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The Haunting of Mary Jane's Bridge
Broussard, Louisiana

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 01/25/2011

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About Mary Jane's Bridge

Mary Jane’s Bridge

Broussard, Lousiana:

Broussard is located near the city of Lafayette in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes in the state of Louisiana. It is a small community of about 7, 000 residents.

How to get to Mary Jane’s Bridge:

A number of people indicate that Mary Jane’s Bridge is the Bayou Tortue Road Bridge located on Bayou Tortue Road. Bayou Tortue Road is continuous with Garber Road, intersecting with Highway 90 further north toward Broussard. Bayou Tortue Road eventually turns into Parish Road 140 the further south you travel along its winding corridors.

Ghosts at Mary Jane’s Bridge:

Mary Jane’s Bridge is an interesting amalgam of lore and real paranormal activity. Locals have been telling the story of Mary Jane’s Bridge for years. A young girl and her prom date arrive at the bridge to hold hands, or whatever, and he rapes her and then murders her, throwing her over the bridge. Her body was never found, and apparently, no one was ever caught or prosecuted for the rape or murder. Locals report that this event is the reason why apparitions of a woman in white appear at the bridge from time to time.

Rumors abound about Mary Jane’s Bridge (actually the Bayou Tortue Road Bridge). Some associate the bridge with satanic rituals that have been rumored to take place nearby. Other people claim that all of the tales of paranormal activity are a hoax. Indeed, a serial axe murderer who went through the area in the early 1900's may actually be responsible for inspiring local lore about the bridge.

One retired police officer has reported that he is a believer. One August night in 1985, this man (who asked to remain anonymous), reported that he felt a strange presence at the bridge which motivated him to actually stop his car and get out. When he got out of the car, he saw a young woman wearing white, with brown hair flowing in the wind. He asked her, “Can I help you?” but she didn’t answer. She just stared back at him. He reported feeling very cold at the bridge that night, even though it was a summer evening during the hottest time of the year in Louisiana. He didn’t have his headlights on, but the light of the full moon apparently cast an eerie bluish glow over the woman and the surrounding landscape.

Resources:

Uncommon Sense (2009). Uncommon Sense Ministries, Inc. Retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://usminc.org/crime3.html

StrangeUSA.com (1901-2112) Mary Jane’s Bridge. Retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://www.strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=4466

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/louisiana.htm

No Author (n.d.). The Real Haunted Vampire. Retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://www.hauntedvampire.com/?m=200702

Wikipedia (2011). Broussard, Louisiana. Retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broussard,_Louisiana

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