Summary: Chain email claims to be cursed once opened and warns that "Bloody Mary" will kill the recipient if the email is not quickly sent to others (Full commentary below).
Status: False - Utter Nonsense
Example:(Submitted, December 2008)
Subject: Death By Bloody Mary
THIS EMAIL HAS BEEN CURSED ONCE OPENED YOU MUST SEND IT.
You are now cursed. You must send this on or you will be killed. Tonight at
12:00am, by Bloody Mary. This is no joke. So don't think you can quickly
get out of it and delete it now because Bloody Mary will come to you if you
do not send this on. She will slit your throat and your wrists and pull your
eyeballs out with a fork. And then hang your dead corpse in your bedroom
cupboard or put you under your bed. What's your parents going to do when
they find you dead? Won't be funny then, will it? Don't think this is a fake
and it's all put on to scare you because your wrong, so very wrong. Want to
hear of some of the sad, sad people who lost their lives or have been
seriously hurt by this email?
CASE ONE -
Annalise [Surname Removed] :She got this email. Rubbish she thought. She deleted it.
And now, Annalise dead.
CASE TWO -
Louise [Surname Removed]: She sent this to only 4 people and when she woke up in the
morning her wrists had deep lacerations on each. Luckily there was no pain
felt, though she is scarred for life.
CASE THREE -
Thomas [Surname Removed]: He sent this to 5 people. Big mistake. The night Thomas was
lying in his bed watching T.V. The clock shows '12:01am'. The T.V
misteriously flickered off and Thomas's bedroom lamp flashed on and off
several times. It went pitch black, Thomas looked to the left of him and
there she was, Bloody Mary standing in white rags. Blood everywhere with a
knife in her hand then disappeared. The biggest fright of Thomas's life.
Warning... NEVER look in a mirror and repeat -'Bloody Mary.Bloody Mary.'
Bloody Mary... I KILLED YOUR SON' Is it the end for you tonight! YOU ARE
We strongly advise you to send this email on. It is seriously NO
JOKE. We don't want to see another life wasted. ITS YOUR CHOICE... WANNA DIE
TONIGHT? If you send this email to...
NO PEOPLE - You're going to die.
1-5 PEOPLE - You're going to either get hurt or get the biggest fright of your
5-15 PEOPLE - You will bring your family bad luck and someone close to you
15 -25 OR MORE PEOPLE - You are safe from Bloody Mary
** DO NOT FORWARD COPY AND PASTE. RENAME THE SUBJECT
A note for younger readers: The Bloody Mary email is just a silly story that people have sent around for a long time. Don't worry, absolutely nothing whatsoever will happen to you if you don't send the emails to others. I know because, doing this work, I have received hundreds of these emails and, even though I have never sent even one of them on, nothing has ever happened to me. These emails are just meant to scare you for no reason. The best thing to do is just delete them so that no other kids will get scared or have nightmares.
This obnoxious and overtly threatening chain email is obviously aimed at children and adolescents. It warns that, simply by opening the email, the recipient is cursed and a violent super natural being dubbed "Bloody Mary" will appear and kill those who do not pass on the message. It further warns that the only way to stay safe from Bloody Mary is to send the message to at least 15 other people. The email claims that sending to a lesser number will result in injury, a terrible fright or ongoing bad luck.
An almost identical version of the chain email substitutes "Mickey Mouse" for "Bloody Mary".
Of course, most adults would immediately recognize the email as absurd and ridiculous nonsense. However, the message is aimed squarely at youngsters, many of whom may be still impressionable enough to be traumatized by it. I have been contacted by a number of concerned parents whose children have experienced nightmares and anxiety after receiving the email. Thus, the email is not simply a harmless prank.
The chain email is derived from the folkloric Bloody Mary tale that has circulated for decades. Children in many parts of the world have longed dared each other to chant "Bloody Mary" into a mirror in a darkened room. Supposedly, Bloody Mary will appear in response to the chant. Exactly what Bloody Mary does after she appears depends on the particular variant of the story being told at the time. In some she will hurt or even kill the chanter. In others, her frightening face will simply appear in the mirror or other less violent supernatural events will occur.
In fact there are a large number of variants derived from the same basic tale, some that use names other than Bloody Mary. Interested readers can view a comprehensive article about the origin and variants of the Bloody Mary story on folklore and mythology website, Mythology.com.