Out of all the weird, unexplained phenomena in US history, no incident is as well-known as the Roswell, NM crash of 1947. Even though the government insists that it was just a surveillance balloon that crashed in the New Mexico desert, it still hasn't deterred people from believing that it was an alien spaceship that careened into the ground. What many people don't know is that Roswell has a rich history of ghostly happenstances and occurrences that don't get as much attention as the infamous 1947 incident.
Some of the legends about Roswell are wild. Did you know there's possibly a giant snake big enough to swallow an entire person just waiting to be discovered? Or that the ghosts of the aliens that were involved with the Roswell crash are said to haunt the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center? The list below contains some of the best Roswell urban legends, so sit back and relax as you enjoy the scariest Roswell creepy stories around.
The Second Roswell UFO Crash
There is speculation that a second spaceship appeared just a few days after the Roswell UFO incident in 1947. According to the story, after the first aircraft crashed (or was shot down, depending on who you ask), a second UFO showed up, probably to scavenge the crash site for parts and look for survivors. But like the first ship, the second one was also shot down and destroyed.
New Mexico Rehabilitation Center
Out of all the haunted places in Roswell, the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center might be the most densely populated. It is said that numerous ghosts haunt the vicinity, including one the workers (somewhat) fondly call Old Scratch. There are also reports of doors slamming and footsteps coming from a second-floor ward that's no longer in use.
The New Mexico Rehabilitation Facility sits on the old Walker Air Force Base, where the aliens were supposedly taken after the 1947 crash. The ward where much of the strange activity comes from was allegedly where they performed autopsies on the aliens - so it's no wonder that some staff members have reported seeing ghosts that don't look human around the facility.
The New Mexico Military Institute Haunted Clock Tower
At the New Mexico Military Institute, they do not use the letter "J" to label any of its troops because they believe the letter is cursed. In the early 1800s, Juliet troop was tasked to go out and defend the school from Native Americans. After a massive battle, the entire troop was wiped out and a giant clock tower was built in their honor. It is said that on certain days, you can look up at the tower and see the faces of the soldiers who lost their lives looking back at you.
Local Psychic Warns of Disaster
Legend has it that in 1936, a local psychic woman loudly proclaimed that the town was in grave danger. She said disaster was coming and the ground was soon going to open up and swallow the town in one big gulp. The woman was so passionate she convinced a large amount of people to leave town for a few days. Soon, a large flood hit Roswell and left many wondering if this was the event that the psychic woman foresaw.
The Phantom of Pueblo Auditorium
Deep within the heart of Roswell lies the Pueblo Auditorium, a former high school that eventually became part of the Independent School District. According to legend, there's a room on the top floor that's used as storage for unused musical instruments. Nobody goes near it at night, mostly because they're afraid they'll hear a creepy violin version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
According to one person, he was wandering around the halls very early in the morning when he suddenly heard crazy piano music coming from the auditorium. He didn't know how someone could have gotten in the building so early, or why they would have been playing that music.
Bottomless Lakes Offer Bottomless Horrors
Bottomless Lakes State Park in Roswell is home to some super creepy legends. According to Roswell USA, Some of the strangest include the sighting of a half-man/half-octopus hybrid that likes to peek its head out of the water from time to time, as well as a giant jellyfish-like creature that forcefully dragged itself out of the lake and onto dry land. The lakes are prime spots for young teenagers to go make out, so of course scary stories of hook-handed men and weird, giant cyclops are plentiful.
Of course, one of the most enduring legends is the lake has unknown magical powers. Some people believe the lakes truly are bottomless, as people believe that when you drop something in the lake, it somehow gets transported to a faraway underground cavern. So if you're looking for a lake to visit, maybe chose another one.
Fuller Plumbing Supply Suicide
In Roswell, there's a small shop called Fuller Plumbing Supply, and its history is already creepy enough. The building was constructed at the height of Cold War paranoia, so it came with its very own bomb shelter. To get to the basement, you have to use an old freight elevator that sounds like a chainsaw trying to mate with a blender, but the real creepiness comes from the ghost that supposedly haunts the premises. An employee by the name of Mack Oody worked at the shop but ended up committing suicide. It is said his ghost roams about, pulling odd pranks that keep the employees on their toes.
Chaves County Courthouse
If you''re ever passing through Roswell, it might be best to avoid the Chaves County Courthouse. Multiple reports have surfaced regarding a supernatural phenomenon around the building. They say that if you listen, you can hear the ghostly cries of long-deceased phantom children echoing through the halls. A supposed hot spot is the basement, where the crying is the loudest.