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Here is the story of the first incident which occurred in Fairfax, Virgina from Wikipedia:
The first incident was reported the evening of October 19, 1970 by U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Bob Bennett and his fiancée who were visiting relatives on Guinea Road in Burke. Around midnight, while returning from a football game, they parked their car in a field on Guinea Road to talk. As they sat in the front seat with the car running, they noticed something moving outside the rear window. Moments later the front passenger window was smashed and there was a white-clad figure standing near the broken window. Bennett turned the car around while the man screamed at them about trespassing, including "You're on private property and I have your tag number." As they drove down the road they discovered a hatchet on the car floor.
When the police asked for a description of the man, Bob insisted he was wearing a white suit with long bunny ears, but his fiancee remembered something white and pointed like a Ku Klux Klan hood. They both remembered seeing his face clearly, but in the darkness they could not determine his race. The police returned the hatchet to Bennett after examination. Bennett was required to report the incident upon his return to the Air Force Academy.
The incident was investigated by local police, but no charges were filed as they could never find the culprit. The story spread both through the press and by word of mouth. Later that year a second report was filed. Again here is the story from wiki:
"The second reported sighting occurred on the evening of October 29, 1970, when construction security guard Paul Phillips approached a man standing on the porch of an unfinished home in Kings Park West on Guinea Road. Phillips said the man was wearing a gray, black, and white bunny costume and was about 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall, and weighed about 175 pounds (79 kg). The man began chopping at a porch post with a long-handled axe, saying "All you people trespass around here. If you don't get out of here, I'm going to bust you on the head."
The Fairfax County Police opened investigations into both incidents, but both were eventually closed for lack of evidence. In the weeks following the incidents, more than 50 people contacted the police claiming to have seen the "bunny man." Several newspapers reported the incident of the "Bunny Man" eating a man's run-away cat"
Where the story gets really strange is when you look further back in time. Supposedly back in 1904 a bus carrying prisoners from an Insane Asylum in Clifton, Virgina. The bus crashed and multiple prisoners were killed. Some of the prisoners escaped into the surrounding forest. A massive manhunt ensued and all, but one of the inmates were eventually found. Shortly after the crash residents of the area surrounding the Colchester Underpass started finding large amounts of skinned or mutilated rabbits hanging from nearby trees.
The police were called and investigated the area. As they searched they came across many "hanging rabbits" and something else -- the hanging corpse of Marcus Wallster. Wallster was hanging in a nearly identical fashion as the rabbit remains. After finding the body officials named the missing inmate... Douglas J Grifton.
Grifton was dubbed "The Bunny Man" by both the police and the media. After a lengthy search, officials located Grifton by the underpass. Rumor has it that while Grifton was about to be apprehended he ran into the path of an oncoming train and was struck and killed. Since Grifton's untimely death rabbits have been found hanging around the underpass, especially around Halloween.
For some reason "The Bunny Man" has become associated with Halloween and reports of a man wearing a large Bunny suit continue to this day. The story suggests that the "Bunny Man" haunts the area around the tracks and specifically the underpass itself.
While researching the topic I came across this from the Fairfax County government website:
"For more than 25 years stories of the Bunny Man have been kept alive primarily amongst our teenage population. Over the years the story has evolved into a ghost story suitable for parties, camp outs, and any occasion that such tales are exchanged. It was at one such gathering in 1976 that the author first heard it told. The Bunny Man was said to be responsible for the deaths of two disobedient children in the Clifton area. Others were rumored to have disappeared, and there was talk of animals found horribly mutilated. I never saw the Bunny Man myself, but then I never strayed into the woods at night, especially not near the Bridge"
I looked into this part a little and I found rumors that suggest that children have gone missing in the area of the Colchester Underpass and that two bodies of children were found hanging from the underpass itself... just like the rabbits. The rumor says that the children were murdered with an ax by a local hermit. I haven't come across any official reports or press excerpts to back up this part of the story.