4 Creepy Urban Legends To Keep You Awake At Night


Some tales are enjoyable only if they are fiction. Other tales are enjoyable because we know them to be eternal in the pages of history. But there are some which are in the grey area – and they are my favourite.

Some of these tales are uncomforting if true, and really bland if false. Some facts and some fiction; the stories and the related incidents are thoroughly entertaining

Here are the 5 of the creepiest urban legends that you must know about.

  1. The Skeleton’s Scratch Marks.

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The legend goes that a child was breathing low and some shmuck declared him dead; and was buried in his resting place. When the graves were to be relocated because the government wanted to build railways, they found scratch marks on the inside; suggesting that the child was buried alive.

If you look for work of William Tebb, you will find that there is actually a record of 149 cases of premature burial.

  1. The Funhouse Mummy

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Why are you so certain that the Mummies in the haunted houses are all made of hay and wax? Ever wonder if they were actual people? Well, somebody took the bold step to step up and put a real body of skin and bone in a fun house for children to poke fun at.

I know this sounds far-fetched, but believe me, it’s true. The place was Nu-Pike Amusement Park, Long Beach, California, USA and the year was 1976. The body used to be a thug named “Elmer McCurdy” before it was an entertainment piece.

  1. The Bed of Bones

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Say u just got married, and it’s your first week in Vienna. And everything’s perfect – except your bed pokes you in the coccyx. You toss and turn all night, but all that does is makes the bed creak in a very peculiar way. After assuring yourself that all of it was real because your spouse felt it too. You complain at the desk before you take off to see the Schonbrunn Palace – and the next thing u find is that the thing poking at you was a couple of severed limbs from a skeleton.


Now, the incident did not happen quite as it is narrated. This happened multiple times in Las Vegas (Nevada), Kansas City (Missouri) and Atlantic City (New Jersey). The legend, when told, is actually told in the listener’s favourite city. I should tell you that in these isolated incidents, the smell gave away the bodies; but the bodies were stuffed in the mattresses.

  1. The Roommate’s Death or “Glad you didn’t turn on the lights”

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The story of this urban legend is so gut wrenching that I wish you read it properly. The story has been written in the 1981 book “The Vanishing Hitchhiker” by W. Norton. The title itself is a bit of a spoiler; and yes, the entire thing began as a fictional story; but there have been crimes of the similar nature in the 1990s. This short story has the creep factor that will probably rob you of sleep; how I wish we could talk about the story itself; but I don’t want to deprive you this experience.

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For anyone looking for more; there are plenty of legends hiding in the urban wastelands. Just… make sure you aren’t a part of one of them.