The Bloody Bride of 13 Curves Road
There are a variety of legends that explain how this road and its ominous curves have come to be haunted. All of the stories involve the untimely death of recently married young people.
The most popular legend says that the car accident involved a newly married couple, who were negotiating the road on their wedding night. While coming around one of the thirteen curves of Cedarvale Road, the car veered out of control, off of the road, and into a nearby creek. The impact killed the bride and groom instantly. Since that day, travelers on Cedarvale Road have seen the ghostly image of a bride with glowing eyes, who is sometimes covered in blood, and who is sometimes carrying a glowing orange lantern, wandering the curves of the road. In some instances, the bride simply stands on the hills along the road, or walks along its shoulder. At other times, she seems more vindictive, leaping towards cars, causing their unsuspecting drivers to crash their vehicles.
There are other variations on the legend, all which follow the same general theme––and all which tell of a lonely ghost bride who claims the 13 Curves as her stomping grounds. Some stories say that the couple was riding in a horse drawn carriage as opposed to a car. Some say only the groom died in the accident, and this is why the bride returns time and time again––she is searching for her deceased lover. Others say that the accident occurred on a Friday the 13th, and that the bride appears every time the calendar falls upon a subsequent Friday the 13th. Still others say that the bride only appears on Halloween night around midnight.
Some who have encountered the phantasmal bride say that she has physically entered their cars. While driving along the 13 Curves, drivers are stunned to look in their rear view mirrors to see the ghostly lady, dressed in white and usually splattered with blood, sitting in the back seats of their vehicle. By the time they turn around, she has mysteriously vanished.
It has been a long time tradition in the Syracuse area to travel to the dark, twisting road known as 13 Curves on Halloween. Young and old alike have taken nighttime trips around the precarious curved thoroughfare over the years––and dozens have reported encounters with the ghostly bride in white.
Many local newspapers have reported the tales of 13 Curves. In 2000, the Associated Press ran an article on the ghost encounters that have taken place along the road. Local resident Angie Styb, who claims to have seen the bloody bride, was quoted in that article as saying “It was exciting, shocking, exhilarating––and a little frightening. I know it was real.”
The 13 Curves are a dark, mysterious place fraught with danger. Beware when driving along them––the bloody bride who calls this place home stands as a warning to those who aren’t careful.
Story compliments of WeirdUS.com