Halloween Legends or Myths – WIF Quiz

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Halloween Urban Legends

(Can You Tell Which Ones Are Real?)

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Halloween is a time that is filled with myth and lore and there are some creepy legends surrounding the spookiest day of the year. In this list, there are some entries that are fictional stories, while others really happened. Can you figure out which ones are true and which ones are merely urban legends?

10. The Ghost Who Solved Her Own Murder

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In the winter of 1896, Elva Zona Heaster married blacksmith Erasmus Shue, in Greenbrier, West Virginia. Rumors swirled around Shue, such as he was married twice before and both of his wives had died, perhaps not of natural causes.

A short time after getting married, mysterious bruises started appearing on Heaster, but she claimed it was her own fault. However, it was obvious that Heaster was a victim of spousal abuse. Then three months after the wedding, Heaster became mysteriously ill and no one was really sure what was wrong with her. Because she was sick, she was unable to do things around the house so Shue hired a young boy to do the chores.

Shue told the boy that if no one answered the door, he should just go inside the house. When he did, he found Heaster on the floor. He ran to get Shue, who summoned the physician. When the doctor arrived, he found Shue had put a shirt with a high collar on his wife and wrapped his arms around her neck and wept. The doctor was unable to get the body away from him, but he was able to confirm that Heaster was dead because there was no pulse on her wrist. The doctor initially cited the cause of death as heart failure.

At her funeral, her husband dressed her in a scarf, saying she was very fond of them, but no one remembered Heaster ever wearing one.

Heaster’s mother was suspicious of the death, but she had nothing to back it up. That was until she washed the sheets that her daughter’s body had been wrapped in and they turned pink. Later, she was visited by the ghost of her daughter, who stood in the corner of her bedroom wearing the same dress that she was buried in.The ghost said that she had been strangled to death by her husband after an argument because she hadn’t cooked meat for dinner.

Heaster’s mother went to the prosecutor and told him about the ghostly apparition, and amazingly, he believed her. The body was exhumed and Heaster’s death was ruled a homicide; she had been strangled to death. When Shue went to trial for murder, Heaster’s mother took the stand and the defense tried to make her look crazy for her story about the ghostly visitation, but she stuck to her story and the jurors liked her honesty. Shue was sentenced to life in prison.

9. The Candyman

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On Halloween night 1974, in Houston, Texas, eight-year-old Timothy O’Bryan was out trick-or-treating with his sister, his father Ronald, and another family. When the group got to a house, Ronald would walk up to the house with the children, while the other father stayed on the sidewalk. When they came to one house where no one answered the door, the kids ran to the next home. Less than a minute later, Ronald caught up with them with five pixie sticks. He said that the person came to the door just a few seconds after the children ran off.

A short time later, it started to rain and everyone went home. An hour after returning home, Ronald called 9-1-1 because there was something wrong with his son Timothy. He was taken to the hospital and he was pronounced dead. It turns out that he had ingested cyanide, and it looked like it was from the candy he ate.

After the police investigated the death, they concluded that Ronald was actually the one who put the cyanide in the Pixy Stix. Ronald, who had a history of insurance fraud, had taken out a $20,000 life insurance policy on both of his children. He poisoned the Pixy Stix to kill both his children for the money, and then, he wanted to poison other children to hide his crimes. He was arrested, convicted, and executed for the murder of his son in March 1984.

8. The Outlaw Who Wouldn’t Give Up

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In 1976, a television crew arrived at the Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California, to shoot an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. They were shooting in a funhouse, and when the crew moved a prop of a hanging dead body, the arm fell off. When they looked at the arm, they saw it had a human bone in it.

It turns out that the body was real and his name was Elmer McCurdy. In 1911, he was killed in Oklahoma during a shootout after he robbed a train of $46 and twojugs of whiskey. He was embalmed and the funeral director thought he looked good in death, so he set the dead body up in a chair in the back of his parlor. He then charged people a nickel to see McCurdy, who was labeled “The Outlaw Who Wouldn’t Give Up.” People would put the nickel in McCurdy’s mouth and the director would get them afterwards.

In 1915, two men who said they were McCurdy’s brother showed up to claim the body. However, it turned out that they were carnival that wanted to buy the body earlier, but the director had turned down their offer.

McCurdy’s body travelled with the carnival for a while and then he was passed around for several decades. He was featured at amusement parks, a wax museum, and in a few low-budget films before ending up in the funhouse. When the crew ofThe Six Million Dollar Man found the body, it had been hanging there for four years.

