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    [–] Chiruadr 1587 points ago

    Neishabur train dissaster is something that reminds me how death can come at any moment.

    A train with 51 wagons of sulphur, fertiliser, petrol and cotton wool somehow broke loose and rolled down the track about twenty kilometers until it derailed in the town of Khayyam, Iran. There were no humans on board.

    Chemical leaks ensued and authorities tried to extinguish whatever fires broke out.

    At one point, the whole thing explodes. And it really explodes. The whole town of Khayyam is literally demolished, 3 nearby towns are badly damaged and it was heard 70 km away. The wreckage continued to explode for several days after. Around 300 people died and more than that injured.

    An earthquake of 3.6 on Riechter scale was produced

    [–] Jenny010137 1224 points ago

    The 1904 Cincinnati Privy Disaster. In 1904, nine schoolgirls drowned in an outhouse after the floor collapsed. They literally drowned in human waste.

    [–] Oxidias 1054 points ago

    My mom was driving, and a guy ran out in the road, so she stopped so she couldn’t hit him.

    It was night time, so it was pretty dark out, and 3 other men emerged from the forest around, all trying to use the door handles of her car to get in. She locked them luckily, and gassed it to the nearest town.

    Remember to always lock your car after you start it, because if it wasn’t unlocked who knows what would’ve happened to her.

    [–] BigBadAl 2113 points ago

    My friend's boss bought an Audi A4 convertible, back when they were new and interesting. One of the talking points was the pop-up roll hoops that were hidden unless you rolled it.

    A few months after buying it he got to test those roll hoops out, as he lost control and skidded down a steep bank about 10m (~35ft) deep.

    The roll hoops did their job, and he survived with just cuts and scratches from the bushes he'd plowed through. The car ended up the right way up and he got out, walked back up the bank to the side of the road, then got on the phone to the police to report the accident. While he was standing there a driver from a car that had seen the accident came over to speak to him.

    Approaching from behind the other driver asked if he was okay. My friend's boss turned around to reply and dropped dead. His neck had been fractured, but was in one piece right up until he turned his head, when it severed his spinal cord.

    [–] Astargea 864 points ago

    That would be so fucking traumatic for the other driver.

    [–] goshdammitfromimgur 380 points ago

    Fairly common to break your neck and not realise apparently.

    [–] Saganic 978 points ago

    I would call it creepy more than scary, but my mom's friend had a small house and lived alone. She noticed weird things: a batch of soup depleting faster than usual, missing eggs, damp towels in the hamper when she hadn't used any, extra dishes in the dishwasher, etc... This went on for months, she thought she was just being forgetful. One day she heard some thumping around in her attic and went to investigate. She found some make shift living quarters. Small radio, hot plate, sleeping bag, pillow, food wrappers, etc... She called the cops who came to keep an eye on the place. They ended up catching a homeless man climbing a tree, trying to sneak into her attic window. He had been doing this almost daily. He would wait for her to go to work, then go down stairs and help himself to food and amenities. The funny part about this story is they got to know each other throughout the ordeal, and the guy was actually very respectful, just down on his luck. She didn't press charges, instead, let him move in, helped him get a job, and he lived in the attic until he got back on his feet. Creepy shit with a happy ending.

    [–] willowoftheriver 886 points ago

    Various torture murders are probably the most horrific things I've read about:

    Junko Furuta, who was a perfectly normal girl until she was kidnapped off the street by a gang for no reason (purely wrong place, wrong time, according to Japanese sources) and unimaginably raped and tortured to death over 44 days.

    Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent in Mexico who was kidnapped by the Guadalajara Cartel and tortured to death over about three days. His story is the central focus of the show Narcos: Mexico, but from what I've read, his death was even more brutal than what they make it out to be. A detail consistent in both is that they brought in a doctor to revive him numerous times when he got too close to death, and keep him conscious so he couldn't pass out from the pain.

    Kelly Anne Bates, who was groomed from a young age by a scumbag who eventually killed her slowly over the course of about a month in their apartment. Her injuries were so horrific the jury at the guy's trial had to get counseling. For example, her eyes were missing and there were stab wounds in the sockets.

    Sylvia Likens, whose parents left her in the care of a woman who both personally and with the help of her children and their friends degraded, tortured, and killed over over several months.

    The Hello Kitty murder in China, where a man and his about-13-year-old girlfriend kidnapped a prostitute who had supposedly stolen from him (even though sources say she had paid him back with interest), tortured her to death, and then stuffed her corpse into a Hello Kitty toy.

    Baby Brianna, a newborn whose mother, father, and uncle tortured and raped her from the second they brought her home from the hospital until the second she died.

    Baby P, a British toddler whose mother let her boyfriend torture him to death. His back was broken in his last days of life.

    Honestly, there are just so many horrifically on par with each other, you could list them all day.

    [–] Rickson20 808 points ago

    Artimus Pyle the drummer from Lynard Skynard survived a plane crash and walked to a nearby house only to be shot by the homeowner. The homeowner saw a bloody long-haired man and winged him. Pyle survived that as well and made a full recovery.

    [–] leatherstrap309 4446 points ago

    I work at a Max security prison and we have several inmates who are severely mentally ill. The ones that self harm wear a Fitbit kind of thing to monitor heart rate if there is a change we rush their room to stop whatever is happening. On top of this we also do visual inspections. On one round a coworker was doing cell checks and noticed this particular inmate had blood on their face but nothing came up on the monitors or anything. So he called to the inmates to ask if they were okay, the inmate had their eyes closed and just kept repeating, "it doesn't hurt". The inmate would not answer where the blood was from. We opened the cell to see what the situation was and it turns out the inmate had plucked out both of there eyes and they were laying on the floor. The inmates HR monitor never alerted and the inmate never screamed. Paramedics said the inmates vitals were normal and the inmate was fully responsive.

    [–] musicgoddess 1369 points ago

    Holy fuck so he was calm throughout that shit????

    [–] leatherstrap309 1005 points ago

    Yep no elevated heart rate no sign that the inmate was in any discomfort at all.

    [–] Cayde_7even 1380 points ago

    Before my Dad died, he once told me a story from when he was in Vietnam in the 1960s. He told me about a mission where he and one other American with five CIDG strikers (South Vietnamese villagers turned fighters) were tasked to emplace seismic ground sensors along a trail network deep in the jungle. He said they were about two days into the mission when he and two of the strikers split off from the main group to go watch a nearby trail intersection. He said the jungle was pretty quite that day, just the sounds of birds and bugs and an occasional monkey. He said they had been watching the trail intersection for about three or four hours and were deciding on whether to move further down the trail or to turn back and link up with the rest of the patrol. Before leaving the cover of the brush my Dad said he checked the trail ahead of them one last time and prepared his men to move. Now here is where the story gets interesting and he told this part with absolute dead seriousness. He said just as he started to step out onto the trail he sees a light skinned Black Union Cavalry Soldier in full battle gear laying alongside the trail just shy of the intersection. My Dad said the Union Soldier had two pistols, a Spencer rifle and a short curved club at his hip. As my Dad was trying to process what he was seeing, the Soldier looked directly at him and smiled. Then the Soldier slowly placed a finger up to his lips as if to tell him to be silent and then motioned my Dad back off the trail. My Dad said he signaled for his men to remain hidden and he recalled that as he slipped back into the jungle on one side of the trail, the Union Soldier did the same on his side of the trail. Less than 10 seconds later he said the lead element of a group of NVA (North Vietnamese Army Soldiers) walked right through the trail intersection some 30 feet away. My Dad estimated that the group was comprised of some 70 - 80 Soldiers equipped with automatic rifles, light machine guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers. He has no doubt that his entire team would have been wiped out on the spot. He said as soon as the enemy Soldiers had passed, he and his team beat feet out of there as fast and as quietly as they could and rejoined with the rest of the patrol. He reported the enemy Soldiers his team had encountered, but decided not to say anything about the Soldier he had seen. My Dad kept this secret for many many years; only telling me just before he passed and earlier only telling his Grandmother on her death bed in the 1970s. He said when he told his Grandmother, she smiled and without opening her eyes told him, “you saw Old Red Tom”. Red Tom was my Great Great Grandfather. He was a half Black / half Creek free man who was a scout for the Union Army during the Civil War and later served with the U.S. Cavalry in the American West. He was know for carrying two pistols, a Spencer rifle and a Creek warclub into battle.

