With internet access as it is today, it’s easy to feel like you’ve heard it all. Scary stories? Know ’em all. The web is a plethora of all things creepy, so if you dig deep enough, you’ll never run out of horror stories to haunt your ever-waking hour.
We sought out some of the creepiest, most horrific true stories that you’ve probably never heard of. Redditors served up some truly insane scary stories, guaranteeing you disrupted sleep for the foreseeable future.
• Audio Recording Exists of Jim Jones Preaching As The Jonestown Community Ends Their Own Lives
“There is a recording of Jim Jones’ speech during the night at Jonestown where the hundreds of people drank arsenic-laden juice and [took their own lives]. You can hear them [perishing] in the background and his sheer delirium is absolutely chilling.”
• Man Treats Girlfriend’s Child Like A Dog, Eventually Leading To The Child’s Passing
“The Baby P story really f*cked with my head. In the UK a couple of years ago, the boyfriend of this woman started beating her son. The things he did were horrific: training his dog to bite him, pulling out his fingernails/toenails, smashing his fingers, throwing him in the air and letting him hit the floor, and tossing him around, calling it roughhousing. The boyfriend eventually did this so hard that one night he snapped Baby P’s spine in half.
One of the things that stuck with me was when I read that he was trained to be submissive, and when the boyfriend would enter the room, Baby P would automatically put his head to the floor.
When I first read about it, I had nightmares for weeks.”
• Russian Soldiers During WWII Force A German Man To Watch As His Wife Is Assaulted By Entire Platoon
“It is in the German memoir ‘Sniper on the Eastern Front’… It is March 1945, and the Germans have been pushed back by the Russians into Germany and Czechoslovakia. He was scouting some German village in the Sudetenland. A Russian platoon drove around, so he hid in a caved outbuilding, so this lone sniper had a front row seat to the horror to what was to follow. The platoon was plundering the village until it ran into this German couple. The Russians then tied up the husband and forced him to watch as the Russians, in order of ranking personnel, [assaulted] the wife.
One. By. One. She was screaming in agony, fell in and out of consciousness, and was in so much pain.
When the last Russian was finished with her, he shoved a flare gun up the woman’s vagina and fired it. The woman screamed out the most ‘animalistic, brutal, and haunting scream’ the German has ever heard, as the flare was slowly burning the woman’s insides and blood/flare residue/flames were rushing out of her body, and then she slumped over [perished].
German reinforcements soon arrived and [slayed]/wounded the platoon. The husband went into his house, grabbed an object (I recall it was a shovel) and hacked the remaining wounded Russians on the ground until they were all [perished]. Some of the Germans tried stopping him, but the lone sniper held them back.”
• Man Hides In Farmhouse Attic For Days Before Slaying The Entire Family With An Ax
“[The story of Hinterkaifeck] is about a guy who sneaks onto a farm and lives there in the attic for several days before [slaying] them all one by one with an axe.”
• Woman Disappears During Cruise, Is Believed To Have Been Sold Into Sexual Slavery
“The Amy Bradley disappearance. 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.”
• Homeless Woman Lives In Occupied House’s Attic For Almost A Year Undetected
“A 58-year-old man living alone in Japan started hearing noises at night and noticing things out of place 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.”
• Family Of Albinos In Tanzania Were Dismembered So Their Limbs Could Be Used For Traditional Witchcraft
“I saw something on National Geographic a while ago about the [slayings] of albinos in Tanzania. There was one case of a family with two albino sisters, one of which had her arms and legs hacked off in the middle of the night for sale on the black market. The other albino laid next to her sister for the remainder of the night as she bled [out] (they live in a very secluded hut with no electricity).
Albino limbs are reportedly worth a lot in certain parts of Africa for use in traditional witchcraft.”
• America’s First Serial Slayer Disguised His Mansion As A Lodging For Tourists Visiting The World’s Fair
“The story of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial [slayer]. The guy built a … castle and [slayed] 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 with the pomp and ceremony surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.”
• HBO Documentary Exposes Dangerous Child
“[There’s an] HBO documentary called ‘Child of Rage’, about a 6-year-old with reactive attachment disorder who repeatedly tortured animals, sexually molested her brother, and attempted to [slay] her adoptive parents by coming into their bedroom at night with a knife.
The doc shows her calmly telling her therapist about the incidents very soon after they happened – really creepy and sad.”
• Canada’s Youngest Slayer Ends Family
“Look up the youngest [slayer] in Canada. She (12) and her coked-up boyfriend (23) [slayed] her parents and younger brother. Why? Because her parents didn’t want her dating her boyfriend.
After the [slaying] they proceeded to [sleep together]. When they were both caught and imprisoned, they got engaged.
She has already been released and is rumored to be going to university in Alberta. I think it’s so twisted.”
Mysterious Time Travelers With Convincing Stories
• Convicted Slayer And Cannibal Lives Freely In Japan
“There is a guy (Issei Sagawa) who became famous after being convicted of [slaying] and cannibalism, and lives as a free man in Japan to this day.”
• Edgar Allen Poe Piece Predicts Shipwreck Tragedy 50 Years Before It Happened
“Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’ (1838) was about four shipwreck survivors stranded in a boat before they [slayed] and ate a cabin boy – Richard Parker. In 1884, a boat was stranded with only four survivors. Three of the men [ended] and ate the cabin boy, also named Richard Parker.”
• Canadian Pig Farmers Slay Harlots And Feed Bodies To The Pigs
“[There were] pig farmers from British Columbia (Canada) who would bring [harlots] to their farm, [slay] them and then feed them to the pigs. The number of women is up to 27, but who knows how many others they got away with.”
• WWII Plane Crashes In Japan, US Rescues Only One Of Nine Survivors
“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.”
• Couple Find Lost, Soiled, Children Abandoned In The Middle Of The Road
“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 two 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 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 or 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 got to the scene to make sure the kids didn’t need medical attention for exposure, hypothermia, etc. After a while, maybe an hour after we had first found them, a strung out woman wandered on to the scene and says casually that the children are hers. She is obviously high, and tries claiming to the cops that the children were only gone for 5-10 minutes. The cop called her on her bullsh*t, 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 arrived, shirtless and filthy, also strung out. The cop asked why the older boy was not speaking, and they said he never did, not elaborating why that was.
When asked where they live, they told conflicting stories, obviously trying to lie to the cop to make it seem the children had not wandered far, but from what it seemed, they lived at least several blocks away. The mom tried to take the children but the police stepped in and told her that they were in police care now, and would be assessed by a CPS rep at the police station before they would be 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.”
• Coal Mine Fire Started In The 1960s Continues To Burn Underground Today
“Centralia, PA. It was a pretty decent-sized coal mining town and in the ’60s, 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 ’80s, 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.