Top 10 Scary Californian Urban Legends

10. Alcatraz Island Of Evil
Before Alcatraz was even a high-security prison, Miwok tribes of California were NOT about that rock. They thought that the sandstone rock that protrudes from the middle of San Francisco Bay was inhabited by evil spirits. When the prison was built on the rock, it became one of the most notorious high-security prisons of all time. It is presumed that all who tried to escape the jail were killed – if they fall into the rocky water didn’t kill you, the sharks that infested the water might. The Prison was infamous for the criminals it housed, their somewhat inhumane confinement and the murders that happened with the walls of the jail.

Alcatraz stopped functioning as a prison in 1963, but the memories of the buildings brutal era live on. In 1946, three men were killed in a bloody standoff in Block C – these days, national park employees believe C block to be haunted. Security hears clanging and dissonant screams at night and is reportedly haunted by a trouble-making ghost called Butcher, a hitman killed by another prisoner. The most haunted place in the building, however, is allegedly cell 14-D, a solitary confinement hole. The hole is said to turn men mad…and criminally insane is a lot worse than simply being a criminal. It seems Alcatraz was always an island of evil spirits, and by building a jail there, the United States government just added a few more to the mix, whilst damning others to expire there.

9. The Billiwhack Monster
Ahhh the legend of the Billiwhack Monster. So this Californian legend goes all the way back to the 1940s but is still going strong today. The old Billywhack Dairy building is situated in Santa Paula in Ventura County. The building was indeed an old dairy – and was run by August Rubel, a German national living in the united states. Rumour had it at the time that Rubel had a secret lab under the dairy where he was working with the government to create a super soldier for warfare. In 1943, he had to go back to Germany, which was tricky as he was working for the allies and war had already broken out. It seems Rubel was killed by a German land mine and was unable to return to the Billywhack dairy.

Some years later, a strange creature was reported in the area around the now abandoned dairy. Most of the reports came from students at Santa Paula High School who called the police to tell them their cars were being hit with rocks thrown by a large looking animal. Some students even reported being set upon by a large white humanoid looking creature with goat-like horns and razor-sharp claws. It seems something fitting that description terrorized hikers nearby in 1964. It wasn’t just the monster causing trouble either – locals were getting frustrated with the teams of vigilantes turning up to try and hunt the beast!

8. California’s Skinwalkers In Navajo Culture
A lot of people believe in skinwalkers. Skinwalkers are said to be witches who ascended to their superhuman powers by sacrificing – by murdering – a close family member. These skinwalkers can then take the form of an animal of there choosing, although they usually appear as wolves, owls, coyote’s, foxes and crows. These witches are said to be extremely dangerous and you do not want to encounter one for fear of invoking their wrath. These skinwalkers are said to be most commonly found stalking desserts in California, like Death Valley, the Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree. When Nick Redfern visited Joshua Tree in August 2010 for a VH1 Documentary, he said he came across a woman who helped save injured wolves and other animals in the area but was deathly terrified of meeting a skinwalker. So much so, she wouldn’t even utter the S word.

7. Turnbull Canyon
Turnbull Canyon was dubbed the dark place by local native tribes, and that nickname has more to it than simply referring to the lack of light. Back then, the native tribes would refuse to set foot there. The place became even darker when Spanish invaders forced natives into the Canyon, killing those that fell out of line. Since then, legend says that every Native American killed in the canyon still haunts it today – watching passers-by and waiting for the sun to rise. Many explorers feel watched when they venture into the canyon. Not only is the canyon haunted by the spirits of the wronged natives, but it is also said to be a hotbed for occult activity, with reports of black-robed beings making effigies in the remote area. A string of disappearances around the nearby Puente Hills has been put down to satanic activity in the canyon. To make this a triple whammy of creepy – there is also an abandoned mental asylum in the canyon.

6. Stow Lake
The White Lady is said to be one of the ghosts of San Francisco, and this particular lost soul is said to haunt the Stow Lake area of the city. Few are brave to walk by Stow Lake at night, although some zealous youths find it funny to turn amateur ghost hunter by provoking the spirit. The story goes that once upon a time, a woman was out walking her baby in a stroller. She became tired and sat down on a bench next to the lake when another lady joined her and they had a brief chat. While the women chatted, it is said that the stroller rolled away unnoticed, either because the breaks malfunctioned, they weren’t put on properly or someone abducted the child.

