“He Had A Murder Castle”: Haunting Stories Behind The Creepiest Events In Human History
Everyone can enjoy a scary story once in a while… but things tend to get a little more intense when the scary stories have taken place in real life. Here, Reddit users share some true dark/creepy stories, and the results surely do not disappoint.
Warning, read at your own risk.
A while ago my uncle took a trip to the Grand Canyon with his friends. They were driving along, and stopped near this area with hedges/brush on the side of the canyon and decided to take one of your standard tourist Grand Canyon pictures. They take the picture, and shortly after packed up and drove off.
They took the roll to be developed and when they saw the picture, they noticed something very strange. In the picture, not far behind my Uncle, was a man dressed in all black with pale white skin standing there in the brush just staring at the camera. He said he and his two friends were in that spot for about 15 minutes. My Uncle and his friends claimed that they did not know this man, that they were the only ones in the spot, and the Grand Canyon was vacant of tourists at this time of year.
They still know nothing about the man, but here is the picture.
During WWII, an American airplane crashed near the Japanese island of Chichijima. There were nine servicemen on board. One was rescued by an American submarine. The other eight were taken in by the Japanese. Don't wanna go into all the details, but through some time and events, the Japanese ended up EATING those servicemen. But that's not the weird part.
The one serviceman who was rescued? That was George H. W. Bush.
She disappeared from a cruise ship en route to Curacao in 1998, and years later photos were emailed to her parents that very much resembled her, and looked like she had been sold into sexual slavery. Multiple people have also claimed to see her through the years; the Wikipedia page on her case lists the sightings, and there's an FBI missing persons report, including sketches of people she was seen with in 2005.
The whole story is just chilling and terrifying. But this part of the Wikipedia article particularly stuck with me:
"In 1999 an American sailor reported that he went to a brothel on Curaao and was approached by a young woman. She told him her name was Amy Bradley and asked for his help. At this point, two men in the bar escorted her upstairs. By the time the witness reported this to police several months later, the brothel had burned down."
A 58 year old man living alone in Japan started hearing noises at night and noticing things out of place and missing in his house. He installed video cameras. Turns out a homeless woman had been living in his attic and cupboards for almost a YEAR in his house, undetected. The man contacted police and, after an exhaustive search of the property, they found the woman hiding in the top of a built-in cupboard designed to store bedding and mattresses.
This is why I get freaked out when I hear things at night.
There was a french doctor during WWll, who promised jewish refugees to help them to leave Europe. When they came to his house on the day of departure, with their most precious belongings, he would give them a special "vaccine," since they were allegedly going to South America. He killed them all, took their stuff, also made them pay some high fee for his help in the first place. He is suspected of the murder of around 60 victims during his life, although the true number remains unknown.
A serial rapist begins a long series of home-invasion rapes in Sacramento in 1976. He frequently breaks into homes in the daytime prior to committing the crimes and would do things like unload guns, leave pieces of rope to use during the attack, remove screens from windows. He would also call victims both before and after attacks. In 1978 he begins attacking all throughout northern California. In 1979, he vanishes.
One of the more chilling instances is at a community meeting in Sacramento regarding rape. A man stands up and declares that he would protect his wife if the rapist came to attack them. That couple is victimized next; he was there and must have followed them home.
HBO documentary about a six year old with reactive attachment disorder who repeatedly tortured animals, sexually molested her brother, and attempted to kill her adoptive parents by coming into their bedroom at night with a knife. The documentary shows her calmly telling her therapist about the incidents very soon after they happened - really creepy and sad.
Once upon a time on Staten Island there was an institute for the mentally disabled known as Willowbrook. Long story short, most the patients were left unattended. In other words, it was a nightmare. Needless to say, the place was shut down, but that's only the beginning.
Years later, a man by the name of Andre Rand (who was an old attendant of the facility) kidnapped two young girls, Holly Anne Hughes, and Jennifer Schweiger. Rand was given the nickname "Cropsey" after an old urban myth of a forest dwelling axe-murderer. If I recall correctly the body of Holly Anne Hughes was discovered in the surrounding woods, while Jennifer's body has yet to be found.
A hurricane Sandy victim's last message to the world.
Fortunately this one has a happy ending... thankfully the guy was rescued before he froze to death.
I have a story to share. I was with my wife and children driving to a local Walgreens, when my wife suddenly stopped the car and pointed into the street. I looked and saw 2 young children in the middle of the road in diapers, wandering around and looking confused. My wife ran out as I stayed in the car with my kids, picked up the smaller one and took the hand of the older one to walk them into the parking lot of the Walgreens. Up close I could tell that both diapers were horribly soiled (as in not changed in days). They were both dirty and smelled awful. It was a fairly cold and day was raining some, so the children were very cold and shivering.