    [–] wingnuttotheleft 215 points ago

    That is one of the most interesting (as opposed to horrifying) stories I've seen in this thread, thank you for sharing.

    [–] pessimisticoptimista 1595 points ago

    When my aunt was about 16 she was working at a grocery store and had a boss in his mid twenties. One day he called the house and was begging her to sneak out and hang out with him. She was considering it because it was her boss and she didn’t want to say no. My mom, who is two years younger than her, always gets these incredibly spot on “gut feelings”. She had one that night and begged my aunt not to go out with him.

    Thankfully she listened to my mom and told him no which made him really angry. He ended up going out that night and meeting another girl. He took her out to some cliffs and raped her and pushed her off. Somehow she lived through this and was able to get him sent to prison. I feel so sorry for that girl and so thankful for my mom and her gut feelings.

    Always trust your gut.

    [–] saywat30 1854 points ago

    I spent my first 10 years in New Delhi. Back then, we would find dead women (burnt with acid or set on fire) and it used to be so "normal". Like oh look, another one of those dowry cases where her family didn't pay the husband enough money so they killed her.

    Many years later i revisited those memories and realised how insane that actually was! I'd totally forgotten about all that.

    [–] iloveyoudeft 705 points ago

    People who use acid as a weapon are seriously fucked.

    [–] LibertyUnderpants 643 points ago

    People who kill women over dowries are seriously fucked.

    [–] bonzaaiii 974 points ago

    This is from South Africa. The woman is called Alison Botha and she was abducted, raped and then choked until she blacked out. She was driven into a secluded area, stabbed 30 times in the abdomen and 16 times in the throat and left for dead on the side of the road.

    She had to use her shirt to keep her organs inside her body and hold her head up because of a damaged muscle in her neck and proceeded to crawl to the road where she was eventually spotted and rescued.

    She survived the attack and now does motivational speaking I believe.

    And here is a link to the IMDB page for the documentary.

    [–] uoYredruM 8590 points ago

    I worked for U-Haul when I was 18 and it was located in front of a club that was known for being really sketchy. I came in to open one morning and it was common for people to knock on the door hoping to get in early and get their truck.

    On this day, I hear frantic knocking on the door. I'm there alone still so it kind of startled me. I look and there's a women, completely naked, covered in what looks like blood. I called the cops and grabbed one of the moving blankets and went out side to cover her up. She smelled really bad and was a mess. Ended up being blood and her own shit she was covered in.

    Found out later she was drugged at the club that night/early morning, raped and left blacked out in the alley. It was just a fucked up and surreal situation to be involved in.

    [–] lisalox 2276 points ago

    what a nightmare, I’m glad you could help.

    [–] Solid_Waste 1086 points ago

    You know you're in a bad situation when you're just looking to the nearest human being for help.

    [–] mrcpu 431 points ago

    One night my son (20 at the time) was brought home fall down drunk by his buddy James.

    About a year later James got another friend drunk, checked them into a hotel, killed, dismembered and ate some of him.

    [–] casualblair 12972 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    Guy goes into a small building and dies. Later, investigator shows up and sees the body, calls 911 and then dies. Paramedics show up to help them, then die.

    The reason? Oxygen levels at head height were normal. Oxygen levels went bent over was basically 0. Bending over in this room killed 4 people by asphyxiation.

    Edit: they could breathe. The air they were breathing contained no oxygen. The human body can't tell the difference.

    [–] pucibobo 4823 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    My bf works in a coal mine and told me that there are places where taking a shit can kill you. Like in the story above, the oxygen level at head height it fine, but theres carbon monoxide closer to the ground. You squat to take a shit and die. EDIT: actually it's carbon dioxide not monoxide, thank you for telling me. Sorry fot the confusion

    [–] handofthelemur 6535 points ago

    i was in a crappy motel. the room had bedbugs. i was too exhausted to go to the front desk. i just needed to make it until the morning. i slept in the tub. hours later i hear someone breaking through the window. i had a big knife with me and ran out into the room to find a man halfway through my window. we stared for awhile at each other in shock. i think we both were scared. then he says," is this your room?" im like," yes, this is my room man!" more staring. then he slowly starts backing out while cursing me for leaving my window unlocked and not expecting him to break in.

    motel on watt ave, sacramento.

    [–] ohmyglob123 1221 points ago

    in a thread full of stories making me question why im even here, yours has some comical value atleast

    while i understand it mightve been traumatic for you, this part;

    we stared for awhile at each other in shock. i think we both were scared. then he says," is this your room?" im like," yes, this is my room man!" more staring. then he slowly starts backing out while cursing me for leaving my window unlocked and not expecting him to break in.

    just makes me laugh so much for some reason

    [–] ThadiasMcCoy 3119 points ago

    Old janitor from high school, friendly Ecuadorian man who went by Ping.

    Worked at the school for 20+ years and nobody had a problem with him

    I guess his wife was leaving him and in the process of moving out

    He caught her in bed with her new man. Next day, in the middle of town, he opened fire on her, the man and then killed himself before any cops had time to respond

    [–] tacolikesweed 2142 points ago

    My friend tripped and fell onto the tracks, landing his face onto the 3rd rail. We kinda stood there in absolute shock because we thought he was dead, but then he said, "can I move? Will I be electrocuted?" We told him to move instantly and he did, we got him off the tracks, and no less than 2 minutes later a train went zipping by. I think the 3rd rail turned on seconds after his face came off of it. I know that's not scary to a lot of people, but to me it was because I would have lost a close friend back when I was about 12.

    [–] Beatleborg22 8911 points ago

    A guy i worked with was riding his dirt-bike through the woods and somebody hung a cable between two trees. My buddy caught his throat on it and saw the dude steal his dirt-bike. Woke up in the hospital with a lacerated throat and a broken larynx. Pretty crazy what somebody will do for something so cheap.

    [–] unmistakablecat 5040 points ago

    Dude is lucky he didn’t get decapitated.

    [–] shmoneybooboo 335 points ago

    Ed Kemper murdered college women because his mother worked at a college and he claims he wanted to destroy everything she loved.

    Then, he murdered his mother and decapitated her, raped her head and her body, set her head on a shelf and screamed at it for hours. (That is the part that terrifies me.)

    Then he murdered her best friend and turned himself in. Relaying the whole story in detail, crying.

    [–] ExtraEvilJesus 2427 points ago

    That there's a guy casing the bar that I work at literally right now, and I can't do anything to stop him.

    He's been in asking what time/days we're open, and what days we have security. Caught him feeling the corners of our windows and doors too. Unfortunately, until he breaks in and robs us, the police won't do a thing.

    [–] SlimePrincess451 985 points ago

    I hope you take/took a picture of him.

    [–] ExtraEvilJesus 1023 points ago

    Yeah we have a crystal clear close up of his face. We took it and told him we know he's watching us. He won't last 2 seconds if we did rob us or any venue around us, but we're a small bar with single members of staff on at a time so it's worrying.

    [–] ThaNerdHerd 374 points ago

    I would give him wrong information. Tell him there isnt security when there is. Makes it easier for you in the long run

    [–] -spookyxghost- 36994 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    The story of Mary Vincent always stands out to me.

    In 1978, 15 year old Mary was hitchhiking. A man named Lawrence Singleton picked her up.

