Killer Legends

Synopsis: Four timeless urban legends continue to haunt the psyche of the American public. This documentary follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate the true crimes that may have spawned these urban legends, while exploring how these myths evolved and why we continue to believe. The documentary probes the following legends: The Candyman: The film travels viewers to Houston, Texas, to explore the legend of tainted candy that strikes fear in parents every Halloween. Though the legend is prolific, in actuality there is only one documented case of a child dying from tainted candy: 8-year-old Timothy O'Bryan. Timothy was poisoned on Halloween by a real life monster who used the legend to hide his crime, earning him the nickname, The Candyman. The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs: As the legend goes, a babysitter tormented by a twisted caller, learns that the sadistic calls are coming from inside the house. While the babysitter has become the go-to victim in so many of our
Director(s): Joshua Zeman
Production: Breaking Glass Pictures
86 min

The hook urban legend

probably came to be

in the mid-1950s.

One of the interesting

appearances of the hook

was in November 1960

when it actually appeared

in the dear Abby column,

and it's something that a

lot of people would have read.

But dear Abby

wasn't warning teenagers

about escaped madmen

with hooks for hands.

Urban legends

are more mysterious than that

and never quite so literal.

Despite its name,

the hook is a cautionary tale

warning teenagers everywhere

about the dangers of sex.

Stephen winick:
The hook

urban legend captured something

in the era that people

were interested in.

It captured a certain amount

of danger being involved

in teenage sexual behavior

and in teenage car culture.

For the teenagers

in texarkana, Texas,

this wasn't just

some cautionary tale.

In the early spring of 1946,

a masked man

known as the phantom

attacked four couples,

most of whom were parked

on lover's lanes.

The attacks, which killed five,

were said to coincide with

the full moon,

hence the nickname

the moonlight murders.

And although there were

numerous suspects,

the phantom was never caught,

allowing his enduring legacy

to haunt this town

for more than six decades.

So this is South robeson

and this old highway 67.

The murder site

is somewhere around here,

but that's what we've got to

kind of figure out.

It was a rainy

Sunday morning on march 24

when a passing motorist noticed

Richard Griffin's oldsmobile

parked on a lover's Lane

off highway 67.

Inside he found Griffin, age 29,

and Polly Ann Moore, 17,

lying in the backseat.

Both had been shot

in the back of the head.

Hey, guys,

how are you doing?

we're investigating

the phantom killer.

They had a lot of speculations

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