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The Legend of the Richmond Vampire

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2016 by Xander Woolf

Richmond, Virginia was the site of a tragic accident in 1925. On October 2 of that year, the Church Hill Train Tunnel collapsed onto several workers as they attempted to repair the tunnel for the use of the burgeoning railroad.

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What’s the legend?
On that same day, it was reported that a ghastly creature escaped the tunnel and ran into the mausoleum of W.W. Pool in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery. This creature was said to be covered in blood and have ghastly pale, sagging skin and jagged teeth. It was never seen again.

What’s the real story?
Reports of the incident say that there was one person who was able to escape from the caved-in tunnel. This person was named Benjamin Mosby, a 28-year-old fireman who was helping shovel coal. He was severely burned from the incident, causing his skin to sag and peel. Many of his teeth were broken, causing them to look jagged.

Mosby died just hours later in Grace Hospital and the legend grew from there.

How’s it used today?
The legend holds so much power in the Richmond area that occult groups are often found gathering in or around the mausoleum. The History Channel attempted to open up the old tunnel to film a show about the 1925 incident, but it was in such bad shape that it was deemed unsafe to film or even explore. It is believed that there were at least two workers who could not be recovered from the rubble. In 2014, a local petition was started to renovate the area and create a memorial for the victims of the tragic cave-in.

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The Legend of Black Aggie

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2016 by Xander Woolf

From 1925 to 1967, Druid Ridge Cemetery was home to a creepy and mysterious statue, named Black Aggie. She is so named because of her dark color and the name “Agnus” carved into the pedestal on which Aggie sat.BlackAggie

What’s the story?
There are many legends surrounding Black Aggie. During her time at Druid Ridge Cemetery, it was said that anyone who spent the night in Black Aggie’s lap would be haunted by the ghosts of those buried in that plot. There is another story that claims that those buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery would annually congregate at the Black Aggie statue.

Legend says that no grass would grow on the ground where the statue’s shadow would lie during the day and that Aggie would come alive during the night. Many have claimed to see the statue moving around the graveyard. Others have claimed that her eyes glow red at the stoke of midnight.

Many believe that Aggie was a real person. It is said that she was a nurse at the turn of the century. She was very well liked, but her patients always died under her watch. Suspicion grew and she was eventually lynched for murder. The day after her death, it is said that she was found to be innocent and the Black Aggie statue was commissioned in her memory. However, Aggie’s vengeful spirit remained attached to the statue, haunting it to this day.

What’s the history?
The history behind Black Aggie begins in 1885, with the death of Marian “Clover” Adams. Distraught, Clover’s husband Henry (grandson of President John Quincy Adams) commissioned an elaborate monument for her grave site. Augustus St. Gaudens sculpted Grief, which was placed in the Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington in 1891.

In the early 1900s, Eduard L.A. Pausch created an unauthorized copy of the original monument. General Felix Agnus purchased this copy in 1905 and placed it on his family’s cemetery plot shortly after. It was not until General Agnus died in 1925, however, that the legends surrounding the statue would surface.

The statue was donated to the Smithsonian in 1967 after the Agnus family became worried about vandals. Black Aggie currently stands behind the Dolley Madison House on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

What do I think?
Whether or not the statue is haunted, I can’t say, since I’ve never been to see her. Given my research, however, I do believe the story about Nurse Aggie is fake. I do believe that the fact that no grass grew in front of the statue was due to the fact that the ground was not receiving enough sunlight and grass could not grow.

On the subject of Black Aggie’s movements, I hope the legend isn’t true. Statues are scary enough, I don’t need them to move on their own.

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The Legend of The Black-Eyed Kids

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2015 by Xander Woolf

The legend of the Black-Eyed Children tells of paranormal creatures that resemble children with pale skin and black eyes. These creatures are usually seen hitchhiking, panhandling or just standing on the doorsteps of residential homes. These children are usually asking for help, a ride home or to be let inside out of the cold.

Those who have reported encounters with the Black-Eyed Kids (BEKs) often describe a feeling of danger or dread. They report that the BEKs feel supernatural and unsafe, though they can never explain why.

In the encounters, they usually appear in pairs, are confident, yet avoid eye-contact, and keep their faces turned down. It is also said that they speak with a maturity far beyond their age. Not only do these children possess the mannerisms and speech patters of adults, but they also sometimes possess the voice of an adult.

All reports of BEKs have the same thing in common: these Black-Eyed Kids and their requests for help create an unsettling sense of danger in the adults with whom they speak. Some people even believe that the children may use low-level mind control to try to get their victims to comply with their demands.

Many people believe that the BEKs are spirits of lost or murdered children that are the “harbingers of ill will and personal doom.” Many others believe that they are vampires, as it does appear that they cannot enter a house or vehicle without the owner’s permission. Some even believe that they are extraterrestrials trying to blend into society.

There are no accounts as to what happens should one actually let a BEK into their home or car, which could possibly mean that those who do are killed.

Would you help a BEK in need?