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Crybaby Bridge



Across America there are legends of bridges that are home to the mysterious crying of an unseen baby. Some say the cries are of unwanted babies who were murdered by their parents on the bridge.

There are several legends of crybaby bridges from around the US. Here are some of the most well known:

Ohio’s Screaming Bridge

The Screaming Bridge. Photo: CreepyCincinnati

On Maud Hughes Road in Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio, lies an old bridge with an evil reputation.

The Maud Hughes Road Bridge is said to have been the site of dozens of suicides and horrific accidents.

The bridge stands 25 feet tall over a set of railroad tracks. At least 36 suicides have taken place on the bridge.

Locals have reported seeing unexplained lights, hooded figures, weird patches of mist and even a phantom train around the bridge. On some nights you can hear the frantic cries of a newborn baby from the bridge, but no babies can be found in the area.

One local legend goes that a man and a women were driving over the bridge when their car stalled at the top. The man left to go and get help while the woman stayed with the car.

When the man returned to his vehicle the girl was hanging by the neck from the side of the bride. The man is said to have mysteriously dropped dead on the spot from unexplained causes.

To this day people claim to hear a disembodied women’s scream followed by a mans scream while standing on the bridge.

Another story associated with this bridge is that of a woman who was being chased down the road near the bridge.

It was dark and the woman didn’t know the area well. She ran onto the bridge and assumed there would be water underneath for her to make her escape by swimming to safety. She jumped from the bridge and fell to her death on the train tracks. It is said on warm summer nights you can still hear echoes of the woman’s screams.

Another popular legend that is told about this bridge is the story of a mother who could no longer cope with being a parent. She threw her baby from the bridge and then hung herself off of the side.

Coordinates for the Screaming Bridge: 39.394551°N 84.410427°W

Egypt Road Crybaby Bridge

The Egypt Road Crybaby Bridge. Photo: Only in your state.

This crybaby bridge is off Egypt Road near Salem, Ohio on what used to be West Pine Lake Rd. The bridge now leads to a dead end.

According to legend the sound of a crying baby often heard on the bridge is the ghost of a child that fell in and drowned.

There are also stories associated with the bridge that claim a satanic cult uses it as a part of their evil rituals.

In 2010 an elderly woman was found strangled to death and burned up just off to the side of the bridge.

To this day the cries and screams of a baby can be heard day and night while standing on the bridge.

Some even say anyone that crosses over the bridge will disappear and never be seen again.

Coordinates for the Egypt Road Crybaby Bridge: 40.929744°N 80.829978°W

Van Sant Crybaby Bridge

The Van Sant Crybaby Bridge. Photo: AtlasObscura.

The Van Sant Crybaby Bridge was built in 1875 and spans the lovely Pidcock Creek. It has also been known as the Beaver Dam Bridge.

According to the legends a young woman became pregnant out of wedlock. Her family disowned her for this and she was incredibly upset.

The young woman eventually gave birth to a healthy child. The following evening she crept out under the cover of darkness to Van Sant bridge. She clambered to the top of the bridge then threw the baby off. Distraught at what she had done she then hung herself.

Locals claim that if you park your car on the bridge you can hear the cries of the poor lost baby. You may also hear the toes of it’s mother scrapping on your car roof.

As well as being associated with the hanging mother this cry baby bridge also was once used as a hanging place for horse thieves.

Van Sant Crybaby Bridge Coordinates: 40.3279, -74.9580

Kentucky’s Sleepy Hollow Crybaby Bridge

Sleepy Hollow Road Crybaby Bridge. Photo: wave3.

Near the border of Oldham and Jefferson counties in Kentucky on Sleepy Hollow Road lies another infamous crybaby bridge.

It is said that many mothers over the years have dropped their sick, deformed or unwanted babies over the side of the bridge to drown.

To this day the cries of babies and young children are heard from this bridge.

Rogue’s Hollow Crybaby Bridge

Another crybaby bridge is located in Doylsetown, Ohio in a place named Rogue’s Hollow. The bridge is located on Galehouse Rd and spans the Silver Creek.

The bridge is closed to traffic during the winter months and belongs to the Rogue’s Hollow historical society.

Coordinates: 40.94111°N 81.67528°W

Possible explanations for crybaby bridges

All of the bridges seem to be connected to horrific tales of the death of babies. Maybe the residual energy from such terrible events has caused a residual haunting in the form of a babies cries.

Aside from the paranormal explanation of ghostly babies, what else could it be?

There may be something about the structure of the bridges or the surrounding environment that causes wind whistling through the area to sound like a baby’s cry.

Perhaps there are animals or birds in the areas that happen to sound like a human baby. Some have suggested red foxes as one possible culprit.

