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  •  From VA - The Bunnyman Bridge (11+ / 0-)

    This one is an original from my native Fairfax County, VA.  So get some coffee and a bagel and I'll tell the basics.

    Fairfax County is mostly suburban, and has easily 1.1 million people in it now, but there are still parts that evoke a sort of eerie feeling.  Travel south from the Potomac River on the Maryland border, past the edge cities of Reston and Tysons corner, past the middle-class suburban towns of Fairfax, Vienna, Burke, and Centreville, and just south of Braddock Road, the county suddenly becomes a different place.  Thick forests, rolling hills, the cookie-cutter suburbs giving way to custom-designed mansions whose inhabitants remain mysterious to those without invitations.

    This wooded area extends all the way from the southern edge of Braddock Road to the Prince William County border, and includes such eerie landmarks as an abadoned Nike Missile site from the '50s, the abandoned prison at Lorton near the county line, and the little town of Clifton, whose cute exterior masks treacherous roads that can be almost dark in midday because of the thick trees.  And it was here that the Bunnyman legend was born.

    There are many versions, but the one that was popular when I was a kid, in the mid-'90s, was that a bus of convicts bound for Lorton Prison in 1975 had crashed, with all abroad dead except for one man, whose name was supposedly Douglas Griffin, who had then taken to hiding in the nearby woods between the prison and Clifton, and especially near a concrete bridge over Colchester Road just outside the Clifton town limits.

    The genesis of the legend appears to be an actual incident from Autumn of 1970 where a man in a white robe or bunny suit apparently threatened and broke some motorists' windows with an axe or ballpeen hammer, but the case was closed due to a lack of further evidence after the first three reports.  Whoever the bunny man is, if he really did exist, we'll likely never know now.

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    by Harkov311 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:00:03 AM PST

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