We immediately called the police and waited with the children until they arrived. The younger child was approximately 2 years old and as my wife comforted him, he just kind of laid there and looked happy to be getting attention. The older child was about 4-5, and as I stated, was still in a diaper. He couldn't speak, and looked very frightened of anyone getting near him. He would grunt and whimper, but seemed to have no way to communicate at all. I had to gently keep him in the area as he was trying to run off, but finally got him to calm down by wrapping a warm blanket around him and humming to him.
The cops arrived after about 10-15 minutes, and took our statement of what happened. We told them our story, continuing to comfort the children until a team of paramedics get to the scene to make sure the kids don't need medical attention for exposure, hypothermia, etc. After a while, maybe an hour after we had first found them, a strung out woman wanders on to the scene and says casually that the children are hers. She is obviously on drugs, and tries claiming to the cops that the children were only gone for 5-10 minutes. The cop called her on her lie, and spent the next couple of minutes yelling, asking her how she could let her children wander a fairly busy street, almost naked, in the rain and cold.
A man who identifies himself as their dad arrives, shirtless and filthy, also strung out. The cop asks why the older boy is not speaking, and they say he never does, not elaborating why that is. When asked where they live they tell conflicting stories, obviously trying to lie to the cop to make it seem the children have not wandered far, but from what it seems, they lived at least several blocks away. The mom tries to take the children but the police step in and tell her that they are in police care now, and will be assessed by a CPS rep at the police station before they are able to return home. Not long after this we were told we could go as they had gathered all they needed from us. I never found out what happened to those kids, I hope that they got the help they obviously needed. I am still bothered by the whole event, I wonder what kind of life they had led, to leave them filthy, mute, and alone in the middle of a city street.
Most people think that Newtown or Virginia Tech was the worst incident of mass murder at a US school. They're wrong.
Andrew Kehoe's neighbors described him as a intelligent, but impatient man. More quietly they spoke of how he had beaten one of his horses to death in a fit of rage when it failed to meet his expectations. His reputation for thriftiness earned him the role of treasurer of the school board in Bath, Michigan, but the other members soon found him difficult to work with. By 1926, his wife became ill with chronic tuberculosis. The cost of her treatments had put a strain on the couple's finances, but Kehoe blamed the school superintendent. Around the same time, he ran for the position of town clerk, which he had been temporarily filling, but was soundly defeated. He took this as a personal rejection by the people of Bath, and began to make strange remarks, telling a bus driver he was delivering a paycheck to "My boy, you want to take good care of that check as it is probably the last check you will ever get" or warning a teacher that if she "wanted a picnic she would better have it at once."
On the morning May 18th, 1927, Kehoe set off firebombs that he had set across his property. He then packed his truck full of pyrotol (a repurposed WWI incendiary explosive) and dynamite, and drove into town, telling firefighters arriving at the scene "Boys, you're my friends. You better get out of here. You better head down to the school".
Fifteen minutes after classes began at the Bath Consolidated School, an alarm clock went off, detonating a stockpile of explosives that Kehoe had hidden there in the basement over the course of months, using his position as a school handyman. The initial blast killed thirty-eight people collapsed the entire north wing of the school, trapping more in the rubble.
A half an a hour later, as townspeople had flocked to the school to try and rescue students and teachers from the wreckage, Kehoe pulled up. When he saw the superintendent there, he waved him over, confessed to the bombing. Kehoe then said "I'll take you with me," and fired the rifle he was carrying into the back seat, detonating the explosives there, and killing seven more people including himself.
Investigators found several things when the examined his farm later. He had girdled all his trees to kill them, cut all his fences, and wired the legs of his horses together so he couldn't be rescued from the fire. They found his wife, beaten to death. They found a sign with the words "Criminals are made, not born" stenciled on it and tied to the fence. And finally, the found unused farm equipment in his barn that, if he had sold it, would have relieved his financial burden.
It was a pretty decent sized coal mining town and in the 60's, a fire (which I believe was started at a landfill, but was not put out completely) caught an exposed coal vein on fire and the fire burns underground to this day. In the 80's, the government started paying people to leave and buying up all of the land and destroying the houses so no one could live there. Since they didn't exactly force people to leave, the town still has a population of about ten. There is enough coal underground to keep the fire burning for a very long time.
