Bloody Mary Legend
Who can forget the scary story of Bloody Mary, the evil spirit who will scratch your eyes out when summoned? Most people heard the Bloody Mary legend when they were children, listening to spooky ghost stories around the campfire. The tale is still told at slumber parties, campouts, and late-night bonfire parties.
The legend claims that the evil woman can be summoned by chanting "Bloody Mary" into a mirror anywhere from three to one-hundred times in a darkened room lit only by a candle. (Thirteen seems to be the most popular number of chants, appropriately so.) The bathroom is the most popular setting to test out the legend, but other dark rooms seem applicable.
After the given amount of chants, the spirit will then appear in a mirror and claw your eyes out and death will follow. Other variations have her driving you insane or pulling you into the mirror, never to be seen again.
Who Bloody Mary really is remains a mystery. While there are many versions of this story, most accounts point to a woman named Mary Worth, who was horribly disfigured in a car crash. Some people still tell of a witch who was burned at the stake and has returned for revenge, or it may be the devil himself who comes for your soul.
The Bloody Mary Legend saw some rising popularity with a variation of the story in the 1992 movie "Candyman" that used the idea for it's plot. When the characters chanted "Candyman" in the mirror 5 times, he would appear and murder them with his hook hand. I found this movie terrifying! Although I can say that as an adult I generally don't have any nightmares from horror movies, this one I remember vividly -- waking up in a cold sweat, and trying not to fall back asleep.
Bloody Mary was a witch who lived in a little cottage deep in the woods and practiced dark magic for a living. She was known to cause grief for her neighbors, making their children sick, causing livestock to die and crops to dry up amongst other events. The witch did a lot of horrible things but mostly she was ignored until little girls started disappearing from the town. Of course, everyone's suspicions turned to the witch but she denied everything. The families were so desperate to find their children that some went to her creepy house to search for them. Of course there was no proof that she took the girls but things started to get more suspicious when all the villagers noticed she was getting younger and more attractive.
Then one night, the miller's daughter woke up out of her sleep and was walked outside following a humming sound. The miller's wife was downstairs in the kitchen when she saw her daughter in a trance walking towards outside. She screamed and woke up her husband and together they tried to restrain their daughter but couldn't hold her back. The daughter walked to the edge of the town and by now all the neighbors heard the screams and followed to help the parents rescue their daughter. One of the farmers pointed towards a light in the edge of the woods. They realized it was Bloody Mary glowing while she pointed a magic wand and put an evil curse on the miller's house.
The townsmen all saw her and grabbed their weapons to put an end to her evil. When she saw the people running towards her, her concentration on the spell was broken and she tried to run back into the woods. One of the farmers loaded his gun with a silver bullet and shot Bloody Mary in the hip where she fell to the ground. All the angry villagers carried her limp body back to the field and burned her at the stake. As she was burning, she muttered an evil spell to all the townspeople. If anyone said her name out loud in front of a mirror, her evil spirit would come back and get revenge by causing the one who spoke her name to die horribly.. After she was dead, the villagers went to her cottage in the woods and found the graves of the missing little girls and discovered she was using their blood to make her younger.
From that day on, anyone who chants Bloody Mary three times infront of a darkended mirror will call the spirit of the witch. She will then tear the bodies of her victims to shreds and rip their souls from their mutilated bodies. They will be trapped forever in the mirror and their souls will burn in agony like she once did.