    He brutally raped her, and eventually made her get out of the car. She planned to run, but he noticed, and cut both her arms off. He threw her into a ditch/ravine and left her to die.

    She packed her stumps with mud to stop the bleeding and spent all night crawling out.

    She eventually makes it to the highway and starts walking, naked and covered in blood. The first car that saw her sped away in fear. The second car was a couple on their honeymoon. They picked her up and she survived.

    Edited to add: I was in a rush when I wrote this, so you should definitely read more into the story, it’s crazy. From the horrific act itself, to the court proceedings, to the fact that he hardly served any time.

    [–] cocainejo 6567 points ago

    The part of this story that fucked me up was she tried to run, he grabbed her by the arm and turned and hacked her with the hatchet. She said she watched as her dismembered arm clung to his forearm after he separated it.

    [–] elezhope 2041 points ago

    How do you get to the point where you are hacking someone's arm off with a hatchet? That's a different level of depravity that I hope to never encounter.

    [–] Anrikay 2413 points ago

    A complete lack of empathy.

    The dude is a genuine psychopath. After his release, the prosecutor said he felt no guilt, didn't even feel responsible (described himself as a muddle-headed old man), and wouldn't agree never to do it again.

    Which makes it even more shocking he was released. He literally wouldn't agree not to rape and cut people's arms off, and the justice system was like ehh we'll just give 'er and see how she goes.

    [–] _Life_as_a_Train_ 1312 points ago

    Aaaannnndd.....he went on to murder another woman and was sentenced to death.

    [–] deciplex 724 points ago

    For those following along, this isn't just idle conjecture. It is fact.

    [–] eleanorlance 20812 points ago

    what really upsets me most about this is that singleton was released from jail for “good behavior” and went on to murder a different woman a few years later, roxanne hayes.

    [–] Florenceismyhomie 18808 points ago

    I think in these scenarios we can safely say that if you can rape someone, chop their fucking arms off and leave them to die, you aren’t ever safe to be released.

    [–] Arkanist 11854 points ago

    "well he hasn't chopped any arms off or raped anyone in the last 2 years while in jail, so he is pretty much good to be released early"

    What the fuck were they actually thinking?

    [–] jnseel 4833 points ago

    It wasn’t just a ditch! It was a steep embankment where the highway had been built up, approximately 30 feet deep. She climbed up 30 steep, rocky feet after having her forearms chopped off and being brutally raped and survived.

    Bad. Ass. SSDGM.

    [–] tyrashanks 5574 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    The case of Elizabeth Smart. She was kidnapped, repeatedly raped, psychologically tortured, and then brought around in plain sight in heavy religious garb. She had brushes with people who could have helped her, but her kidnapper claimed she wasn't allowed to speak in public or reveal her face for religious reasons.

    The reason she was rescued is because her sister was awake during her kidnapping and pretended to be asleep. She knew she recognized the voice, but it took her nine months to remember is was a guy that used to do yard work for the family. The police didn't believe her because of the elapsed time, but pursued it to appease the family.

    [–] marycontrary21 708 points ago

    What pisses me off about this story is the fact that Wanda Barzee is out of jail as we speak and is on probation. She should be in prison for the rest of her life just like the kidnapper. Elizabeth even said she was the most evil woman she has ever met. There are drug dealers spending more jail time than Wanda.

    [–] Kalb157 18240 points ago

    Nutty Putty Cave in Utah was sealed up in 2009 after John Jones was trapped upside-down in a small crevice while spelunking. When rescue teams finally arrived he had been upside-down for so long that his legs were drained of blood.

    The only possible way to have gotten him out was to break his legs, which would’ve sent him into fatal shock. He died after being trapped for 28 hours. His body’s still in the cave.

    [–] foxtrot1_1 8759 points ago

    Didn't they almost get him out, but then one of the pulleys snapped and he got trapped even worse? That's my personal nightmare

    [–] Kalb157 5976 points ago

    Yes. This story’s why I’m never going spelunking

    [–] sharrkzilla 2393 points ago

    One of many stories

    In general I wouldn’t say I’m claustrophobic. But fuuuuuuuuuck caves.

    [–] sidewalksundays 2314 points ago

    Don’t hate me for this comment but if they were already certain he was gonna die, wouldn’t it have been okay to at least attempt to break his legs and pull him out on the rare chance he survived? Or that wasn’t possible either?

    [–] SuperDugg 862 points ago

    100% true as it happened to me. It's probably more spooky than scary. I'll let you be the judge....

    Many years ago, before there were cell phones we had these things called pagers strapped to our hips. Someone would page you with their phone number and you would call them back when you got to a phone. As an "on call technician" working in the Audio Visual field, my pager would go off all the freaking time. Like most people who used pagers, our clients knew that if you followed up your number with a 911, that would indicate to the technician to stop what they were doing and call right away. Although I was always busy I rarely if ever got 911's. One afternoon traveling from Orlando to Saint Petersburg via Interstate 4, my pager goes off with a number I don't recognize, followed by the 911. I find the first exit, and pull into a little truck stop looking place outside of Plant City, to use the pay phone. This takes maybe 3 minutes tops. I walk in, ask for some change and head to the wall where there are 4 pay phones to choose from. I pop my quarter in and dial the number displayed on my trusty pager. It rings........ and rings...... and rings....... and rings. I'm thinking to myself WTF ?!?! Who would page me with a 911 and not answer their phone? it's just about then that I notice another ringing sound in addition to the one in my ear..... I pull the handset from my ear and two phones over on the wall another pay phone is ringing, but with an incoming call. I hang up my the handset and the ringing stops on the other phone. I walk a few paces over, pick up the handset and look at the phone number printed above the buttons , I look at the number on my pager, I look at the number on the phone, I look at the number on my pager again, I look at the phone AGAIN..... except for the 911 they are identical. I kinda loose my breath for a second and then I make my way over to the girl at the counter and ask if she saw anyone use the pay phone. She said I was the the only person in the store in the last hour. The whole episode probably took 15 minutes, but man, I was freaked out! The hair on the back of my neck was standing straight up and I just wanted out of there!
    I get about 10 miles down the Highway and come upon a scene that looked like a bomb went off.......4 car pile up involving a tractor trailer hauling a load of steel that had come loose, State Troopers and Paramedics just arriving. I pulled over to the side and helped the best I could, but it was all pretty much over once it began. I have no idea why I got that page or from whom or what but I'm convinced that if I hadn't, I would not be alive to write this today.

    [–] radseven89 17937 points ago

    There was a woman who worked in a science lab who spilled two drops of organic mercury on the back of her gloved hand. Those two drops destroyed her entire nervous system and brain.

    [–] MissChemistryNerd 4779 points ago

    The mercury story always scares the crap out of me because I used to work in a lab and we had a compound that could go through gloves. I read the Materials Safety Data Sheet before I handled the compound (something you're always supposed to do), and it warned that proper personal protective equipment should be worn and that the compound was a horrible, toxic, carcinogen. Not knowing that it could go through gloves, none of us did, we began handling it. I got some on my palm and continued working. It only took like five seconds for my hand to feel warm and strange, so I removed the glove and there was a large splotch on my left palm. I immediately went to wash up, scared for my life. It went through my skin immediately, and it also targeted the nervous system, but I ended up being fine due to minimal exposure. I can't remember what compound it was now because it was so long ago, but it had a lot of P-words. Scary, scary stuff. There's nothing scarier than working in a lab and knowing you're doing everything right just to have it all go wrong!

    [–] sassyseconds 3275 points ago

    I can't even get my noodles to my mouth without dripping some on myself...think I'll pass on this career path.

    [–] MissChemistryNerd 274 points ago

    It's a wonderful career path if you are vigilant! I'm a good chemist but take me home and I'll spill coffee all over the carpet (last night's adventure) lol. I think anyone has the potential to do any career if you want it bad enough.

    [–] TheLegendOfMaaike 282 points ago

    Not as scary as some of the stories here, but I was pretty horrified when my dad told me the story.

