Remember the first time your parents left you home alone? As the evening began, you felt like bursting into a Braveheart-style roar of “Freeeeedom!”, but as the night went on you started to freak out at every teeny tiny sound the house made.
This happened to a young girl called Anna, who was fortunate enough to have her dog for bedside company the first night her parents stayed out. She was awakened by a dripping sound in the night, so went to the kitchen to turn the tap off properly. A little weirded out, Anna got back under the covers and stuck her hand under the bed for a comforting lick from the dog. Sure enough, he licks her hand. The licking and heavy panting reassuringly lulls her back to sleep… although the drip, drip, dripping continued.
When she wakes in the morning, Anna goes to her closet… to find her poor dog hanging by the throat, his neck cut. On the wall, written in blood, are the words...
“Humans can lick, too.”
Of course, that story is absolute bullsh*t! If you really want to frighten the hell out of people around the campfire this Halloween, you best get learning the totally true stories that follow. Fact is scarier than fiction, after all. We guarantee you’ll be crowned Champion of Scarers with this lot – our proof being the fact we’ve hid under our beds ever since writing this article – and we’re not coming out ’til they’re gone.
1. Hotel Guest Finds Horror Lurking Under the Bed
There’s always that moment of dread when you stick one foot out from under your covers; as you envisage a Paranormal Activity style death being dragged down the stairs. You've had an instinctive worry about what’s under your bed from a young age, even though nothing has ever been under there. If that’s the case, you’re one of the lucky ones.
Dead bodies have popped up in hotel beds all over America: Florida, California, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, NJ… it seems there isn’t a state that’s gone without a corpse not checking out. One particularly disturbing case was in 2003, when a guest noticed a foul smell in his room at the Capri Motel, Kansas City, and complained to staff. After three nights of opening windows and no doubt gallons of Febreze, the stench would not leave, causing the poor guest to vomit in the room.
When the cleaning crew began shifting furniture to clean the puke, they found the decomposing corpse of a man, wearing only a nun’s wimple and fishnet stockings. To repeat, he slept in that bed for THREE NIGHTS. Shudder.
2. Hikers Killed by Mysterious 'Natural Forces'
Maybe it’s best no one will ever know what happened with this case; the evidence is chilling enough.
In 1959, a group of experienced Russian hikers went missing on a skiing trip. When their camp was discovered, their tents were found torn open from the inside, and they were wearing very little clothing (in Russia, in winter). It gets weirder. The bodies were stained orange with massive internal injuries from a force that a doctor studying the incident compared to that of a car crash. There were no signs of struggle, despite victims with fractured skulls, broken ribs, and one woman missing her tongue, eyes and other parts of her face.
As you’d imagine, all sorts of theories about the cause of the deaths have been tried and tested over the years, but the final verdict was that the hikers died of a “compelling natural force.” What does that even mean? Never has something so ambiguous been so horrifying.
3. Chilling & Unexplained Phone Calls...
On September 12, 2008, two trains collided in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, killing 25 people in the crash. One of the passengers onboard was Charles E. Peck, who was traveling from Salt Lake City for a job interview in L.A. His hopes were high on landing the job as his fiancée, Andrea Katz, lived in California and he planned to marry her if he was hired.
During the next eleven hours, Peck’s mobile phone sent numerous calls to his fiancée, son, brother, stepmother and sister. Overall, his loved ones received a total of 35 calls, however each time they answered they only heard static. When they called back, the calls went straight to voicemail. They family could only be optimistic and assume Charles was alive in the wreckage and calling for help.
When the search team finally traced Peck’s phone signal and discovered his body in a lead passenger car, where most major injuries and deaths occurred, they reported that Charles had died on impact, and that he couldn’t have possibly made the calls.
What’s even stranger, is that they never found the phone.
4. Deeply Disturbing Hotel Guest's Final Sighting
A recent, and pretty frightening mystery. In February 2013, a 21-year-old student named Elisa Lam was found floating in a water supply tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. She had previously been reported missing. Her body was discovered by a maintenance worker after guests had complained that the water "tasted funny"... a grim thought indeed. However, there were no signs of visible trauma on the body and drug tests came back clear, ruling the death as accidental drowning.
What makes this case so eerily disturbing is the surveillance tape police put online, possibly showing some of Lam’s final moments. Is her erratic behavior that of a schizophrenic? She did have a history of bipolar disorder. Maybe she is seeing someone outside the elevator?
