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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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Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit of Pine Ridge




Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit. Photo: Ranker.

In 2015 a spree of suicides took place in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some believe these were caused by an evil spirit called Walking Sam.

Who is Walking Sam?

An artist’s depiction of Walking Sam. Photo: Ranker

Walking Sam is known by various names, including “Tall Man” and “Stovepipe Hat Bigfoot.” He is a towering figure standing at seven feet tall and has eyes but no mouth, sometimes wearing a stove-pipe hat.

When he raises his arms, people can see the bodies of his past victims hanging beneath him. Walking Sam is said to call out to teenagers and try to convince them that they are worthless, urging them to take their own lives. Some believe that he targets young people because they are more vulnerable to his manipulations.

According to Native American legends, Walking Sam is an ancient being closely linked to “Stick Indians,” who are dark and shadowy spirit entities.

Kids grow up hearing spooky stories about these evil forces that haunt reservations and try to lure unsuspecting victims to their doom. They’re always followed by a creepy cloud of death that just hangs around them.

If you hear whistling, it might be one of these Stick Indians nearby. But if you follow the sound, you could get paralyzed, hypnotized, or even lose your mind completely.

If you disrespect them, they’ll hold a grudge and seek revenge no matter what. Some tribes are so scared of them that they won’t even talk about them, so we don’t know everything about these beings. But Walking Sam is supposed to be one of the most powerful ones.

There are those who believe that Walking Sam represents the pain and trauma that the Lakota Indians endure on a daily basis. Given the deep spiritual connection that the Lakota people have with their land and heritage, some see Walking Sam as a physical embodiment of this suffering.

The Pine Ridge Suicides

A video telling the story of Walking Sam

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located near the Black Hills of South Dakota and is home to the Oglala Lakota tribe. It’s one of the largest Indian reservations in the US. Sadly, Pine Ridge has a sad past as hundreds of Lakota Indians were killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre.

It’s one of the poorest counties in the US. In 2015, a number of young people committed suicide on the reservation, and some people thought that supernatural forces like the legendary Walking Sam were to blame.

From December 2014 to March 2015, there were a staggering 103 suicide attempts, with nine of them being successful, and tragically, none of the victims were older than twenty-five.

The majority of those who died had used hanging as the method of suicide. Although there had been other clusters of suicides in previous years, this was the largest. As the community struggled to understand and deal with the crisis, some looked to traditional Native American beliefs for answers.

Lakota children are raised hearing stories about “suicide spirits,” “stick people,” and shadow people who try to lure young people away from their homes at night. These stories may have evolved over time, influenced by the popularity of Slender Man, into the figure now known as Walking Sam.

Walking Sam Sightings

During meetings of reservation officials, one of the topics that often comes up is Walking Sam. These officials advise reservation members to avoid walking on the streets at night as it would be an ideal time for Walking Sam to approach his victims.

Several residents have expressed concern and requested the police to keep a lookout for Walking Sam. Many residents have reported seeing his shadow and have shared their encounters with the police. Some residents have even reported hearing whistling sounds coming from nowhere.

Have you ever seen Walking Sam? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about Walking Sam you might also be interested in Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts or La Ciguapa: The Woman with Backwards Feet.

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Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts




A Diao Si Gui or Hanged Ghost. Photo: Cryptid Wiki

According to Chinese legend, Diao Si Gui are the souls of those who took their own lives or were executed. These spirits may manifest as a body with a protruding, lengthy red tongue and attempt to persuade those who cross their path to join them in the world beyond.

The Legend of the Diao Si Gui

Diao Si Gui, or Hanged Ghosts can be created in two ways: when a person takes their own life by hanging or when they are executed by hanging as a punishment for their crimes.

The more prolonged and painful the death, such as by slow suffocation instead of a quick snap of the neck, the greater the likelihood of them becoming a Diao Si Gui.

These ghosts are said to haunt the vicinity of the location where they committed suicide and are often depicted with a noose around their neck, dangling feet, and long red tongues hanging from their mouths.

It is believed that one should avoid making eye contact with a Dio Si Gui as they may lure you into a hypnotic state and persuade you to hang yourself.

In some versions of the legend, if the ghost successfully persuades someone to hang themselves, that person becomes a Hanged Ghost while the original ghost goes free.

Other versions suggest that a Hanged Ghost is not limited to a specific location and can torment a person for days, gradually convincing them to take their own life. When the time is right, the ghost will appear to the person in a high place and lower a noose to them.

Stories About Diao Si Gui

In the Chinese Fairy Book by Dr. R. Wilhelm (1921), there is a story known as The Hanged Ghost, which tells the tale of a soldier seeking refuge for the night in an old, run-down temple.

While there, he witnesses a female ghost descending from the rafters, unaware of his presence in the shadows. Intrigued, he follows her to a farmhouse where he discovers the ghost urging a young mother and her child to hang themselves. The soldier intervenes, saving the woman’s life and causing the ghost to flee.

On his way back to the temple, the soldier takes the rope left behind by the ghost, but she appears on the road and demands that he give it back.

He refuses and wraps the rope around his arm, causing the ghost to transform and attack him. The soldier defends himself by flinging his own blood at the ghost, causing her to retreat. He continues his journey with the rope now part of his arm, unfazed by the encounter.

A video telling the tale of Diao Si Gui or hanged ghosts

Possible Explanations for the Diao Si Gui

It is possible that the legend of the hanged ghost came about as a way to help families come to terms with the unexpected suicides of their loved ones. It’s easier to believe that a loved one may have been manipulated in to killing them self by a spirit than it is to believe that they wanted to die.

Have you ever seen a Diao Sui Gui or Hanged Ghost? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Diao Sui Gui you might also be interested in the mysterious stain left behind by the body of Margaret Schilling or how the ghost of Teresita Basa solved her own murder.

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