There are many places around the world, and each one has different urban legends meant to excite, scare, and enthrall the listeners and readers who run across them. The top ten Most Scary Urban Legends that make our list are from a variety of places including the south of the United States of America, chain letters, bus rides, and many more.
1. Ghost Rider
Number one on our list of the scary urban legends is the tale of the Ghost Rider. I heard this first when I was around thirteen years old at a slumber party. When I grew older I realised that this was an old Southern American story that has been told and retold several times with different variations over the years. A young girl, jilted by her prom date, was walking home from the school she was attending when she was hit by a drunk driver and killed immediately. To this day, her soul wanders the road she was killed on, looking for someone to take her home, only to vanish as soon as she crosses the property line.
2. Bus Killer
The second scary urban legend takes place in the time of speak easy’s. It is equally scary when you live in a major city where buses are the only way to travel. A renowned serial killer was on the loose and the police couldn’t find him. They knew he traveled the bus routes, but the thing that tripped the officers up was the difference between each route. No one murder was committed consistently enough to pin point the killer’s location. One salesman/father/mother/sister/brother got on the bus after losing track of time at work/school/hanging out with friends and was sitting towards the back, looking to catch some sleep before their stop came up.
A sudden jolt woke them up and they realized that there were two passengers on the bus with them and both were staring at them. The one passenger in front of the sleepy passenger kept leaning forwards to get their attention. Finally, completely freaked out, the passenger decides to get off two stops before their designated stop. The next day the newspapers reported that a passenger on the bus that was trying to get the sleepy passengers attention was found dead, stabbed in the back through the seat. The only witness was able to pin point the killer’s looks, but the man described was dead for several years.
3. Slit-Mouth Woman
The third urban legend took place in both China, and Japanese folklore. It’s about a slit-mouthed woman who was rumoured to be a samurai’s wife. When she was discovered cheating on him, the husband slit her mouth from ear to ear and cursed her to never be able to die. According to rumor, she still wonders around asking people if she is pretty to them, and if they claim she is, she reveals her scar but if they say she isn’t they are found dead not long after the sighting.
4. White Story
This urban legend was told to me by my adopted sister, it took place in Scotland and she claims is a true story. She says that there was a little girl who hated living so much, she decided to cause her own death. In an effort to erase every hint of her life, her ghost then went and killed everyone in her family a couple of days after her death. According to legend, when you hear of this story, the girl’s ghost will find you, and begin knocking loudly on your door. As the knocking gets louder you are eventually forced to answer the door, only to find her ghost attacking you in an effort to make sure her existence is never known by anyone ever again.
5. Winstead Letter
The fifth story I ran across seemed to be reminiscent of the hit movie, The Ring in which a young girl, tortured and killed by someone else, is killed in a water death, only to return to kill those who do not pass along the chain letter retelling the tortures of her death in an equally watery death.