048 Bloody Mary


Is the Legend of Bloody Mary Real?

Is the legend of Bloody Mary real?  Pat and Rebecca explore the legend of Bloody Mary. A favorite game at slumber parties, the story of Bloody Mary tells of a bloody figure that appears to those who dare utter her name in the mirror multiple times. Many people claim to have seen this figure. Is it true?  

Questions Explored in this Episode

What is the legend of Bloody Mary? How many times are you supposed to say her name? What are you supposed to say while spinning around? Are you supposed to spin around? How long has this legend existed? Is it related to divination? What do people claim to see in the mirror? Who often does this ritual? Who is Bloody Mary? Is she real?

Halloween Mirror for Bloody Mary
Halloween Mirror for Bloody Mary

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Listener Mail and Questions

Listener mail continues the story of listener MJ. Unfortunately, the hauntings have continued. Have a spooky story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com or leave a voicemail at 630-448-2138 and we might read or share it on the podcast. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Ghost Story – Bloody Mary

Listen to a special ghost story in this episode. Previous guest Cheryl (Ouija Board episode) is back to share her personal story with Bloody Mary. Her story starts like many Bloody Mary tales with pre-teen girls, a birthday party, and a bathroom mirror. What makes this one scarier is what happened after the party.

History of Bloody Mary

Pat tells the history of the legend of Bloody Mary. This word of mouth ritual has a tangled background. There are three common candidates for who the Mary is that comes to the mirror. Mary Tudor, Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary, and Mary Worth. The ritual is based on the ancient technique of scrying and water divination combined with hypnotic chanting.

The Debate

Rebecca has chosen three stories people have shared online of what happened when they called for Bloody Mary. Also, listen to the special audio of Pat and Rebecca calling for her themselves. What happens? And will any of these convince Pat?

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Sources for this Week’s Episode

Wikipedia (Bloody Mary): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mary_(folklore)
Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bloody-mary-story/
How Stuff Works: https://people.howstuffworks.com/bloody-mary-legend.htm
History Collection: https://historycollection.com/ghost-mirror-legend-bloody-mary-revealed/
Lake County Journal: https://www.lakecountyjournal.com/2013/10/14/legends-abound-regarding-bloody-mary-worth/ano8osd/
Mental Floss: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/558091/origin-bloody-mary-and-why-we-think-we-see-things-mirrors
The Lineup: https://the-line-up.com/9-chilling-bloody-mary-stories
I Used to Believe: https://www.iusedtobelieve.com/make_believe/ghosts/bloody_mary/
Halloween Web: http://www.halloween-website.com/bloody_mary_stories.htm

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann