The 13th Floor

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The Time Rocker Joan Jett Helped Apprehend a Killer

Any ’90s punk kid worth their weight in black leather likely knows all about the short-lived punk band The Gits. To offer a brief introduction for the unfamiliar, The Gits were formed in Ohio in the mid-1980s, and eventually relocated to Seattle to take advantage of the then-burgeoning early-’90s music scene. This was a time […]

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The Ghastly Tale of Real-Life Cannibal Leonarda Cianciulli

Here’s a piece of free advice for the world’s aspiring serial killers: You gotta have a gimmick. Thanks to a generation of serial killer thrillers (i.e., the decade of films that were released following the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), most people tend to think of serial killers as sensational, gimmick-obsessed madmen with […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Is “Happy Puppet Syndrome” a Genetic Experiment Gone Horribly Wrong?

Today’s tale pivots around a single piece of evidence: a manuscript allegedly left “as a warning” in a long-defunct medical facility at an undisclosed location. No one has been able to prove the document’s authenticity, and the user who transcribed it remains anonymous. But at least one aspect of this story is undisputed fact: the […]

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Before CONJURING 2, There Was GHOSTWATCH: A Terrifying TV Special About the “Enfield Poltergeist”

I’m ashamed to say it took me almost a week to catch up with CONJURING 2 — hey, life happens — but once I emerged from the darkened theater (smiling, because it was an excellent film), I immediately headed home to dig out my DVD copy of a notorious early ‘90s UK Halloween TV special […]

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Does This 1919 Photograph Reveal an Infamous New Orleans Serial Killer?

Today’s creepypasta needs a little backstory for those unfamiliar with one of New Orleans’ most terrifying unsolved crimes — the bloody and horrific killing spree of “The Axeman,” a brutal (and still unidentified) psychopath allegedly responsible for the deaths of half a dozen people between May 1918 and October 1919. During the Axeman’s reign of […]

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This Deep Web Search Revealed a Nightmare of Depravity and Death

[NOTE: This creepypasta report contains subject matter which some people may find disturbing] This is one of many horrific tales that begin in the uncharted virtual underworld known by many as the “Deep Web” — a seemingly endless landscape of hidden sites and digital media which can’t be reached by conventional web browsers such as […]

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The Chilling Link Between the Black Dahlia Murder and Cleveland’s Infamous “Torso Killer”

The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, THE BLACK DAHLIA, which inspired countless books and films, remains unsolved. Yet, Short’s killer, many believe, may have been the Cleveland Torso Killer, a notorious maniac, who hacked victims apart with all the finesse of a butcher. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Elizabeth Short took […]

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CREEPYPASTA: The Clue to a Grisly Unsolved Murder is THE FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DARK

Today’s creepypasta is an old favorite, and by that I mean it’s been giving readers vivid nightmares for over a decade now (which, by Internet standards, is practically vintage). This story is also shrouded in mystery — much more so than many of the most popular and long-since-debunked web legends — and while the tale […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The Terrifying Real-Life Murders That Inspired THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

The newspapers called him “The Phantom Killer,” and referred to his crimes as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders.” News of the bizarre and horrific killings transfixed an entire nation on the small town of Texarkana, Texas in early 1946, and the case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in U.S. history. You probably know […]

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Psycho A Go-Go! The Very Strange Murder of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN Director Al Adamson

In the annals of true crime, there has never been a more macabre case than the brutal murder of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN director Al Adamson. Like something out of his own no-budget drive-in blood baths, the director was savagely murdered and his body buried beneath a crumbling ramshackle ranch house in Indio, California. According to […]