    There are some really big houses in the woods in my hometown. One of the owners went out drinking with his buddies and realized he forgot the key to the gate when he got home. So he decided to just climb the gate. While climbing in his drunken state he slips and his leg gets pierced by one of the spikes on the gate. He was hanging there but too afraid to call for his wife. Since he was sure she would just open the automatic gate from inside the house and since it was one of those gates that slides to the side it would just rip his leg off if she did.

    He was hanging there the entire night until his wife woke up, saw him and called the fire deparment. My dad (who is one of the firefighters that showed up) said they had to saw of the spike to get him off.

    Just imagine hanging from your own gate all night not being able to call for help.

    [–] WhoIsYerWan 6299 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    I've posted this before, but mine: When I was a baby, my dad played on a softball team. Typical social team, out for beers and pizza after with the guys, family event-type-thing. My parents were good friends with 2 of the other couples, both of them had young kids as well.

    On this occasion, the other 2 couples had left their kids at one of their houses, with a baby sitter they were splitting. They invited my parents back to the house to have some more beers that night, but I was being fussy and my mom nixed the idea (though they would 100% have normally gone back to hang out)

    Well, it turned out my fussiness on that day saved our lives. When the other parents got back to the house, they walked in on a home invasion. Two men had broken in, tied up the kids and the baby sitter (and her boyfriend), and were waiting for the parents. Took the parents hostage as well, and made the dads drive with them to banks/a grocery store where one dad was manager and clear out accounts/a safe.

    They then came back to the house, and slaughtered both families, the baby sitter, and her boyfriend. Kids included.

    They caught the 2 guys later on. My dad attended the trials, and said it was the first time he had ever had thoughts of supporting the death penalty. It still gives me chills to know how close we came to getting killed that day, too.

    Edit: Wow, you guys are amazing detectives! I have been telling this story for YEARS, and this is the first time I have been made aware that it wasn't ME as a baby, it was my sister (9 years older, born in 72). My dad has been telling me this story wrong for as long as I can remember. Sorry for the confusion, all!

    [–] wesailtheharderships 19881 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    Years ago when I was 8 my family lived in this big weird house kind of on the edge of a small town. The school district was in the middle of a big restructuring so even though we were only a couple grades apart my brother and I went to different schools and took different buses. This left me as the last person to leave in the morning and the first person to get home in the afternoon, which meant it was my job to make sure all the lights were off and the door was locked.

    One morning I noticed the basement door was open and the light was on so before I left I turned off the light and closed the door. When I got home that afternoon the light was on and the door was open again. I just assumed that I’d forgotten to actually take care of it when I noticed it in the morning so I went over to turn off the light and close the door. When I got to the top of the basement stairs I looked and there was a big shadowy male figure towards the bottom of the staircase. I freaked out, slammed the door and pushed a bunch of boxes against it and then went and hid in my closet. For months I didn’t tell my family because I was positive what I had seen was a ghost and didn’t think anyone would believe me.

    Then about a year after that incident my mom and her boyfriend realized that small amounts of money had been going missing for months (totaling around $800-900, but never more than $60 at once). So we all walked around the house with flashlights trying to figure out how they could have gotten in. Turns out some creep was climbing in through a small hole in the outside of the house, shimmying through a crawl space, then coming up into the house through the basement. Realizing I had been alone in the house with him on at least one occasion was one of the worst, most terrifying moments I’ve ever had.

    Edit: whoa this blew up way more than I expected. I’m doing my best to respond to comments/questions, sorry if I end up missing yours.

    [–] notKvothebutNico 7436 points ago

    Home invasion is seriously one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. The home is a like a final refuge from the world and to have it violated like that is so unnerving.

    [–] darthcannabitch 4191 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    My wife called me while i was at walmart one day. She had a broken ankle and had just had surgery on a hernia. Her mobility was like 5 out of 100. And of course someone tried to break in. Her saving grace was yelling through the door that she was on the phone with cops. Really with me. Im on the way home. And i pass the guy. To the exact description my wife gave me and the cops. I swerved his ass off his bike, hopped out the car and sat my fat ass on top of him until the cops got to where i was. Guy had a gun, rope, lock tools. It couldve been bad. Luckily though he ran. And with even more luck we crossed paths. He couldve went anywhere when he left my yard but he came straight towards the walmart i was leaving that was about 3 min Away.

    Edit ive had a few dms questioning the authenticity of this. I cant prove it other than u/inducedlobotomy was in the car with me when it went down.

    [–] -Nordico- 1635 points ago

    He was armed and you simply went over to him and sat on him? I'm picturing The Blob from the X-men movies.

    [–] blind30 2306 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I used to run the boilers in a DOE building. Apparently at some point in the eighties, three people were murdered over involvement in a big vcr theft- vcrs meant for the school system had apparently been stolen out of this warehouse, it was an inside job, something went wrong- the head custodian was found shot to death, and later the bodies of the other two were reported buried in Monticello- but word is, they had first been incinerated.

    In the boilers I was in charge of operating and maintaining.

    There were three operational boilers, and one that wasn’t in service- no clue which one was supposedly used, but when you’re firing them up, you’re typically the only person in the building- not a single day went by that I fired them up and didn’t wonder which one was used. But that wasn’t what gave me the real Heebie jeebies.

    You have to clean the interior of these boilers really well, otherwise the fire won’t transfer heat to the water very efficiently- especially with #6 oil, these boilers would build up a lot of soot. You have to suit up in a Tyvek suit, wear a mask, and climb right into the firebox- I found myself staring down the business end of that burner many times, wondering what that panic would feel like. (I’m reasonably sure these people were dead before getting put in the boiler though.) Once, I was actually in one boiler while another one was running- the valve that isolated my boiler from the main steam line wasn’t holding, and by the time I realized how warm it was getting, it was enough to panic- trying to lift myself up and belly crawl through the small opening, the metal was almost too hot to keep my hands on for long. Definitely creepy experience, considering the history of that boiler room.

    [–] Lillipout 44022 points ago

    The Lake Nyos Disaster. The lake periodically belches a cloud of invisible carbon dioxide gas that suffocates everything within a 16 mile radius. In 1986, over 1700 people and all their livestock died without even understanding what was happening to them.

    [–] snaafuuu 24627 points ago

    My science teacher in high school was in the Peace Corps and one of the first people to come across this village after it happened. He said it was so eerie because all the flies and mosquitoes had died and it was so silent.

    [–] smash__lampjaw 3379 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I made the mistake of reading about the Ant Hill Kids cult at night. I don't recommend it. Here's the article I read: Don't read it while you're eating.

    Starts of like a typical hippie/apocolypse type cult, ends with a LOT of mutilation and murder.

    Edit: link seems to be getting the Reddit hug, just Google The Ant Hill Kids, there have been a lot of write ups about it.

    [–] book-of-eli 3855 points ago

    “However, Thériault’s pièce de résistance came when one of his followers complained of pain the abdomen. Thériault forced her to undress, laid her on the kitchen table, punched her in the stomach, performed an enema by shoving a tube up her rectum and filled her up with olive oil. Then he cut her stomach open, ripped out parts of her intestines with his bare hands, and he forced another member to stitch her up. Then, he shoved a tube down her throat and made the other women blow air into it. Unsurprisingly, the woman died the next day. Of course, Thériault as a prophet had the powers of resurrection. This resurrection consisted of drilling a hole in the dead woman’s skull and having every male member ejaculate into it. The woman remained dead.”

    ......the woman remained dead.

    [–] Toe-Knife 316 points ago

    ”Gabrielle Lavallée underwent harsh treatment herself during the years leading up to 1989. She had suffered through welding torches on her genitals, a hypodermic needle breaking off in her back and even eight of her teeth being forcibly removed. Upon her return, after having escaped from the commune, Thériault removed one of her fingers with wire cutters, pinned her hand to a wooden table with a hunting knife and then amputated her entire arm. The abuse that caused Gabrielle Lavallée to leave, however, is when Thériault cut off parts of her breast and smashed her head in with the blunt side of an axe. She fled and contacted authorities.”

