Myths in GTA San Andreas

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There are many myths regarding the large world in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Only couple of them really exist, while some were denied by developer Rockstar Games, and the rest can not be proved or disproved. Most of these myths are either misconceptions or made up. Here is a currently up-to-date-list of all allegded myths.


Bigfoot is the most commonly cited myth from GTA: San Andreas. Please see the full Bigfoot article for more information.

Loch Ness monster

The legend of Loch Ness monster was one of the first myths to emerge. It was believed that Nessie appears in the Fisher's Lagoon, one of few lakes accessible by the player at the very beginning of the game. Like many other myths, this had a strong support back in 2005, but lacks any evidence or in-game references, which classifies this myth as fake. It was confirmed later by a Rockstar spokesman that the Nessie myth is fake. A scan of the interview can be found half-way down this page.


The UFO map???

UFOs are a popular myth of GTA: San Andreas. Please see the full UFOs article for more information.


Jaws is the name given to sharks in GTA San Andreas. It has been debated whether or not they are really dolphins. Many people claim that they were eaten or stabbed to death while swimming. Those who do not believe in this myth usually blame the oxygen level which some people tend to forget to watch. There were many videos and pictures featuring the shark and CJ, quite often - under the Gant bridge. However, all cases of the shark's appearance were described in a different way, which made people believe that all of those stories are made up. Up to now, it is believed by many that sharks are not present in GTA: San Andreas; if the dolphins are supposed to be sharks, they do not attack the player in any case.

There is a shark model in game's data files, which makes this myths pretty plausible, although many people claim that this model is the shark that appears in the sea in GTA Vice City or is Steve Scott's robotic shark from InterGlobal Films.

Rusty wheelchair

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The infamous wheelchair, taken from

There's an abandoned wheel chair at the end of the wharf in Fisher's Lagoon. There's also a waste skip in San Andreas world carrying the same text, "SKIP HERE". The wheel chair was believed by many to be a reference to the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as one of the youths in this movie is in a wheel chair, but is actually the same wheel chair that can be seen in the start of the Rockstar game Manhunt. The following pedestrian dialog can be heard in Palomino Creek:

- Have you seen this disabled person chair moving?

- No, have you?

- Neither have I, bye-bye!

- Bye-Bye!

Some people see timings on the front wheels of the chair and assume that something will happen at those times. The "mystery of the chair" was never solved in the standard GTA game, and it is believed the chair doesn't carry any hidden meaning. Although, when two members of GTAForums launched their own competition called GTA Treasurehunt, in which the last mission involved solving the wheelchair mystery. After the lake was filled up with rocks and stones a dead body was found floating in the middle.

People say that LEATHERFACE is seen in the chair on stormy nights and a certain amount of flash photography can send him into the water.

Ghost cars

The only 'myth' which was proved to exist. These are broken cars which spawn in the countryside areas of San Andreas. If they spawn on a slope, they roll down it as if they're being driven. There are a number of locations all over the countryside and the desert where smashed up Glendales can be seen, but only one of them is moving down the hill. Some people claim, that in rare occasions a glitch can occur, in which case Glendales can be seen cruising around Los Santos. It should be noted the there is a mod that makes ghost cars follow you like the car Christine. This is not as much a proven myth as a mistake. The battered up cars spawn so a player on foot in the woods would not have to walk all the way out, and their appearance is simply because they have been abandoned in the forest.

Beverly Johnson's ghost

Scan of Mr. Donovan's interview for EGM Magazine, proving that the ghost doesn't exist

The myth has started when so-called "ghost graffiti" was discovered at Los Santos cemetery. Many people were claiming that there is Beverly Johnson's ghost that appears in the kitchen/living room of his house in Ganton every midnight. Sometimes the time varied - it had to be Halloween on computer's clock, or it has to be Friday in the game. Some were saying that the ghost appears in the cemetery under same or similar conditions. However, nobody has claimed that they have seen the ghost, neither are there any pictures or videos showing anything that even remotely resembles Beverly Johnson. Furthermore, Rockstar have officially denied its existence.

