Posted November 19th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: False, Scarelore, The Truth Is Less Strange Than Fiction, Urban Legends
Tags: chain email, email, kidney theft, real news stories, Scarelore, urban dangers
It was once entirely the stuff of Urban Legend fiction — a man meets a woman at a bar, they go back to his hotel room, he wakes up the next morning in a bathtub filled with ice. There is a telephone on a nearby stool and the words “Call an ambulance!” are written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror. When he reaches hospital, in a critical condition, the Doctors discover that he has been drugged and one of his kidneys has been harvested in his hotel room bathroom.
Obviously nothing says you’ve had a great time on a business trip more than coming home missing an organ. You and all the other guys in the office can compare scars where your kidneys used to be and reminisce about “Good old Ralph”, who was stupid enough to let it happen to him twice.
And yet, as much fun as that situation sounds like, grim stories of commercial organ harvesting are turning out to be very real, although perhaps a little less sensationally dramatic than the popular urban legend version above.
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Posted January 22nd, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Email Hoaxes, False, Scarelore, Urban Legends
Tags: email, gang initiation, gangs, hoax, urban dangers
Is there any truth to an alarming email that warns that gangs are using infant car seats and / or eggs thrown at windscreens to waylay unsuspecting motorists?
Don’t stop for any reason. Whatever you do… DON’T STOP FOR ANY REASON!!
That’s the frantic advice being given by a chain email that made its way into my inbox today .
Your life depends on it.
You are not safe.
If you pull your car over, if you stop, you are going to become a victim of a gang robbery, rape or perhaps even murder. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted August 8th, 2010 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Scarelore, That Pop Cult Thing, Would You Believe...?
An article on the Salem News web site suggests that the mystery of the disappearances of ships and planes within the Bermuda Triangle is no longer a mystery.
While not a new theory in itself, the article reports the research of two Oceanographers into the likelihood that the disappearances have been caused by massive releases of methane gas from the ocean floor.
For the article: How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery
Posted December 27th, 2008 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Folklore, Ghost Stories, Scarelore
Okay, so if you ever spent an evening sitting around a campfire listening to ghost stories, then the chances that you’ve heard the story of ‘The Man With The Hook’ are somewhere around about 2 billion percent. It’s one of those wonderfully chilling tales that never fails to send a tingle up the spine, and it has made its way into any number of folk stories told all over the world .
I recently discovered a wonderful retelling of the tale over on AmericanFolklore.net, and I’d love to encourage you to go over and read the story, if for no better reason than it might remind you (as it did me) of some great times you spent at a younger age being scared out of your wits by a good tale.
Interestingly, I’ve encountered two different main retellings of this tale in my life. The first is very much like the version over on American Folklore, where the young couple discover the psychopath’s bloodied hook attached to the car door handle, indicating a very narrow escape.
The second, which may well have been borrowed from some other tale of a terrible encounter with a maniac, is even grislier still!
In this version the boyfriend leaves the young woman to go for help. A few minutes later she hears a sound on the top of the car, and moments after that a police loud hailer instructs her to run from the car for her life, and that whatever she does, she’s not to look back. Of course, she does risk a glance back at the car as she flees, and the story ends with her screams as she sees the The Man With The Hook standing on the roof of the car, holding the severed head of her unfortunate boyfriend .
Hope you enjoy the read, and I’d love to hear about your own encounters with the story of ‘The Man With The Hook’ in the comments below.
PS: Fans of scary movies will probably recognise the way the cult horror classic, Candyman, combined the story of ‘The Man With The Hook’ with the equally scary story of Bloody Mary, to create a single very scary character!
Photo courtesy of TJ Scott.
|1.||For example, I first heard it when I was about 12, at a Christmas Camp I attended just south of Brisbane, here in Australia.|
|2.||Seriously, when I look back on stories like these, is it any wonder we all had nightmares as children?|
Posted January 29th, 2006 by Murray @ ulblog
Filed under: False, Ghost Stories, Scarelore, Urban Legends, Urban Rituals
Tags: horror, Scarelore, supernatural
Will chanting the name of Bloody Mary a certain number of times in front of a mirror summon her spirit to maim and kill? Join me in the ulblog bathroom as we turn off the lights and learn a little more about this intriguing ritual…
Oh, and don’t forget to bring the candles!
I can’t think of a better place to begin this blog than with possibly my favorite urban legend / ghost story of all time — the completely spooky tale of Bloody Mary!
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the story in one form or another from your childhood years. Sometimes the name changes , sometimes the details of the ritual changes, but in most cases the core elements of the story remain largely the same.
To summon Bloody Mary you have to go into a bathroom at the stroke of midnight and stand in front of the mirror with a lit candle and with the lights turned off. You chant her name 3 times, “Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary… Bloody Mary…” and then you shout, “I stole your baby!”
And then… in the mirror… you will see the face of a horribly disfigured woman — and she’ll claw your face with razor-sharp nails, leaving you just as terribly mutilated as she is!
Egad, what could be creepier than that!
It’s easy to imagine that some form of this ritual has been performed an endless number of times by children from vastly different backgrounds in the decades since it made its way into popular folklore.
But what about the legend itself?
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|1.||I’ve encountered the story using the name Bloody Mary, Hell Mary, Mary Worth, Mary Whales, Mary Wolf, and Black Aggie, just to name a few.|