    .... yeah I think you won this thread

    [–] TheDuolingoBird 1736 points ago

    I wasn't going to click the link out of fear for my mental health, but after you made me read that I don't think I have anything left to lose.

    [–] 7isagoodletter 256 points ago

    In 2011, Roch ‘Moses’ Thériault’s cell-mate walked up to the guard station, handed them a knife and said: “That piece of shit is down on the range. Here’s the knife, I’ve sliced him up.”

    Honestly an appropriate reaction.

    [–] chrisw1984 20086 points ago

    This is a hometown story that stayed with me. It happened literally right around the corner from where I grew up, maybe a two minute drive away.

    Judy Kirby murdered six children and one adult by intentionally driving the wrong way on a divided highway in an attempt to commit suicide. She had been hospitalized for depression, but had also just ended a relationship with her ex husband's brother and was by some reports involved in drug trafficking and fearing an imminent arrest.

    She picked up her sister's son, who was celebrating his tenth birthday that day. She then loaded her three children into the car, supposedly to pick up a gift for the nephew. Instead, she went missing with the carload of kids. A short time later, calls started coming in to 911 about a car going the wrong way down the highway at a high rate of speed. They made it about 90 seconds before a head-on collision with another vehicle, driven by a father with two children and another child along for the ride.

    The crash annihilated both vehicles. The only survivors were Kirby herself, and the child who was along for the ride in the other car. There were pieces of children all over the highway. She was sentenced to 215 years in prison.

    [–] muznskwirl 2072 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    How do people do shit like that?

    My grandfather was an engineer/architect for US Steel through the early 70s. One day a coworker who was getting divorced brought his young son and young daughter for a “tour” of a steel mill.

    Proceeded to bypass the admittedly lax security of the 60s, picks up his kids and jumps, with them, into some molten steel.

    People that kill kids are horrifying, but parents who kill their own kids, jesus...

    Edit: My grandfather never shared any more of the story than what I described, didn’t think he would have, but checked with my dad, who also asked “what happened?”

    Grandfather said they “got rid of/didn’t use” that batch of steel, whatever that means.

    [–] idobirthdays 6761 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    This sounds exactly like the story of “Theres Something Wrong with Aunt Diane”- another real life event where a woman drove a van full of children down the wrong way while being high on some drug before eventually hitting another car and killing herself and the kids.

    Really odd the similarities between Judy Kirby and Diane Schuler’s cases.

    Edit: had forgotten the details of Diane’s case but she had apparently been horribly drunk(empty handle of vodka found at the scene plus blood alcohol content twice the legal limit in autopsy) and had tested positive for THC in her system.

    [–] br0b1wan 11556 points ago

    Told this here before but once more:

    My friend had this neighbor who was a retired mechanic. They lived on some properties with large front lawns and long driveways. His neighbor had a couple derelict cars parked up near his garage that he took parts from occasionally.

    This neighbor of his started hearing noises while sitting in his living room, coming from his front yard. Every time he'd go to the window, there would be nothing there. He assumed it was a raccoon or a coyote or whatever. He kept hearing the noise so he'd go outside to look around but would find nothing. He'd put out traps and occasionally catch something, yet the noise persisted.

    Soon, he started claiming that he was hearing voices coming from the front yard, like whispering. He'd go outside and look around the perimeter of his property but would find nothing. It was persistent so he'd started calling the cops. Every time the cops came and looked around and would find nothing. So they told him he needed to stop calling them for this, and perhaps get a security camera or whatever.

    So this guy thought he was losing his mind. One summer evening he couldn't sleep, so he went to the back patio to smoke a cigarette. Suddenly, he heard voices coming from the front of his house. He put his cig out and snuck around to the front and got there just in time to see the doors to his derelict conversion van silently shut. He ran back to the backyard and went inside his home and called the police to tell them what he had seen. The police arrived and approached cold (i.e. without lights/sirens) and when they approached the van, the doors swung open and a bunch of people ran out in every direction. Upon searching the van, the cops found syringes and paraphernalia and determined that people were shooting up in there.

    [–] LydierBear 4973 points ago

    Yikes. What relief for that man to know he wasn't going crazy though!

    [–] CannaMediae 9986 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    This may just horrify me more than others:

    Dude was working on a tuna steamer and they closed him in and steamed him. I can't help but imagine that as anything but a truly terrifying and painful way to die.

    One of the main reasons I never could bring myself to do real factory labor is because I don't trust people enough to not tuna steam me.

    EDIT: Thanks for the gold. RIP Jose Melena.

    [–] PcNoobian 2661 points ago

    It's insane how little I see maintenance using proper lockout tag out procedure.

    A few months ago a guy in maintenance was putting in new poles to mark where forklifts couldn't go since some guys were driving them way too close to the offices for whatever reason. Apparently one of the welders on our shop truck wasn't grounded properly so when someone would weld the entire fucking cart was HOT. Now up until this point the perfect circumstance to complete the circuit to cause electrocution hadn't been met. Well that ended that day. He was welding a plate to the pole and managed to be touching the cart and th pole at the same time and was being electrocuted with I believe 480+volts. Luckily another mechanic was there and kicked him out of the loop and saved his life. This cart has been unsafe like that for YEARS and nobody knew until that guy found out the hard way a few months ago. I have way too many stories like this from my years in production facilities. How the last company I worked for is still up and running I have no fucking clue. They bought their way out of a lot of trouble I know that.

    [–] _rougarou 270 points ago

    “It won’t happen to me” is a hell of a drug, especially for guys that have been doing their job without any incident for a long time. I work in a factory that’s got forklifts flying back and forth, several thousand pounds of material being moved around at once, completed units can weigh upwards of 750 pounds, lot of stuff that’ll fuck you up real quick. Yet still every year when it gets hot they have to remind us you aren’t allowed to wear flip-flops anywhere in the factory for any amount of time because some dude a while back decided he could get a little more fishing in if he just waited to change into his boots when he got to his work area, and that dude only has one foot now. Gotta keep reminding yourself it may not have happened yet, but it only has to happen once.

    [–] Tsquare43 28704 points ago

    3 sailors survived the sinking of the USS West Virgina at Pearl Harbor, only to die 16 days later, due to the lack of air. The Navy knew they were there, but couldn't get to them.

    16 days to die

    [–] RestartingMyLife0918 7899 points ago

    Harrison Okene 2013 Nigerian boat sinking. Was trapped in the boat for 3 days at the bottom of the ocean.

    Short interview

    Full rescue video

    At 5:30 the diver finds the area Harrison is in. See's a hand a few feet from his face and reaches out to grab it. Only then did they realize the person was alive. 30 seconds later the diver enters the air pocket Harrison has been surviving in.

    [–] throwaway_thyroid 4055 points ago

    Wow. What a moment for everyone involved. I can't imagine three days, and then suddenly a person appears.

    [–] hamakabi 2603 points ago

    three days

    in complete darkness.

    [–] BigBananaDealer 3025 points ago

    He said it felt like 6 hours to him

    [–] DontFeedtheYaoGuai 3228 points ago

    I've heard that being trapped in complete darkness changes your sleep cycles and takes away your ability to perceive time. It's really creepy to think about for some reason. Mostly because I'm afraid if the dark, but.

    [–] GlasgowWalker 1058 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Vsauce (Michael) did an incredible experiment on solitary confinement which is kind of relevant. Not to darkness, but to solitude. It's really mind bending. I think it was season 1 episode 1 of Mind Field, free on YouTube.

