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Campfire Stories: Two teenagers, a fatal car accident, and a "bloody" return

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Emma Winowiecki
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Michigan Radio
The Campfire Stories series brings stories told around bonfires all over Michigan to Stateside.

Stateside returns with another campfire story told by Jenifer Strauss, a professional storyteller based in Traverse City.

Jen spent her summers attending Tamarack Camps, a Jewish summer camp run by the Fresh Air Society in Bloomfield Hills. It was during these adolescent years when she first heard the urban legend, “Bloody Mary.”

While there are several stories surrounding this centuries-old folktale, Jen shares a modern version centered around a teenage couple involved in a fatal car accident that left the young woman, Mary, terribly scarred before she died. For hundreds of years, groups of children have attempted to bring her back, by chanting, “Bloody Mary” three times in a row.    

Listen above to hear the classic tale, and maybe you, too, can conjure up Bloody Mary in the bathroom mirror.

This post was written by Stateside production assistant Gabrielle Horton.

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