An Urban Legend I Still Think Could Be Real in/around Utah
Halloween is the time of ghost stories, hauntings, unexplained deaths, and urban legends that have captivated generations of Utahns.
Some of these urban legends have made their way onto television shows and movies, spreading horror far and wide. My personal favorite urban legend is La Llorona which did make it onto the big screen via The Curse of La Llorona, which I DO NOT recommend. The pacing was weird.
Anyway, here is the story of La Llorona that I grew up with.
La Llorona, or the weeping woman, comes from Mexico and she was a beautiful young woman who married. Once married she had children and she stayed at home while her husband was away. As the children grew, her husband was home less and less. Eventually, he left her and her children for a younger woman.
In despair, La Llorona takes her children to a river and drowns them.
Now, she can be heard wailing near rivers at night for her lost children. As a kid, this was a warning to not be outside after dark or La Llorona will grab you mistaking any kid for her own. Pretty creepy.
The grief of a mother who has lost a child is unimaginable and to be the cause would be heartbreaking. A La Llorona could be anyone who fits that bill and thus I fully believe there could be one somewhere or anywhere in this day and age. Grief is a terrible thing.
So, there are several lessons from this urban legend: don’t let your kids out at night, never hurt a woman, check who you marry (all jokes).
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