Scary stories

Black Aggie

Excerpted from Spooky Maryland

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

When Felix Agnus put up the life-sized shrouded bronze statue of a grieving angel, seated on a pedestal, in the Agnus family plot in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, he had no idea what he had started. The statue was a rather eerie figure by day, frozen in a moment of grief and terrible pain. At night, the figure was almost unbelievably creepy; the shroud over its head obscuring the face until you were up close to it. There was a living air about the grieving angel, as if its arms could really reach out and grab you if you weren't careful.

It didn't take long for rumors to sweep through the town and surrounding countryside. They said that the statue - nicknamed Black Aggie - was haunted by the spirit of a mistreated wife who lay beneath her feet. The statue's eyes would glow red at the stroke of midnight, and any living person who returned the statues gaze would instantly be struck blind. Any pregnant woman who passed through her shadow would miscarry. If you sat on her lap at night, the statue would come to life and crush you to death in her dark embrace. If you spoke Black Aggie's name three times at midnight in front of a dark mirror, the evil angel would appear and pull you down to hell. They also said that spirits of the dead would rise from their graves on dark nights to gather around the statue at night.

People began visiting the cemetery just to see the statue, and it was then that the local fraternity decided to make the statue of Grief part of their initiation rites. "Black Aggie" sitting, where candidates for membership had to spend the night crouched beneath the statue with their backs to the grave of General Agnus, became popular.

One dark night, two fraternity members accompanied new hopeful to the cemetery and watched while he took his place underneath the creepy statue. The clouds had obscured the moon that night, and the whole area surrounding the dark statue was filled with a sense of anger and malice. It felt as if a storm were brewing in that part of the cemetery, and to their chagrin, the two fraternity members noticed that gray shadows seemed to be clustering around the body of the frightened fraternity candidate crouching in front of the statue.

What had been a funny initiation rite suddenly took on an air of danger. One of the fraternity brothers stepped forward in alarm to call out to the initiate. As he did, the statue above the boy stirred ominously. The two fraternity brothers froze in shock as the shrouded head turned toward the new candidate. They saw the gleam of glowing red eyes beneath the concealing hood as the statue's arms reached out toward the cowering boy.

With shouts of alarm, the fraternity brothers leapt forward to rescue the new initiate. But it was too late. The initiate gave one horrified yell, and then his body disappeared into the embrace of the dark angel. The fraternity brothers skidded to a halt as the statue thoughtfully rested its glowing eyes upon them. With gasps of terror, the boys fled from the cemetery before the statue could grab them too.

Hearing the screams, a night watchman hurried to the Agnus plot. To his chagrin, he discovered the body of a young man lying at the foot of the statue. The young man had apparently died of fright.

The disruption caused by the statue grew so acute that the Agnus family finally donated it to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.. The grieving angel sat for many years in storage there, never again to plague the citizens visiting the Druid Hill Park Cemetery.


You can read more Maryland folktales and ghost stories in Spooky Maryland by S.E. Schlosser.


this story is very entertaining and i told it as a ghost story to my friends and they got really scaredd

that story is cool and scary i wish that someone could tell it to me in a scary wayyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyy.

This is a great storie

thats creepy! did they really give it 2 the washington DC simthsonum????

thats not true

who ever made this should have read it to us . because it is to long

awesome story kinda reminds me of bloody mary with the mirror part lol

This story is really good

it is ok

After reading almost all the other stories, I wonder why the scariest had to be first?

Black Aggie should be returned to Druid Ridge so that others may share in the experience.

Its good its kind of scary if u read it at night tho, it would TOTALLY FREAK U OUT!

omg god this is super scay I have goose bumps right now like wow

The story is soooo freaky! I told it to my friends tonight in the tent and it was awesome!!

I live in that city and I actually seen the brother dissapear it is true

so far this is the scariest one yet I read it 12:00 o'clock and it was scary


oh no i read it at 3:00 am i am freaked out

Scary as h** I have grandparents who witnessed a man that turned into a pig at night it followed my grandpa home back in my country guatemle.

OK ...

It's a little scary. I won't be saying it's name 3 times.

I lived outside of Baltimore for 28 years. I can attest that this story is factual. The statue is currently in storage at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The officials at the Smithsonian have refused to put Black Aggie on display. Like I can't imagine why.

thats pretty scary to read at midnight

this story was really entertaining!

I will NEVER say its name 3 times! And poor boy...died of fright. Wait, who'd go in a cemetery at night, anyway?

what a great story...chocho!!!

That was a great story!

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww im glad i read it at 10:36pm put its still freaky glowing eye im scared wow im still scared

It was weird!!!! I like it!!!

