By Lisa Pecchenino
Urban legends thrive on rumors, hearsay, and people’s fears, with tales ranging from alligators in sewers, hitchhiker stories, dripping water taps, haunted houses, the ‘hook’, and of course who can forget about Friday the 13th? Add in a few scary ghosts and you have the perfect entertainment for a campfire or fall slumber party. Get comfortable, dim the lights and read about Kuna’s urban legend, Fred Krueger.
As the local legend goes Freddy Krueger is buried in the Kuna Cemetery. He lived on Elm Street in a pink house. He passed away in mysterious house fire, and on Halloween night his tombstone is said by many to mysteriously glow.
Frederick Charles “Freddy” Krueger is a fictional character, the primary bad guy in the movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, film series written by Wes Craven.
Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven is an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher movies.
“Freddy” is a disfigured serial killer, burned in a fire, who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world as well.
However, you should know that Wes Craven’s inspirations for the character Freddy Krueger included a bully from his school during his youth, and a homeless man who had frightened him when he was eleven. The idea for the movie was inspired by several stories in the L.A. Times about a series of mysterious deaths; all victims reporting recurring nightmares and dying in their sleep from complications resulting from sleep depravation. Craven was also inspired by the 1970’s pop song “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright.
There is a real Fred Krueger who is indeed buried in the Kuna Cemetery. Mr. Fred Krueger throughout the years has become the local urban legend, however, we should point out that his name is Fred Krueger, not Frederick Charles Krueger as in the movie. We can tell you first hand that his tombstone did not glow on Halloween night. Mr. Krueger according to County records never lived on Elm Street, which is now renamed Elm Avenue, changed by the City several years ago. Mr. Krueger passed away on July 1, 1967, at the age of 84, of undetermined causes.
However, for those of you who still believe, in glowing stones, haunted houses and such it makes a nice story to tell gathered around a campfire on a dark fall night.
Editor’s Note: We held this story upon requests from the Kuna cemetery not to publish it prior to Halloween to avoid any vandalism or efforts to deface the grave. The reporter did spend four hours on Halloween night watching the grave and reported no activity, alive or dead. We ask that you respect all gravesites, no matter where they are.