Everyone loves a good scary story. Stories about things that go bump in the night are extremely popular. Scary books and big time Hollywood movies all manage to tune into our deepest fears to present us with something that is truly terrifying. But the real scares do not always come from movies, television shows, or books. The truly terrifying tales are the ones that were somebody’s painful reality. These are the tales that happened to average, everyday people, making the outcome of these tragic stories all the scarier. Some of these stories involve infamous murderers who took the lives of numerous victims, others involve unspeakable self-inflicted torture, and others still involve the unsolved murder of an unfortunate victim. Whatever events these stories include, one things is certainly clear, all of these stories are truly horrifying. Below is a list of 10 real life stories that are more horrifying than any movie you have ever seen. Since all of these stories have never made it to the big screen, chances are that you have never heard of these terrifying tales, making them all the more frightening. So for the spooky story enthusiasts out there, here is a list of 10 truly terrifying tales.
10 Barrie Hepburn
Barrie Hepburn was a sports car enthusiast who was sadly involved in a shooting that left him a paraplegic and wheel chair bound. According to sources, Hepburn had made numerous requests to his doctor to have his legs amputated so he could get in and out of his sports car more easily. When his doctors refused, Hepburn decided to take matters into his own hands. Hepburn attempted to remove one of his legs with a hacksaw figuring that his doctor’s would have to finish the job he started. Paramedics arrived shortly after Hepburn called 911 and found him dead with his right leg almost completely cut off and a packed bag for the hospital sitting beside him.
9 Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian-Asian student who was staying at the Cecil Hotel at the time of her death, in January 2014. The Cecil hotel once housed two serial killers, Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger, making this story all the creepier. Lam’s body was discovered after residents of the hotel began to complain about the taste and color of the drinking water. As it turned out, Lam’s body had been lying in the water tank for two weeks. Her death was ruled accidental but there were some interesting circumstances surrounding the case that led many to suspect foul play. First of all, there was no way for Lam to get on the roof by herself, as there was an alarm. Second of all, there was no way Lam could have opened the water tank by herself, and of course there is the last known footage of Lam seen alive, showing her behaving erratically. Although the death of Lam still remains a mystery, a movie is being made about her mysterious death, called The Bringing.
8 Greg Garrett
Greg Garrett, a young boy in Enfield, Illinois, was playing in his backyard when an unknown animal attacked him. The attack left the boy in a puddle of tears and confusion. Just moments after Greg’s attack, another local resident named Henry McDaniel opened his front door to find the same creature that had just attacked Greg. Henry grabbed his gun and took a shot at the creature before it bounded away. Both Henry and Greg described the creature as having three legs, stubby arms with claws, hairy, slimy and having reddish-pink eyes. Luckily the creature hasn’t been seen since.
7 Dog Suicides At Overtoun Bridge
The terrible events that have occurred at Overtoun Bridge are ones that will most likely never be explained. According to the Dailymail, over the course of 50 years, 50 dogs have jumped to their death at Overtoun Bridge, and in one short six-month period, a grand total of five dogs jumped to their death. There have been many people who have tried to solve the mystery of Overtoun Bridge but to no avail. Although there have been many theories as to why the dogs jumped, such as the bridge being haunted, the dogs sensing a human presence, or a nuclear base that omits a sound only audible to dogs, no one has been able to pinpoint the cause of the doggy suicides.
6 Kelly Anne Bates
Kelly Anne Bates was the victim of horrific torture and ultimate murder at the hands of her boyfriend, James Smith. On April 17, 1996, Smith told police that he had accidentally killed his girlfriend in the bathtub. When investigators got to the scene of the crime, they made a gruesome discovery. According to sources, Bates’ blood was found all over Smith’s apartment. It soon became apparent that Bates had been tortured for weeks before her death. When describing Bates’ torture, Peter Openshaw, the prosecutor at Smith’s trial said, “It was as if he deliberately disfigured her, causing her the utmost pain, distress, and degradation”. Smith was found guilty of his crimes and received life in prison.
5 Bella In The Wych Elm
On April 18, 1943, four boys had the scare of their life when they found a human skull in a large Wych elm. One of the boys told his parents what they had seen and an investigation began. When police first checked the tree trunk, they found a nearly complete human skeleton. Along with the skeleton was a shoe, a golden wedding ring, and some pieces of clothing. Forensics quickly established that the body was female and had been dead approximately 18 months, but the identification of the female was a bit trickier. The mystery continued to haunt people in 1944 and 1999, when the message Who put Bella in the Wych Elm was painted on a wall and on a Wychbury Obelisk, respectively.
4 Terry Cottle And Sonny Graham
In 2008, a man who had received a heart transplant twelve years previously, shot himself and died. Here comes the interesting part; Sonny Graham had received his new heart from his wife’s deceased husband, Terry Cottle. How did his wife’s deceased husband die? From a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to sources, Graham met his wife because he was so grateful for his new heart that he started writing letters to his donor’s family. When he and his future wife finally met face-to-face, Graham explained, “I felt like I had known her for years. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. I just stared."
3 The Winchester House
The Winchester house was the residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow to gun magnate, William Wirt Winchester. Today, the house is better known for the mysteries it contains. Apparently, people that were killed by Winchester rifles and even Sarah Winchester herself, haunt the house. The story goes that Sarah was told by a medium that spirits would haunt her forever and even attempt to kill her unless she built the mansion and never stopped building it. To make things even creepier, Sarah believed that the number 13 would calm the spirits that haunted her. As such, many things in her house, like her chandelier, and even her sink drain cover have 13 holes.
2 Allen Showery
Allen Showery murdered Teresita Basa in 1976, by stabbing her to death and then setting her on fire. The reason police called him in for questioning a year later, is because Teresita told them about her killer. According to sources, a woman named Remy Chua saw Teresita roaming the halls of the hospital that both she and Teresita had worked at. Soon after, Remy’s personality drastically changed. Things came to a high point when Remy started talking in Teresita’s voice. Teresita talked to her husband and told her that Allen had killed her. She even mentioned some of the articles that both of them had stolen from her apartment. This information proved crucial and Allen was convicted of murder.
1 Carissa Glenn
When 18-year-old Carissa Glenn moved into her new flat, she knew something was wrong. She had the eerie feeling that someone or something was with her when she was alone at night. When Glenn heard a rumor that the previous tenant of her apartment had hanged himself, Glenn’s suspicions were confirmed. Glenn told her family and friends about her fears and the terrifying nightmares she’d been having. Then in 2008, the worst happened. After a night out drinking with her friends, Clarissa hung herself with her scarf. Her friends were shocked; all of them said she’d been happy with the exception of one thing, she didn't want to go back to her apartment.