Sometimes the scariest stories happen to be the ones closest to home: your local urban legends. Since it often turns out that a local myth is real, the scariest urban legends from people's hometowns pack just a little bit more of a punch. Furthermore, hometown myths only need one ominous-looking building or prison break to become local lore. Because of this, scary urban legends exist the world. Reddit users decided to share their scariest hometown legends, and the results range from the bizarre to the downright horrifying.
Careful Around That Bridge
From Redditor /u/thevuu:
Northern VA's Bunny Man Bridge. I've heard many different iterations of the story since I grew up here, but I'll tell you the most mythical and interesting one from my childhood.
There is a very long and narrow underpass that sits below an old railroad. The underpass can barely fit a sedan car mirror-to-mirror and being inside it invokes feelings of unease and claustrophobia.
Legend has it, sometime in the 1800s, that there was a prison transport bus that broke down near this bridge and had several inmates escape and only one, a serial killer, wasn't heard from for weeks. That is until a couple of pedestrians had noticed that rabbit bones littered the area around the underpass and upon entering the dark tunnel, they discovered skinned rabbits hanging from the arch of the underpass. Police, assuming that the prisoner was surviving off these rabbits, scouted the area for several weeks but he never came around.
After a year had gone by and the police had long given up the search and moved on, people had been reported missing. A couple who had heard of escapee went to check out the old news. To their misfortune, they found the missing people... hanging upside down, skinned and bled dry just like the rabbits. They shrieked in horror and behind the bodies, they saw at end of the tunnel stood a silhouette of a man with a bunny suit on with an axe in-hand. They sprinted away, with pitter patter of the 'silhouette' close behind them. They however, managed to escape and immediately reported this to the police who again, never could find him.
"To this day no trace of him has been found and if you walk the Bunny Man Bridge, you can hear him scurrying above you on the foliage that surrounds the railroad.Is this frightening?
The One Who Whistles
From Redditor /u/doombot813:
I grew up in the '80s and '90s in a small town in the desert. This older guy (must have been in his 60s at the time) rode his bike everywhere around town.
The legend of Whistling Benny was passed down from child to child. According to the legend, Whistling Benny's whole family was killed after a bomb was dropped on his house when he was a kid. It would have been after WWII and would have been from one of the nearby airbases.
Well, the accident drove him crazy, and if you ever whistled within earshot of him (a whistle that sounds similar to a falling bomb) he would chase you down and beat the sh*t out of you/kill you.
Scary shit for an eight year old.Is this frightening?
The Wares In The Woods
From Redditor /u/kingofthebins:
We have an entire town-wide lore surrounding this massive, creepy-ass forest called Rugar Woods on the edge of town. It's the most obviously haunted place on earth, full of abandoned factories, warehouses, weirdly placed infrastructure.
One of the most peculiar things about it is that there are random items everywhere: TVs, bicycles, clothes, even cars and tractors, just laying about in the forest. It honestly feels like loot in a video game.
It's said that if you want something, you will find it in Rugar Woods - provided that you are willing to look for it. As far as I can tell, the conjecture is true. Whenever I've looked for something practical in Rugar Woods, I've found it. There was one time I needed a new computer monitor, so I went hunting in Rugar Woods and had one within the next hour. Another time, I needed a space heater. Found it by nightfall in the woods.
I've heard of other people finding way more crazy sh*t, like functioning refrigerators and decently nice furniture. It wouldn't even be notable if the items were on the edge of the woods, because then we could assume that they were just dumped. But the fact that they are found deep within the woods at random locations makes it seem like something supernatural is at work.Is this frightening?
What's Going On On Clinton Road
From Redditor /u/jackp0t789:
Clinton Road in New Jersey is allegedly haunted by numerous entities, has cult and KKK meetings all over the place, aliens, and escaped zoo animals. In reality, it's just a long winding desolate road that goes from Rt. 23 to a really rich community by Upper Greenwood Lake.
What makes that one interesting is just how guarded it is. Not by the local police, but by the Newark Watershed Police, which is strange because it's a good 40 minutes away from the city of Newark. There is some really good hiking in the area too, but you run the risk of getting a hefty fine for being parked there or even found in the woods. That's what makes it seem a little off to me, how so many people that I know were deep in the woods hiking, camping, atv/ mt biking and they were stopped in the middle of the woods by Newark Watershed police...
It's just strange that an area so desolate is patrolled so thoroughly by Watershed police from a city miles away. That and the sheer size of the area around it. Seriously, Google Earth that sh*t, it's one of the biggest stretches of unspoiled wilderness in Northern New Jersey, it's easy to see how so many people can think that something is being hidden out there by some clandestine organization.Is this frightening?