Urban legends 2/2
Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so she drowned herself in a lake in Mexico City. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona”. She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.
In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or oceans in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend [according to whom?]. She is said to cry, “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to, “Oh, my children!”
Urban legends 1/2
Case Study # 364897
Bloody Mary aka Mary Worthington
Pine Road School for Girls, England, 1971-197?
I have always been fascinated with urban legends throughout my career as a journalist and paranormal researcher.
One of my favourites is that of ‘Bloody Mary’.
For those of you that don’t know the legend behind Mary, I’ll give you a quick rundown.
“Go into the bathroom alone at night, light a candle and stand in front of a mirror. Now whisper her name three times…Bloody Mary…Bloody Mary…Bloody Mary…and wait…stare at your face in the Mirror…either one of two things will happen, your face will distort and change into that of Bloody Mary, or she will appear behind you. Some say she will then cut your face off with a piece of smashed mirror.”
This ‘game’ if you wish to call it that, has been played for over forty years by young girls as a dare, usually at a sleepover or told around a camp fire whilst out in the woods alone.
There are many alternatives and different ways this urban legend has been told, depending on which country you research, as throughout the years the story has been embellished or fleshed out by rather imaginative young girls in the retelling of it.
I have read many psychological papers into theories of this legend, one of which I’ll provide a link to at the end of this report, which suggest that this ‘legend’ is nothing more than a symbolic story about the fears of a young girls first menstrual cycle.
The blood…the bathroom…etc.
Whilst this theory is interesting from an academic point of view, I believed that there was much more truth behind this legend and set out to investigate.
What I found both shocked and I must say, slightly frightened me too.
In 1971 a young girl by the name of Mary Worthington moved to England with her parents from America due to her father being appointed as manager in one of his companies new offices.
Mary was sent off to boarding school, a private school in fact, The Pine Road School for Girls in 1971.
Mary Worthington was a very beautiful young lady by all accounts, she had long dark hair and green eyes which sparkled like emeralds.
She was a very quiet young girl who took pride in her appearance, she would carry around a small pocket mirror with her and constantly check her appearance in it during lessons and in the corridors.
She wasn’t ‘vain’ in the traditional sense, she had just been brought up that way and all of her friends in her previous school did exactly the same thing as her.
When she arrived at Pine Road, she had a very rough time of things, due to her natural beauty and her quiet manner.
She soon became the focus of three other girls in her class, she was bullied and picked on almost daily.
They would tell her she was ugly, they would make jokes about her appearance and the way she looked and talked.
She would spend most of her time hiding away in the girls bathroom, often in tears missing her old friends back in America.
Her parents were unaware of what was going on, although just before her death she returned home for a short while during half-term and her parents noticed a change on her behaviour.
She had become distant and would not laugh and smile as much as she used to, her mother asked if everything was okay, she said it was.
If only she had confided in her mother things might not have turned out the way they did.
When she returned to school after the holidays were over, things got even worse for young Mary. She began to lose weight, she stopped eating and would spend more and more time alone in the girls bathroom by herself with nothing but her own thoughts to keep her company.
She had a small music box which she would sit with, a gift from her mother, she would wind it up and play it over and over again remembering better times than these.
Then something happened.
The girls took things too far, things got out of hand and Mary ended up taking her own life.
We are not sure what is was that tipped her over the edge as the girls that did this are no longer around, as you will soon find out.
The headmistress found Mary in the girls bathroom after another teacher reported she was missing from lessons.
This was her account of events:
“I was approached by one of our teachers and informed that Mary was missing from class, so I went to find her. I looked all over without any luck, until I got to the girls bathroom. When I opened the door the first thing I noticed was the music…it was coming from a small pink music box on the floor. I knew it belonged to Mary as I had often seen her with it. The second thing I noticed were the mirrors…that’s when I knew something was wrong…all of the mirrors above the sinks were smashed to pieces. There was glass all over the floor, as I made my way towards the corner I noticed the blood. That’s when I first saw her…Oh..it was so dreadful…that poor little thing. Her face was a complete mess, she was covered in blood. It was everywhere, all over her little hands and school dress. It was only as I made my way closer to her that I noticed something else on the floor next to her…that’s when I lost it and began screaming…that poor girl…it was her face…her face was on the floor…she had cut it off…it was just there…her poor little face. I don’t remember much after that…I left Pine Road school that year and never returned.”
What happened next is where things get rather frightening.
In the following months after her death, the three girls who bullied Mary were all found dead. They too had taken there own lives in there own homes after they were expelled from the Pine Road School for Girls.
They had all used pieces of broken mirror to cut there wrists and faces; just like poor young Mary.
The rumour began to spread around the school that Mary Worthington’s ghost had killed them, which is where I believe this legend began.
This all took place in the 1970’s and was covered up by the schools board of directors and a group of rather wealthy parents.
Many years later, this story is still unknown to most people.
Shortly after this the school was closed for good.
Dr. J. Vincent, October 2013, England.
Further Reading: Bloody Mary in the Mirror: Essays in Psychoanalytic Folkloristics, Univ. Press of Mississippi, 22 May 2002.
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