Horrors

Since urban legends are often a means of expressing our fears about the dangers that ripple just beneath the surface of our seemingly calm and untroubled world, it should come as no surprise that horror legends are one of urban folklore’s richest veins. We worry about the terrible accidents we’re powerless to prevent, and we fear anonymous killers who choose victims at random. We cannot protect ourselves from the venomous animals who slither undetected into the places where we work, play, and shop, nor can we stop the onslaught of insects who invade our homes and our bodies. We’re repulsed by the contaminants that may lurk in our food. We’re afraid of foreigners and foreign places. We fear for our childrens’ safety in a world full of drugs, kidnappers, and poisons. We never know what gruesome discovery may be waiting around the next corner. And even if we somehow escape all of these horrors, our own vanities may do us in.

Did the Annabelle Doll Escape from the Warren Museum? Inanimate objects are not known for their mobility.
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Does ‘Helltown’ Film Document Weird Happenings in Abandoned Ohio Town? The Travel Channel's "Helltown" definitely includes a whole lot of fiction.
    False
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Did an English Woman Lie Dead at Home Undiscovered for Years? A meme referred to the tragic circumstances surrounding the death and discovery of Joyce Carol...
    True
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Was Essie Dunbar Discovered Alive in the Coffin During Her Funeral? In 1915, Essie Dunbar was allegedly pronounced dead after suffering from a seizure. Legend has...
    Unproven
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Did Police in Delaware Shoot and Kill a Man in a Wheelchair? Jeremy McDole's death in 2015 received renewed attention online in 2018.
    True
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Was a Young Girl Decapitated by a Seat Belt in a Car Crash? A website that publishes viral content accurately recounts the terrible story of Katie Flynn's death...
    True
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Is the Florida High School Shooter a ‘Dreamer’? In the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting on Valentine's Day, social media users began...
    False
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Are Motorists Finding HIV-Infected Needles on Gas Pump Handles? Rumors that service station customers are getting stuck by HIV-loaded syringes affixed to gas pump...
    False
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Pins and Needles in Halloween Candy Pins, needles and razor blades been occasionally been found in trick-or-treaters' loot over the years.
    True
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Poisoned Halloween Candy Police have never documented actual cases of people randomly distributing poisoned goodies to children on...
    False
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The Disappearance of Ashley, Kansas The horrific tale of a Kansas town that disappeared, along with its entire population, after...
    False
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The Body Under the Bed A vacationing couple staying in a foul-smelling motel room discovered a body hidden under their...
    True
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