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The Most Horrifying Workplace Safety Video Ever: WILL YOU BE HERE TOMORROW?

“Workplace safety” videos are closely related to “mental hygiene” filmstrips, which were instructional films for children and teens ranging in themes from sex education, drugs, dating, and physical and mental health topics. Workplace safety videos are kind of the grown-up version of mental hygiene films.  Most workplace safety videos show examples of the right and […]

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The Bizarre Story of the San Francisco Witch Killers

In the 1970s, James Carson was a family man with a Master’s degree living in Phoenix, Arizona. His daughter, Jenn, remembers him being a wonderful father and admits to being a daddy’s girl. But by the time Jenn was five years old, her mother noticed a significant change in James’ behavior. She became scared, and […]

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The Strange Mystery of Mary Rogers and Edgar Allan Poe’s Obsession With Her

Mary Rogers was a Kardashian of the 1840s. The pretty girl became a hit in social circles, based on her looks alone. A brief “disappearance,” thought to have been done to drum up publicity for the shop she worked at, made headlines across the Eastern seaboard. But her mysterious death made waves that even affected […]

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Were America’s Public Schools Started By… SATAN?

Regardless of your thoughts on the public school system, it is an important, necessary function of a thriving democracy. Public schools ensure that all children, no matter their gender or class, get an education that will provide kids literacy, basic math skills, and a general understanding of the way the world works. But did you […]

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The Grisly Crime Spree of the Real-Life NATURAL BORN KILLERS

Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were a pair of teenagers who went on a killing spree through Wyoming and Nebraska in the last week of January 1958. In nine days, they killed ten people. Their names may not be familiar, but they have been depicted in films over and over, most notably in Oliver […]

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Death by Tulpa? The Strange Tale of Olivia Mabel

The tragic story of Olivia Mabel is one of those too creepy to be true ghost tales. But read on and decide for yourself. The Mabel family lived in a quiet suburb of Celina, Texas, about an hour north of Dallas. Mother Olivia, father Travis, and son Aiden were a perfect nuclear family – until 1990. […]

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A Rare Glimpse at Kurt Cobain’s Homemade Horror Movies

Nirvana was one of the defining bands of the 1990s, and a staple in the CD players of Generation X-ers like myself. The day lead singer Kurt Cobain shot himself to death is still a fresh memory, even more than twenty years later. It plays like a horror movie in my mind: coming home from […]

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The Ghosts of Disneyland and Other Creepy Disney Legends

Everyone knows Disneyland is the “happiest place on earth.” But many call it the “happiest haunted place on earth.” Yes, even the ghosts at Disneyland are said to be harmless – even helpful. As a Los Angeles native, I have been going to Disneyland since I was a baby, and never experienced anything creepy, but […]

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The Mysterious and Unexplained Incident of Ohio’s Circleville Letters

Circleville is a small town in Ohio, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. But starting in 1976, sinister, sexually explicit and threatening letters began to appear in the mailboxes of Circleville residents. All were postmarked from nearby Columbus, Ohio, and none included a return address. Only one person’s letters have been well documented, […]

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7 Legendary Boogeymen You Can Supposedly Summon

They are the things of slumber party legend: supernatural beings that appear at the mere mention of a name, or the wrong thought, and haunt you… to death. Stacy Title’s new feature, THE BYE BYE MAN, plays on this theme. THE BYE BYE MAN is a supernatural being that possesses your mind from the moment you become […]

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Is West Virginia’s Shawnee Lake Amusement Park Cursed?

If you learn anything from a lifetime of watching horror movies, the most important rule is to never, ever build atop a Native American burial ground. The people of Mercer County in West Virginia learned that the hard way. A bloody fight over land that once belonged to the Shawnee tribe, followed by an amusement […]

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7 Absolutely Horrifying REAL Beauty Treatments

By now, we are all aware that up until about 200 years ago, beauty treatments contained a wide variety of deadly chemicals: lead-infused foundation, arsenic for hair removal, bromine lipstick, and mercury for radiant skin. Today, we know that all of these chemicals are poisonous, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs from marketing the weirdest, scariest, […]

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It Was Never Just a Game: Terrifying True Ouija Board Stories

Everyone is familiar with the Ouija board. Consisting of a board covered with numbers and letters, and a planchette with a clear window in the center, participants gather around the planchette and asks questions of “spirits,” who then spell out answers by mysteriously moving the planchette across the board. While “talking boards” have existed in […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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The Strangest Public Awareness Campaign Ever: Be a Safe Elevator Rider!

So-called “mental hygiene” filmstrips gained popularity after WWII and wer a main source of instruction through the 1980s. These films, often unintentionally hilarious, were meant to offer guidance for children and teens, ranging in topics from sex education, safety, drugs, dating, social etiquette, and physical and mental health topics. Frequently, these films used scare tactics; […]