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Police Investigating Wave of “Zombie Raccoon” Incidents in Ohio

You know, it’s getting hard to sort out satire from legit reporting these days… but multiple reliable sources have confirmed this story, no matter how freaky it seems at first glance. According to WKBN-TV, multiple incidents of “zombie-like” raccoon activity have been reported to authorities across northeastern Ohio… including over a dozen calls to police […]

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The Gruesome Unsolved Crimes of “The Chess Killer”

The following case was compiled and uploaded in 2013 by user Rookurou, who cites a series of graphic and disturbing police reports from the city of Chichibu in the Japanese prefecture of Saitama in 1986. Over three decades later, the case remains unsolved, and the once-classified files were recently leaked online by an unnamed source. […]

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He Thought it Was Faulty Wiring… Until He Learned the Terrifying Truth

This viral mystery originated with a disturbing account posted by a user who calls himself “Hairy Monster Man,” which is a nickname I’ve heard applied to myself before, in some variation or another. But this chilling incident didn’t happen to me personally… and I’m very glad for that. The young man recounts a bizarre and increasingly […]

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The “Satanic” Story of Infamous Murderer Ricky Kasso

One of the oldest bromides in American society, perhaps in the world at large, is that the young people of any given time period are always awful, and so much worse than the generation before them. We’re seeing it right now with all the trendy hatred for millennials — who are apparently the worst generation […]

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Did Police Capture the Queen of the Black Eyed Children?

When a police SWAT team responded to a situation last Friday near the South Carolina town of Indian Land, they probably weren’t expecting to come face-to-face — or, more specifically, eye-to-eye — with the sinister visage of Morgan Joyce Varn. According to the Charlotte Observer, 24-year-old Varn was arrested along with 23-year-old Jonathan Mikael Robinson, […]

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The Transcript of This Frantic Police Call Hints at Unspeakable Horrors

This nightmarish viral tale allegedly originated in Australia (possibly a first for this column), and was first shared online a little over a year ago. But the Reddit account from which it originated — identified only by the Australian phone number 61-795-280-942 — has been mysteriously removed. That same phone number corresponds to the transcript […]

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This Police File Recounts a Cop’s Horrifying Encounter with a Mutilated Murder Victim

You might not think a routine police report could potentially harbor one of the creepiest unsolved mysteries in the history of viral lore… but if creepypastas have taught us anything, it’s never to underestimate the power of the written word. Even a generic title like “report.doc” could potentially hide details of an encounter so horrifying […]

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The Horrifying Theory Behind a Bizarre Photo Nicknamed “Danny Boy”

This creepy viral phenomenon is one of many tales revolving around a single strange photograph [like these, for example], which may have first surfaced with no available backstory — as is the case for so many vintage photos posted online. As the saying goes, nature — not to mention the internet — abhors a vacuum, […]

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This Eerie Video is the Only Evidence of a Fatal Chatroom Encounter

Today’s topic should drive home a piece of advice you probably don’t need, but should hear anyhow: When talking to strangers on the web, it’s best to exercise the same caution you would in flesh-space… especially if you’re wandering into questionable territory. For example: If you’re familiar with the popular chat site Omegle (or others […]

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TINDER TERROR: The Scariest Hookup Story of All Time?

I know, we’ve all been there… being single and down to mingle usually presents an social minefield for all but the bravest of us, and while online dating apps are often helpful for folks whose social circles are a bit… well, smaller than most (guilty), there’s always some risk involved in letting your guard down. Sure, […]

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Say Hello to Bachelor #1: The Shocking Crimes of “The DATING GAME Killer”

Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME. Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the […]

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The Bizarre But True Story of “The Killer Grannies of Santa Monica”

When Kenneth McDavid met Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, they must have seemed like guardian angels. Homeless, schizophrenic, and estranged from his family, McDavid probably wasn’t used to many people showing him kindness, but the little old grannies he met in 2003 at the Hollywood Presbyterian Church’s homeless program were different. Rather than begrudging him […]

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The Clownpocalypse: Hysteria, Hype and Horror

I may not be the first one to utter the words “clowns don’t seem so funny anymore” (I’m pretty sure that happened decades ago), but this year’s massive resurgence in the bizarre phenomenon sometimes known as “clown trolling” — which was first widely reported as far back as 2013 in the UK, but has spiked […]

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This Year’s Nightmarish “Clown Invasion” Seems to Be Spreading… or is it Something Else?

If you saw our coverage of multiple creepy clown sightings in Greenville, South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, you know these incidents have authorities nervous and residents terrified… and not just because leering, stalking clowns tend to appear in more than a few nightmares. While coulrophobia is a real condition, these locals’ concerns aren’t […]

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South Carolina Neighborhood Under Siege by Predatory Clowns

Remember when we wrote about the sudden epidemic in horrific “clown trolling” sweeping the globe? It seemed that the incidents had dropped off for a while, with only a few reports over the past year… but oh, how wrong we were. How very, very wrong. According to FOX Carolina, residents of an apartment complex in Greenville County, […]