The history of Bloody Mary is a mysterious one: no researcher can prove conclusively exactly where and when the creepy Bloody Mary legend began. Nor can anyone pinpoint who Bloody Mary was, but there are quite a few theories. As with all legends, things change as they are passed down and vary by region to make the tale more applicable to the cultural group sharing it at the time. This is why there are different versions of the “game” and different beliefs about what will happen if she is successfully summoned.
Folklorists have been able to trace these various tales back to the 1960s, but the legend of Bloody Mary and the accompanying creepy adolescent sleepover ritual could be much older than that. In fact, the elements involved in the folklore date back to much older ritualistic practices like mirror-gazing and self-hypnosis. This list explores some variations of the lore, the ritual, and the possible identities of the infamous Bloody Mary. Read full article here.