An Urban Legend, called the Bunny Man, originated in Fairfax Co. Virginia in the 70’s. But this legend is said to haunt Washington D.C. as well as Maryland. Legend has it that a man who wears a Bunny costume chases and tries to attack people with an axe. Most sightings occur at the Colchester Overpass, referred to as Bunny Man Bridge, near Clifton VA.
First reports of the Bunny man came from Burke, Virginia in 1970. The first sighting of the Bunny Man came on the evening of October 19 by the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet, Robert Bennet and his fiancée while they were rising family on Guinea Rd. Returning late one evening from a football game, they decided to park the car across the road from a relative’s house to go pay them a visit. While sitting in the front seats, they noticed something in the bushes behind them and before they knew it, the front passenger window was smashed by a man yelling at them about trespassing. They then sped off, and when reporting to the police Cadet Bennet recalled the man wearing a white suit with Bunny Ears, however his fiancée does not remember the ears. It was discovered after they drove off, a hatchet was left in the floorboard.
The second sighting of the Bunny man occurred just 10 days later on October 29. Construction Security guard, Paul Phillips, approached a man standing on a porch of an unfinished home. This incidence also happened on Guinea Road, but this time the man was in a gray, black and white Bunny Costume. When Phillips approached the man, who appeared to be a fit 20 something, he started hacking the porch post with an axe and told Phillip’s his head was next if he continued to trespass.
The two instances were investigated by the police, but the cases were quickly closed due to a lack of evidence.
More sightings of the Bunny man:
10/22/1970 – Bunny Man saw in Fairfax
10/31/70 – Bunny Man reappears
11/4/70 – Bunny Man seen
11/6/70 – More Bunny Man reports flood in.
A student at the University of Maryland submitted a research paper on this new Urban Legend that chronicled 54 variations on the two instances listed above, in 1973. Urban Legend or a Halloween Prank gone wrong?