The mother became distressed and started frantically wandering the area asking if anyone had seen her child. Eventually, she thought the baby must have rolled into the lake and so she got into the water to look for her. After that, neither mother or child was seen again and it is presumed the woman drowned. Now, at night, her ghostly apparition still stalks the area looking for her child. Some versions of the urban legend even say you can summon the ghost yourself. Allegedly, if you say White lady, white lady, I have your baby” three times, the lady will appear. She’ll ask you, “Have you seen my baby?” If you say yes, she’ll haunt you and if you say no, she’ll kill you.

5. The Angel of Bodie
Bodie is one of many Californian Ghosts towns. As we know, California was at the forefront of the gold rush, but it was also heavy on the silver mining. Bodie had 10 thousand residents in 1859 and was thriving in 1894 when little Evelyn Myers was born. Growing up around a mine has its dangers, but as families settled to make their fortunes, this was the life many children in the South West of the United States came to know. Little Evelyn was nearly four years old when she tragically lost her life. Her downfall was her playful curiosity; she likes to follow the miners to work and she would often land herself in trouble with her parents.

One day, she followed a miner to work and he sent her back home, but she was sneaky and snuck back to watch him work. Sadly, he didn’t know she was behind him when he swung his pickaxe back and crushed her skull. A monument was erected in her honor and it is said that her ghost now haunts the deserted town. She can be heard laughing and giggling as she skips gleefully around her home.

4. The Charred Man Of Creek Road
I don’t like a ghost at the best of times, but a charred ghost with vacant eye sockets? No THANKS. The legend of the charred man has been told around Ojai campfires for decades. The charred man is said to stalk creek road and the Camp Comfort County Park. Many have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a man on fire with blacked burned skin and hollow eye sockets. The charred man has most commonly been spotted in the Creek Road Bridge – when a car passes the bridge, he will emerge and glare at the passengers. Not only that – he comes with the stench of burning flesh, which is something I have luckily never had to experience, but I can only imagine is awful. It is said that the man leaves an imprint of ash on cars that get too close to him.

3. The Monster of Elizabeth Lake
While Elizabeth Lake in the Antelope Valley may look like heaven, it actually has a hellish legend attached to it. Los Angeles County’s largest natural lake could contain a nasty beast. Legend has it that the lake was created by the devil himself and he placed one of his own pets inside it. If you swim deep enough, you may find a secret passage that leads to the underworld. The Lake Monster uses this passage to move between earth and the netherworld. The lake was originally referred to by Spanish Settlers as La Laguna De Diablo – the lake of the devil because they were convinced of the lurking monster. In the late 1800s, a group of men claimed to have witnessed the ascension of a vast monster with bat wings coming from the lake.

2. The Fresno Nightcrawler
Ah, the legend of the Fresno Nightcrawler! Rumors of strange Cryptids walking around at night in Fresno California began surfacing in the late nineties and early 2000s. There were only a handful of eyewitnesses and reports were shaky until some strange footage emerged in 2008. CCTV video seemed to show a strange biped walking down a road. By biped…I mean, that was pretty much it. The figure was all legs, walking down the street like dexterous tweezers….Or, I guess looking a bit like a possessed pair of trousers. The footage is grainy but definitely strange. Watch for yourself. Well, many people think that the strange nightcrawler is some kind of Fresno monster, but many more think it is an alien! Similar Cryptids have been spotted in Yosemite and in Poland. What is this figure? A puppet? An Alien? An undiscovered creature? A Ghost? Is the Fresno Nightcrawler real, whatever it may be, or is this a bizarre hoax?

1. The Dark Watchers of Santa Lucia
The Dark Watchers are a legend in Santa Lucia, California and were known by Spanish Settlers as Los Vigilantes Oscuro. The watchers are regularly described as tall, sometimes giant sized featureless dark silhouettes often adorned with brimmed hats or walking sticks. They have been frequently spotted in the Santa Lucia Mountains watching passers-by. The figures are mainly spotted around twilight and dawn. No one has ever seen one up close, and it is said that if a person does ever come close to one, they will disappear. They have been regularly spotted by walkers, and many believe that if they stay on the path they are on and keep going about their business, the watchers won’t bother them.

Writer John Steinbeck’s son, Thomas, believed he saw the watchers growing up. In the 1960s, a high school principal reported seeing a tall man with a hat watching him as he led a group hike. When he called out, the figure disappeared. Scientists offer a number of different  explanations for the sightings with some saying they could be Brocken specters, which happen in certain atmospheric conditions when the sun is at a particular angle. Others say they could be fatigue based hallucinations.

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