State’s Urban Legends: North Carolina

The explanation for why North Carolina is called “The Tar Heel State” is mundane.

Tar used to be a major export and those that had to work to produce it almost always wound up with the sticky goo on their feet. The urban legends that call the state home are anything but mundane. They will stick to you like tar however.

The Beast of Bladenboro

Back in the 1950s animals near Bladenboro were being found dead – and not from natural causes. Skulls crushed, jaws broken and, on occasion, bodies drained of blood.

What few eyewitness accounts there were stated the culprit was something feline, but larger. A composite drawing would have probably generated a vampiric cat-bear.

Hunting parties were dispatched to run the creature to ground, but no capture was ever made. The string of animal murders eventually ended. But folks around Bladenboro, North Carolina are keeping a wary eye open on their pets and livestock just in case.


If you find yourself boating out on North Carolina’s Lake Norman, keep an eye out for “Normie”. This is the moniker slapped onto a monster-sized fish living in the lake. He’s been spotted fairly regularly. Divers who have encountered him have never braved the depths of the lake again.

Old State Capitol Building

Erected in the mid-19th Century, the old capitol building in Raliegh is well preserved. The original furniture and decor are still in place inside, giving visitors an authentic feel of what it was like back in its glory days.

North Carolina's haunted House?

The old State Capitol Building in Raliegh.

The state offices were moved to a new location in the early 1960s but the old building retained the spirits of many who once walked its halls of power.

People inside the building at night have reported yells, screams and doors loudly being opened and slammed shut – when no one else was inside the building. One of the screams could belong to a woman who was murdered on the Capitol steps back in the 1860s.

One night guard claimed to have seen the manually-operated elevator moving back-and-forth between the first and third floors. He also reported hearing voices having a normal conversation that would have been carried out during the day-to-day activities in the building. But no one else was inside the building except himself.

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Richard Paolinelli