7. The Masked Killer

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It was Halloween 1962, and the small town of Ketchum, Idaho, was throwing their annual Halloween masquerade at the town’s community center. The party was more popular than ever this year, with over 200 people attended.

Around 10:00 p.m. the picture above was taken by one of the guests at the dance. Shortly after the picture was taken, the man in the black mask grabbed a knife from the community center’s kitchen and began stabbing people at random. This caused a panic and people fled. When the police arrived, no one was inside the hall, except the people who had been stabbed. They also found the mask that the man was wearing. Police said that the killer removed his mask to blend in with the crowd and he got away.

In total, seven people were killed and the masked man was never identified. The murder has haunted the town of Ketchum, because, to this day, they do not know if the murderer was a stranger, or one of their neighbors.

6. The Crying Baby

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In 1998, it was getting close to 11:00 p.m. on Halloween night in Gainesville, Florida, and a woman, who lived alone and who was only identified as Rachel, was starting to get ready for bed. Suddenly, there was a loud knock at the door and it made her jump. As she neared the front door, she could hear a baby crying. She looked through her peephole, but there was no one outside. She also couldn’t hear the baby anymore.

Thinking that this was all too weird and worried for the safety of the baby, Rachel called 9-1-1, and explained that there was a knock at the door, and then the sound of a baby crying. The dispatcher told her to stay in the house with the doors locked and he was sending the police.

Within minutes, two squad cars arrived and the area was canvassed. The police couldn’t find a baby, but there was evidence of someone hiding in the bushes outside of Rachel’s house. Also, two neighbors also said that they heard a crying baby.

The police believe that it was all a trick to lure Rachel out of the house so she could be kidnapped. They also believe that the person who did it used the trick on two other women and sadly, both of those women were murdered.

To this day, the identity of the Babysitter, as he was dubbed in the media, remains a mystery.

5. The Halloween Decoration

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In October 2015, in the town of Chillicothe, Ohio, people in one neighborhood noticed a grotesque Halloween decoration hanging from a chain link fence. It looked like the body of a dead woman, but the face was unrecognizable because it was all bloody. Everyone thought it was a sick joke, but no one actually went near it until about 8:30 a.m. on the following day. A construction crew went to move the prop and they discovered that was a real body.

The police were called, and the body was identified as Rebecca Cade, 31. On the day she was killed, Cade had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend, Donnie Cochenour Jr., 27. She tried to run away, but she fell into the fence and Cochenour hit her with a rock. He then proceeded to beat her to death, disfiguring her face enough to make it look like a Halloween prop. Cochenour was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.

4. The Physic and the Sorority Murder

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In the late 1980s, Daytime talk shows would often have psychics on the show. Most of them were pretty forgettable. However, one appearance on The Geraldo Show in October 1989 stands out among the rest. Jeanne Dixon, a well-known psychic, said that on Halloween night, there would be a murder on, or near a college campus, somewhere in America.

Well, that prediction turned out to be true. On Halloween Night, someone broke into the Chi Omega sorority at Louisiana State University. Only three girls were home because the rest of the sisters were at a party. Sadly, Susan Prescott, Cheryl Milne, and Rebecca Dion, all 20, were murdered. They had all been stabbed to death. After killing the girl, the killer simply walked off into the night and no one knows his, or her, identity.

The only clue to who killed the three girls is that a witness saw a man wearing a Bo-Peep costume that was covered in blood. However, since it was Halloween, it’s unclear if the man was the killer or if it was just someone with a strange Halloween costume.

As for the psychic, critics think it was just a lucky guess while believers point to this as proof that some people do have psychic abilities.

3. The Spared Roommate

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Sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., on Halloween 2004, a woman named Lauren living in Napa, California, saw her security light turn on and heard her dog bark. She just assumed that it was the cat that belonged to her roommate Adriane Insogna and went back to sleep. A short time later, Lauren heard someone come into the house. Lauren assumed it was her other roommate’s, Leslie Mazzara, boyfriend, and she again fell back asleep.

A blood curdling scream awoke Lauren next. It came from upstairs, where both of her roommates slept. Lauren stepped out of the bedroom and was suddenly frozen with fear. That’s when a man came barreling down the stairs. Lauren ran out the backdoor, but the problem was that the backyard was surrounded by a 6 foot fence and there wasn’t any way to get out, so she hid until everything went quiet.

Lauren didn’t know if the intruder was in the house or not, but she ventured back in. She tried to use the phone, but found that the line had been cut. She then ventured upstairs and in one of the bedrooms, it looked like a scene straight out of a horror movie. Both bedrooms were covered in blood, and Mazzara was dead, while Insogna was slowly bleeding to death. Lauren called 9-1-1, but sadly, it was too late for Insogna and she died at the hospital.

