THROWBACK THURSDAY…Urban Legend…”The Vanishing Hitchhiker”

WHAT IS IT WITH THE NAME MARY…???

Although Mercy Brown will always be my favorite, I do have a few more…and another one of my favorite urban legend’s would have to be the vanishing hitchhiker. As the story goes, a driver picks up a hitchhiker, usually on a desolate road and usually at night. Before the hitchhiker arrives at their destination, they disappear from the vehicle.

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Urban Legend…”The Hitchhiker”

AND…POOF…SHE’S GONE…!!!

Although Mercy Brown will always be my favorite, I do have a few more…and another one of my favorite urban legend’s would have to be the vanishing hitchhiker. As the story goes, a driver picks up a hitchhiker, usually on a desolate road and usually at night. Before the hitchhiker arrives at their destination, they disappear from the vehicle. I remember reading one such story in a book from that children’s series “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. But, I think the real draw for me would have to be Resurrection Mary. It’s the most tangible for me and a story I heard from an early age.

Resurrection Cemetery is right off Archer Avenue in Justice, IL. The legend has it that a young blonde named Mary in a white party dress got in a fight with her boyfriend and left the Willowbrook Ballroom, and was killed on Archer Avenue in the 1930s by a hit-and-run driver. Since then, her ghost allegedly has been spotted hitchhiking on the busy street. When she reaches Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, she vanishes, or so the story goes.

The real “Mary” has never been identified, but according to Wikipedia, the closest connection is that of Anna “Marija” Norkus who died in an auto accident in 1927. While I have never seen this mysterious vanishing woman, driving that stretch of Archer Avenue, especially at night, has always been eerie.l

Urban Legend…The Goatman

HALF GOAT…HALF HUMAN…

tHE gOATMAN

 

Yesterday, I told the tale of America’s Last Vampire Mercy Brown“. I decided to ask an old friend what her favorite Urban Legend was aNd she told me of a Native American Urban LegendThe Goatmen

The story goes that Goatman is a half-human, half-goat hybrid with the top half looking human and the bottom half looking more goat-like.  She said growing up on the reservation, she often heard stories of people driving their cars down the long, dark, mostly abandoned highways and roads that run through the reservations in Wisconsin with the creature in hot pursuit.  If they drove faster, the creature ran faster, and kept up with their car all the way home or until they got into town.  A few stories claimed that drivers had been overtaken and dragged from their vehicles into the woods, never to be seen again.

Her favorite and most memorable Goatman tale involves his supposed ability to shapeshift.  The story goes that the civic center, a popular social spot on reservation, was hosting a dance for young people to meet and greet.  Into the dance walked a mysterious and handsome stranger that no one had ever met or heard of before that night.  He danced like a devil, and he had his pick of women all night.  At the end of the night, he tried to convince his latest dance partner to leave the dance with him.  As they stood just outside, underneath the glow of the streetlights, she considered leaving with him but ultimately decided it probably wasn’t a great idea.  She made the right decision because as he left her standing there and retreated into the dark woods, she saw that he no longer wore shiny dance shoes but that his feet were hooves.

She ran inside to get some guys together to go after him but, by time they rushed outside, he had vanished.

Let us know your favorite Urban Legend!!!

Shallow Graves’ Top Picks Tuesday: Urban Legends

Everyone loves a good urban legend, e.g. the vanishing hitchhiker, alligators in the sewers, the babysitter and the man upstairs.  There’s nothing like sitting around a fire with some friends and freaking each other out with a spooky story.  We love urban legends too, and one of the things we love most is how popular legends have their own little twists depending on the region and who’s telling the story.  Here are some of our favorites. Continue reading