Urban legends are always fun. It’s a marriage between historical folklore, extraterrestrial myths, and legends.
Whether they’re true or not, they still add character to the towns they allegedly inhabit.
Some of these legends have plagued these areas for hundreds of years and have even had movies made after them. Here are just a few of these interesting urban legends from around America.
1. Kushtaka — Alaska
The thing used to be werewolves but that’s old news: Beware of the Wereotter! It even has Charlie Sheen searching for it.
The actor even takes his private plane to Alaska in the hopes of finding one of these. People in Alaska call it Kushtaka, the otter-man who drowns fishermen while they sleep.
2. The Goatman — Maryland
When you list freaky urban legends, you can not list a goat. Apparently, there was a scientist who specialized in goats at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland, when one of his experiments didn’t go as planned, and turned him into a monster (cliché, I know).
People now believe that the Goatman now spends his days stalking parked cars holding an ax.
3. The Hopkinsville Goblins — Kentucky
Apparently, a gang of goblins has been terrorizing Kentucky over the years. In 1955, a Hopkinsville family had been attacked in their home by a gang of these supposedly, extraterrestrial beings.
4. Loveland Frog — Ohio
A giant frog has been lurking alongside a forested highway in Ohio since 1952. It appears in predictable patterns as well and some say the frog returns to the same area every few years.
5. The Jersey Devil — New Jersey
If the body of a kangaroo, the wings of a bat, and the forked tail of a devil don’t freak you out enough, I don’t know what will. This freakish thing has been inhabiting the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.
Below is a popular origin of the story:
“It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, stated that this one would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child’s father was the Devil himself.”
“The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exorcised the demon for 100 years and it wasn’t seen again until 1890.”
6. The Beast of Bladenboro — North Carolina
In North Carolina, a real-life panther allegedly roams the forest in search of small children and animals.
The panther has become so accepted by North Carolina residents that they even hold festivals every year to appease the strange creature.
7. Dover Demon — Massachusetts
This unusual creature was seen in Dover, Massachusetts in 1977. It hasn’t officially been labeled a “demon” since no one really knows enough about it.
Some of the locals suggested that the creature may actually be a foal or a moose calf. It recently gained worldwide attention… drawing comparisons to stories such as that of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.
8. Loch Ness Monster – Champ — New York
If you were wondering where the Loch Ness Monster was, look no further – it’s been in New York and lives in Lake Champlain.
A natural freshwater lake in North America, situated across the U.S.-Canada border in the Canadian province of Quebec. The locals have given it the name Champy or ‘Champ’, and there have been over 300 reported sightings.
9. Mothman — West Virginia
The Mothman Prophecies anyone? Scary movie right?! Anyways, on November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia, claimed to see a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads. This is often identified as the first known sighting of what became known as the Mothman.
The next day, Point Pleasant Register titled the article, “Couples See Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something” when he first was spotted.
West Virginia took so much pride in the mysterious moth creature that they built a statue of it in Point Pleasant.
10. The Wendigo — Minnesota
This creature is terrifying. It looks like a werewolf/deer/goat and has been ravaging the forests in Minnesota eating children… apparently (why is it always children).
The legend lends its name to the disputed modern medical term Wendigo psychosis, which is considered by psychiatrists to be a form of the culture-bound syndrome with symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal.
The legend stems from the Algonquin folklore thousands of years ago along with the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada.
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