Eleven months later, the husband of one of Insogna’s friends, Eric Copple, confessed to the murder. He says that he was drunk when he broke into the house and went into Insogna’s room. He fell asleep on a pile of clothes, and when she woke up she screamed. So he attacked her with his knife. He then went down the hallway and stabbed Mazzara to death. As for why he didn’t kill Lauren, Copple just said that she was lucky.

2. The Cannibal in the Haunted House

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In October 2015, visitors at the Fright Night Haunted Dreams attraction in Austin, Texas, got a little more than they were expecting for their $15 admission. A few visitors to the attraction, which is a maze filled with terrifying scenes, came across a scene of a man with face tattoos eating a screaming teenage boy in a bloody bathtub. As they got closer, they realized that it wasn’t some skit and the man was eating the teen. They called 9-1-1 as they ran back to the entrance.

When the police arrived on the scene, they had to taze the man. However, it was too late for the victim; 17-year-old Tanner McMillan was pronounced dead at the scene. The cannibal, 27-year-old Phillip Harris, was taken into custody and PCP was found in his blood stream. He was sentenced to life in prison in July 2016.

1. The Trick-or-Treat Murder

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It was Halloween night, 1973, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Arlene Penn had just finished work. After work, she was supposed to go with her boyfriend, Gerald Turner, to her mother’s house for dinner. However, when Penn got home, Turner said he wasn’t feeling well and that she should go to her mother’s without him. Penn drove over and when she got there, she realized that her mother wouldn’t be home for another hour, so she returned to her home where she snuggled and watched TV with Turner and then left again for dinner.

Nine months later, Penn was shocked when Turner was arrested for the murder of nine-year-old Lisa French. On Halloween night, while Penn was still at work, Lisa left her home dressed as a hobo. She knocked on Turner’s door, but instead of giving her candy, Turner somehow lured Lisa into the bedroom he shared with Penn. Once there, he assaulted Lisa before strangling her to death. Her body was found dumped along a roadside three days later.

That means, Turner killed Lisa either before Penn got home from work, or he killed Lisa when she drove over to her mother’s house. When she returned home to await her mother, Lisa’s body would have been in the bedroom on the floor above. Also that night, Penn slept in the same bed where the little girl had died just hours before beside the man who had killed her.

Turner was arrested and given a life sentence

Which ones are true?

10. The Ghost Who Solved Her Own Murder

9. The Candyman

8. The Outlaw Who Wouldn’t Give Up

5. The Halloween Decoration

3. The Spared Roommate

1. The Trick-or-Treat Murder


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Obscure Urban Legends – WIF Mysteries

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10 Obscure Urban Legends

Urban legends have scared and fascinated people all over the world. Some are well known, like the killer with a hook for a hand and the “humans can lick too” freak. But there are many more being told around the campfire that you’ve probably never heard of. These 10 tales are the products of overactive imaginations, or so we hope…


10. Boy Scout Lane

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Boy Scout Lane in Wisconsin was named after an alleged tragic event that took place many years ago. According to the local story, a group of eager Boy Scouts set off on a camping trip in a forest, but were never seen or heard from again. The most popular legend is that the bus driver that drove the boys to their camping site went mad and killed the children. Another version says that the leader of the Boy Scouts lost his mind and murdered his friends in the forest. Others say that one of the boys dropped his lantern, causing a fire in which they all died, while yet another version sees two of the Scouts escaping from the horrors that befell them only to get lost trying to find their way out of the forest and starving.

One thing that doesn’t change is the fact that the boys never came home and their bodies have never been discovered. People who have been to Boy Scout Lane have reportedly heard footsteps and rustling of leaves as though someone was shuffling through them. Others fled the street after feeling several eyes “burning into” them. Some have even stated that they saw flickering lights inside the forest. The belief is that the boys’ spirits are trapped in the woods, eternally doomed to look for a way out but never succeed.

9. Skinned Tom

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According to this popular Tennessee legend, there once lived a man named Tom who was handsome and popular. After many flings with the ladies he eventually met a special girl in the neighboring town. Not knowing she was married, Tom started dating her.

At some point the girl’s husband realized his doting wife was cheating on him.Enraged, he formulated a plan of revenge. He calmly told his wife that he had to go on a business trip and would be away for the entire weekend. He then skulked into the woods close to their home and waited. It wasn’t long before Tom showed up to take the girl out.

