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Legend of the Bloody Bucket Bridge

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(Wauchula, FL)

           Have you ever heard the legend of the Bloody Bucket Bridge? Probably not, but soon you will know it and you’ll never be able to forget it.

           During the Civil War, there was an alleged slave who acted as a midwife in order to murder babies. She would smother the babies immediately after they were born and would tell their families that they were stillborn. The name of the legend Bloody Bucket would then come in because she would carry the dead newborn babies in them, along with buckets of birthing blood and other fluids from the birth. At night she would take these buckets and dump them into this river, then hide the dead bodies of the babies underneath the bridge.

           Soon enough, her murderous tendencies caught up to her. She began to get delirious and hallucinate, saying that she could see her buckets fill up over and over by themselves. She started to hear the countless cries of the babies that she had killed. All of this ended up causing her own death. When one night she went down to the river to dump her latest victim, but she tripped and managed to fall into it. She drowned that night, and that was the last time anyone ever saw her.

           At least that’s what people thought… They thought that they would never see her again, but that wasn’t the end of her. Now, the stories tell that on nights of a full moon, the water turns a deep blood red and you can hear the babies cries for help. She haunts the that place with the same murderous hysteria to this day… NEVER GO THERE ON A NIGHT OF A FULL MOON!! You’ll never come back if you do.

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