Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida, located in the northeastern part of the state on the Atlantic coast. The area that is now Jacksonville has a long and rich history that dates back thousands of years.
The Timucua Indians were the first known inhabitants of the Jacksonville area, and they lived there for thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers in the 16th century. The first European to explore the area was French explorer Jean Ribault, who sailed up the St. Johns River in 1562.
In 1822, Florida became a United States territory, and two years later, the town of Jacksonville was founded. The town was named after Andrew Jackson, who was a military hero and the future president of the United States. Jacksonville quickly became a thriving port city, thanks to its location on the St. Johns River, which provided easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.
During the Civil War, Jacksonville was a key supply point for the Confederate Army, and the city changed hands several times during the course of the war. After the war, Jacksonville began to grow rapidly, thanks in part to the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century.
In the early 20th century, Jacksonville became known as the "Winter Film Capital of the World" due to the numerous movie studios that set up shop in the city. During World War II, Jacksonville was an important military base, and it was home to several naval installations.
In the 1960s, Jacksonville began to experience significant growth and development, with the construction of new highways and bridges. Today, Jacksonville is a major metropolitan area with a population of over 900,000 people. It's home to several universities, including the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University, and it's a popular tourist destination, thanks to its beautiful beaches, world-class museums, and vibrant cultural scene.
It's also home to a ton of terrifying ghost stories and legends, one of them being the story of the "Flesh Rippers of Jacksonville".
There's a very scary encounter detailed on the (reputable) backpackerverse.com detailing a harrowing story from an eyewitness to the Flesh Rippers, who you'll apparently find at the now abandoned Riverside Motel. The Flesh Rippers, who are rumored to be the spirits of former mental patients who went mad and went after each other after slaughtering the staff, though no one is certain what they are.
What they are described as in the account are: "evil entities that take over your mind."
I highly suggest you read his story, which I could detail here, but I won't because it's a wild ride. All I can say is entering into a motel where the walls run red with blood and evil spirits hi-jack your mind might not be the best idea for a dare. They didn't know, then, though, but we do, and I think this is one of those legends left untouched. Again, it is since abandoned, so there's no way to see for yourself any longer.
Have you heard the stories about the Flesh Rippers of Jacksonville? Let me know in the comments!