The husband followed and watched from a distance as Tom and his wife made out in his car. When he couldn’t take it anymore he stabbed his wife  in the stomach and dragged Tom out of the vehicle. Tom pleaded for his life, screaming that he didn’t know the girl was married. The husband didn’t want to hear it and proceeded to skin Tom. Leaving both Tom and his unfaithful wife for dead, the husband drove back to town and gave himself over to the police. Officers rushed to the scene to find the girl alive and Tom missing.

It’s said that Skinned Tom still hangs around Lovers’ Lane, appearing to couples who park there. He’s described as a skeleton dripping with blood and dressed in 1920s clothing. He carries the knife used on him, just waiting to dish out a lesson about adultery.

8. Pigman Road

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Holland Road in Angola, New York is an ordinary road that’s the backdrop for two scary urban legends. Jesse Hell and his best friend Paco decided to take a drive down this road after hearing about a tragic train accident from December 1867. As a passenger train neared a bridge a rear axle somehow became loose, causing the attached car to break free and roll down an embankment. Only one person died initially, but two coal stoves on board broke open. They set fire to the train car and fifty passengers burned to death.

Hell and his friend saw a train traveling over an old bridge. Before their eyes the train came to an improbably sudden halt. Eager to take a picture Hell turned his vehicle around, only to see the train speeding away. Hell believes that the ghosts of those who perished on the road are now haunting the place, and if that wasn’t enough there’s also a legend about a killer who lived on the road. The man wore a pig mask, creating the nickname Pigman Road.

Pigman allegedly lived there about sixty years ago. Possibly a butcher, Pigman would chop off pig’s heads and place them on stakes around his home. He placed three pig heads right by his door to make sure everyone stayed away. Three young boys were not deterred, and decided to pay Pigman a visit and see what he was up to. You know, for fun. The night of course ended with three human heads on stakes, and Pigman was never seen from again.

Mike Saad from Lancaster decided he just had to go visit the scary site. He took a female friend with him and puffed up his chest as they approached the bridge. He became less confident when he saw “Pigman raped me here” spray painted across it. Determined to not chicken out, they got out of the car. But when the sounds of squealing pigs echoed though the darkness they jumped back in the car and fled, never to return to Pigman Road.

7. Teke Teke

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A shy girl became the target of mean pranks at a Japanese school. People thought it was hilarious to scare the girl and see her almost jump out of her skin. But one day their pranks went too far. She was waiting for a train when a kid put a cicada on her shoulder. She became so terrified that she lost her footing and fell onto the rail track, where she was cut in half by the incoming train.

Now tales are told of the girl’s spirit hanging around Japanese train stations, just waiting to take revenge. She moves her half-body forward by pushing on her elbows and cuts her victims in half with a scythe. The name Teke Teke comes from the noise her dragging body makes on the ground.

This legend also includes the story of a boy that encountered Teke Teke at his school. The boy wondered why a beautiful girl was just standing in the window, especially since she was inside a boys-only building. Then the girl heaved herself out of the window, revealing that she had no legs. The boy froze in fear and became her latest victim.

A different version states that a young girl named Kashimo Reiko also lost her lower limbs when a train hit her. Reiko appears to unwitting victims in toilet stalls and asks them where her legs are. If they can’t answer or give the wrong answer, she rips their legs off.

6. The Crying Boy Painting

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A strange article appeared in The Sun, an English newspaper, in 1985. The article detailed the story of Ron and May Hall’s burnt-down home. The couple told the paper that they believed a cursed painting in their house was to blame. They had been living in the house for twenty-seven years when the fire started in their kitchen and quickly spread. The room where the painting hung was badly damaged, yet the painting was untouched. A firefighter at the time claimed to have been called out to numerous emergencies in homes where he saw the same painting. In all of these cases the painting was undamaged. The article also claimed that more than fifty thousand of these “Crying Boy” paintings had been sold in Britain alone and were hanging in living rooms across the country.

Later that year The Sun ran another article on the painting, claiming that many readers had fallen victim to the curse. One reader claimed that her house was destroyed by fire just six months after she purchased a copy of the painting. All her other paintings were destroyed, but the cursed painting was as good as new. Another reader tried to burn her print, but it wouldn’t catch fire. Both are convinced the paintings are cursed. There were even reports of an Italian restaurant that burned to the ground, leaving behind only an unscathed Crying Boy painting.

This urban legend is still making the rounds, and some attribute the painting to painter Giovanni Bragolin. Supposedly he went on television and admitted to making a deal with the devil to sell his painting. Apparently he has now seen the error of his ways and is trying to convince people to throw their copies away.