Then there’s the fact access to the roof was barricaded completely, protected by an alarm. The water tank lids are so heavy to access that workers had to cut them open to remove her body; so how then, exactly, did Lam get in the tank and replace the lid behind her?
You really have to see the video for yourself to understand why it’s spooked the world, and left some nagging questions. Bear in mind, no drugs or alcohol were found in her system.
5. E-mails from the Dead?
Jack Froese died of a heart arrhythmia in June 2011 at the age of 32. Tragic, but nothing unusual about the story… yet.
In November the same year, Jack’s friends each received an email from his account, signed with his name. His friends and family are adamant no one knew his passwords or could have hacked his account.
How then, did the messages contain such personal information, that only Jack himself could have possibly known? One e-mail implored his friend to “clean his f***ing attic,” which related to a private conversation the two had had shortly before his death. An email to his cousin read, “I knew you were gonna break your ankle”; an injury that had occurred just a week before the email arrived. Probably a sick hacker, but Jack’s relatives and friends said they still have no explanation for the messages, and have given up hope trying to find one. Spooky.
6. Corpse Haunts Funfair Riders for Years
It sounds like a narrative from some kind of Goosebumps book: the ghost train of the funfair inhabited by real dead people. That was, however, the precise case at Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California; and they’d have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids at Universal Studios.
In December 1976, a camera crew turned up to film an episode of the TV show Six Million Dollar Man. While preparing the funhouse, a worker moved the “hanging man,” and his arm fell off, revealing human bone. Turns out, the corpse was that of outlaw Elmer McCurdy, who robbed a train of $46 and two jugs of whiskey in 1911. Before Universal Studios discovered the body of McCurdy, the man had been hanging around that funhouse for four years; fairgoers simply thinking he was a prop.
7. Poor Souls Have Been Buried Alive
Your worst nightmare. But it’s happened, quite a few times.
Just last month, a Greek woman with cancer was buried alive 'by accident,' waking up to find herself in a coffin only to die before being rescued. Cemetery visitors heard banging and muffled shouting from inside the gave just one hour after her funeral. When they eventually dug her up, doctors said she had been dead for hours. By the way, this wasn’t in medieval times, when healthcare was a sad state of affairs – this was September 2014.
Some people are luckier. One astounding case happened in 1915, when a 30-year-old South Carolinian woman called Essie Dunbar suffered a fatal epileptic attack… well, everyone thought she did anyway. Her sister arrived late to the funeral, to see the last heaps of dirt being thrown onto the grave. She demanded to see her sister one last time and ordered the soil to be removed. When they opened the coffin lid, Essie raised up and smiled at the mourners around her – a sight that pretty much scared the living hell out of every person there. She went on to live for another 47 years.
8. Sickening Vacation Souvenirs
We’re used to travel vaccinations before going on your jollies, to avoid nasties like yellow fever and typhoid; however, no one prepares you for FLESH EATING MAGGOTS. When British woman Rochelle Harris went on vacation to Peru with her boyfriend last year, little did she know what she’d brought back with her...
On the flight home she had excruciating headaches, pains in her face and scratching sounds in her head. When fluid began leaking from her ear, doctors thought it was a minor ear infection… until they saw a writhing mass of maggots deep inside her ear!
Tell me no more, you cry! Well, it turns out a New World Army Screw Worm Fly had laid eggs inside her head. The further doctor’s delved into her ear, the more the larvae retreated into her head, chewing a 12mm hole into her ear canal... All of the NOPES.
9. Sadistic 'Artist' Could Still Be Out There...
Now this is horror movie material. What makes this tragic unsolved mystery even more terrifying is the fact this guy is still out there… if he hasn’t died already. Only known as “The Doodler,” or the “Black Doodler,” this unidentified serial killer murdered 14 men in San Francisco between January 1974 and September 1975. We know what you’re thinking: there’s a ton of serial killers out there, what makes this one so creepy?
His trademark behavior, before he killed, was to sketch his victims first - all gay men and drag queens that he picked up in bars and sex clubs. Unbeknown to the men, who thought they’d found a rather alluring artist, he then had sex with them before stabbing them to death. Three of his surviving victims were unwilling to go public, which means he has never been caught.
He’s not the only serial killer that’s still roaming the streets right now: Pedro Lopez, who slayed over 300 girls, and Issei Sagawa, who shot a student and ate her body, are both living “normal” lives outside of jail. That’s us sleeping with one eye open from now on...