Las Vegas is a town in which a million stories originate per day. With the massive amount of people entering and leaving the city every day, it is impossible not to. Then, it is no surprise that Las Vegas is one of the hotspots for unsettling urban legends that continue to gain force as time advances and more cases seem to surge.
I have compiled the most famous stories in this post, so you can judge for yourself if you believe them or not. I have to say, I am a rational individual, but knowing what I know of Vegas, it really would not surprise me much if at least half of these accounts are based on actual (spine-chilling) events.
Area 51/Men in Black
Of course, we have to start with the most popular urban legend in all of Las Vegas: the infamous Area 51 and its men in black. Area 51 has always been somewhat of a cultural staple for self-proclaimed Ufologists and countless UFO fanatics. These people firmly believe that an UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico and the biological and technological remains were taken to Area 51 to be experimented on.
The rumors gain new intensity in 2013, when the CIA actually confirmed that there is a place called Area 51, located in Southern Nevada which conducts “airborne experiments with experimental aircrafts”. Plus, there are rumors that a group of high rank officials called the Men in Black (yes, the movies were actually inspired by this rumor) are stationed there and take care of handling and shushing any occurrence that might have to do with any sort of extraterrestrial activity or sightings.
Worker Bodies Buried in Hoover Dam
The Hoover Damn is located on the border of Nevada and Arizona. It was erected between the years of 1931 and 1935 in the times of the Depression. The construction was originally named Boulder Dam and it was dedicated in September 30, 1935 by President Roosevelt. An interesting fact is that the construction of the dam created Lake Mead, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world.
A more somber fact of the damn has to do with the number of deaths it originated. An estimate of 96-100 workers died during the construction of this massive project. There is the rumor that due to heat strokes, accidental tumbles or carbon monoxide poisoning there were a number of workers that fell when the concrete was being poured in and are now entombed forever in the dam. However, no bodies have ever been found.
Curse of the Megabucks
Every time I run into a megabucks slot, I constantly fantasize about winning all those millions of dollars and make my dreams come true. But, I also think about this urban legend and I think again about putting my $3 in. The legend says that after hitting it big on the Megabuck slots, many of these new millionaires have had tragic demises before they were able to enjoy the money won. Although representatives of International Game Technology (IGT), the creators of the Megabucks machines and prize distributors, this rumor is not true and many Megabucks winners are living it up anonymously.
There is a good chance that this legend might have been inspired by the tragic case of Cynthia Jay-Brennan, a woman that hat hit a prize of $34.9 million only to be left a paraplegic by a drunk truck driver a week later. The accident proved to be fatal for her sister, who was with her at the time. There have been rumors of winners dying of heart attacks on the spot or dying in plane crashes. At the end of the day, I still put my three dollars in but I do it with chills coming down my spine.
Body under the bed
An urban legend that has actually proven to be true is the one about the body under the bed. Supposedly, a couple on vacation gets a room at a hotel and are bothered by a horrible smell all night. When they can’t take it anymore, they inspect the room and discover a dead body stuffed into the mattress. Although the name of the hotel cannot be specified, a similar occurrence happened in 1999.
This legend is actually true not only in Vegas but also in a number of states all across the Unites States. The most recent case happened on July 10, 2003 at the Capri motel in Kansas City. After complaining about a bad smell for 3 days, a client checks out of a room. Thinking he was exaggerating, the staff only provided him with air freshener during his stay. After he leaves on July 13, the housekeeping makes the gruesome discovery of a decomposing body under the mattress.