The Truth Behind The Spookiest Texas Urban Legends

Texas is anything but scary. In fact, you’ll probably be met with the cutting edge of hospitality and an endearing southern drawl by the locals. But there are some deep dark secrets of the past that have stuck around to haunt the Lone Star State. In fact, Texas may just have some of the spookiest urban legends around. If you dare to venture out to these spooky spots this Halloween, you may get the thrill of your lifetime.

1. The Death Shift Nurse

Genene Jones, a  licensed vocational nurse, started her career at the Bexar County Hospital in the neonatal ICU. It wasn’t long after her start that the county witnessed indescribable misfortune. Several children in the unit suffered mysterious emergencies, and before long, other nurses noticed a trend. These children were dying, all of conditions that should have been easily handled, during Jones’ night shift. The occurrence was so regular that hospital staff began referring to Jones’ shift as “the death shift.”

The hospital did not want any publicity on the matter, and Jones’ could not be linked directly to the death of any children. Instead of calling authorities, they booted her out, and she soon began working at a pediatric clinic. The trend continued, with several patients experiencing near-fatal emergencies, and one little girl passing away. Eventually, Genene Jones was tried and later convicted for the murder of up to 60 infants. Bexar County Hospital wanted no such connection to the serial killer and was later convicted for destroying evidence of the untimely deaths within their own ICU.

Now, locals say that Genene’s ghost has risen at the county hospital. Some say that you can see her creeping past the ICU windows during the death shift. Others report hearing the faint sound of a baby’s cry during their hospital stay. Fortunately, the murderous trend has not continued, but if you are so unfortunate to have an overnight stay at that hospital, she might pay you an untimely visit.

2. La Llorona

This one could date back as far as the Aztecs, but only gets creepier with age. La Llorona, which translates roughly to “weeping woman,” is a tale about a young woman and her children. Legend says that she married a young man in San Antonio, and together they had two children, one girl and one boy. Later, her husband fell ill and died, leaving her and the children behind, as well as a mountain of bills and very little money.

The woman, in all her grief, eventually spotted a young man around town. He was handsome and rather well off, and she saw him as a solution to all of her problems. She struck up a conversation, and eventually he began courting her, finding interest in her as well. He proposed, asking her hand in marriage. Until one day he learned of her kids, who she had kept a secret, and broke off the engagement, stating he was not ready to be a father. The woman was shattered, angry even, and did not take kindly to the heartbreak.

She packed a basket and told her kids they were going on a picnic. She had no such intention and instead carried them to the river. Grief-stricken, she drowned her children in the water, hoping that the man would love her once again once her children were gone. Seconds after holding her lifeless children in her hands, she realized the sin she had committed. Her children floated downstream, and in an attempt to catch their bodies, the woman drowned too.

Now, Texas locals say you can still see the woman wandering up and down the river. According to the tales, she is tall and thin, wearing white, and weeping loudly. She’s still searching for her children, and you are unfortunate enough to cross her path or hear her cries, she’s likely to cause you some trouble.

3. Arlington’s Screaming Bridge

The Screaming Bridge, located on what is now known as Greenbelt Road, is a local hotspot for tourist, teens, and paranormal investigators due to the local’s stories of the “haunting screams of girls” that can be heard coming from the demolished bridge. This legend has some background, though, and can be linked back to a fatal car crash in the 1960’s. A group of girls who had just left an evening movie and were out for a ride on the town crossed the bridge at a fair 45 mph, and quickly plunged to their death below.

The local fire department at the time confirmed that the bridge has been partially burned, probably by “hoodlums” in the area. Some local’s say a few of the girls had picked the wrong bones. Later the boys’ were found and brought to trial, where their case was dismissed. The burning bridge was determined to be “just a prank” and local news reports say they “had no malice in their hearts.” Either way, their spirits have stuck around the let us know about the wrongdoings that were done to them. Legend says that you can hear the screams of girls when you approach the bridge, and it’s a sound you’ll carry with your wherever you go.

4. Demon’s Road

Any winding dirt road is sure to be a little spooky at night, but they have nothing on this haunted road in Huntsville, TX. Nobody is sure where exactly the legend originates, but locals will warn you about the dangers of traveling the path, especially at night. The road leads to a small gravesite, Martha Chapel Cemetery, at its winding end, which might explain the demonic apparitions and hooded figures that have been spotted on its course.

Over the years, reports have surfaced of satanic rituals and witchcraft ceremonies that took place on the edge of the path. Perhaps the eeriest part of this haunted legend is the child-like phantom handprints spotted on people’s cars after passing through. Be careful if you choose to take this path, formally known as Bowden’s road, because its phantom tenants may just try to run you off the road. If you are brave enough to take the old dirt road, be aware you’re likely being watched.

These local hotspots might give you all the thrill you need this Halloween, but if you are looking for a more all-in-one destination, grab your Cutting Edge tickets for one of the best haunted houses in Texas.