Girl from TV

One frame from so-called Girl from TV video showing CJ and the dark figure

This myth is also the one that did not get much support and also the one that very small backup behind it - in fact, it all has started with a video uploaded onto YouTube in 2006, featuring CJ in his living room looking around when the black girl appears from the television in the corner and disappears a second later. There is no other proof of this girl. It is believed that it is was either a glitch which caused a pedestrian to spawn in the house by mistake and was removed by the game immediately, or it was a mod for the PC version of GTA: San Andreas. The dark figure looks very similar to a homeless pedestrian from San Fierro which has a sign that reads "God is playing with us!" on his chest- there was even a video on YouTube comparing both the TV girl and the tramp pictures. Currently, the myth is remembered occasionally, usually with an ironic purpose as there isn't any proof of the girl's existence apart from the short, blurred video.

Horses in Las Barrancas

The reference to horses can be found on the Rockstar website, on the Tierra Robada bit of map. When you move your cursor over the Las Barrancas icon, the following text can be seen at the bottom of the map:

A quaint desert town steeped in local history, home to preserved Hopi ruins and the terrible setting of the Barrancas Mass Grave. In 1842, the 66th Cavalry, under the command of Colonel Henry Bolt, was stationed in nearby Fort Carson when they answered a call for help from homesteaders under attack from bandits. Riding to the rescue, the whole force fell down a hole. It is said that the sound of a hundred horses can be heard riding through the town at midnight...

Though it is not much speculated myth, some people spent some time, trying to hear the sound of horses at midnight, but failed to do so. It is unclear, which hole was mentioned in the legend and whether it still exists. So far no evidence has been found about the presence of any type of anomaly in Las Barrancas. The hole has also been called Leatherface's body bags but sightings of Leatherface have been in the countryside and as Las Barrancas is in the desert this is not possible.

Screenshot showing the legend of Las Barrancas

Panopticon Killer/Leatherface/Chainsaw Killer

A Leatherface "sighting"
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Fake Leatherface pictures, courtesy of

Another strong myth of San Andreas is a Chainsaw killer. He has many names such as Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and even Hitler, but to avoid confusion this article will refer to him as The Killer. The whole idea of The Killer started when somebody said that they heard a chainsaw in Panopticon area. It may be true - the area looks scary when it is foggy; it is full of small sheds and cut down trees; there is also a chainsaw pickup there. The strange sound can be heard during rainy weather on the first edition of the game as a glitch. Eventually, the myth has evolved, people started to find out more clues and weird objects. What we know at the moment, is that The Killer lives in the countryside, near the Shady Cabin in Panopticon, he uses a chainsaw or a firearm to kill his victims, and he appears from behind the player (usually from the house) and kills him almost instantly. Although many people have claimed they have seen the killer, there is still no strong evidence to his existence. There are also many descriptions of the killer, they all differ which makes it difficult to believe that killer's existence is plausible. In the Panopticon area at nighttime in a stormy foggy weather it is possible to mistake the killer for a cut down tree or another solid object.

Serial Killer

Serial killer near his house

This myth is very similar to the Panopticon Killer. The only difference is that this man lives in the desert and uses a rifle to kill his victims. The majority of people tend to think that he lives in a small house in Tierra Robada, not far from a Cluckin' Bell. Some people have posted videos of him in Fort Carson with a combat shotgun or armless. He is believed to be the same man as Mr. Trenchcoat (see the UFOs article for more information). He can often be seen on the small road next to the river, just meters away from his house. People have claimed that this person starts randomly shooting and kills other pedestrians - at this moment, no evidence has been found. It is believed that this myth started when someone had a riot cheat enabled. The Myth of the serial killer is sometimes linked with the myth of the Las Venturas desert Mass Grave.

Mount chiliad horror/screaming voices

This, just like Bigfoot and Leatherface is another myth that some people have claimed to hear while playing the game. The most common hearing of these horror voices is on Mount Chiliad, where that shack is in the forest about half way up the mountain. It was midnight while stormy that these hearings happened. Some believe that it is just a mod or a hoax.

Epsilon cult

Please refer to the main Epsilon Program article for more information.

Door in the sky

The Yellow door secret is explained in The Epsilon Program article.


  • Fan-site, covering Epsilon, Leatherface and some other myths [1]
  • Official Epsilon site [2]
  • Czech web-site with many screenshots of UFO [3]
  • Ghost car chase [4]