/ News, Other / USA Roadside Urban Legends

USA Roadside Urban Legends

Linked In Share
USA Roadside Urban Legends

There’s nothing better than a good old spooky story – unless it’s a good old spooky story about cars. The USA is the natural home of automobile urban legends. Maybe it’s the long stretches of lonely highway that are so supernaturally inspiring?

Wherever the stories come from and however true they are, they’re widespread; car insurance companies even talk about ‘phantom vehicles’ when processing claims. In gleeful anticipation of Halloween, here are a few of the best of the many freaky car tales from stateside:

The Hook Hand

This is perhaps the most famous roadside urban legend of them all – and it starts with a teenage couple drive to their local make-out spot for a bit of privacy. The night is dark and gloomy, so they roll up the windows, turn on the radio and cuddle close together.

Suddenly, an urgent alert interrupt the song that’s playing – a madman has escaped from a nearby criminal asylum. The announcer says he’s a dangerous murderer with a distinctive hook hand that he uses to tear at his victims. The girl begins to panic and ask to be taken home, while the boy insists there’s nothing to worry about. She prevails, though, and eventually the boy angrily starts the car and quickly pulls away.

They stop outside the girl’s house and she gets out, turning to say goodnight – but begins to scream and cry. The boy rushes round to her side of the car, noticing a long scratch down its side. A claim for his motor insurance, perhaps, but surely nothing to panic about…then, he sees the bloodied hook hanging from the car’s door handle!

Resurrection Mary

The story goes that the young, beautiful Mary is doomed to wander the roadside where she died for eternity. Drivers have reported seeing a pale blonde teenage girl in a white dress appear from no-where; some say they’ve even picked her up, thinking she was a hitchhiker. According to legend, the girl is quiet, cold and sad, and will ask to be dropped off at the graveyard.

The Headlight Stalker

A woman’s driving home alone from work on a near-empty road when a car goes to overtake her. After pulling out, though, it suddenly brakes and swerves back in behind her, wildly flashing its headlights. The woman is unnerved but decides not to pull over, fearing that the car contains a madman that’s trying to lure her to the side of the road.

The car stays behind her, periodically flashing its lights – the woman is getting more and more unnerved as it follows her through the twisting alleyways that lead to her house. She zooms up outside her home and squeals to a stop, leaving the car running as she leaps out of the driver’s seat and runs to her front door. The man who’s been following behind her also jumps out of his car, screaming ‘Get inside and call 911!’

When the Police arrive, they find two men locked in a struggle. One has a huge butcher’s knife. As the following car had gone to overtake, its driver had seen the shadow of a man in the back seat of the lady’s car wielding the weapon. He had followed her, flashing his lights every time he saw the crouching figure go to cut her throat.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 - filed under News, Other. Image credit: INA.
Linked In Share
Related Articles
Car Insurance car insurance companies insurance


Discuss: USA Roadside Urban Legends

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Post-race rumours rock Monza paddock
Post-race rumours rock Monza paddockSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1's 2015 'silly season' is no longer just about the drivers. Now, it is major rumblings about the ...
20-race 2015 calendar surfaces at Monza
20-race 2015 calendar surfaces at MonzaSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) A preliminary calendar for 2015 is doing the rounds in the Monza paddock. The schedule, first ...
Williams keeps Bottas, Massa for 2015
Williams keeps Bottas, Massa for 2015Sep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Williams will field an unchanged race driver lineup in 2015. The news, announced by the British team ...
Monza’s F1 future remains in doubt
Monza’s F1 future remains in doubtSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) As the F1 world rejoices at the historic, high speed and highly popular Monza, the future of the ...
Montezemolo denial not stopping future rumours
Montezemolo denial not stopping future rumoursSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Luca di Montezemolo's half-hearted denial on Saturday has not stopped rampant speculation about the ...
Verstappen to aim for F1 license next week
Verstappen to aim for F1 license next weekSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Max Verstappen's high speed rush from boyhood to the formula one grid will continue apace next ...
All eyes on Monza chicane as ‘Star Wars’ goes on
All eyes on Monza chicane as ‘Star Wars’ goes onSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Millions of eyes will be analysing every millimetre movement on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton and Nico ...
McLaren say Honda era could get early debut
McLaren say Honda era could get early debutSep.7 (GMM/Inautonews.com) McLaren's Honda era could get an earlier than expected start. Just days ago, the returning Japanese ...
Montezemolo plays down ‘excessive’ rumours
Montezemolo plays down ‘excessive’ rumoursSep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Luca di Montezemolo was coy on Saturday as he played down swirling speculation about his future. The ...
McLaren could keep same drivers in 2015 – Dennis
McLaren could keep same drivers in 2015 – DennisSep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Ron Dennis says it is possible McLaren will line up with the same drivers in 2015. Currently, Kevin ...
Nasr eyeing Massa’s seat with $18m sponsor
Nasr eyeing Massa’s seat with $18m sponsorSep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Felipe Nasr could find his way into a Williams cockpit for 2015, according to the paddock grapevine ...
Lotus at Monza is ‘worst car’ – Grosjean
Lotus at Monza is ‘worst car’ – GrosjeanSep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Romain Grosjean is pulling no punches at Monza as he assesses the performance of his Lotus ...
Vergne ‘open’ to future outside F1
Vergne ‘open’ to future outside F1Sep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Jean-Eric Vergne insists he has his "eyes open" to opportunities outside of formula one for ...
Rumours of Montezemolo exit gather steam at Monza
Rumours of Montezemolo exit gather steam at MonzaSep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Rumours are gathering steam by the hour that Luca di Montezemolo's regular visit to Monza on Saturday ...
Mercedes considering driver change for 2015
Mercedes considering driver change for 2015Sep.6 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1's 'silly season' is bursting into life at Monza -- and almost every team in pitlane is playing ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Mercedes_AMG_game
Divine_DS
cayman_S
Samsung_SM7_nova
DS_divine
Audi A6
nissan_deadmau5a
Renault_Megane_ultimate0
Spy-Shots of Cars
Hyundai_i20_1
H350-interior
002-2016-mazda-mx5-miata-1

More automotive from inautonews
Just counting the teasers for the hotly anticipated Mercedes-Benz AMG GT sports car would be an exhausting time-consuming process. But the world of video games comes to the rescue once more, partially revealing the car in a series of screenshots from the upcoming video game Driveclub. The ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Can Ricciardo do a Prost ’86?
Can Ricciardo do a Prost ’86?For the third time this season, Mercedes faltered in their 1988-esque campaign and there’s only one man ready to pounce whenever opportunities ...
Test Drive – Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI 4Matic
Test Drive – Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI 4MaticDaimler’s passenger cars division – which consists of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands – has vowed to recover the distance from its German ...
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.2 Alberto Ascari
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.2 Alberto AscariLike his father he was so fast, sometimes perhaps too fast. In pure natural speed and car control no driver could hold a candle to Alberto Ascari in ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Nissan to recall 55,000 cars over faulty gasoline engine starter motorNissan Motor Co stated on Thursday that it decided to recall 55,000 cars in Japan because of a ... Recall roundup: Suzuki Kizashi for spider problemsSuzuki has announced a recall for the Kizashi models because of spider problems which seem to love ...
Safety Section