I have been there before and in person, it is really eerie. It's a bunch of empty streets with one or two houses, a church, and some cemeteries. One part of the highway, which was closed off and rerouted because of the fire, is all cracked and misshapen so the road is really uneven. One of the weirdest things is the steam that comes out through the ground. It almost looks like little hot springs everywhere, but it's really all coming from the fire below.
In the Indian city of Amritsar on 13 April 1919, about 15,000 to 20,000 people including women, senior citizens and children had assembled at a public garden known as Jallianwala Bagh.
A Brigadier-General named Reginald E.H. Dyer went with 50 riflemen, blocked all exits and ordered them to shoot at the crowd because he thought they were planning for a major opposition against the British rule in India.
The end result is that about 380-1000 people were killed and thousands of people were wounded. Many of them died due to a stampede. Some died by jumping in to a well to escape the bullets.
The story of H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer. The guy built a full-on murder castle and killed as many as 200 people all over the states and in Canada as well. "The Devil in the White City" is a really good read that juxtaposes his exploits surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Armin Meiwes is a German computer repair technician who achieved international notoriety for killing and eating a voluntary victim whom he had found via the Internet.
After Meiwes and the victim jointly attempted to eat the victim's severed private parts, Meiwes killed his victim and proceeded to eat a large amount of his flesh. Because of his acts, Meiwes is also known as the Rotenburg Cannibal or Der Metzgermeister (The Master Butcher).
Three members of the Richardson family were murdered in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada in April 2006. The murders were planned and committed by the family's 12-year-old daughter and her 23-year-old boyfriend Jeremy Steinke, now going by the name Jackson May.
The daughter and Steinke were each convicted on three counts of first-degree murder. The daughter, who had turned 13 before being convicted, is thought to be the youngest person in Canada ever convicted of multiple first-degree murder counts. Her 10-year sentence was completed on 6 May 2016.
I lived in Saltillo most of my life and my family still lives there. My father has a good friend called Pilar and we've known his family for many years.
Pilar was the former head of security for the Lopez family - Saltillo's most influential and richest family. They own a corporation that operates with millions of dollars each day... so it's, as you can imagine quite big. One day Pilar came to our home looking very stressed out, his eyes filled with sadness. Here's the story he told us...
Pilar was a personal friend of Felix Batista. During 2008, Mr. Batista was in Saltillo in an undercover intel operation dealing with narcotics. Specifically, he was there to gather intelligence on the Los Zetas drug cartel. His cover was that "anti-kidnapping" conference.
After spending a day in Saltillo and doing his job, Felix Batista visited Pilar in his business. Pilar was called away by the Lopez family, so he told Mr. Batista to make himself at home while he was gone (for a couple of hours). Mr. Batista sat down on Pilar's computer and apparently sent some sensitive information online back to his bosses in the USA.
But little did Mr. Batista know that Pilar's entire office was bugged and all his communications tracked by the Zetas cartel.
While coming back from his meeting with the Lopez family, Pilar was kidnapped ("levantado") by the Zetas. They took him to a security house and tortured him... they wanted to know why he had sent information about the Zetas to the US. He swore he didn't know a thing, but they kept torturing him. That night it became evident to his family (and to Mr. Batista) that Pilar was missing, he was not answering any of his cell phones. At 11 PM that night their fears were confirmed. They received a phone call from Pilar explaining that he had been kidnapped and that the authorities should not be contacted for any reason.
Mr. Batista was finally able to get in touch with Pilar's wife... and she broke him the terrible news. The night went by... but in the morning, anxiety got the best of Pilar's wife and even against Mr. Batista's advice she went to the police to file a report.
Pilar begged for his life... explaining that he didn't know how to use a computer and that he didn't even speak english. But then the phone rang, one of the Zetas answered and told him that his wife had just filed a police report - someone inside the police had reported back to the Zetas. Pilar got tortured again for hours that day.
The Zetas decided to call Pilar's wife again to warn her about getting more authorities involved. They threatened to kill Pilar if she tried anything funny again... but this time around Mr. Batista got on the phone.
Mr. Batista explained who he was and told them it was him who sent that information to the US. They arranged a swap... Mr. Batista's life in exchange for Pilar's.
The exchange happend outside Saltillo's most famous cabrito restaurant (El Principal)... Mr. Batista went there fully knowing he was about to die. He waited until he got notice from the Zetas... went outside, got on a blue truck and was never seen again.
Pilar was released by his captors an hour later... they dropped him in a lonely road 30 minutes from Saltillo.
Some of the answers have been edited for clarity.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.