Cry Baby Bridge
This story was told by a 20-year-old Caucasian male whom I have known for many years. He works as a technical support person for hardware and software. He lives in the home of the story, and has been there for all his life. I was speaking with him on a rainy Friday night when I inquired as to whether he knew any ghost stories and/or urban legends. He said after a moment’s hesitation that the only one he could remember was one based in his home town, called “Cry Baby Bridge.”
From what I can remember, there is supposedly a bridge called Cry Baby Bridge. The story started with a girl who was in her teens, and rarely did anything rebellious. Sometime in high school, she decided to date a really roguish, disreputable guy, and things went pretty far between them physically. Not surprisingly, he broke up with her once he tired of her, but in a few weeks she discovered something: she was pregnant. Since she hadn’t had sex with anyone but her former boyfriend, there was no question as to who the father was. But she didn’t want him to see her get fat with a baby, because she still loved him intensely and wanted him to find her desirable, so she kept the pregnancy a secret from him until she gave birth to a healthy little baby about 8 ½ months later. She then went to his house with the baby, in an attempt to win back his love using his child. However, he refused to have anything to do with the baby or her, and even implied uncertainty about the true father, which tore the already-emotional girl up inside. As she was walking home with her rejected child, she walked across a bridge and paused to look down at the dark water. She irrationally blamed the child for the breakup between herself and her boyfriend, and in a sudden fit of madness, flung the child over the bridge into the cold water. Reason suddenly hit her, and intense remorse filled her heart. She deemed herself unfit to live because of what she had just done, and jumped over the bridge herself into the water. They say that if it’s a dark night, you can hear the baby’s cries by the bridge and see her ghost wandering around in deep despair.
In several other versions of this story of “Cry Baby Bridge,” the same general theme is there: a girl has a baby out of wedlock, is rejected, and kills herself and her child by jumping off the bridge. However, there are several differences between this live telling and the versions I found that were written down. The other versions very often had the girl’s family type as very conservative; in fact, sometimes her father is described as a preacher. This compounds the shame of having the child out of wedlock. Also, unlike this live telling, in the written versions this story was set in the 1970s, and although the boyfriend never wanted anything to do with the child in any version, it was her father that caused her to finally give up on her existence in the written versions. In addition, they say that she jumped in with the baby, not...