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The Mysterious and Unknown Fate of the Sodder Children

On Christmas Eve, 1945, the Sodder family home in Fayetteville, West Virginia, caught fire as the family slept. In less than an hour, the house was burned to the ground. Mom Jennie and dad George, both Italian immigrants, survived, as did five of their ten children: John, 23; Marion, 17; George Jr., 16; and Sylvia, […]

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This Rollercoaster is Literally Designed to Kill You — In the Most Epic Way Possible

Death is scary. Roller coasters are scarier. So the “Euthanasia Coaster?” Terrifying. Lithuanian engineer Julijonas Urbonas designed the coaster in 2010 while a Ph.D. candidate in design interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. The idea behind the coaster was to provide an elegant, euphoric end-of-life experience for those with terminal illnesses. The […]

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The Fascinating Urban Legend of Proctor & Gamble & the Church of Satan

It’s easy to see how some urban legends get their start. The story of razor blades in Halloween candy, for example, was blown out of proportion after a father killed his son with poison-laced Halloween candy. But some urban legends seem to come out of nowhere, with no basis in anything. Such is the urban […]

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The Boogeymen of Los Angeles

I was born and raised in Los Angeles — a fact which I am immensely proud of. Like most major cities, L.A. has a history of notorious crime, including rampant police corruption, riots, serial killers, and political assassinations. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by true crime, but three horrific […]

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The Bizarre Haunted History of Taiwan’s Abandoned “UFO Pod City”

In 1978, developers in Taiwan started building what became known as the “Sanzhi UFO Pod City.” The “pods” were intended as a vacation resort property, and plans were made to market them to American military officers coming off East Asian postings. The project was inspired by Matti Suuronen’s “Futuro” housing — prefabricated houses that looked like […]

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The Life, Death, Afterlife, and Curse of Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino is an icon of early Hollywood. The “Latin Lover” was a sex symbol during film’s silent era; was rumored to have been a homosexual; died at age 31, which left fans in hysterics; and is now said to haunt various Los Angeles locations. Oh, and he had a cursed ring that has caused […]

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Exploring Two of Disney’s Most Nightmarish Abandoned Parks

Earlier this year, Greg Burkart shared a particularly creepy creepypasta about Mowgli’s Palace, an alleged Disney park that was built in the 1990s and abandoned before it opened. Mowgli’s Palace was allegedly made of a strangely porous material and haunted by evil Disney character costumes that could walk and talk and kill on their own. It […]

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The Doomed Swinger’s Paradise of Pennsylvania’s Penn Hills Resort

Movies and TV have told me about cheesy honeymoon resorts — with heart-shaped beds, mirrored ceilings, and Jacuzzis in the middle of the room. Maybe it was just pornos that I saw these hotels in. But apparently, they were real… and one of the most famous was the Penn Hills Resort. Located in the Pocono […]

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Hygiene Horrors: The Nightmarish Lesson of ’70s PSA Short THE FINISHING LINE

THE FINISHING LINE was meant to teach kids about train track safety. The only thing I took away from it was that in England in the 1970s, kids were training for BATTLE ROYALE with trains. A teacher’s warning about playing on the train tracks echoes through a young boy’s head… right before he fantasizes about killing […]

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The Frightening, Unsolved Disappearance of Dorothy Jane Scott

Dorothy Jane Scott was a 32-year-old single mother who worked as a secretary for Swingers Psych and Head Shop in Anaheim, California – just across the street from Disneyland. She was a quiet woman, “dull as a phone book,” a friend once said, who was religious, didn’t date, and hardly ever left the house recreationally. She […]

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There was an Actual WWII Plan to Bomb Japan with Bats

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, shattered American security and brought us into World War II. This first major attack on American soil meant that everyday citizens were coming up with warfare attack ideas, and they were actually being taken seriously. On January 12, 1942, dental surgeon Dr. Lytle S. Adams had […]

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The Sinister History of Tasmania’s Port Arthur Prison

Prison is not pleasant, no matter the facility or the supposedly enlightened beliefs of those in charge. One of the most infamous prisons, the Port Arthur penal colony of Tasmania, believed that their methods were actually therapeutic. Boy, were they wrong. Port Arthur initially opened as a timber station in 1830, but by 1833 it […]

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The Mysterious Legends Surrounding HELLTOWN, OHIO

Helltown is one of the most legendary areas of Ohio. It wasn’t always called Helltown and that is not its official name, but the legends surrounding the now-abandoned town make Helltown a far more appropriate name. The area known as Helltown is located in the northern part of Summit County. Officially called Boston Mills, it […]

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The Disturbing, Unexplained Mystery of the Jamison Family Disappearance

Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison, and their six-year-old daughter Madyson, went missing in the Red Oak Mountain area of southeast Oklahoma in October 2009. Over 100 people were enlisted to search for the Jamison family, but no sign of them was found until November 2013, when the skeletal remains of two adults and a child were […]

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The Disturbing History of Bedlam: The World’s Most Notorious Insane Asylum

The word “bedlam” refers to chaos, disorder, and confusion. Unlike many modern words, which are derived from archaic words in ancient or dead languages, “bedlam” is a far more modern word, one that was derived from the oldest mental asylum in Europe.  Originally founded as a priory in 1247, St. Mary Bethlehem was a religious […]