Neighbors Find 'Bunnyman Bridge' an Unwelcome Attraction

Police set up 14-hour checkpoint, turn away hundreds from popular site on Halloween.

Local lore has it that late one night, around the turn of the 20th century, a bus filled with inmates from a mental institution crashed near Clifton. Two escaped into the woods. Soon after, people started finding the dead bodies of rabbits, eaten raw, hanging from trees. It terrified the locals, but one night they found something much worse: a dead man, hanging from a tree. Police finally located the inmate responsible—but "the Bunnyman" was hit by a train on a bridge trying to escape.

The urban legend has spread far beyond Fairfax County, making the site, known as "Bunnyman Bridge," a popular spot for thrill-seekers on Halloween night. The bridge, which has a tunnel underneath, even has a listing on Yelp. Neighbors in that area, however, aren't amused, said Captain Purvis Dawson, commander of the . They asked local police to set up a checkpoint on Halloween night to turn away anyone from the bridge who does not live in the area. 

"People go down there and they get malicious. They write graffiti and a lot of demeaning things on the underside of the bridge," Dawson said. 

Some people climb up near the train tracks over the tunnel to take video footage on their phones or cameras. Still others climb up into trees near the tracks to take recordings. 

Dawson went at the bridge at 2:30 p.m. on Halloween, and people were already arriving there, he said. Officers from the Sully District Station stayed at the bridge until about 4:30 a.m., turning away over 200 people.

The sightseeers came from all over the metro area and even farther away, he said. One disappointed group even came from as far way as the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. "They were upset," he said. Neighbors, though, were relieved. 

Ron Furgerson December 01, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Bunny Man? Don't be funny, man. I'm just sayin'
Kohl Chester April 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This is an interesting story that might attract the curious types. Those that are Bunny Man Bridge curiosity seekers should be aware of the information at http://www.colchesteroverpass.org  Five high school age individuals were recently arrested there for railroad trespass. Along with being dangerous, trespass on posted property (including railroad tracks) in Fairfax County, Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Whether or not one believes the Bunny Man legend, the information at the aforementioned site could save a life.
caitlin goforth November 28, 2012 at 07:00 PM
i saw the bunnyman it tryed to kill me
caitlin goforth November 28, 2012 at 07:00 PM
i am serious too
Shannon February 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM
We had friends who used to live on the other side of the bridge, so we drove under it a few times to go see them. Once at night, just for kicks, my (30-something) husband decided to turn off the car- with the windows down. Supposedly if you turn off your engine under the bridge, it won't start again. It was definitely one of the creepier moments of my life, but guess what, folks- it started and we went anticlimactically on our way home. Sorry to disappoint you.


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