The Colchester Overpass is now commonly referred to as the Bunnyman’s Bridge, as it is the sight of the brutal murder of a group of teens along with the multiple sightings of the bunnyman.
The Bunnyman believes his victims to be trespassers and hunts them down with an axe
The 2011 slasher film “ Bunnyman” is loosely based on the bunnyman that originated in Virginia.
The Hoax: it was later revealed that these reports were part of a hoax perpetrated by Middletown Valley Register editor George C. Rhoderick and reporter Ralph S. Wolfe in an attempt to increase readership. The descriptions they invented borrowed themes from existing German folklore, including dragon-like creatures who snatched children and livestock, and also appeared to invoke descriptions of the Jersey Devil, which had been spotted mere weeks earlier.
On June 22, 1953, Whittaker Chambers (whose home lies in Carroll County, Maryland) used the snallygaster to examine U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy in his essay “Is Academic Freedom in Danger?” (Life ):
“It was a trick of fate in a low comedy mood that Senator McCarthy should first have bounded into public view dragging the unlikely and protesting person of Mr. Lattimore to share with him a historic spotlight so grateful to the one and so acutely unwanted by the other. It was a trick of fate that, in the case of each, has led to some serious confusions. For it led to the translation of Senator McCarthy into the symbol of a national snallygaster (a winged hobgoblin used to frighten naughty children in parts of rural Maryland), instead of one of the two things that he obviously is: an instinctive politician of a kind fairly common in our history, in which case the uproar he inspires is a phenomenon much more arresting than the senator; or a politician of a kind wholly new in our history, in which case he merits the most cautious and coldblooded appraisal.”
The Snallygaster has been featured in pop culture as well including the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. J.K Rowling describes the beast as a part-bird, part-reptile relative of the Occamy, with serrated steel fangs and a bulletproof hide, and has gained some Muggle attention due to its natural curiosity.
The Snallygaster also appears in Fallout 76