Ryder is a pivotal plot character in the game, but later in the story, he betrays the Grove Street Families, marking him as an antagonist in future events. In the mission Pier 69, the player catches Ryder dealing with rival gang members in San Fierro. The player then has to kill the gang members and Ryder to complete the mission.
After the mission, multiple players reported seeing an apparition of him near Pier 69 or in the backyard of his home on Grove Street. Unlike most ghosts within the game, the ghost of Ryder is hostile and will attack the player on sight, usually with melee weapons or fists. Other players said that Ryder can also be seen riding around the boat he used for the chase.
Critics are quick to point out that many people who propagated the myths are known modders, and one would assume that the ghost is a mod. Since the inception of the myth, multiple mods have been made to add Ryder posthumously, lowering the myth's credibility even further to that of a false myth.