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For today's blog post I thought I would take a look at an Urban Legend that could be true from nearby Pennsylvania. The story is about an apparition called the "Suscon Screamer" and it is associated with a particular bridge in Pittston PA. According to the legend if you park under the "Black Bridge" (a now defunct train bridge) A woman dressed all in white will appear in your rear view mirror. The woman will scream an ungodly ear-shattering shriek and disappear into the night.
This is from the HauntedHistory website:
"There's many a tale speculating just whose apparition haunts the area. One story has it spooked by the ghost of a woman jilted at the altar who with a loud scream hung herself from the bridge. Another says she was a teen killed on her prom night who's still trying to hitch a ride home. Yet another says it's a mother and child who died in a car crash while rushing to the local hospital. One more claims that it's cursed by the ghost of a girl that escaped from an insane asylum and leaped to her death off the bridge, landing in the traffic below."
For more than 40 years the same phantom has been seen walking eerily along the road, running through the woods or appearing in the car mirrors. The apparition always is on the same stretch of road between Dupont and Mountain Lake. The strange thing is that the area is also known for its fair share of Sasquatch and other Cryptid sightings. Here is another Excerpt from HauntedHistory:
"In May of 1976 a family had a different encounter of the spooky kind with an odd creature. They were visiting a nearby lake and saw a family of four, 6' tall, hairy critters looking a lot like Bigfeet wandering around. Maybe it's a Suscon Sasquatch.
Whatever it is, it's supposed to have the most piercing, ear splitting shriek in all of spookdom. Just honk your horn three times when you get under the old bridge site if you need proof. According to local lore, a spirit will appear a'screaming."
Here is another part of the cryptid legend that I found over at Paranormics.com :
"One of the more popular versions has it that the tiny town is haunted by a porcine swamp monster that emerged from one of the surrounding bogs. In the 1970s, the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader reported that a local hunter heard something tramping around through the trees. Through his binoculars, he saw something.…about 6′ long with a long snout. It weighed about 200 pounds and was gray in color. It had webbed feet with long claws and had a huge head…the ground was clawed up as if 100 turkeys had gone through. This sighting was actually investigated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, although the hunter refused to take the investigators to the area due to fear of the monster. The hunter did, however, say that the creature he saw was neither bear nor coyote."
In my opinion this story is very similar to that of the Melon Heads and other small town Urban Legends: The area was probably known as a hot spot for teenagers to go and drink copious amounts of Iron City. I think local adults came up with a story to dissuade these youths and the legend grew from there.
So what do you guys think?
Here is a short video: