Urban Legends

Bloody Mary Legend

You’re wondering whether Bloody Mary is real or just an urban legend. Well she’s real. Or at least she was.

This is the real story of Bloody Mary. You’re probably wondering if she is real or just an urban legend. Well, the truth is that she’s real. Or at least she was real. The legend of Bloody Mary is based on a true story.

Bloody Mary

According to the legend, you have to stand in a bathroom, with one candle lit and say the name “Bloody Mary” into the mirror three times in a row. It is only the bravest of children who would attempt to do this, because the story says this will summon her ghost.

If you see her ghostly face in the mirror, it could have one of the following terrible consequences:

1. Your eyes being ripped out and your face horribly scarred.

2. Being found dead with claw marks all over your face and body

3. Disappearing mysteriously from the bathroom and ending up trapped in the mirror with the ghost for eternity.

You could also be driven insane or drop dead on the spot.

Bloody Mary Legend

Bloody Mary Legend

The history of the chanting game is based on mixed up legends and history that, over the years, have become the main basis for the story surrounding the urban legend.

The most common story told is that Bloody Mary was a witch that lived over 100 years ago who dabbled in the black arts. She was found out and executed.

The second story is more modern – a local woman was involved in a fatal car accident, and her face was horribly scarred before she died. She reappears in the mirror when summoned with that same horrific face.

There is another suggestion that the name “Mary Worth” was derived from a victim of the Salem Witch trials.

The fourth story is that Bloody Mary is based on a historical figure – Queen Mary I of England.

Mary Tudor

It is largely believed that the origins of the names “Mary Worth” and “Bloody Mary” came from a slight mix up of characters from history. Mary I, Queen of England, or Mary Tudor, who reigned during the Tudor period was also commonly known as “Bloody Mary”.

Mary Tudor

She was a Catholic and earned the nickname “Bloody Mary” when she ordered the violent execution of numerous Protestants and burned countless people at the stake for heresy during her 5-year reign. She also was unable to have children and suffered two phantom pregnancies, this is why it is speculated that the variation involving chanting “I stole your baby” became tangled up with the legend.

Mary Worth

They say that Mary Worth was a witch who lived in Chicago around the time of the Civil War. She used to catch runaway slaves and keep them chained up in her barn. Then, she would use them in her diabolical black magic rituals. Eventually, the locals took the law into their own hands and burned Mary Worth at the stake. Her charred remains were supposedly buried in St Patrick’s Cemetery.

Mary Worthington

They say that, in the 1960s, there was a beautiful girl named Mary Worthington who was very vain. She loved to look at her reflection in the mirror. One day she was involved in a terrible car accident and her face was horribly disfigured. No one could bear to look at her. She couldn’t even stand to look at herself. One day, when she accidentally caught a glimpse of her reflection in a mirror, she committed suicide.

Mary Whales

Mary Whales was a young woman who was run over by a truck and killed while she was waiting on a street corner. Her face was horribly mangled in the accident. To summon her, you say “I believe in you, Mary Whales”.

Elizabeth Bathory

Another possible origin is the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman who lived from 1560 to 1614. She was also known as “Countess Dracula” or “The Bloody Countess”. She is believed to have tortured and killed many young girls because she wanted to bathe in their blood. She believed it would preserve her youthful beauty. She killed more than 600 victims in all, using hot pokers, an iron maiden, pins, blades, and freezing water. Eventually, her crimes were exposed and she was walled up alive in her castle in Slovakia. Of course her name was not Mary but somehow the stories of this cruel woman have been inserted into the legend.

Mary Weatherby

Mary Weatherby was a woman who was stabbed to death by her husband. They say that if you go into a dark room and say her name three times, her mutilated face will appear in the mirror and she will chase you with a bloody knife.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou was a girl who lived in the USA in the 1950s. At her senior prom, she was crowned prom queen. Someone decided to play a trick on her and set off some firecrackers. Her dress caught fire and Mary Lou was burned alive.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson was a witch who was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. To summon her, everybody sits in a circle and holds hands. The room must be completely dark. You repeat together, “Come, Mary Johnson, come!” A dim light will appear over the head of one person.

