Clifton, Virginia: Bunny Man's Bridge - Urban LegendPsycho eats bunnies, kills reckless teens and hangs them from an old railroad bridge. A legend? Then please explain the visible wear marks along the bridge rail!
- Colchester Rd, Clifton, VA
- South of I-66, Fairfax County Parkway/7100 south, right on Braddock Road, the left on Colchester Rd. for a couple miles to the tunnel.
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This place is really spooky late at night. I kept hearing something moving around in the bushes. The night I went there were a lot of kids hanging out there and they left when I kept circling around. I wasn't leaving without a picture.[DogsBreath, 05/09/2011]
Douglas J. Grifon (The Bunny Man) was originally sent to the asylum for killing his family and children on Easter Sunday. On the edges of the bridge, there are wear marks from where all the people where hung.[Colleen, 10/26/2008]
The story of the Bunny Man Bridge is pretty well known for those who live in Northern Virginia. The story that most people hear is that back in the early 1900s there was an asylum located in Clifton, Virginia. Residents weren't happy about such a place so close to their homes, so they petitioned to get the asylum moved. At some point, all those who were living in the asylum were relocated by bus. An accident occurred during the bus ride, and everyone on board escaped. Within a few months, the escapees were found, except for 2 men: Marcus Wallster and Douglas Grifon.
The police continued searching, and kept coming upon half-eaten rabbit carcasses. Eventually they found the body of Marcus Wallster by the Fairfax Station Bridge (today known as the Bunny Man Bridge). Believing it was Marcus responsible for the rabbit carcasses, they called him the Bunny Man. While still searching for the last missing man, Douglas Grifon, more rabbit carcasses were discovered.
The search was called off after a few months of no leads, and people assumed the man had either died or left town.
That is, until the supposed murders that occurred by the bridge. Remembering what had happened at the bridge only a year or so earlier, local teens went to the bridge on Halloween night to have what they thought would be a fun scare. The story goes that at midnight, several teenagers were hung at the bridge while one (who had wandered some distance from the group) managed to escape unhurt. In shock by what she had seen, and sputtering nothing but nonsense words, she was eventually charged with the murder of the other teens and sent to a home for the insane.
More murder took place in the 1940's, same as before. Group of teens out on Halloween night looking for fun. All are discovered dead.
In the 1970's, three more people were said to have been found murdered at the Bunny Man Bridge.
Many people are skeptical about what has really happened around the bridge regarding the infamous Halloween "murders". It's hard to say if anyone ever actually died around the bridge or if someone just concocted a pretty darn good story.
Whatever the truth is to the Bunny Man Bridge, it's still a good story and roadside stop to spook the wits out of you.[Kaitlyn, 07/13/2008]
The Bunny Man's Bridge is a railroad overpass above a single lane rounded tunnel. The story has been mostly debunked as an urban legend -- there was no local asylum, and no murders related to a Bunny Man. A well researched paper traces the many variations of the story back to a 1970 newspaper account of the police search for a hatchet-throwing man in a bunny costume.
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