5 Urban Legends from 5 U.S. States
The United States consists of 50 states that each have their own unique histories. While the US culture may not necessarily be the strangest or most unique, they certainly have their fair share of creepy stories to tell. Urban legends are are basically stories of relatively modern origin that are usually passed around in towns and cities by word of mouth or other forms of communication. Today, we will look at the 5 urban legends from 5 U.S. states that will give you goosebumps even on the hottest summer night.
5. The Char-Man — California
The Camp Comfort County Park in California is a beautiful and green nature park with lots of trees, making it a famous site for campers and hikers. However, come nighttime, this lush nature zone turns into one of the most feared locations in the area. Why, you ask? Simple. It’s the home of the ‘Char-man’. No, we are not talking about the fire breathing Pokemon.
The Char-man is said to be a violent spirit that suddenly appears out of the forest and attacks hikers for no reason. The spirit was described to look like a person, except their whole body is burnt so much that its skin already turned black.
The origin of the Char man varies. Some people say that once, there was a father and child who was stuck in the middle of a forest fire. When rescuers arrived, they found the dead body of the father with its skin ripped off. Then, they saw the child running away, wearing his father’s charred skin like a costume.
Another version says that instead of a father and child, there was a husband and wife stuck in the middle of the fire. Seeing his wife get burned turned the husband mad that he decided to wear the skin of his wife.
4. Sleepy Hollow Road — Kentucky
As if the name wasn’t creepy enough, the Sleepy Hollow Road in Kentucky is said be haunted by disembodied cries from a ghostly baby as well as a black, driverless hearse that follows drivers unfortunate enough to drive alone.
The Sleepy Hollow Road is a long, winding highway lined with a thick forest of high trees on each side. This road is known to be menacingly dark, especially on moonless nights.
The infamous black hearse always appears to be witnessed by lone drivers. According to them, the hearse first makes its presence felt by appearing as two bright headlights in the distance. As the hearse approaches, drivers would often strain their eyes to see who is driving, only to find the driver’s seat empty.
3. The Bushmen — Alaska
Alaska’s own version of Bigfoot — the Bushmen — was said to have coexisted with the Alaskan Inuits (natives). This harmonious existence would have continued if only one of the Inuits didn’t kill one of the Bushmen after it allegedly destroyed his boat.
Enraged, the Bushmen were said to have moved farther into the Alaskan forests where they are can sometimes be seen wandering today.
2. The Jersey Devil — New Jersey
Those living in and around New Jersey, USA, know well enough what the Jersey Devil is. Lots of people claim to have seen this cryptid either walking around on its thin hind legs or flying from treetop to treetop. This creature, who has the body of a kangaroo, the face of a goat, a demonic tail, leathery bat-like wings, and sharp claws, was said to have been the thirteenth child of a Native American woman.
Sightings date as far back as 1820s. In fact, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Joseph Bonaparte, was said to have witnessed the Jersey Devil. People also blamed the unexplained death of their cattle to this creature.
1. The Rake — New York
Probably the newest urban legend creature in this list is called ‘The Rake’. Not to be mistaken for the gardening, tool, The Rake is a humanoid hairless creature known to enter the homes of people in New York and nearby areas.
Reports of people seeing the creature inside their house claimed to have felt extreme levels of fear (unsurprisingly), discomfort, and vulnerability. Some people believed that a media blackout was executed (probably by the US government) to prevent mass hysteria.
There you have it! The next time you visit the US, make sure to mind your surroundings because you never know when you might just have a first-hand experience with these urban legends.