Burney, California: The Child Ghost that Haunts Black Ranch Road

The town of Burney, California, has a history tainted by
death and destruction. The area itself used to be known as “the valley where
Burney died” after a settler who died there in the 1850s, and it’s located at
the base of an extinct volcano. Worse, a dead child haunts the nearby Black
Ranch Road.

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The Girl in the White Dress

Everyone knows to never drink and drive.

Drunken drivers are responsible for 31% of road deaths in
the United States every year. If someone is careless and selfish enough to ignore
public service announcements and statistics and take a drive down Black Ranch
Road while drunk, the ghost of a child will appear to take
vengeance.

The little girl ghost is dressed in white, and her hair
is matted with blood. She only appears to those who dare to drive under the
influence.

One witness, torn with guilt, remembers smashing into a
little girl on Black Ranch Road.

He immediately pulled the car over and looked for the
body but found nothing.

Terrified, unsure of whether he’d murdered a child,
seen a ghost, or hallucinated the whole thing, he had no choice but to get back
in his car and start driving home.

Less than thirty seconds later, he saw the girl again. This time, he got a better look at her. Her eyes were black holes in a pale face. Blood covered the side of her face and dripped down
her chin.

He heeded the warning and never drove drunk again.

What Does the Ghost Girl of Burney Want?

Most people who’ve heard of the ghost girl who
haunts Black Ranch Road believe she died due to a drink driving
accident, since she only appears to drunk driver.

However, skeptics of this theory think the ghost
girl might have a more sinister motive.

One woman who saw the girl during her own drink
driving experience claims the ghost child did not look like the victim of
a car accident.

She thinks the little girl is in fact a demon taking
on a child’s appearance.

This witness believes that the reason the demon will
only show herself to drunken drivers is because the alcohol incites
an altered state of consciousness which opens up an individual to
supernatural experiences.

After all, every witness has noticed the girl’s haunting
eyes.

If the specter haunting this road is not a
ghost, but a demon, her desires must be deadly.

Beware driving here, and remember to stay sober behind
the wheel. A person risks not just their life but their soul as
well when they drink and drive through Burney.

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