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.
The Pooping Tom
From Redditor /u/ratchnad:
Everyone jokes about the "man in the outhouse." Whenever you'd use those sketchy wooden outhouses at campgrounds or whatever, people would joke about being quick in there so he doesn't grab you. I was pretty young when I first heard of it and thought it was just a joke.
Turns out it was based on a real man who got caught creeping in the pit of outhouses at a busy local campground. He'd sit in the muck for hours, masturbating, watching as women did their business on him. He got arrested when a woman shone a light down there and saw a guy staring up at her.
Pretty f*cked up.Is this frightening?
Terrifying Tuxedo Junction
From Redditor /u/theklustykrab:
There's a road in my town that passes a reservoir and police are never on it. Naturally teens, and adults speed on this road all the time. Sometimes late at night an older man walks on the side of the road wearing a teal blue tuxedo... No one knows where he is from or what he does or why he is out there wearing a tux.
Several people told me about this guy, and I didn't believe them. Many years later my family moved to a house on this road, so there were many times I drove along it at night. One night, at around 2 am, I was driving home from a concert, and I saw someone pop out in the middle of the road. I slammed on my breaks and almost hit the guy. It was the old man wearing the blue tux. He just stood there motionless, staring at me. I swore to God he was gonna murder me but he just kept standing there and wouldn't move. Eventually I backed up and went around him and thought it was just a dream.
Over the next couple months I saw this guy on the road at night on several occasions. Still don't know what his story is but him staring at me that one time still haunts me.Is this frightening?
Bad News If You're A Man In Manchester
From Redditor /u/MadAL96:
I'm from Manchester, UK, and there's the growing belief we have a serial killer, nicknamed quite poorly "The Pusher." An alarming amount of young men have gone missing after nights out, gigs, events, etc. Their bodies end up being found in various canals and waterways, and people believe they were being attacked and pushed in. Now these deaths could easily be explained as accidental and/or unrelated, which is why it's just an urban legend, but in some of the cases it gets quite creepy. In one case CCTV captured the victim walking with an unidentified man shortly before going missing, while another victim was heard screaming and shouting in his last phone call. Both of these cases were ruled as accidental, and as with many the cause of death was unknown, even the parents suspect foul play. Recently a man was pushed in while riding his bike home from work, and as he tried to climb out he was repeatedly forced under by the assailant who eventually fled. As Manchester is quite a big place, it's possible for these cases to be isolated incidences, but it also means a crime like this would be rather easy to get away with repeatedly.Is this frightening?
The Legend Of Big Liz
From Redditor /u/BCA1:
Go out into the marsh at night in Dorchester County, MD, and flash your lights three times. A large decapitated woman may appear out of the water.
The story is this: sometime during the Civil War, a wealthy plantation owner was at risk of losing his fortune. He took one of his slaves, Big Liz, out into the swamp to bury his gold. Once the hole had been dug, he hit her in the back of the head with a shovel, decapitated her, and buried her on top of the chest.Is this frightening?