Maybe the way the water hits certain parts of the bridge causes a sound that sounds like a human baby.

It’s hard to know for sure if the noises are truly paranormal in origin without ruling out all other explanations first.

Have you been to any of these crybaby bridges or know of any other ones? Let us know in the comments!

If you enjoyed this article you might like to learn about another paranormal bridge the seems to cause hundreds of dogs to jump from it to their deaths.

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Fleshgait: Predatory Mimic in the Woods




A fleshgait is a creature that imitates the voices and appearances of people in the woods, with the intention of luring them away. People who have seen fleshgaits describe them as tall, thin, grey beings with long claws and no hair.

Description of a Fleshgait

Imagine a mysterious creature lurking in the depths of the woods, capable of mimicking human voices and appearances. Meet the fleshgait—a cunning trickster that entices unsuspecting wanderers. Witnesses who have encountered these eerie beings describe them as towering, slender figures, draped in a shroud of grey, with razor-sharp claws and an absence of hair.

Picture this: as you venture into the wilderness, unaware of the lurking danger, the fleshgait slinks in the shadows, perfecting its masquerade. With a supernatural ability to mimic the voices of both people and animals, it skillfully mimics the ones you hold dear, beckoning you deeper into its treacherous domain.

It is widely believed that fleshgaits are dangerous towards humans and often lure them deeper into the woods in order to harm or eat them. Some people also think that fleshgaits are connected to the Missing 411 disappearances, but there is no evidence to support this claim.

The powers of fleshgaits are not fully understood because nobody has witnessed their full capabilities. Based on reports, here are the commonly agreed-upon traits:

Voice Mimicking: Fleshgaits can imitate the voices of both humans and animals. They can only mimic voices and phrases they have heard before. Their calls can be captivating and difficult to resist, even when people know the voice is not from the person they are concerned about.

Super Speed: Fleshgaits are known for their unnaturally fast movement, often disappearing quickly into the woods.

Excessive Strength: Animals found torn apart in areas where fleshgaits are sighted suggest that these creatures possess tremendous strength.

While some reports suggest that fleshgaits can change their shape, not all reports mention this ability. Reports of shape-shifting fleshgaits occur frequently enough for many people to believe in their shape-shifting abilities.

Fleshgait Sightings

The Lore Lodge covers the the legend of the Fleshgait

Angeles National Forest, California – Alex Reynolds, Sarah Mitchell, and David Thompson, had a heart-stopping encounter with a fleshgait almost ten years ago. Despite the scary moment, these brave explorers managed to come out of it without any harm.

On a sunny afternoon, specifically on July 21st, 2013, the trio set off on an exciting adventure deep into the breathtaking Angeles National Forest. Towering trees and stunning views provided the backdrop for an experience they would never forget.

As they went further into the wilderness, a strange feeling of unease settled over them. It felt like the forest was holding its breath, and they sensed something they couldn’t see. Curiosity pushed them forward, unaware of the terrifying encounter they were about to face.

In the heart of the forest, they heard a voice calling their names from all directions. Confused, they looked at each other, trying to figure out where the calls were coming from.

With fear gripping them, the hikers cautiously followed the enchanting yet unsettling voices. Suddenly, in a sunny spot, they saw the fleshgait appear. It was tall and slender, with eerie eyes that seemed to shine from another world. Its appearance matched what others had described—a tall and thin creature with pale skin that stood out against the green forest.

Surprisingly, the fleshgait showed no signs of wanting to harm them. Instead, it seemed curious and watched them with an enigmatic gaze. The hikers watched in both awe and fear, their hearts racing with a mix of emotions.

After a few intense moments, the creature vanished into the forest, disappearing quickly as if it were never there. The hikers were left bewildered but relieved that nothing bad had happened. They hurried back to civilization, eager to share their extraordinary story.

How to Know A Fleshgait is Near

Here are some signs that suggest that a Fleshgait may be nearby:

You hear someone calling your name, but it’s not the person you know. For example, a woman heard her “mother” calling for help in the woods, even though she knew her real mother was far away. Despite the strange voice, she felt a strong urge to follow it. Later, she heard chattering noises and realized something was wrong. She barely escaped.

Your group feels like it has more people than before. People often sense an “extra person” around them before a fleshgait attack.

You see claws wrapped around a tree or a very thin figure that doesn’t look human. Many people witness them with their hands wrapped around trees or standing nearby. Some even describe them as resembling the character Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

There are reports of animals being killed in unusual ways or strange disappearances happening nearby. This makes sense because fleshgaits are predators.

The forest suddenly becomes quiet and eerily still. This often means there’s a predator nearby and creates a feeling of panic in the woods.

Your “friend” starts acting strangely and doesn’t sound like themselves.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to trust your instincts and make a quick exit from the area.

