Vehicle bridge over water (no longer open to vehicle traffic)
While the Fudge Road Crybaby Bridge is one of the most talked-about bridges in the state, the legend is incredibly vague. It is said that a mother threw her baby off the bridge here “in the 1800s”. A variation of this story says that after she killed her baby, the mother hanged herself under the bridge. In both versions, you are supposed to say “mama” three times in order to hear the baby cry.
Park your car, turn off the ignition, roll down your car windows, and say “mama” three times. The original ritual had you parking on the bridge itself, but a newer variation has you parking near the bridge (possibly because the bridge was recently closed to vehicle traffic).
Located in West Alexandria, Ohio. Sorry, but I don’t really feel comfortable giving specific directions to this particular bridge. The reasons why will become abundantly clear as you continue reading.
A blog reader also recently wrote in to say that Fudge Road is now apparently closed to everything except local traffic and authorized vehicles, meaning you are subject to a ticket or fine if you’re caught on the road. Yet another reason to stay away.
Interestingly enough, while this old, decrepit-looking bridge has long been a part of the creepy legends associated with this road, it was merely a landmark to look for. The original legends of Fudge Road involved such things as the ghosts of men killed in a “drug deal gone bad”, some sort of demonic creature roaming the woods, and, of course, the infamous Midget House.
Presently, I do not show this bridge being “haunted” until 2002 and that was due to a man “in a semi” driving off the bridge and dying. I have not found any references to it being referred to as a Crybaby Bridge until late 2003. Regardless, I find it interesting that while this bridge has now become a focal point of the Fudge Road tales, the legend surrounding it still remains incredibly vague.
Something to point out: the bridge is listed as having been erected in 1913 by the Central States Bridge Company. So if a woman really did throw her baby off a bridge “in the 1800s”, it wasn’t from this bridge.
Almost as legendary as the ghost stories surrounding Fudge Road are the tales of angry neighbors who will chase you off the bridge. I will be honest with you: I visited this bridge numerous times, beginning in the early 2000s, including twice at night, and was not harassed or bothered in the least.
That being said, I have spoken to a lot of reputable people over the years who said they have had everything from bright lights flashed at them to a truck that appeared to be attempting to force them off the road. There are also videos floating around the Internet that appear to show people yelling at cars that are driving down Fudge Road.
Of course, there are also videos showing carloads of young adults appearing to take great delight in doing such things as screaming at the occupied houses on Fudge Road, throwing objects at the abandoned house on Fudge Road, trespassing onto private property, and just generally harassing the people who live along Fudge Road. Oh yeah, and they are doing it under the guise of looking for ghosts. Lovely. Just the sort of thing that ruins it for everyone else. So you can certainly see how the people living near the bridge have had enough of all this ghost business and aren’t in the mood for any more shenanigans. Please leave them alone.
If you’re still considering going out to this bridge, you should know that there are indeed locals who regularly videotape cars and their license plates and they will report you to the local authorities, even if you don’t appear to be doing anything wrong. Simply put, they are tired of the constant harassment. The police are tired of being called out there, too, so if you do happen to run into the local police while out on this bridge, don’t expect them to be in a good mood or interested in hearing all about your ghost-hunting escapades.
And yes, police do regularly patrol the area, especially since 2014, when the body of 18-year-old Justin Back was found in the field right next to the bridge.
The Justin Back case is a very sad and tragic one. In the early evening hours of January 28th, 2014, Justin’s parents returned to their Wayne Township, Ohio, home to find it ransacked, items missing, and Justin nowhere to be found. When Justin’s step-father called 911 to report the incident, he mentioned that he thought some of Justin’s friends might have been involved. That set things in motion and later that evening, police arrested two teenagers: Austin Myers, an acquaintance of Justin’s, and Timothy Mosley. Once at the police station, both confessed to robbing the Back home. They also admitted that they had murdered Justin and dumped his body in West Alexandria.
The next day, following leads given by the two teens, police recovered Justin Back’s body, which was found in the field next to the Fudge Road Crybaby Bridge. Interestingly enough, the legend of the bridge has become so widespread that news reporters actually referred to the location as “Crybaby Bridge”.
As police continued to question Myers and Mosley, a very sad, disturbing story began to unfold. Turns out the pair were originally just planning to rob the home, believing there was $20,000 in a safe there. However, the two soon changed their plan to include murdering Back, although reasons why were never made clear. But weeks before, they began keeping a journal, describing how they would commit the crime.
Of course, that journal would come back to haunt them at their trials. They were both found guilty. Mosley, who had earlier agreed to testify against his partner in crime, was sentenced to life without parole. Myers, on the other hand, was sentenced to death, making him the youngest person ever sent to Death Row by the state of Ohio.
Lost in all of this was the fact that a young man with a promising future lost his life for no good reason. Justin’s family has since created a memorial web page, Remembering Justin Back, which I encourage all of you to visit if for no other reason than to pay your respects.
So there you have it: the sordid history of the Fudge Road Crybaby Bridge. And if the practically non-existent ghost story, potential safety issues of the bridge, and cranky neighbors aren’t enough, hopefully the increased police patrols will help convince you that visiting this bridge really isn’t that great of an idea.
I would love to hear your stories about this bridge. However, I would prefer that your stories took place in the past—please don’t visit this bridge. I will also not post any stories that involve trespassing or any form of harassment, including repeatedly driving up and down Fudge Road in the middle of the night.
Share your story with me here!
New Details Learned In Justin Back Death: WLWT News Report
Remembering Justin Back
Second Killer Gets Life In Prison For Justin Back’s Murder
USA Today: Ohio 19-year-old Sentenced To Death
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