It's rumored that if you say "Bloody Mary" three times into a mirror in a dark bathroom she will appear!

The folklore legend has been around for centuries, but how did it get started? And who is Mary?

Well according to the website OMG Facts, there are three potential candidates for Mary.

1. Queen Mary I

Her life was surrounded by death. She burned at least 300 people at the steak to make England more Catholic. She dealt with numerous false pregnancies and even died in the middle of one. According to the site:

Those that believe she’s Bloody Mary say she is searching for her lost children and ready to steal one if she must.

2. Mary, Queen of Scots

This woman is a bit strange. First of all she married her cousin and he stabbed a man 56 times in front of her when she was pregnant. While being convicted, he died mysteriously and people looked at Mary because she married one of the suspects in his murder.

Being questioned for the murder, Mary traveled to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, to beg for protection. Rumors started to swirl that Mary was set to overthrow the throne so the queen threw her in jail for 19 years. If that wasn't enough, the queen heard whispers that Mary was planning to escape, so the queen had her executed. But due to the unskilled nature of the executioner, it took several attempts to kill her.

3. Elizabeth Bathory

Even though her name isn't Mary, she is definitely a serious candidate. Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian royal in the 1500s, and remains the most prolific female serial killer in history. Reports of cannibalism, beatings, stranglings, stabbings and even lacerations from Elizabeth's own teeth to over 600 girls. Could Elizabeth quest for the blood of young girls continue long after her death?

Those are the top 3 candidates for "Bloody Mary." So the next time you say her name three times into the mirror, it may not end well.

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