If you were raised by a Latino family, there’s a high chance you grew up being scared by La Llorona. While the legend varies from place to place, there is still a common base. A beautiful, vain young woman (usually by the name Maria) marries a wealthy rancher. They have children and as time goes on, the rancher’s eye begins to stray and as fate would have it, Maria catches him with another lady. In blind rage, Maria drowns her children in the river to spite her husband but as soon as she realizes what she’s done, searches frantically for her children. When they cannot be found, Maria drowns herself in guilt. She travels along riversides and other bodies of water, forever searching and crying out for her children, “ay mis hijos, donde estan mis hijos”. Some say that should you hear her wails at night, the farther her screams are, the closer she is to you.