5. Woman in Grey

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This urban legend is thought to have started in one of the mid-western states. Two young men were working in a small shop and were quite bored. They looked up when someone entered, glad to have something to do. A small woman in a grey dress walked towards the dairy products without acknowledging them. She took a bottle of milk  and walked straight out of the store. The surprised workers rushed after her, but she was nowhere to be found.

The woman soon came to the store again. The men watched as she once again took a bottle of milk and left without paying. Again they tried to follow her, but couldn’t find her. When it happened again in a couple of weeks the men were ready and managed to follow her through the main street of the little town. She walked so fast they had to run to keep up. However, as soon as she turned onto a dirt road, they lost her. The pair walked a little further and came across a cemetery they’d never seen before.

They heard a noise and realized it was coming from an infant. They followed the sound to a gravestone that indicated a mother and child were buried together. They found shovels, dug up the coffin and hesitantly opened the lid. Inside was the corpse of the woman in grey, and in her arms was a crying baby. Alongside them were three empty milk bottles.

4. The Witch of Hex River

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On a farm in South Africa in 1768 a beautiful girl and her family lived in the shadow of the Hex River Mountains.  The young Eliza Meiring had no shortage of suitors and, in what was either arrogance or an attempt to scare them off, Eliza asked each of  her admirers to bring her an orchid from the highest peak of the mountains.

Unfortunately for Eliza, the one man she really took a liking to set out to bring her the orchid in the hopes that it would secure her hand. The unlucky young man slipped and fell from the mountain and was killed. The news drove Eliza insane and she had to be locked away inside the house. One evening she managed to get a window open, but slipped in her struggle to climb down the side of the house and also fell to her death.

It’s said that Eliza’s spirit wanders the peaks of the mountains, mourning over the young man she loved. She’s referred to as the Witch of Hex River, and it’s also believed that the date 1768 and her initials are carved into a windowsill at the farmhouse.

3. Jan Van Hunks

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Another South African legend tells the tale of how Devil’s Peak on Table Mountain in Cape Town allegedly got its name. The story is related to the thick clouds that cover the mountaintop and the strong winds that blow through them. A very long time ago, a pirate from Holland decided to settle in Cape Town. Jan Van Hunks had seen all there was to see on the water and wanted to retire right at the bottom of Table Mountain.

One of his favorite pastimes was climbing up the mountain to look out over the beautiful ocean below and smoke his pipe. He did this many times over the years. One day while smoking on the mountain, Van Hunks met a black-clad man wearing a black hat pulled low over his face. Van Hunks was a cordial man, so he greeted the stranger and sat down next to him. He then pulled out his pipe and proceeded to smoke in silence. The man also  pulled out a pipe and said, “I bet I can smoke a lot more than you.” Van Hunks was not a man to let a wager pass him by, so he started huffing and puffing on his pipe.

So much did the two men smoke that huge smoky clouds settled over Table Mountain. Eventually the stranger gave up and put his pipe down. He pulled off his hat, and Van Hunks was startled to see that he had been competing with the devil himself!

2. Fodor Glava

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A man named Fodor Glava was born a long time ago in Transylvania, and died there in 1918. Given the location, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that people thought he was a real vampire. Legend states that Glava was buried in the Lafayette Municipal Cemetery. For almost a century, locals have been urging one another to stand near the ancient grave without chickening out. Many of these locals have reported seeing a tall skinny man wearing a dark coat and sporting long nails sitting on top of the grave stone. It’s a favorite spooky spot during Halloween, especially since a trusted police officer said that he discovered a strange doll with a pin stuck in it on top of the stone.

The story goes on to say that a tree located in the middle of the vampire’s grave actually grew from the very stake that was driven through his heart. Nearby roses are his fingernails continuing to grow even after death. It’s not known exactly why people thought Fodor Glava was a vampire other than the fact that he was born in Transylvania, although his grave is the only one in the cemetery that has an actual marker.

1. Ningen

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Stories have been doing the rounds in Japan about huge human-like creaturesliving in Antarctic waters. These creatures have been named Ningen, and many sightings have been reported during research operations by Japanese crew. Those who have witnessed them claim that the creatures are as tall as thirty meters and are as white as the snow they live in. They’re said to have human-like legs, hands and fingers, though others claim they have fishtails and large fins. They have no facial features beyond their eyes and mouth.

One specific report states that several crew members  saw what they believed to be a submarine far off in the ocean. Getting closer to the object they realized that what they were seeing was a live creature. It disappeared into the water as they approached. The legend of the Ningen doesn’t seem to be dying down, as reports keep coming in about sightings. A conspiracy theory making the rounds also claims that the Ningen are real but that the Japanese government is covering them up for sinister reasons.

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