, and creepy character. Those who cross his path are induced to commit suicide and his favorite prey is young teens. Are you familiar with this legend?
2. Tennessee: Skinned Tom - As the story goes, in the 1920s, a young man named Tom once took his lady friend to the local Lover's Lane. He didn't know it, but the woman he was so enamored with, was, in fact, married. Her husband found the two canoodling in their car, murdered the wife, and then skinned Tom alive. People say Tom still hangs around Lover's Lane, ready to kill those who dare commit adultery. Are you familiar with this legend?
3. Texas: The Lechuza - In South Texas, after you've had a beer or two, you'll need to be on the look out for the lechuza. Depending on the version being told, this incredibly large owl is either a brouha's (witch) or a familiar woman by day, bird by night. Her child was killed by a drunk, so she is on the prowl, looking to take revenge on bar patrons stumbling out on the street after closing time. Are you familiar with this legend?
4. Utah: The Curse of the Escelante Petrified Forest - Visitors to Escelante Petrified Forest in the Black Hills of Utah are cautioned to leave what they find behind. Legend has it that anyone who takes so much as a rock or a piece of wood will suffer intense misfortunes. Car accidents, broken bones, and even job loss are said to have befallen those who dared to ignore the warning. Are you familiar with this legend?
5. Vermont: The Brattleboro Retreat Tower - Built as part of an insane asylum in the late 1800s, the Brattleboro Retreat tower was soon closed off after a number of patients supposedly committed suicide by flinging themselves from the top. The tower remains standing today and people say that if you dare visit it, you will see ghosts plunging to their deaths over and over again, like an old tape replaying itself. Are you familiar with this legend?