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Here Is The Scariest Urban Legend From Every State

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Alabama — Hell’s Gate Bridge

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Oxford Paranormal Society

Rumor says that a young couple once lost their lives driving off the bridge. The bridge’s pleasant name comes from local legend, that states — on certain nights — if you stop your car and turn around, you will gaze right into a fiery hell.

The bridge has been closed to traffic for the last few years, but still attracts a great number of curious pedestrians.

Alaska — The “Bushman”

Youtube / Destination America
Youtube / Destination America

Ancient legend states that the Alaskan Bushman (aka Big Foot) is descended from a species of creatures known as the “Tornits.” Apparently, a long long time ago, the Inuit native people and the Tornits once harmoniously shared the upper reaches of Alaska. This peaceful arrangement ended when an Inuit killed a Tornit for destroying his kayak; resulting in most Tornits migrating elsewhere.

The ones who stayed, however, were angry. What has followed is hundreds of years of stories of hunters going missing, and only turning up dead and mutilated. People are still seeing these creature(s) today.

Arizona — Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

Flickr / Alan English CPA
Flickr / Alan English CPA

Many, many down-on-their-luck people have died trying to discover the missing mine of gold that German immigrant Jacob Waltz supposedly located in the 1800s.

People desperately searching for these mines have been found without their heads; have been attacked by snipers; and have just completely vanished.

Arkansas — The Dog Boy

Wikimedia / AmazingAncientWorld
Wikimedia / AmazingAncientWorld

Legend states that Gerald Floyd Bettis was a deranged lunatic who gained supernatural (probably satanic) powers by performing grotesque experiments on dogs. He even added onto his house so he would have a separate wing for his torturous activities. Neighbors have since reported, years later, that they could hear the helpless animals howl from houses away.

In recent years, various owners have reported a number of ghostly sightings, including men that resemble Bettis, perhaps indicating his desire to keep up his antics — even after death.

California — Alien Blood Poisons Entire Hospital

Flickr / Maryland National Guard
Flickr / Maryland National Guard

Over two dozen emergency room staff were KOed after a woman named Gloria Ramirez had her blood drawn in the ER. The very second her blood began being sampled, a foul odor filled the entire area and Ramirez’s skin began taking on an oily sheen.

Suddenly, multiple medical support staff began to pass out and / or lose control of their limbs. The entire Emergency room was evacuated, save for a skeleton crew of doctors still trying to save Ramirez’s life. They failed, and she died forty minutes after being admitted.

Report from Discover Magazine
Report from Discover Magazine

This created a media frenzy, with many outside theorists supposing that Ramirez wasn’t human. There has been no ironclad “official” explanation for what happened in 1984 at Riverside General Hospital.

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