Hell Mary

Hell Mary is a reversed allusion to Hail Mary. There is one legend that claims if you go into a dark room, look into the mirror and chant “Hell Mary” 7 times, the mirror will run red with blood and you will see the face of satan.

Svarta Madame

In Sweden, there is a version called “Svarta Madam” (Black Madame). She appears in the mirror if you say “I don’t believe in you, Svarta Madam” 12 times. She has black skin, green hair, red teeth and glowing yellow eyes.

Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades

The Queen of Spades (or Dama Pika) is the Russian version of Bloody Mary.



Veronica is the Spanish version of Bloody Mary.



The Japanese have their own version, called Kuchisake Onna or The Slit-Mouth Woman.



The Candyman urban legend was inspired by Bloody Mary.

How do you play Bloody Mary?

What you need is one candle, a strong heart and a big bathroom with a large mirror.

Turn out the lights, place your candle down and light it, stand and look into the mirror, chant slowly “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”. And see what happens…

If nothing happens try spinning around three times and then look into the mirror. You may just catch a glimpse of her terrifying face.

Try it out if you dare, but don’t blame me if you find yourself trapped in a ghostly netherworld with the ghost of Bloody Mary forever!

There have also been a number of horror movies and TV shows based on the legend of Bloody Mary:

Supernatural – Bloody Mary

Supernatural Bloody Mary

Episode S01E05 of Supernatural featured a young woman named Mary Worthington who lived in Indiana. When she was 19 years old, someone broke into her apartment and murdered her. The killer cut out her eyes with a knife and she died in front of a large mirror. She tried to spell out her killer’s name in blood, but only managed the letters T-R-E. A surgeon named Trevor Sampson was suspected but nothing was ever proven and her murder went unsolved. Her body was cremated, but her spirit was trapped in the mirror.

Dead Mary

Dead Mary

In this horror movie, a bunch of young people spend the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. They decide to play a game called “Dead Mary” in which they summon an evil witch by repeating her name three times in front of a mirror.

Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

This movie features a young woman named Mary Banner who dies on Prom Night when a prank goes wrong and she gets locked in a chest. Her body was never found and, 35 years later, her ghost returns for revenge.


  • As far I remember, Bloody Mary was is true. READ THIS:
    There was a queen named Mary something…One by one, all her maids disappeared because the queen believed that if she baths in young womens’ blood, she would be young forever. Queen Mary threw the dead bodies into an old well. However, as a rumor started that the job of being Queen Mary’s maid was cursed because everyone who took the job disappeared. So, no one accepted the maid’s job. Queen was in trouble. Because she wasn’t able to bath in young women’s blood. She started kidnapping young women and even kids to fulfill her wicked purpose. But one day, a worker of the palace discovered a really disgusting smell coming from somewhere not far away from the palace. He followed the smell and discovered the old well with the dead bodies in them. He told the king about it. The fact couldn’t be hidden. Everyone was suspecting Queen Mary to be the culprit. After days of questioning, Queen finally told the truth. Everyone in the village tied her with a rope and burned her alive. Queen Mary’s screams faded away slowly as she died.

  • Working out my genealogy, Mary Tudor was my cousin. I have enough problems with the living members of my family.

  • the legend I heard was that on bloody mary`s wedding day, she was walking down the aisle and a fire broke out and only bloody mary and her fiance died and when the ambulance and police came, the fiance was never found and bloody mary was in a small closet lying in a pool of blood

  • Omg!!! I heard that a girl did it. she was dancing in front of her mirror and her skin was ripped off by bloody mary… Ewwww… (sorry for the ortograph…)

  • This story is good and actually made my school believe in this but I have a story of my own……. If you have a family member who has died and that person seem to love you then your in luck to try it, place a mirror in your room and turn off the light, wait until it’s 12:00 to do it.( you can sleep it out but don’t make any sounds when getting up and also don’t get up or do anything to make yourself seem that your awake)make sure your the only one in your room and then look into the mirror and then say the person name in your mind and then your might see the person looking right at you…….. BUT DON’T TRY TO MAKE ANY CONTACT WITH A DEAD PERSON.

