The population of Fairfax County, Virginia grew after the Civil War and eventually an insane asylum was built there. Residents were appalled that the institution had been constructed and noone wanted to live nearby. Such a fuss was raised in the town and since the local politicians decided not to oppose the public outrage, the institution was shut down.
The administration transferred the patients to other facilities and in 1904 the process was completed. During the transfer, some of the patients escaped and hid in the surrounding woods and forest. These individuals were mentally lost, delusional and dangerous. Most of them were found except Marcus Lawster and Douglas Griffen. The local authorities found a trail they believed belonged to them, littered with half eaten mutilated bunnies.
The trail led deep into the woods to a tunnel bridge crossing a wide creek. They found Marcus there, hanging from the tunnel entrance. There was a note attached to his foot that said, “You’ll never find me no matter how hard you try! Signed, The Bunny Man.” That tunnel has been called Bunny Man Bridge ever since.
The legend says that if you walk all the way down the tunnel at around midnight the Bunny Man will grab you and hang you from the entrance of the bridge.
Strange deaths and phenomena have been connected with the Bunny Man Bridge.
There was a young man from Clifton, Virginia who came upon the Bridge while traveling. Later, he killed his parents and dragged their bodies into the woods to hang them from the bridge before he killed himself. In 1943, three teenagers, two men and a young woman, were at the bunny man bridge for Halloween night. The three youths were found dead, hung from the bridge with their bodies slashed open. All three had notes attached to their feet saying the same thing,” You’ll never catch the Bunny Man!”
In 2001, after hearing the tale, six local students and a guide searched the area. They found mutilated bunny parts during their search and left the forest after they heard noises and saw figures moving around in the woods.
More information about The Bunny Man Bridge
Many people think of Springfield as a happy, D.C. suburb. What many people don’t know is that Lorton has a dark secret.
The Bunnyman is a man, dressed in a white bunny suit, who carries a hatchet. In most of Virginia, he is known mainly as a person who just scares kids, but in D.C. he is a well known murderer.
The legend says that after many exploits of attempted murder and acts of vandalism, he was pursued by police all the way to the infamous Bunnyman Bridge, where he was hit by a train when cornered by the authorities. Some say he is a psycho that escaped when the mental asylum near Lorton was demolished. His ten companions were found with their heads severed and fresh carrots stuffed into their mouths.
Phillip Greco from Columbus, OH
Ace from Irving, TX