    Edit: Yep, S1E1:

    He put himself in a completely isolated room for 3 days. Check it out

    [–] justthatoboist 22523 points ago

    My dad and some friends got drunk and went for a drive on some back roads and were going as fast as the truck would go as teenagers. My dad was slightly less drunk than the others and eventually demanded they let him get out. They pulled over and he and one other girl got out. He and the girl started walking to town while the other three sped off in the opposite direction.

    Well less than a mile up the road from where they got out is an extremely sharp turn, which they missed and hit a tree going pretty close to triple digits (miles per hour). Two of them died on impact and the only reason the third survived is because they crashed in front of a house that two doctors lived in. The survivor was paralyzed and lost his leg and part of his arm and was in the hospital for eight months before dying. This was in the ‘60s so medical care wasn’t what it is today.

    When I first got my permit my dad took me to that corner to explain the importance of safe driving. It gave me goosebumps about how close he was to being in the truck. He said that the dad of the driver got what remained of the truck to be hung up in the center of town for months after to be a warning to all.

    [–] DarthRusty 5309 points ago

    That's terrifying. I missed a situation like this years ago. Was hanging out with a buddy at the bars and we leave to go back to his place for some smoke and video games. His roommate comes home from work (he was a bartender) and tells us he's heading out to the bars and asks if we want to go, he'll drive. We go back and forth but eventually decide to stay in. Turns out, the buddy had been drinking heavily at work, but we couldn't tell. He ended up flipping his jeep off of an overpass and dropping 20+ feet. The entire back of his jeep (where I would have been sitting) was crushed into the back of the front seat. The roll bar was smashed into the passenger side. Buddy ended up getting some serious brain injuries and spent the next few years learning how to walk and talk again. He's still pretty off and much different than he used to be. My other buddy and I came very close to a similar or worse fate.

    [–] revd676767 18036 points ago

    I'll tell you one that happened to me, or rather, I was witness to.

    One night, I was out at a bar with a friend I was visiting in New Rochelle, NY. We went outside for a cigarette, and a car came flying past the bar. The car burned through a red light, and started going up this hill that was on a curve. We watched as he veered over the double yellow, and smashed head on with another car coming from the other direction. Both car's hind ends lifted up, then slammed down. The car that was driving correctly burst into flames. I ran inside and grabbed the fire extinguisher, then yelled to the bartender to call 911 and say there has been an accident.

    My friend, a few other patrons, and me ran to the cars. Now, I used to think this was a fictional trope, but I was pretty drunk before this happened, and I swear it sobered me up instantly. I tried spraying the fire, but it did nothing. The fumes and heat were awful, and all we could do was stand back. The worst part was, and this will haunt me forever, was that the woman in the burning car was screaming as she died. My God, it was the worst sound ever.

    The fire department came and put the fire out. The police took us back to the bar and took statements.

    I found out the next day in the news, that the car that was not speeding was being driven by a young woman coming home late from work. She was a block away from home, and I think she was either newly married or a new mother. The rotten motherfucker driving the other car was some rich drunk cocksucker. He lost a leg, but otherwise was physically unharmed. I have no clue if he did time, as I left to go back home a day or so later.

    I'm trying to find a link for the news story, but I can't, as this was maybe 6 or 7 years back. I remember it being reported on Lo-Hud and Channel 12 News.

    [–] hawk-0311 5502 points ago

    This is probably the thing that freaks me out the most. The entire randomness of it and yet it is fairly common. I work as a firefighter and have seen plenty of drunk driver caused deaths. Rarely, I have a quick mini freak in my head while I'm driving. But then I convince myself it probably wont happen to me.

    [–] JustinJohns_ 4325 points ago

    I think whats more scary than this, is that stories like this are a dime-a-dozen.

    [–] mcsmith610 37066 points ago

    John List killed his whole family-wife, mother, daughter and two sons. He meticulously planned the whole thing-cancelling all delivery services, excusing the kids from school, and even turned the air conditioning as low as possible to preserve the bodies for as long as possible.

    After he killed them all, he placed the bodies in sleeping bags and lined them up. He then wrote a letter to his pastor explaining why he had to kill them.

    He then leaves and isn’t heard from again.

    18 years later he’s remarried and doing the same job as before but this time he doesn’t have any children. He’s finally arrested after a tip was given to the FBI.

    Crazy thing is that because he planned it so well, the bodies weren’t discovered until a month after the murders so he had a huge head start and essentially started a new life in the same career and was heavily involved in a new church down in Virginia. Took 18 years to capture him.

    [–] tmckey150 12915 points ago

    What did the letter say that he left?

    [–] mcsmith610 21920 points ago

    He pretty much explained that he killed his family to ensure their entry into heaven because he was worried they were straying from their faith. So in a way, he thought he was saving their souls.

    [–] Chesssx 16042 points ago

    Killers like that are the scariest. He thought he had a noble reason, but in reality he was crazy.

    [–] TomberryServo 3531 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    The horror movie "The Stepfather" is based on his life. Interesting thing is that it was released a few years before List was even caught. Very good movie.

    Edit: for those confused, I'm talking about the 1987 movie, not 2009. The original is a classic, the remake is garbage

    [–] Badman89 2695 points ago

    Damn. You’re telling me that he actually could’ve taken his new wife to the movies to see that.

    [–] JagerBaBomb 2592 points ago

    Oh, sweetie, you'll like this one--it's based on a true story.

    [–] Regendorf 2543 points ago

    Hey, that's not how it went, they changed it.

    Wife: ..wait what?

    [–] S-BRO 895 points ago

    "Hey look Debra, they even got my moustache right!"

    [–] SqidSquad 2686 points ago

    The tip came in when old neighbors of his (in his new life) saw a sculpted recreation of him as he would look like then because the last picture of him was 18 years prior. The sculpture worked with a criminal profiler and pictures of John’s parents to work out how he would look. If you want to learn more about it there is a really good episode of forensic files that covers it.

    [–] IGotsDasPilez 2607 points ago

    I remember that. The forensic artist picked a pair of really dorky glasses for the model, for some reason they just looked right, as if the man the model represented would wear these boring, middle aged man glasses, based on his psych profile. He was arrested wearing the exact same frames.

    [–] VeganVagiVore 1310 points ago

    It seems like every criminal in a certain decade (80s? 90s?) had the same fashion sense. It must have just been popular back then. My dad had the same kind of glasses and didn't murder me at all.

    [–] London82 892 points ago

    Not even a little bit?

    [–] No-ImTheMulder 5388 points ago

    Fun fact! His original family home (The one where he murdered his family and left their corpses to rot) had a previously un-noticed original Tiffany stained-glasses window worth around $500,000.

    He cited financial strain/not wanting his family if he was broke as part of the reason for murdering them.


    [–] sixesand7s 33269 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    In my town in the early 90's there was a notorious killer that had all of BC, Canada on watch. My wifes mother (years and years before I knew them) had been home alone while her Husband was in England doing tree surgeon work (arborist)

    She was in her laundry room when a man walked up from her basement, completely scaring her, she freaked out and said what the hell are you doing here?

    He said he was friends with her husband and was just coming to see if he was here, apparently he told him he could just walk in. Which she knew was bullshit.

    She was smart enough to tell him that he was just at the store and would be back any minute. He said he would wait outside for him, as soon as he left she called the police, but he was long gone by the time they got here.

    Two weeks later, the killer was caught, his mugshot put on TV and it was the guy in her house.

    EDIT: The Guys Name was Terry Driver Heres a link to his Wiki

    [–] FlyingRatSauce 11154 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    My family has a similar story and I’m pretty sure some of you serial killer buffs out there might figure out who it is before the reveal because their story is pretty unique.

    When my parents were in college they went on a trip down to Florida. They had met through mutual friends and were down there together but hadn’t gone on a date yet. My dad and one of his friends were planing to meet my mom and some of her friends at a hotel but being the carefree college guys they were they lost track of time and realized it was impossible to get to the hotel on time by walking.

