Bone Chilling Urban Legends That Turned Out To Be True

By Sophia Maddox | August 16, 2023

They're Drugging Your Candy

The Slender Man, the Elevator Game, the Razors in Halloween Candy: We all know the hits when it comes to urban legends, and love sharing our favorites with friends on a dark autumn night. But sometimes urban legends aren't just the whispers of overactive imaginations or tales told around a flickering campfire. These stories, once dismissed as mere fiction, have roots that reach deep into the soil of true events. Read on to be confronted by the haunting truths behind the most bone-chilling urban legends...if you dare.

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 As Halloween approaches, sinister whispers begin to emerge. One of the most chilling tales parents tell is that of malevolent individuals who tamper with Halloween candy, lacing them with drugs ranging from LSD to Rainbow Fentanyl. The cautionary tale has become so entrenched in popular culture that many parents diligently inspect or even discard candies that appear tampered with, for fear of their children being drugged. However, when we peel back the layers of urban legend and delve into the real story, we find that the widespread fear is largely unfounded. However, there have been isolated incidents which contributed to the fear. 

In 1959, a dentist from California, William Shyne, distributed laxative-laced candies to children during Halloween. He faced charges for indecent conduct and unauthorized distribution of medication. In the 1970s, a young boy tragically died from consuming cyanide-laced Pixy Stix. However, the candy was not laced during trick-or-treating, but had been poisoned by his own father who hoped to cash in on life insurance. 

The Bunny Man

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The Bunny Man is a haunting urban legend that has persisted for generations, primarily in the Washington D.C. area, specifically in and around Fairfax County, Virginia. The legend begins in the early 20th century, with a tale of a mental asylum deep in the wilderness of Fairfax County. Under pressure from the locals, the institution was shut down, and the patients were loaded onto a bus bound for a new facility. The bus crashed, and a patient - the Bunny Man - escaped. Soon after the disappearance of this patient, disturbing occurrences were reported in the area—sightings of a man in a dirty bunny suit, and the finding of skinned, half-eaten rabbits hanging from the trees. After weeks of rabbit mutilations, the police discovered a gut-wrenching sight: the Bunny Man's cache of  corpses - both rabbit and human - hanging from a railroad bridge.

But research shows that there weren't any asylums in Fairfax County around that time, so there's no way this could be real - right? Unfortunately for rabbits, they just got the timing wrong. In the 1970s, a man in a bunny suit was reported to have thrown a hatchet at a car in Burke, Virginia. Two weeks later, an ax-wielding Bunny Man was found chopping up someone's front porch. He has yet to be apprehended.