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Llorona, Omen of Death

A California Ghost Story

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

They say that the Llorona was once a poor young girl who loved a rich nobleman, and together they had three children. The girl wished to marry the nobleman, but he refused her. He told her that he might have considered marrying her if she had not born the three out-of-wedlock children, which he considered a disgrace. The girl was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so she drowned her children to prove her love to him. But still he would have none of her and married another. Mad with grief, the girl walked along the river, weeping and calling for her children. But they were gone. So she drowned herself. For her crime, her spirit was condemned to wander the waterways, weeping and searching for her children until the end of time. It was said that whenever the wailing woman appears, someone will die.

Now I have heard that one night, two young men were car-pooling home from work with the windows down when they heard a terrible wail. It sounded like the desperate cry of a baby or perhaps an injured tom-cat. Beside the road, a white mist began to gather. It moved swiftly among a grove of palm trees and when it reached the largest tree, it became the figure of a lovely young girl dressed all in white. Long dark hair hung loose down her back. She began to weep and wring her hands in agony, and the men realized that they were seeing the ghost of the Llorona. The driver gunned the engine and they drove away as fast as they could. The glowing figure of the Llorona remained visible in the rear-view mirror until the car turned the corner.

The men were upset by the vision, afraid that the rumors about the Llorona might be true. But nothing happened to either of them the rest of that night, so they laughed away the incident, deciding that they had imagined the whole thing.

The next night, the men were riding home from work when their front tire burst at the place in the road where they had seen the ghost the previous night.  The car spun out of control and hit the largest tree in the palm grove in the exact place where the Llorona had appeared to them.  Both men were killed instantly.

An old man is haunted by a wailing sound outside his house each night in Spooky California by S.E. Schlosser.



the llorona is also known as weeping women

I have heard many stories about La Llorona and I believe!

dat was creepy

wow omg that aint scary 'lol

That was awesome man not that much scary but cool


I think "La Llorona" Travel to all different places. My Grandfather claim to seen her and chase her. Back in the days I guess in 50's or 40's.

thats not the real version

this is really scary

ZOMG, dids they died?

my mom heard her in mexico when she was 20 year's old...

I'v heard lots of stories about the llorona...

ive heard a different one

ive heard a different one

yeah dude

my mom heard her crying and scratching at her door 20 years ago... I would be terrified if i heard a random woman cryin let alone see a ghost crying uhhh!!!!

There's a lot of versions of la llorona. But she really only appears in mexico. I like this story, but its was just creepy...not scary

omg right as i read the part wher their tire blew and they were killed a fire truck drove by some one had ran into a pole a died

I first read about the weeping woman in the first year in spanish class... I hv wanted to look further into this story b/c its sounds so true! and i hv heard many different versions i still havnt found one with a better description of llorana

sounds like a woman in white type ghost same background except the dude is unfaithful then she kills the kids

This story as okay, ive read like 20 stories by now and this one kinda got my attention.

hahahahah aye la llorona!!!!!!! :O

another version is that when she attempted to kill the thired child he survived then killed her then as she turned into a ghost she would attempt to kill any boy who appears waterways

how creepy and sad....

I thought La Llorona was a ghost in Mexico who kidnapped children and starved them.....wonder which verson is the true one.

this is a different versionn... i heared it before in a different way.. but i believe is true.. i heard a women cryin in my street when i was in mexico.. it was about 2 am. we lived close to a river

i thought it was bloody mary who drowned her children but guess not

not scary but creepy xD

I've also heard a different version of this story. But, same outcome, she murdered her three children and her soul has never been able to rest in peace. what part of Mexico did this story originate from ????

I heard a different one

On Grimm there's a story about her and she drowns children to try and get back her children. Trading there souls for her own kids.

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

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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