That statue sounds like a propa cuntbag.

that story is scary and it kind of reminded me of another story i heard once, but i forget what it was called.....

cool story is the statue actualy at the smithsonian or is this just a story and did a boy actually die and did the angel actually come to life cuz i kinda dout it

Loved this story!

That was creepy bu i know it isn't true. Ghost stories mainly aren't. I wanna try saying the name 3 times tho...

All the nephews are in the tree house ready for our one night sleep out.. I am going to tell this one tonight.. They'll love it. very creepy.

That seemz like bloody mary i think its not true

That story was not too long...that person obviously doesn't read too much...good story but I think Black Aggie should have let the initiate go and got the other two frat brothers....

totally cool

WOW!! i luv this story.its good!!

i loved the story very cool
:) :P :D

Although the story may have been constructed from the pieces of various urban legends (I.E. Bloody Mary) there theoretically could be truth to the story. On one end of the argument, in a place such as a cemetery there are bound to be a number of vengeful spirits capable of the possession of a person or object. However, when placed in an environment with the set expectation of a supernatural event taking place, especially in a environment such as an old graveyard, then the mind runs wild. you see, hear, smell and imagine the most terrifying things. However, the presence of numerous fraternity brothers seems to lend a more believable element to the story. Frightened Greeks, namely douschebags who get their comeuppance, make great witnesses. However, being associated with a fraternity I know for a fact that although perfectly believable, fraternity brothers would not risk either legal prosecution nor the lives of potential members with such actions. Then again, Fraternity brothers could easily be interchanged with high school jocks, or a number of other dominant social groups.

thats not scary

I am so going to tell my friends this story at the halloween guide camp I'm going to! Really creepy

Realy scary!!!

this story is brilliant and when i was in washington with my friends we went to the museum were black aggie was kept and my friends were so scared they screamed until they got out of the museum !!!! :)

I think there are about five different versions of this story. It's all stemmed from teh same one. Still a classic tale.

In 1996, a young Baltimore area writer named Shara Terjung did a story on Black Aggie for a small newspaper. After having been long fascinated with the legends, she became determined to track down the present location of the statue. Finally, shortly after Halloween, she got a call from a contact at the General Service Administration who was able to discover where the elusive Aggie had ended up. The statue can still be seen today at the Federal Courts building in Washington, in the rear courtyard of the Dolly Madison house.

The statue's so beautiful! The story behind it is just so terrifying.

suuper scaryyyyyyyyy!!!!!

That 1 actually freaked me out a little bit... Give me some more!!

ehh... it's ok but it would be better if i actually witnessed it :D

ehh... it's ok but it would be better if i actually witnessed it :D

this is a very good story i like the mirror part it iz so freekinq creppy .lolz :0

i love this story i dotn like to read a lot but this i lov it will freak u out!!!!;0

they should have smashed it up

I'm scared!WAAAAA!

nice,frightening ghost story. cant wait to scare the living bejeepers outta my freinds

this story is scary though it sounds like a bloody mary storie

Sorta scary...for an urban ledgend...not true obviously..but can be interpreted to be....

The statue really exists and it was really donated to the Smithsonian due to the unwanted attention causd by the legends where a recast of it stands now. The original statue is now in a courtyard behind the Dolley Madison House.

This story wasn't that scary but it was kinda freaky.

i got freaked out im never gonna go anywhere past 12:00-amanda
i dont even wanna look in the mirror for a moment-maria

this is awesome! I like it alot!

WOA SCARYYYYY lol kinda reminded me of candy man and bloody mary

this story was kinda freaky

this story sounds pretty creepy but not creepy enough to keep someone up at nite....

this story sounds pretty creepy but not creepy enough to keep someone up at nite....

It didn't scare me, but it was a good story. :)

I think this story is freaky creepy and scary all at the same time! I think that statue was actualy posessed by Demons!

that was ssssssscccccaaaarrrrryyyy!!!!!!!!!


omg it idk 12:00 and i just read this and im 2 scared 2g2 sleep

world full of unknown...anything is possible.

awesome story

i have heard this story before its real and true.

thx for the story thats scary i loved the part when it says "as if its arms could grab you if you wernt carful"

this was so very scary

this story gave me a fright in a half.

worst story evar

CREEEEEPY! me and my bf are reading this and would love to see Blach aggie....

Wow, ima use this for the school haloween party

This story was not that bad. I love the different tales that went with origin. It could have been a little longer. Than again, it was like a campfire tale.

this is based on a true story the black aggie or at least the scary version now sits in the basement of the smithsonian in D.C.

Great story

Who came back from hell to tell the 'mirror' story?

Wouldn't be the only initiate to die during hazing.

