Throughout history, there have been many tales that tend to cause people to shudder upon hearing them. Chills run up your spine or perhaps you just can't stand to hear the ending. Most of these are legends or intentional yarns meant to elicit a reaction. However, others are real and are retold as cautionary tales or as a call to be ever vigilant. Others are just plain freaky, full of depravity, mystery, horror and would be very hard to believe if they had not been confirmed as true.
Some involve gruesome murders, stalkers, mysterious deaths, or just downright creepy tales of the macabre. You may believe that most of these types of stories are from long, long ago. Would you be surprised to know that there are plenty of these strange occurrences being investigated as recently as last year? It’s quite chilling to consider, but events such as these occur all the time and they are just as mysterious as the scary tales we all heard as children.
Some of these are more frightening than others and some might actually have you double-checking your bedroom locks and looking under your bed. Be strong and just be glad that none of these stories actually involved you. With that affirmation in place, let us take a look at fifteen real life horror stories sure to creep you out!
15 The Lead Masks Case
In August 1966, a young boy in Niteroi, Brazil came across the decomposed bodies of two men. Upon examination, police were mystified: both bodies were dressed in formal suits, raincoats, and strangely enough, lead masks of the type used to defend against radiation. Among the men’s belongings were an empty water bottle, two towels, and a notebook with some notes written inside. Translated from Portuguese, the notes read, “16:30 be at agreed place, 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal.”
14 The Ukraine Mutant Spider
It was the late 1990s, sometime after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. A man’s body was found slumped against the wall inside an elevator in the Ukraine, a pair of puncture marks on his neck. An autopsy revealed he died of severe blood loss and shock. No blood was found near the body. A month later, a young girl was found dead in the same elevator. Believing a killer was afoot, a police sergeant and a detective begun riding the elevator, looking for anything suspicious. Finally, the elevator stopped in-between floors and the lights went out.
13 The Strange Disappearance of Zebb Quinn
In January 2000, 18-year-old Zebb Quinn had just gotten off work and was with his friend, Robert Owens, when he received a page and had to make a phone call. According to Owens, upon returning from the payphone Quinn appeared “frantic” and left quickly, rear-ending Robert’s car as he sped off. Quinn was never seen again. Two weeks later, Quinn’s car was found near a hospital. Several odd items were found inside the vehicle, including a hotel key, an unknown jacket, several empty liquor bottles, and a live puppy dog. A large pair of lips was also drawn on the back window in pink lipstick.
12 The Jennings 8
Jennings is a small town full of rural dirt roads and wet farmlands in central Louisiana. With a population of about 10,000, you would think nothing major could remain secret for long. However, Jennings is home to a chilling mystery that has stunned the community for years. In the small community, every few months, between 2005 and 2009, the dead body of a young woman would be discovered in the swamp or nearby highway ditch. What’s even more mystifying is that the victims all knew each other. Some frequented the same bars, worked together, had the same circle of friends, or were even cousins. One by one, they all ended up dead.
11 The Dorothy Forstein Abduction
Dorothy Forstein led a great life. She had three great children and her husband, Jules, was a Philadelphia city official. Then one night in 1945, with Jules at work, the children away, Dorothy had gone out and had come home after dark. As she entered her home she was quickly assaulted and beaten unconscious by an unknown attacker, who then fled the area. Nothing was taken and the police could find no motive. Then four years later, Dorothy was at home with her children. Around 11:30 PM, Jules returned home and found his children trembling in their bedroom. There was no sign of Dorothy.
10 "The Watcher"
9 “The Doodler”
8 The Tale of Edward Mordrake
In 1896, Dr. George M. Gould published a book of medical anomalies he had come across in his career. One of these was the chronicle of Edward Mordrake. He was a young man, quite smart and musically gifted, yet he lived in seclusion and rarely even allowed his family to see him. The reason was that young Edward was born with another face on the back of his skull, that of a girl, exhibiting some sort of intelligence. Mordrake hated it for the face appeared to be malevolent, smirking whenever he cried, and whispering hateful remarks while he tried to sleep.
7 The Horrific Murder of Kelly Anne Bates
Young Kelly Bates was only seventeen when she was murdered in England. Her death was a monument to brutality and depravity, testing the constitution of even the most hardened homicide investigator. She had been tortured repeatedly for four weeks, tied by her hair to a radiator or by a rope around her neck and a chair. Her autopsy revealed the horrendous suffering she endured: stab wounds inside her mouth, stabbing and mutilations of her ears, nose, eyebrows, mouth, lips and genitalia, with burns caused by a hot iron. Her eyes were gouged out very early on in the process and she exhibited stab wounds inside her eye sockets. Bates was partially scalped. All while she was alive.
6 The Disappearing Couple
In the early morning hours of December 12, 1992, 19-year old Ruby Bruguier and her 20-year old boyfriend, Arnold Archembeau, along with Ruby’s younger cousin, Tracy, were driving along a remote road in South Dakota. All three were a bit tipsy from drinking earlier and the car began to skid out of control, crashing upside-down in a ditch. When Tracy opened her eyes, she saw Arnold was not in the vehicle. She claims she then watched Ruby crawl out of the vehicle and out of sight. An exhaustive search by police failed to locate any clue as the whereabouts of the couple.
5 Robert the Doll
He’s a weathered, old toy sitting in a display case at a Florida museum. He has been given a comfy chair in which to sit and in his arms, a small stuffed toy of his own. He wears a clean naval outfit with a sailor’s cap. This is Robert the Doll, and he is quite evil. His story begins in 1906; a young boy is given a doll called Robert. The boy claimed Robert began speaking to him, and his parents sometimes would hear a different voice talking but assumed it was their son. Whenever the boy would get into trouble, he would insist that Robert was actually the culprit. Passersby would often see the doll sitting in the window watching them.
4 The Facebook Ghost
3 The True Story of ‘The Entity’
Have you ever seen the 1982 film, The Entity? It’s about a mother who is raped and tormented by a spectral being. Did you know it was based on the 1974 true story of Doris Bither? That makes the movie even creepier to watch! For years, Bither claimed that the poltergeist made living absolutely horrendous for her and her children. Her children claim it all began when their mother was playing with a Ouija board and invoked a response. However it started, Bither was beaten, tossed around and sexually assaulted, sometimes in view of her children who were powerless to aid their mother.
2 The Cell Phone Stalkers
1 Calls From The Dead
In September 2008, a horrible train accident in Los Angeles resulted in the deaths of 25 people. One passenger killed was Charles E. Peck on his way to a job interview from his home in Salt Lake City. His fiancé lived in California and was optimistic that he would find a job and relocate. The day after the crash, Peck’s mobile phone made calls to his fiancé, his son, brother, stepmother, and sister. In total, family members received 35 calls from Peck’s number. Upon answering all they would hear would be static. When they called back, the calls would go straight to voicemail.
They had high hopes that Peck somehow survived and was trapped, trying to call for help. The search team finally found his body in a front passenger car. From his injuries they concluded that he had died on impact and couldn’t have possibly made the calls. What’s more peculiar is that his mobile phone was never recovered.
Sources: esquire.com, newyork.cbslocal.com, unsolved.com, historicmysteries.com, abcnews.go.com, overtbuzz.com, jezebel.com
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