9 Popular Halloween Myths Busted!
Campus Halloween Murders
"A psychic predicted on a popular television talk show that a mass murder would take place on Halloween at a college campus." False.The classic "Halloween Campus Murders" fright tale is a legend almost plague-like in its cyclicity, one that periodically resurfaces, spreads widely, and sends many students rushing home or barricading themselves inside their rooms during the weekend of (or just before) Halloween. (That each major outbreak of the rumor seems to occur several years after the previous iteration suggests that the legend takes hold anew once most of the students who experienced the previous occurrence have graduated and moved on, making room for a new crop of youngsters who have never been exposed to it before.) This story's first known appearance was in the Midwest in 1968, perhaps inspired by Richard Speck's murderous attack on nine nurses in a Chicago rooming house a few years earlier. It has seen numerous outbreaks since then, most notably in 1979 (Midwest), 1983 (nationwide), 1986 (Central Pennsylvania), and 1991 (New England), and it made a huge comeback in 1998 (perhaps inspired by the release of the movie Urban Legend earlier that year) when it spread across college campuses throughout the Midwest. The basic outline of the rumor is that a psychic has predicted a crazed killer will strike on a college campus on or near Halloween, with the psychic providing only vague clues about which campus will be targeted — clues that are ambiguous enough to allow them to be applied to nearly every college campus in the country. Nearly all the details of the legend — when and where the prediction was made, who the killer will be, what weapon the murderer will wield, which campus he will strike, what building the slayings will occur in, and how many students will be killed — vary according to where and when the legend is repeated. Source: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9