Urban legends – of little elementary school children telling each other that swallowing a watermelon core will make a watermelon grow in your stomach, when teenagers dare to go to the neighborhood's "murder house" – each of us has heard you. What makes urban legends so interesting is that they are spread with the belief that they are true. Urban legends arise from mysterious sightings, real human experiences and true historical events, making them more credible than simple creepypastas and scary stories. However, most of them are either completely untrue, remain unconfirmed or extremely exaggerated. Only a small minority of urban legends has been confirmed as genuine.
0 The "Maine Hermit", Christopher Knight
For years, the people of North Pond, Maine, have noticed the constant disappearance of objects in their homes. Instead of watches and purses, however, these were simple things like peanut butter or apples. In view of the inconsistent nature of the objects, the inhabitants did not think much about it. Only when the burglaries happened again and again – actually 1000 times.  Eventually, police were able to capture and arrest the perpetrator – the "Maine Hermit," Christopher Knight. When Christopher Knight was only 20 years old, he deliberately got stuck in the woods and lived for 27 years without any human contact. He stole what he needed to survive, but avoided all other humans. In the end, the people of North Pond finally got the answer to the mystery of their missing items.
9 The Boogeyman of New York, Cropsey
The story of Cropsey was once just one urban legend of Staten Island said to scare each other. It was said that Cropsey was an escaped mental patient with a hook for a hand that kidnapped children and murdered them in the deserted subterranean tunnels of Seaview Hospital. The parents even used the story to make their children curfew or go to bed. In the 1980s, however, the urban legend manifested itself in real life. A bus full of children was abducted by Cropsey and five more children were missing from him. The body of a poor child was found in a shallow grave near Willowbrook State School.  Willowbrook State School was the subject of a national scandal in the 1970s when children did not know the name – children at school were exposed to sexual abuse, corporal punishment, unhygienic conditions, overcrowding, and even unethical medical experiments. Our boy, Cropsey, was Andre Rand, the janitor of the school. Rand was convicted of kidnapping and lives in jail to this day.
8 Real corpse as a carnival support
In fact, corpses tend to arouse the horror of many of us. So to think that the haunted house zombie or the carnival mannequin was more than just a prop next to you? They are nightmares. In 1976, a film crew went to film in the Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California. During the filming of one of the "scary rides" in the park, a crew member grabbed for a suspended mannequin arm that broke off. In examining the fragmented limb, however, the worker saw real skin and bones. It turned out that Mannequin was not a prop. In fact, it was the mummified corpse of the robber and robber Elmer McCurdy. He was killed in a shootout after attempting to evade the police. He was taken to a funeral and embalmed, but no one claimed the body, and the Undertaker used him for the exhibition – people could see the body because it threw nickel into the body of the corpse.  Eventually a flesh emerged that was said to be a relative who wanted to "lay down the body". From then on McCurdy's body was used for decades as a carnival attraction. Eventually, Elmer McCurdy's story was lost and the body was accepted as a fake. When the television crew finally discovered the old boy, he was buried in Oklahoma. A concrete layer covers the coffin to prevent it from becoming a traveling attraction again.
7 Virginia "Bunny Man" Threatens Invaders With Ax
Many cities have their own share of local scary stories and enchanted places. and Virginia Fairfax County was no different. For decades, the children told the story of the "Bunny Man," a threatening man in a hare suit with an ax. Allegedly, Bunny Man was responsible for the murder of a few children and for the disappearance of animals and the scattered presence of mutilated animal carcasses throughout the county. In truth, the story is not quite as wild. In October 1970, the Washington Post published an article, "Man in a Hare Suit Wanted at Fairfax," after a couple of a man in a hare's suit threw a hatchet into the windshield of their car. The man threatened the couple with "trespassing" and then disappeared in the forest. Just one week later, the same event happened to another couple again.  Although not quite as extravagant as murder, the hare man was actually a very real man with an ax and everything.
6 Criminal Big Nose George's body was used for making shoes.
In horror films, it is not uncommon for things to be made of skin, bones or anything else more morbid. But there was one case that was more than just a horror drop. George Parrot or "Big Nose George" was an old Wild West criminal. He stole horses, robbed stage coaches and trains, and even murdered the local sheriff and detective.  At least until he got caught. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. After the deed was done, no one stepped forward to claim the body. Two doctors present asked for a medical examination of the body. Although one of the doctors studied his brain, George's body was used primarily for … non-medical purposes. In fact, the body was skinned and made into shoes, and part of the skull was given to a medical protege. The rest of the body was buried in a whiskey barrel. The shoes still exist today and can be viewed at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyoming.
