While the story of La Llorona is told in many different parts of the world, it has roots in Texas, too. The people of El Paso know this legend very well, as they live right near the Rio Grande where Llorona lurks, searching for her two children.
The name Llorona translates to "The Crier," which fits her perfectly due to the wailing cries people can hear coming from the Rio Grande at night as she mourns the loss of her children.
She supposedly stabbed them and threw them into the river in order to get her wealthy boyfriend to marry her (he didn't want children). However, when she told him what she had done, he didn't look too impressed, but rather, terrified. She showed up to his doorstep still wearing her bloody nightgown to show him the lengths she would go to be with him.
She didn't get what she wanted, though, as he ended the relationship then and there. Some people believe that after the heartbreak of losing everyone she loved, she stabbed herself and drowned in the river, while others think a mob of angry people came along and drowned her themselves.
No matter which way she died, she still haunts the riverbanks, forever searching for her children, wearing a white nightgown. However, because of her unforgivable sins, she now has the head of a horse, not a human.
Locals warn visitors not to go to the river at night.