In a bizarre story out of Zimbabwe, a series of strange deaths near a bridge have been attributed to a 'mystery creature' that some suspect could be a mermaid. According to a local media report, the weirdness surrounding the Mtshabezi Bridge in the town of Gwanda began back in the 70s when several students died under unusual circumstances in the river which runs under the overpass. Apparently something of an ominous local legend since then, the site has sparked renewed interest in recent weeks following the inexplicable drowning deaths of multiple men in the community.
While these incidents, alone, are cause for concern among residents, what makes the case particularly odd is that it is believed by people living in the town that all of these deaths are due to some kind of supernatural creature which resides in the river. Specifically, some suspect that the aquatic killer is a mermaid, while others argue that this is not the case because the bodies of the victims have been retrieved. How, exactly, that fact absolves mermaids is presumably a matter of local folklore.
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