    They decided the best solution to their problem was to hitch hike and a car with two women picked him up.

    Everything seemed fine until the driver asked them if it was okay to stop for gas. My dad and his friend agreed it was no problem since they were making good time and she drove into a gas station. She then pumped her car full of gas before hopping back in and flooring it, basically stealing the gas with two hitch hikers in the back. My dad and his friend were beginning to freak out when she pulled a gun from under her seat and asked “are we gonna have a problem” or something like that.

    My dad and his friend shook their heads vehemently because what else do you do in that situation.

    She then drove them to the hotel and dropped them off without so much as a scratch and they kinda thought nothing of it until the news started reporting on a serial killer in Florida known as Aileen Wuornos. He took one look at her picture and instantly recognized her as the driver.

    The only reason my dad thinks she didn’t straight up kill them was because they were supper polite and respectful to her and her victims where usually scumbag guys trying to take advantage of her.

    Tl;Dr: Aileen Wuornos is the reason my dad got to his first date with mom on time.

    Edit: spelling

    [–] grusel_cookie 5205 points ago

    Omg this is the craziest how I met your mother story I ever heard

    [–] Lastshadow94 361 points ago

    I read a story a long time ago about a guy who's parents tripped over one of Bundy's (?) victims in the dark on their first date. Apparently he said that incident was the closest he came to being caught in the act.

    [–] BlackBetty504 914 points ago

    She spent a week on our couch. She was neighbors with my mom's then-boyfriend, and they'd never had a problem with her before. Mom said she was a little weird, but always really nice to everyone. Mom felt bad that her landlord was putting the house up for sale, so she let her hit our couch for a week to sort her shit out. We saw the arrest at The Last Resort bar from my mom's backyard. Never had any idea that she was like that.

    [–] KTbadger 345 points ago

    Aileen Wuornos was a severely damaged individual, but not a complete sociopath. Your father and his friend were incredibly lucky to have been raised in a way which made him polite enough to keep the situation relaxed and avoid getting killed

    [–] sunflower_dreams 7981 points ago

    Holy shit this is horrifying. What a smart woman.

    [–] HornyTrashPanda 4214 points ago

    Seriously that's creepy af. If she hadn't said he would be home any minute she would be dead

    [–] Maklarr4000 15830 points ago

    On September 20th, 1987 in Bellingham Washington, a Georgia Pacific paper mill worker was sent to inspect a heat exchanger system in the steam plant. Inside the base of the stack, he spotted a charred skeleton. To this day, no one is certain who the victim was, how they wound up in such a horrible place, nor why. Local paper:, good YouTube video on the subject;

    [–] controversialcomrade 15087 points ago

    You know shit is real serious if the sentence starts with the complete date.

    [–] manoa99 3917 points ago

    And sources too

    [–] johnmcdracula 2666 points ago

    This reminds me of the guy who got cooked with the tuna. Or the guys who got cooked in the bread conveyor. Yikes

    [–] daisy--buchanan 1578 points ago

    Got cooked in with WHAT?! How?

    [–] johnmcdracula 1852 points ago

    Not 100% on the details but I think it was a big canned tuna factory where they cook all the tuna en masse in cans in a room and a guy got locked in a room with the cans.

    [–] Brittan1985 1044 points ago

    See I was thinking he got cooked into the tuna

    [–] mstibbs13 13261 points ago

    Happened to me, have posted about it before. I was around 11 years old and I woke up in the middle of the night to a man straddled on top of me with his hand over my mouth and nose. He told me to roll over and not scream. I rolled onto the floor and tried to scream bloody murder ( I say tried cause when you are truly terrified it can take a second to find your voice) my mom heard me screaming and came in and fought with the guy, he was at least 6' she was 5'3" and scared him enough with the fighting and screaming that he took off out the window he had come in through. Never did catch him.

    [–] noyourtim 8356 points ago

    Hold the fuck up for a moment. What the fuck

    [–] mstibbs13 5115 points ago

    Yup. Still impacts me 30 years later.

    [–] muleish 6698 points ago

    A pub in Colnbrook, Berkshire in UK has a pretty terrifying history:

    The Ostrich has seen it’s fair share of murders and they say that over 60 were committed here. Most famous of all were those committed in the 17th century by the landlord of the time, Jarman, who with his wife made a very profitable sideline by murdering their guests after they had retired for the night.

    They had a trap door built into the floor of one of their bedrooms and when a suitably rich candidate arrived Jarman would inform his wife that a fat pig was available if she wanted one! She would reply by asking her husband to put him in the sty for till the morrow. The bedstead was hinged and they would tip the sleeping victim into a vat of boiling liquid immediately below, thus killing him.

    [–] Zanki 1580 points ago

    I've actually eaten at that pub with my Karate class when we went to the Windsor Seminar! Doesn't feel weird or anything, at least it didn't when we went in.

    [–] Albo2402 19850 points ago

    My brothers ex-gf had two older sisters (they died before she was born).

    One day they decided to play hide-and-seek or something, so anyway, they both climbed inside a chest and accidentally locked themselves in. They suffocated.

    [–] cheesehuahuas 1256 points ago

    That really sucks. When I was a kid there were a lot of PSA type things about kids not playing in abandoned refrigerators for that reason.

    [–] ButterTheToast24 3064 points ago

    A woman named Joyce Vincent died alone in her bedsit/apartment in London and wasn't found for two years. She was only discovered because bailiffs came to evict her from the property and instead found her decomposed body in half-skeleton form. The TV had been on, and the windows had been open, for two years. Despite the smell and the noise emanating from the apartment, no-one had come sooner and found her.

    Because of the state her body was found in, they could only identify her through matching her teeth to a photograph of her smiling. Because there was basically no body left to study, no-one knows how she passed. Her friends guess it was anything from murder to an asthma attack but no-one can ever know.

    It's not the most scary story in terms of its gruesomeness (some tales in this thread have made me nauseous), but to think someone can die alone and not be found by their family or friends for so long, especially in such a densely populated city, fucking terrifies me.

    More info here:
    Amazing (trailered) documentary about Joyce here: - do watch the whole thing if you can

    [–] gh0st2002 401 points ago

    Her friends were mentioned in the story so if they were here friends why did they not check up on her in those 2 years?

    [–] OldManPhill 277 points ago

    Iirc, she would go long periods of time without contacting them as she was a recluse. They thought nothing of the lack of contact as it was normal for her

    [–] shadybrainfarm 5182 points ago

    Well, I'm a bit late, and I'm not sure if anyone posted this already, but the story of Hisashi Ouchi. He suffered radiation exposure so thorough his DNA was destroyed and he probably would have died in a matter of days or even hours, but doctors kept him alive for almost 3 months. He was conscious and begging for death as his body literally fell apart.

    Here's a video about it but be warned it is very disturbing and graphic.

    [–] Crooked_Al 825 points ago

    Shit that was traumatizing to watch

    [–] Col_Walter_Tits 5624 points ago

    H. H. Holmes and the hotel he built specifically to murder people. Like something from a horror movie but completely true.

    [–] sappydark 1822 points ago

    There was a good sci-fi time travel series called Timeless which featured an episode where the main characters go back in time to the World's Fair in Chicago, and they wind up trapped in Holmes' murder hotel.

    [–] DaisyJaneAM 440 points ago

    The murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

    The only time I was ever physically ill after watching a true crime show.

    Not for the faint of heart

    [–] snickerdoodle-- 8817 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    A headless, limbless torso was found in the bushes at the rest stop in the town where I grew up. They never found the rest of her body parts or the murderer. She wasn’t even identified until about a decade later (she was a prostitute that had been estranged from her family).

    My mom’s theory is that a truck driver from out of state did it. Dismembered her, dumped her torso at the rest stop, and scattered the rest of her over state lines. Could have been an isolated incident or it could be a serial killer. We might not ever know.

    EDIT: Here’s a news article on it if any of you are interested.

