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The True Stories Behind 8 Urban Legends

By Amber Garrett

Growing up, we all had that creepy story about an old dilapidated building on the outskirts of town or a spooky explanation for what happened to that girl who disappeared without a trace. Every once in a while, though, one of those urban legends turns out to have a smattering of truth. 

1. This bogeyman is the real deal.

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For decades, children of Staten Island have feared their own personal bogeyman, Cropsey. While there wasn't a scary monster making kids disappear, there was an alleged kidnapper and serial child killer who worked at Willowbrook State School. 

Andre Rand, who worked as a custodian at the now-shuttered institute for developmentally disabled children, has been twice convicted for the kidnappings of two children who resided at the school. Though jurors couldn't agree on murder convictions in either case, police believe Rand was responsible for their deaths and three others, possibly more.