Oklahoma City Mythbusters
Oklahoma Octopus Legend
This Oklahoma City urban myth tells that there are giant freshwater octopus creatures lurking beneath the surface of three lakes in Oklahoma. Native American legends describe the creature as a leech-type monster that grows to the size of a horse with leathery brown skin. It is said that these wild creatures dwell in Lake Tenkiller, Lake Oologah and Lake Thunderbird. There is no solid evidence to support the belief that such a monstrous octopus prowls through Oklahoma's lakes, but many pundits highlight the high mortality rate and unexplained drowning in the lakes as proof of its existence. Should you dare to swim for yourself, perhaps you'll learn the truth behind this ominous urban myth.
Oklahoma's Deer Woman
The urban myth of the Deer Woman originated in Oklahoma's Native American culture as a sort of precautionary tale for young men. Believers say that the Deer Woman is a shape shifter who appears as a beautiful young woman to entice young men into the woods where she then crushes them to death beneath her hooves. This classic story is a popular one among the Cheyenne Arapaho tribe of Oklahoma who claim that anyone who sees the Deer Woman is doomed to a curse of bad luck and imminent danger. The urban legend of the Deer Woman was even featured as a storyline on the television series "Masters of Horror" in 2005.
Cry Baby Bridge
The gloomy site of the legendary Cry Baby Bridge sits just outside of Moore, Oklahoma. This scary Oklahoma City urban myth, shared by a number of locations across the United States, tells of a woman who lost control of her car while driving over a bridge with her infant child. The baby tragically washed under the river, never to be seen again. Following the incident, locals reported that they could hear a baby crying at the bridge late at night. Others claimed to see a ghostly woman standing above the water looking for her child. Much to the dismay of ghost hunters and Oklahoma City mythbusters alike, the bridge was condemned and is no longer passable by car. The bridge was located past Sooner Road on 134th Street.
The Skirvin Hotel
W.B. Skirvin built the famous Skirvin Hotel in 1910. According to this urban legend, Skirvin had an affair with a young maid and, after she became pregnant, locked her in a room on the top floor of the hotel to hide the secret. Even after giving birth to the child, she was kept prisoner on the top floor, and eventually she grabbed the baby and threw it and herself out the window to their deaths. Patrons of the hotel complained for years of hearing a young baby crying, or claimed to have visions of the young woman walking the halls. The urban legend has continued to spread since the hotel reopened in 2007. In 2010, New York Knicks basketball players Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries reported that they felt an eerie sensation that the hotel was haunted and that there was some sort of ghostly presence lurking inside.
1 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
The Devil's Playground
In the country outside of Yukon sits an old abandoned playground where ghosts are said to roam. According to the traditional Oklahoma City urban legend, the playground belonged to an old church down the street and was accessible by a bridge over a small creek that surrounds the land. One horrific day, a man entered the playground and murdered the children. The church then destroyed the bridge leading to the playground, and the tragic spot remained vacant for many years. Someone removed all of the slides and equipment in the mid '80s, rendering the land nothing more than an overgrown memory. Of the few who dared to visit the desolate playground, a number claimed that they could feel the spirits of the murdered children among them. There is no evidence that the murders actually occurred, but this lonely piece of land was, at one time, a playground.
Cate Center at the University of Oklahoma
According to the director of the Cate Center, the cafeteria at the University of Oklahoma, this dining hall is more than just a destination for hungry college students – it is the setting for one of Oklahoma City's chilling urban myths. Some years ago, a fourteen-year-old boy was playing with the center's dumbwaiter during a campus event. Somehow, the safety controls stopped working and the dumbwaiter crushed the young boy's head. He died immediately and a welder had to cut him out. Visitors to the Cate Center claim to hear the voice of the young boy calling for help. On one occasion, ghost hunters explored the center with a journalist from the school's newspaper, "The Oklahoma Daily." The journalist reported feeling a strange sensation tied to paranormal activity.
347 Cate Center Dr.
Norman, OK 73072-7150
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