The Top 7 Urban Legend Horror Stories

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of 07

Honeymoon Horror

Looking Under the Bed
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As told by a reader:

A MAN and woman went to Las Vegas for their honeymoon, and checked into a suite at a hotel. When they got to their room they both detected a bad odor. The husband called down to the front desk and asked to speak to the manager. He explained that the room smelled very bad and they would like another suite. The manager apologized and told the man that they were all booked because of a convention. He offered to send them to a restaurant of their choice for lunch compliments of the hotel, and said he was going to send a maid up to their room to clean and to try and get rid of the odor.

After a nice lunch the couple went back to their room. When they walked in they could both still smell the horrible odor. Again the husband called the front desk and told the manager that the room still smelled really bad. The manager told the man that they would try and find a suite at another hotel. He called every hotel on the strip, but every hotel was sold out because of the convention. The manager told the couple that they couldn't find them a room anywhere, but they would try and clean the room again. The couple wanted to see the sights and do a little gambling anyway, so they said they would give them two hours to clean and then they would be back.

When the couple had left, the manager and all of the housekeeping staff went to the room to try and find what was making it smell so bad. They searched the entire suite and found nothing, so the maids changed the sheets, changed the towels, took down the curtains and put new ones up, cleaned the carpet, and cleaned the suite again using the strongest cleaning products they had.

The couple came back two hours later to find the room still had a bad odor. The husband was so angry at this point he decided to find whatever this smell was himself. So he started tearing the entire suite apart.

As he pulled the top mattress off the box spring of the bed he found the dead body of a woman. God only knows how long it had been there.

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02
of 07

The Infestation

Spider
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As told by a reader:

A WOMAN decides to take a trip to a tropical location (I think it was Costa Rica). Her plan is to relax and get a suntan during the week that she's there.

She spends the week lazing on numerous beaches, but on the last day decides to take a tour through a forested area. While in the area, she happens upon a secluded waterfall and a quiet resting place, where she decides to take a swim and then dry off in the sun.

The woman falls asleep while lying in the sun. When she wakes up, she's horribly frightened by a spider crawling on her cheek. She hurriedly brushes the spider away and carries on her way.

A few weeks after returning home, the woman develops a cyst of sorts on her cheek. She goes to the emergency room, where the doctor tells her they will need to pop the cyst to let the fluid escape. The woman agrees to this simple and painless procedure. The doctor proceeds. As it's a painless procedure, the woman is not anesthetized. Soon after the doctor makes the first attempt to pop the cyst, the woman hears a gasp and then feels something trickling down her cheek. She assumes it's the fluid. The doctor tells her not to panic. Instinctively, she brings her hand to her cheek to wipe off the fluid. At that point she realizes that it's not fluid, but rather something crawling on her cheek.

Spiders.... hundreds of tiny spiders are crawling all over her face and on her hand!

She lets out a blood-curdling scream and totally loses it. She is so distraught and out of control that she needs to be restrained by several staff.

To this date, she remains in the psychiatric ward of the same hospital where the procedure took place. Fair warning.

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03
of 07

The Lavender Wraith

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As told by a reader:

IT'S NEARING sundown and a traveling salesman is driving along an old, two-lane highway south of here, looking for a cheap motel to stay the night. Approaching an intersection, he spies a young woman in a lavender gown standing to the side of the rode. He stops and asks her if she needs a ride.

The girl is very grateful and tells him she's been abandoned by her date for the senior prom and just wants to go home. It's a chilly night, so the salesman lets her wear his sweater.

He drives her to the address she has given him, drops her off at the front door of the house, and heads back out onto the highway. A short while later, remembering his sweater, he returns to the house and rings the bell. The girl's mother answers and tearfully informs the driver that her daughter was killed in an automobile accident -- at the very place where he'd picked the apparition up -- exactly one year before, on the night of her senior prom.

He makes his way to the graveyard and finds her grave; his sweater is lying atop it, neatly folded.

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04
of 07

The Organ Thieves

Kidney operation
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Viral message circulating via email:

Subject: Travelers BEWARE!!!!!!

Dear Friends,

I wish to warn you about a new crime ring that is targeting business travelers. This ring is well organized, well funded, has very skilled personnel, and is currently in most major cities and recently very active in New Orleans.

The crime begins when a business traveler goes to a lounge for a drink at the end of the work day.

A person in the bar walks up as they sit alone and offers to buy them a drink. The last thing the traveler remembers until they wake up in a hotel room bath tub, their body submerged to their neck in ice, is sipping that drink. There is a note taped to the wall instructing them not to move and to call 911. A phone is on a small table next to the bathtub for them to call.

The business traveler calls 911 who have become quite familiar with this crime.

The business traveler is instructed by the 911 operator to very slowly and carefully reach behind them and feel if there is a tube protruding from their lower back. The business traveler finds the tube and answers, "Yes." The 911 operator tells them to remain still, having already sent paramedics to help. The operator knows that both of the business traveler's kidneys have been harvested.

This is not a scam or out of a science fiction novel, it is real.

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05
of 07

The Tainted Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes
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As told by a reader:

A couple from suburban California were vacationing in Jamaica when their room was broken into and everything stolen, with the exception of their camera and their toothbrushes. Considering themselves fortunate to have retained the camera with their vacation photos, they returned home where they had the film developed.

Two pictures were unidentifiable — something like an aerial view of two mounds of earth with a pole in between. They later realized, to their horror, that it was a photo of their toothbrushes up someone's rear end.

As told by another reader:

A couple from Saskatchewan was enjoying a holiday in Ocho Rios. Late one afternoon they returned to their hotel room to find that thieves had cleaned them out. Everything had been stolen except for their toothbrushes and -- oddly enough -- their camera.

They bought new clothes and suitcases and other needed items, and completed their holiday, continuing to use their camera and their toothbrushes. When they got back to Saskatoon, they had their rolls of film developed. 

Among the pictures that they had developed were photographs of two gentlemen in their hotel room inserting the couple's toothbrushes into their rectums.  

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06
of 07

The Stolen Granny

Family Vacation
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A FRIEND of a friend knows a family who were on vacation, driving through some remote part of the country in their station wagon. They had brought Grandma along even though she was quite elderly and not feeling well, because her heart was set on going on this one last trip with her grandchildren, and they didn't want to disappoint her.

Unfortunately, at some point during the long drive Grandma passed away in the back seat of the car. Her grandchildren, sitting on either side of her, became hysterical.

Since they were several hours away from the nearest sizable city, the father did the only thing he could think of to remedy the situation. He wrapped Grandma's corpse in a thick blanket, secured it to the luggage rack on top of the station wagon, and drove on.

When they finally reached the outskirts of civilization the father stopped at a service station and everyone clambered out of the car while he used a payphone to call authorities and report the death. Understandably nervous and upset, he didn't realize he had left the keys in the ignition.

When the family went back to the car they found it had been stolen, along with all their possessions... and Grandma!

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07
of 07

The Mexican Pet

Vermin
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As told by a reader:

THIS WOMAN and her husband go to Mexico. Outside their motel room, the lady notices a strange-looking small doggie. She feeds it for a couple of nights and eventually she lets the dog sleep in the room with them. She falls in love with this ugly, but adorable pooch and decides to take it home at the end of their vacation.

She carries the animal in a blanket onto a bus that is taking them to the airport. The new pet is licking her face as she snuggles with it. She notices a local older man on the bus looking at her. She asks the man if he knows what possible breed of dog she has grown to love. He tells her that it's not a dog she is cuddling, but it is actually a large type of Mexican rat.

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