How to Avoid a Fleshgait Attack

Fleshgaits are believed to be attracted to bright colors so it may be wise to wear more dull colors when adventuring in the woods.

Have you ever seen a Fleshgait? Tell us about it in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Fleshgait you might be interested in similar creatures such as El Silbon or La Siguanaba.

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Bélmez Faces




One of the Belmez Faces.

In 1971, strange stains in the shape of human faces started appearing on the kitchen floor of a house in Bélmez de La Moraleda, a little village in Andalusia, Spain.

The Story of the Bélmez Faces

Another Belmez Face

Back in August 1971, María Gómez Cámara noticed a weird stain forming on her kitchen floor. It soon transformed into a creepy face, and to her surprise, the stain seemed to move around.

María tried to remove it, but nothing worked. Her husband and son even tried destroying it with a pick-axe and re-cementing the floor, but it came back a week later, along with more faces.

News of the “house of faces” spread quickly, attracting many curious visitors who wanted to witness this mysterious phenomenon for themselves. Parapsychology experts arrived and considered it a great mystery. They even claimed to have recorded strange voices in the house.

A local urban legend began to spread claiming that skeletons were found buried under the floor during an investigation.

Eventually, a new floor was made, and people thought the faces were gone for good. However, just two weeks later, a different face started appearing, surprising everyone once again.

By Easter of 1972, a large number of people were visiting the house to witness the faces. The Pereira family continued to claim that new faces kept appearing for the next 30 years. These faces were of both men and women, and they varied in shapes, sizes, and expressions.

Investigations into the Belmez Faces

The main researchers involved in the Bélmez case were Hans Bender and Germán de Argumosa. They worked together in Bélmez and Freiburg in the early 1970s when the alleged phenomena began. Surprisingly, neither Bender nor de Argumosa published an official report on their findings.

Bender only mentioned the case briefly in his journal, Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie. He did make some references to the case in his lectures, particularly mentioning the sealing of certain areas of the floor where faces were forming, using transparent plastic material. He stated that slight changes in the faces’ appearance during this sealed period, as documented by a notary, supported their paranormal origin.

In 2014, a TV show called Cuarto Milenio, hosted by Iker Jiménez, conducted a technical analysis to investigate the possibility of a hoax related to the Bélmez faces. The research was carried out by José Javier Gracenea, a chemical engineering doctor and general manager of Medco, along with Luis Alamancos, a forensic criminalist who served as the chairman of Gabinete Pericial Inpeval and director of the Spanish Institute of Applied Criminalistics. Alamancos was later honored with the European Police Cross of Honor.

With the permission of the house owner, Gracenea collected samples from the faces and analyzed them. His conclusion was that the images “were not created with paint” and that there was no evidence of external manipulation or added elements based on scientific knowledge and analysis techniques.

Alamancos attempted to replicate similar images using various methods that had been considered valid in previous investigations, including concrete solvents, hydrochloric acid, and silver nitrate. However, he failed to reproduce the faces and concluded that he was utterly perplexed by the phenomenon.

Skepticism about the Belmez Faces

Super Horror Bro covers the Belmez Faces

According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, the Bélmez Faces were intentionally fabricated, and he believes that the faces had a very unprofessional and amateurish appearance in their design.

Similarly, Brian Dunning from Skeptoid has written that investigations revealed the faces were actually painted onto the concrete floor, initially using paint and later with acid. Dunning also suggests that the woman residing in the house was involved in perpetrating a hoax on the public, potentially for financial gain.

In a journal article published in July 1993, Luis Ruiz-Noguez discussed the presence of three pigments commonly used in paint manufacturing: zinc, lead, and chromium. Based on this, Ruiz-Noguez suggested that the use of paint should be considered when it comes to the Bélmez faces, particularly with the suspicion of lead being involved. Here are the reasons he provided:

Lead was commonly used as a pigment for primary colors for a long time.

The analysis showed that the amount of chromium present was too low to be a likely option.

Lead tends to create dark and hard-to-see colorations, unlike chromium.

The most common and inexpensive primary colors are enamels that contain lead, which are widely used in homes because they are easy to apply.

However, Ruiz-Noguez also mentioned some objections to the hypothesis of paint being used based on the ICV (inorganic chemical values) samples. These objections include the fact that alkydalic-type enamels are not resistant to abrasion, paint leaves a visible film that is easily distinguishable from the surface it is applied on, and alkydalic enamels have low chemical tolerance to acids, alkalis, and detergents.

What do you think caused the faces to appear in Belmez? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Belmez Faces you might also be interested in other ghostly faces such as the SS Watertown Ghost Faces or faces appearing in an airplane oven on Flight 401.

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