They should hold halloween sleepovers there!

that is so scary i dont want that to happen to me

I really like this story , I will tell my friends this story at midnight !

ok... this story isnt that scary... but of course, the site owner wont put my comment because i said something that could affect his site (in a bad way) oh, come on!!!! this story isnt that good! i didnt like it that much. it wasnt even scary! well, i guess it is scary when ur a 4 or 5 year old...

wow thats scary i havent heard a storie that good in a while!

so scary!!! omg



very good story but not scary enough

man that is a good storie.
ill give you a hint dont go into A cemitry at night its that simple

that was awesome

Hilarios because i was reading this at a graveyard on my laptop when i looked behind me i saw something jsut like this

this was a rather creepy story than a scary one......but i liked it....:)

I loved it. I'm going to tell it to my friend, who gets scared because I act it out and I'd like to think I could tell it well. Better than most. My cousins were shvering when I told it to them, and I can't wait because I'm going to somehow get two flashlights and put red paper over it. Then scream, and stand there with the lights and say her name. Then laugh my butt off.

Me and my friend were reading this story, but then we stopped for a second and looked around. An old halloween skull decoration seemed to watch us, moving. So we hid him behind a TV in the living room. She has windows there cause her room used ot be a garage. Well, we looked and there was a shadow in the window. We screamed and went to find it. While my friend looked at it, it flopped over but there was no wind. On the way there, I stepped beside a vent. It began to moan and groan. I then got the skull and placed it on it, thinking thet were friends somehow. It didn't do anything. I grabbed it again and put it on a pillow in her Mom's room. It began to glow different colors, without me touching it. We ran but when we came back, it had quit glowing. Now we're hoping it won't get us, but if I never write back, this story is very true. And very creepy. Oh, it quit after we finished reading the story. My friend says she knows a ghost called Gari, so maybe he was offended. I'M NOT WACKO I'M TELLING THE TRUTH!!! Great story though.

This story reminds me of a stature in a cemetery in northern california. It was a stature of a girl angel and around midnight to about three in the morning it would appear that the head and body would move and that the eyes would open. The more you thought about death and the dead the greater the movement would appear. This is a true statement and it is in the cemetery with the 13 bloody steps (at midnight on the 13Th step under a full moon blood would appear, this also I saw with my own eyes.....

wow!! that was awesome. you have to tell me were you got that from dude. that is the best on I have heard so far on this website.

I'm so afraid but i'm gonna try the mirror thing tonight

Okay so, I'm home alone at 4:08 in the morning scared out of my dang mind. O.o

does this story remind anyone else of a weeping angel from dr. who?

Wow, that was a really interesting story. However, if the "cursed" statue does pull you down to hell, Jesus won't save you? LoL

this what not very scary come on yall r such whimps! :)

scary but a good story

I really like this story, but I know my faith and my faith says this story is false... Just another story to tell...

It was a boring story

its got me

it was good but not scary at all

i like this story too and who know this story can be real brrr scary to think about it and the angel sound cool

this story is so scary

are any of these ghost stories real

wow cool

doesn't anybody know how to spell?

good story

wow,whatta eerie story. it sounds very interesting;enough to be a good spooky movie. if so, i can't wait to see it.

its good but doesnt have enough suspence building up to it.

WOW that's a really good story. That totally freaked me out.

It's true they gave it to the musuem, but its nottrue how they died, that has been around for years, complaints that the statue was "Getting rid of buisness" said the governer, which ment that nobody would live there anymore, he would either kick out the people who put the statue there out of the state or donate it to another, and D.C. was the one to stand up. thats what i think

I remember reading this 3 years ago when I was only 8 on was 12:30 sumthin in the nite.I was so freaked out that when my cat meowed I screamed.The Inez Clarke story is also creepy too...

this story is really awesome!!!^_^

this is one of the amazing story i have read and i need to thank who wrote the story and i hope to give us another story

ya, definatly not enough suspense in it... pretty kewl though

I liked the story, but there are lots of stories almost like this one. However it had a different ending.

I did not know you can die of fright.

This is such a great story! I must go see the statue at Washington D.C . Creepy story!

what a story

Way creepy i love this site addicted 2 it


i liked the storyy sooooooooooo was scaryyyyy

Great story, has anyine tried the mirror thing?

I suppose that hose to show you, you cannot trust anything or anyone, especially angels and angel statues. You also need to believe gossip.

Even if it isn't true this story is intriging and creepy,and is worth telling for ages to come.

the whole dying of fright thing was... but all together an ok story, oh and i HATE statues!

You should not always what they seem, just because it looks like an angel does not mean they act like an angel, in fact they may act just the opposite. The devil can get anyone now!!!



This would really be scary except for one fact:
At the beginning of the story the cemetery was called "Druid Ridge Cemetery"; at the end it was called "Druid Hill Park Cemetery". Otherwise, had its moment(s)

wow im so using this for my project

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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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