5 The mysterious "Charlie No-Face" confirmed a considerate resident of Pennsylvania.
Many people near Pittsburg know the story of Charlie No-Face (also known as Green Man). Depending on who you asked, he was a ghost, a monster, or a simple factory that had been terribly disfigured as a child and lost its face. This buffoon from Beaver County was more than just a legend. He was a real man and residing in Big Beaver, Pennsylvania. His real name was Raymond Robinson and he was a normal boy – until the accident. He was burned by high tension as he tried to climb an unfit overhead line, and although he survived, lost his eyes and nose and his lips and ears were terribly disfigured. Robinson wanted to get some fresh air, but knew that his appearance would frighten others, and walked down the streets at night. Residents learned about it and people drove off to try and see him. Some even brought cigarettes and beer.  Eventually, the story was passed on by Charlie No-Face until it became an unrecognizable ghost story, but Charlie was really only a friendly victim of a tragic accident.
4 The body of a missing woman found in the hotel's water heater
Did you ever get a glass of tap water and thought it tasted a bit weird? Well, that's what happened to the guests of the Cecil Hotel in LA, but with a gruesome twist. Elisa Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian tourist who visited LA. However, it has disappeared after January 26, 2013. For two weeks her whereabouts were unknown. Unknown, that is, until a maintenance man checked the water tank at the Cecil Hotel for "water pressure problems".  In one of the four large tanks he found Lams naked corpse. The surveillance on the night of her disappearance showed that she acted strangely: all the elevator buttons pushed or climbed in and out of cars. The police considered the incident a tragic accident, and the health authorities assured hotel guests that the water was not contaminated because of the body. Nevertheless, the guests were understandably angry.
3 Mysterious gas mask man of Switzerland, "Le Loyon" photographed
Cryptids are a common thing. Some of them are extremely famous, like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Others like Mothman or Thunderbird are rare but still far-reaching. Some, like our aforementioned Maine Hermit or Cropsey, are only known locally. Le Loyon is most similar to the latter two. The inhabitants of Maule in Switzerland have seen a mysterious man in the woods wearing a gas mask, a boiler suit and a cloak for about a decade. Most who encountered the mysterious Le Loyon retreated fearfully, though he / she did not show any aggression. An observer even saw Le Loyon once holding a bunch of flowers in his hand.  Although questions about Le Loyon remained unanswered, an observer managed to capture a picture of the mysterious man and prove his existence.
2 Man is actually flying with balloons
Many of us dreamed of flying as children. With movies like Up and Mary Poppins, it seems a pretty easy task – just grab a bunch of balloons or jump down the stairs with an umbrella. Okay, maybe these methods are not working as we had hoped, but one guy actually made it. In the 1980s, Larry Walter tied 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair and was able to float 3 miles in the air for several hours.  To return to Earth, he used a pellet balloon to burst the balloons one at a time. Unfortunately, the balloons caught on the power lines and caused a 20-minute outage in Long Beach. Although he was fined $ 1,500, he gained international attention and ever appeared on The Tonight Show.
1 Woman was buried alive in attempt to escape and her fingers injured
I think most of us have done it Probably he has heard the story that someone was buried alive: a person was banned for declared dead and was buried, but later woke up alive in her coffin. If the grave is later dug up, the person will be found dead by suffocation with terribly mutilated fingers and scratches on the inside of the coffin. The story of Octavia Hatcher is probably the source of this legend. She fell ill and went into a coma at the end of the 19th century. Not long after, she was pronounced dead and quickly buried. Not even a week later, other people showed similar symptoms to Octavia – they fell into a coma with extremely shallow breathing. However, these people have woken up. Her husband, worried that she had been buried alive, ordered her to be unburied. Unfortunately, his suspicions were correct. Octavia was found dead in her coffin with a scratched face and bloody fingers. The food had even been torn from the coffin lid.  She was briefly buried again.
The student and freelance writer Elizabeth Boyer can be found on YouTube under "Lizzie Boyer".