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The Strange, Unsolved Death of Gunther Stoll

Gunther Stoll was an unemployed German food engineer who suffered bouts of paranoia. He would sometimes tell his wife that “they” were out to get him. Who “they” were was never explained, nor was the existence of a shadowy gang following him ever substantiated. Stoll was simply convinced that “they” had malicious intent. On October […]

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This Mysterious Phone Call Contains a Terrifying Hidden Message

The recording has come to be known as “Hypno’s Lullaby” — but its origins remain a total mystery since it was first discovered 30 years ago this month, at the site of a grisly crime which also remains unsolved to this day. According to police reports, the following message was left on the answering machine […]

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The Strange Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Appearing in Cities Across America

You may have seen them. You may have just walked right over them or stopped to read their message before moving on. Sometime during the 1980s, strange tiles began appearing in cities all over America as well as in four cities in South America. They’re embedded into the asphalt and contain strange almost nonsensical messages. […]

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The Mysterious, Unexplained Death of Peter Bergmann

The port town Sligo is tucked away in the northwest corner of Ireland facing out towards the cold North Atlantic Ocean. A historic city founded in 1603, tourists come from all over the world for the town’s stunning costal views, its celebration of traditional Irish music, and to catch a Sligo Rovers football game. And […]

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The Bizarre, Unsolved Story of the Toxic Lady of Riverside, California

People who work in emergency rooms can tell you some crazy stories about what they’ve seen come through the door. To most ER doctors and nurses, the daily parade of illnesses and injures blend together into an easily forgettable conglomeration of work. But Riverside General Hospital in Riverside, California will probably never forget when Gloria […]

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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 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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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 […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Beware THE THING THAT STALKS THE FIELDS

Today’s creepypasta originated with an anonymous poster — whose identity remains unknown to this day — over the years it’s developed a reputation as one of the scariest legends to circulate through Reddit, 4chan and more. According to most theories, the story came in the form of an unsent letter found crumpled near the side […]

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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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The Unsettling, Unsolved Mystery of “The Barbie Interview”

Many theories have circulated regarding the origin and authenticity of a fuzzy, distorted video simply titled barbie.avi [including a logical but particularly nightmarish suggestion that appears at the end of this article] but at present, all we have to go on is a particularly disturbing post from the unnamed individual who allegedly watched it in its entirety […]

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The Grisly Unsolved Case of the Camp Scott “Girl Scout Massacre”

June 13th, 1977 was the opening day of Camp Scott, a Girl Scout camp in Locust Grove, Oklahoma which was starting its 49th season. It would also be its last… as the next morning, a camp counselor found three young campers brutally murdered in their tent. Nearly 40 years later, one of the most heinous […]

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The Beast of Jersey: This Real-Life Monster is the Stuff of Nightmares

This is the mask of unbridled terror — the heinous masquerade of the depraved individual known as “The Beast of Jersey,” who perpetrated a decade-long reign of loathsome terror upon unsuspecting innocents. Clad in a woman’s black wig atop a chillingly disfigured rubber mask — an inhuman visage that would give even Leatherface nightmares — […]