Real scary stories that inspired Supernatural

Pilot (La Llorona)

Sam and Dean are reunited to track down their father and pick up where he left off in the family business: hunting the supernatural. They end up in Jericho, a town where a number of young men have vanished along a roadway over the years, presumably at the hands of the ghost of a girl who murdered her children: a woman in white La Llorona.

The “woman in white” is from Mexican folklore and is also known as La Llorona. Most stories point to a woman who drowned her children to be with the man who loved her, and who ends up killing herself. The resulting ghost of the woman is unable to rest, and numerous stories point a variety of behaviors: killing children, marking them for death or simple kidnapping.