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Creepy Stories And Legends About The Florida Everglades

Updated February 24, 2021 27.8k votes 5.9k voters 252.5k views13 items

List RulesVote up the creepiest, eeriest, most swampy-strange stories and legends about the Florida Everglades.

To many, the Florida Everglades are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of nature, but behind the luscious green landscape lurks a dark, twisted history. Some seriously scary stories and legends come from the Everglades. As it turns out, alligators aren't all you have to worry about in the Florida wilderness.

These Everglades urban legends range from mysterious disappearances to creepy clowns to horrifying alligator-human hybrids. There's no limit to what can be found deep within the swamps, and this list highlights the absolute scariest and weirdest stories about the Everglades. Vote up the creepy Florida Everglades stories that will give you the scariest nightmares. Is it the clown one? It's probably the clown one.
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    The Everglades Ghost Boy With The Evil Red Eyes

    Photo: RATHERBAKEWELL / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    While canoeing with his family in the Everglades, a young man looked into the water and saw a ghostly figure floating below him. It looked like the ghost of a young boy, and his dark red eyes and evil glare scared him. Suddenly, the wind started to pick up and it caused his cousin to accidentally fall overboard. He knew something bad was going to happen, so he rushed to his cousin's aid to get him out of the water as fast as he could.

    When they got back to land, the cousin started complaining about her back hurting. She took off her shirt and the family was shocked to see her entire back was horribly bruised. Later, the young man went back to that area and tried to find out more about what he saw. He found out that years prior, a young boy drowned trying to win a bet and now his spirit haunts the area. Perhaps his cousin's bruises were caused by the ghost, trying to pull her under and condemn her to the same fate.
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    A Cornerstone Of The Bermuda Triangle

    Photo: Lt. Comdr. Horace Bristol, U.S. Navy photo 80-G-427475 / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Mysterious plane disappearances around the Everglades have helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. One of the most infamous plane disappearances of all time happened in 1945, when a training patrol of five Grumman Avenger aircraft just vanished. Nobody knows what happened to them and no scrap of wreckage has ever been found. It's no wonder why the squadron has been labeled "The Lost Patrol." To add to the strangeness, the Navy seaplane that was sent to try to rescue them also disappeared without a trace. The mysterious disappearances of the planes and the boat would go on to be one of the major reasons why the Bermuda Triangle is so feared. 
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    People Just Vanish Off The Face Of The Earth

    Photo: Charles Barron/State Library and Archives of Florida / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Scarier than the people who are found floating face-down in the swamp are the people who just vanish without a trace. In 1998, Wendy Hudakoc snuck out of her bedroom window to go to a party and promptly disappeared forever without any solid evidence or leads. In 2009, seven-year-old Adji Desir went missing while playing in the front yard of his grandmother's house. Amy Billig was last seen hitchhiking down a stretch of road in 1974 and was never seen again, leading her mother on an extensive search to find her with tragic results.  

    Those are just a few examples of the hundreds of missing persons cases from the Everglades. Where are all the people who went missing? Were they kidnapped? Are their bodies just decomposing in the Everglades, waiting to be discovered by some unfortunate tourist? Perhaps we will never know. 
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    Edgar Watson Brings Mystery And Death To Chokoloskee Island

    Photo: Palmtreeshadows / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    In the 1880s, Edgar Watson moved to Chokoloskee Island in the Everglades and quickly got to work building a sugar cane empire. He was an eccentric individual, and soon rumors began to spread that he moved to the island after killing several people, but there wasn't any evidence to back that up. 

    The townsfolk realized how dangerous he was after one drunken fight lead Watson to slash a man's throat. The man barely survived, but strangely, no charges were pressed and Watson never stood trial for attempted murder. Many people believed Watson's wealth helped keep him out of jail. 

    His reputation got even worse when laborers on his property started to disappear. People assumed Watson was killing them at the end of the season and dumping them in the Everglades so he didn't have to pay them. The rumors were so strong, that those who vanished at the end of the season were said to have gotten a "Watson Payday."

    Eventually, the town had had enough, so they gathered up a posse and confronted Watson over his crimes.  Watson denied everything, but accounts say he raised his gun and tried to fire it, but the bullets were waterlogged and nothing happened. It caused the posse to open fire on Watson, riddling his body with bullets and killing someone who might have been a mass murderer. 
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