  • Bloody Mary was like a big thing in primary. Someone told me the story when i was in 4th grade and ive been scared of mirror since 6th grade. LOL

  • Played it when i was like four, my older brother said my mommy set up a camera in there if i see a face i didnt so im good

  • I did this once in year 2 i was 7 we were haing a sleepover in the school me and my friends were dared to do it so we did i swear we saw her then we all run out expect my bff lilly she never came out so after an hour we splited up i went back into the bathroom to find her nowhere to be found we all went back and they couldn’t find her either and we wasnt allowed to go home and she lived very far away from the school

  • My old primary school was victorian and it is haunted cos there is a well on the playground which is now blocked off but in 1899 a kid fell down and now he haunts the school so we would always fully close the door and the ghost opened them i can say that i truly am i glad i just left

  • Me too! That’s exactly y I’m afraid of mirrors! But only at night when it’s dark…😓But I’m not afraid of the dark just the mirrors in the dark

  • I heard of this in fourth grade and my friends and I totally got paranoid. Then we dated one of the girls to do it… She did it while we were out of the bathroom and I think I heard her scream then silence… Silence… Then she came out laughing.

  • I tried this when i was about 16 and i said Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror in my bathroom and i felt the room get cold and i heard and bang and freaked out and ran out of the room. I know it was probably my crazy imagination but it didn’t make it less freakier.

  • at my old school we discovered that the science lab was empty and dark. (it had mirrors) so i got 12 other girls with me and we snuck to the science lab. 3 of us were dared to do bloody mary in the lab! me, my bff, and my cousin. (yup she was in the same school as me.) we opened the door. we stared in the mirrors and i swear we saw bloody mary holding a red rose and wearing a red dress. she was bloody and she was kind of dancing behind us. we screamed loud and we ran out the door. our other friends were laughing and they didn’t believe us. although eventually we got busted because a teacher came. she asked who started this and they all said it was me! i got detention. me and my friends weren’t hurt because bloody mary had a FLOWER not a knife. if she had a teddy she also wouldn’t kill you. I am never going to do bloody mary again!

  • It’s an all time favourite legend of me and my friends. Well, I won’t dare to do that. Even God can’t save you from Bloody Mary when you perform such foolishness of opening a portal of astralworld! Also, I feel that this thing to better be done at midnight or near 1:00 am.

  • My friend knows Bloody Mary and a few months ago she appeared in my classroom and i couldnt see or hear her and she called me a slut and i called her a bitch and she said she was gonna kill me if i did not have cake (shes a werido ) so i said you can pour water on my friend (she does that to her for reals) so she was like OKAY Scary Mary and Lia Lona or how you spell her name they are sisters with Bloody Mary I actually talked to scary mary (ps it is not the chain letter scary mary) and i kept an eye on her so she wouldnt get my friend in trouble because scary mary or Lia Lona would possess her

  • k dat was a bad idea :-S tot was just a prankk so I went to d bath room n tried it out… N d bloody bitch attacked me >:)… bitch didnt appear all of a sudden… I.tot was funny so I turned n walked away.. later went for a bath n to my suprise I was still in d mirror wearing same clothes :-S n den out of no wear d bitch tranaforms out of me in d mirror.. I tried to get out of d bathroom but it was locked tight… I was locked in…. den c scratched me
    ..3 big scars on my face… C mised my eyes…. so I can still c…Me neva trying day shit n e tym again :-D

  • ok by everthin i heard i aint never tryin this. my friend said he did it and now bm follows him around all the time. one time i asked where she was and hes like “shes over there acting like a chicken” and i believed it at the time but now i dont…bm is something way more dangerous and sinister than that…

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