Top 5 Urban Legends in the United States

From stories of the Yeti to modern stories, like the famous “Humans Lick Too”, urban legends
are a large part of American culture just as much as haunted places. Surely you and your
friends sat around the flashlight at a sleepover at night or around a campfire on a cool summer
night telling each other creepy stories of things that may or may not be.

Some stories are pure speculation, while others are meant to teach the listener a story, but
regardless of the reasons for the stories, you all know some such tales. We’ve compiled a list of
the top five urban legends in the United States

1. Bigfoot
Sasquatch. Bigfoot. You know who he is. Bigfoot is a legend (or is he?) dating back centuries,
originating in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. Bigfoot is
approximately somewhere between six and nine feet tall, weighing somewhere up to 1,000 lbs,
and completely covered in sleek black hair.

Bigfoot sightings date all the way back to the early 19th century. About one-third of all sightings
take place in the pacific northwest, though Bigfoot has been seen in the northeastern United
States as well. Bigfoot is said to mainly be a plant-eater and is said to be nocturnal, so you don’t
need to worry about him mistaking you for food.

Find Bigfoot with your own two eyes! Book a trip to the Pacific Northwest

2. Knife in the Briefcase
This frightening close call was circulated for a while. A woman at a mall in Columbus, OH left
after a long day of shopping to find her car had a flat tire. A good Samaritan nearby saw the flat
tire and came to help her. She said no thank you and called a repair service. Unfortunately, the
repair service said it was going to take an hour to get there. The man began to insist she let him
fix the tire himself. She gave in and he changed the tire. Upon finishing, the man asked for a
ride to a separate parking lot, where his car was parked.
The woman, realizing she was late, said no and drove home. Once home, her husband came
out to the car and found the man’s briefcase left behind. He opened it up to find a number and
return the bag. The briefcase contained only five items: a rag, chloroform, duct tape, a body
bag, and an ice pick.

This classic story has been passed around for ages, possibly dating back to the 19th century,
with various interpretations in existence. The moral of the story is always to take caution.

3. Skunk Ape

Imagine the foulest smelling creature with ultimate strength. This is the skunk ape (also called
swamp ape), a relative of Bigfoot hiding out the swamps of southern USA. Skunk ape usually,
according to legend, calls the swamps, already filled with terrifying animals, his home. The
Skunk Ape is reportedly over seven feet tall, and weighs up to 400 lbs., making him somebody
you really don’t want to run into.

Skunk Ape has been spotted all over the Gulf area of the southern states, including Florida,
Louisiana, and eastern Texas, however, the most famous sighting took place in Lettuce Lake,
near Tampa, FL. In the video from Lettuce Lake, two men in a canoe in the swamp spot a large,
black, hairy creature easily walk into the alligator-infested waters before disappearing. While
Skunk Ape is not typically known to attack, there are reported incidents of the creature ripping
into entire boars.

Catch the skunk ape for yourself and book a trip to Florida.

4. The Vanishing Hitchhiker
As the story goes, it was late one night and the fog was settling in. A newlywed couple was late
to their honeymoon spot as their car winded its way through the northern California roads.
Suddenly, they spotted a hitchhiker on the road – a young girl. The girl, pale as a sheet of paper
with a tattered, white dress, asked the couple to take her home, just 10 miles down the road.
The couple agreed as the young girl hopped into the backseat. She told the couple that her
house, a white house with a red rose garden out front, sat just across from an old, abandoned
gas station. The girl fell asleep during the drive, so when the car arrived at the destination, the
wife turned around to wake her up. She was startled to see, however, that the young girl had
just vanished.

An older couple stepped out of the house asking if they could help the younger couple. The
newlywed husband, visibly confused, stumbled to explain that they had encountered a young
hitchhiker. The older man confirmed that it was a young girl, who told the young couple she
needed a ride home. The older woman explained that the young girl was their daughter, killed
by a drunk driver at that exact spot in the road, exactly 12 years earlier. The young couple, in
shock, entered the car to drive off. As they were driving off, they took one look back at the
house to see it completely abandoned and in disrepair.

There are many variations of the story, some of which end with the couple driving off, and
others in which the girl has borrowed something of the couple’s and when they go to retrieve it,
they find it on her grave. The story was first recorded at the turn of the 20th century, while there
are reports of it going much further back, the exact date, however, remains unknown.

5. The Jersey Devil
Head of the goat, wings of a bat, body like a kangaroo, horns, claws, hooves, and a forked tail.
Mix it and let it brew – this brings you the Jersey Devil. The creature is reported to be the 13th

child of a Mother Leeds, of the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. Upon finding out she was
pregnant for the 13th time in 1735, Mother Leeds cursed the child, born to a witch and
supposedly the devil himself. The baby was born a normal baby but immediately transformed
into the creature we know today as the Jersey Devil.

The first reported sighting of the creature since then was in 1812 by Joseph Bonaparte, brother
of Napoleon Bonaparte. Now, sightings are reported all across the southern and central part of
the state. The Jersey Devil is said to attack residents in the Garden State. In 1927, a taxi driver
in Salem City reported that the beast attacked his car. Later in 1980, forest rangers stumbled
upon a frightening scene: a pack of pigs had been brutally slaughtered and their backs had
been eaten, but there were no tracks leading to or from the scene, leading authorities to wonder
if the Jersey Devil was responsible.

The best photographic evidence was from 2015 in Galloway Township, when a resident saw
something that looked like a llama walking by the trees before flying away.

Are you skeptical of the Jersey Devil? Head to NJ yourself and figure out the truth.