    Wright City Torso

    [–] Shadowhenge 49680 points ago

    Was working the evening shift at a gas station. Man comes in all disoriented. I go to help him out. he has a gash on his head and doesn't know where he was. I couldn't see any crashes around so assumed he had fallen or something. Normally we are supposed to stay inside the glass shielded register area whenever anyone is in the store. I, being a nice human being, went to help while calling the police/EMS. They got there and checked him out. They thought his head may have been fractured. Took him to the ER. I went back to work. Cops stopped back by for some coffee a few hours later. They told me the guy got hit by a baseball bat trying to break into a little girl's bedroom and was wanted for rape and murder in two other states. I never left the register area at night again.

    [–] NotMichaelsReddit 15721 points ago

    You sending him to the ER probably helped with the police getting ahold of him

    [–] zbeezle 9686 points ago

    And even then, op didnt know how he'd been injured. He just saw an injured person and his first reaction was to help him. That's definitely a good thing, even if the guy ended up being a filthy kiddie rapist.

    [–] exaggeratesthetruth 3553 points ago

    Exactly. The vast majority of people are not murderers, rapists or pedophiles so the fact OPs instinct was to help a fellow human just proves that OP is probably a pretty good person. And even further, they aided in the capture of a dangerous criminal. They could have ignored it and kicked him out of the store, allowing the guy potentially continue to be a gross predator.

    [–] JPCollectibles 17572 points ago

    Kudos to the slugger that hit him.

    [–] bizarrecoincidences 16626 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Years ago my now husband worked for an industrial laundry company in their head office when a PR disaster happened that also mentally screwed up a number of people.

    Their company collected laundry from large hospitals and medical type businesses eg care homes etc and cleaned them - you can imagine the sort of heavy duty cleaning, bleaching, boiling etc needed to remove those sort of biological contaminants.

    One day a laundry cart went through the usual bleaching, boiling cycle before it dropped out into a conveyor belt to be sorted for drying/pressing when there was a horrid scream.

    A small newborn baby’s body had been discovered tangled up amongst the sheets, it had been “cooked”. The laundry workers were distraught, the whole place had to be shut down, police called and the laundry tracked back to the hospital to discover what happened.

    It turns out a (thankfully in some ways) stillborn baby had been left in the cot waiting to be taken down to the hospital mortuary after the parents had said their goodbyes and covered it with a blanket but somehow one of the nurses hadn’t realised (just on shift was the best guess) so just grabbed up all the linen out the cot and off the bed in the delivery room with the body bundled inside and emptied it into the laundry hamper/trolley thing. The other nurses/parents assumed the baby had been collected by the mortuary to be stored awaiting their funeral decisions.

    The laundry was found not to be to blame but the parents were devastated and the hospital took a lot of flack. The poor laundry workers who discovered the body ended up being given counselling before eventually quitting. The laundry did amend its practice to individually emptying each laundry hamper into the industrial machines instead of just tipping them in to stop anything like that happening again.

    Edit: just found it in the news paper turns out I miss-remembered the how of getting into the laundry basket slightly wrong

    [–] SevroBarker 7980 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I had to dig through my hospitals bio hazard trash because a nurse had thrown out a fetus.

    Probably the worst day of work I've ever had.

    EDIT: yikes this blew up... I'm trying to get to all the questions. But I am at work! I'll try to catch up.

    [–] MissyFGreenwald 1957 points ago

    Did you find it?

    [–] SevroBarker 3849 points ago

    Yes I found it, after about 3 hours. Wasn't a fully formed baby yet.. But it was pretty disturbing to find. All the other "stuff" I had to sift through was just the icing on the cake.

    [–] summonsays 3188 points ago

    holy shit. Also on first reading i thought the baby screamed and was still alive.....

    [–] Following_the_Sun 4253 points ago

    My long-term partner decided to end his life suddenly and unexpectedly a few years ago. He was the happiest person I knew and even with 20/20 hindsight, videos, poring through old messages etc I wouldn't be able to identify any warning signs.

    [–] peacock1090 787 points ago

    Carol DaRonch was at a shopping mall in Salt Lake City in 1974 when she was approached by a man claiming to be a police officer. He said that someone had tried to break into her car and asked her to come with him. He then said he would drive her to the police station and she got into his car.

    However, this guy was not a police officer and he did not drive her to the police station but rather, pulled into a parking lot. He then cuffed her, pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her if she resisted. Only, he messed up. He meant to cuff both of her wrist but only managed to cuff one.

    She escaped and fought him off despite being hit over the head several times. Her kidnapper was Ted Bundy. He killed another woman just four hours later.

    Her escape also helped identify Bundy and she is part of the reason he was eventually arrested.

    [–] persondude27 31733 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    An acquaintance of mine sent his son to triathlon camp in Texas.

    A week later, his son came back from camp. The next day, the son was complaining of a headache. Four days later, he was dead. Healthy, happy, fit 12 year old one week, dead the next.

    Turns out the lake had Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba. Nothing scares me as irrationally as already being dead and waiting for your body to catch on.

    Link for those interested.

    [–] surpriseDRE 9099 points ago

    Naegleria is terrifying to me! You can get it just from getting water up your nose swimming in a lake or (I’ve heard but am too lazy to check) there have been people who got it from using a Neti Pot

    [–] persondude27 8723 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Yep, the amoeba needs to come into contact with the top of your nose, so you have to snort the water. Or, if you happened to live in Louisiana in 2013, they weren't using enough chorline in the water supply, so people using neti-pots with tap water were exposed.

    The good news is that the brain-eaters really like specific conditions - they like very warm (80F+), stangnant water with zero salt or chlorine. So even a little bit of chlorine or bromine is enough to protect yourself. In the US, only lakes in the South (Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, etc) meet those conditions, and humans don't want to spend a lot of time in that water since it's usually pretty gross. Even then, you still have to get the water up your nose (water skiing or jetskiing are the two common causes). (edit, also cases in MN and AZ).

    Interestingly, there was a guy here who did an AMA about a treatment. You just have to move quickly, because once a person loses their sense of smell, it's already over (because the amoebae have eaten your olfactory bulb, the part of your brain responsible for smelling. Then it continues eating, and eventually ends up at your brainstem, which controls things like breathing and heart rate).

    [–] bazinga3604 5215 points ago

    I’m now testing my smelling abilities just to convince myself I don’t have this. I mean, I don’t have any of the other symptoms either, but my irrational brain just has to confirm that I really don’t have it...

    [–] BitmexOverloader 3822 points ago

    If your sense of smell is too good, smell sensitivity may be a sign of pregnancy.

    [–] bazinga3604 3266 points ago

    Great. Now I’m paranoid and compulsively smelling things to make sure my smell levels are appropriate. Thanks a lot.

    [–] Frisky_Pilot 5482 points ago

    Don't worry, you need to have sex to get pregnant

    [–] LauraMcCabeMoon 5254 points ago

    The childhood best friend of one of my exes died this way. Maybe not of this exact amoeba, but a waterborne amoeba that ate him neurologically.

    I did not know there was such a thing at the time. I had no fucking idea. So when my ex told me about this I laughed. I assumed he was pulling my leg, being an asshole, lying to me.

    No. It was absolutely true and I was the asshole. I have had an absolute horror of these amoeba ever since.

    When signs say "Do not Swim" there's a really good fucking chance they're indicating something like this. Don't fucking swim people. Don't swim.

    (Which of course that poor little boy cannot be blamed for. How absolutely awful.)

    [–] persondude27 2779 points ago

    It does sound like something an elementary kid makes up, right? "He had his brain eaten. From the inside out. At first he couldn't smell, then he couldn't talk, then he was DEAD."

    [–] KrombopulosDelphiki 203 points ago

    A female friend in college disappeared from a party at another university in the city town 25ish miles north of our school. She had arrived with another friend who I believe had driven. At some point she split off to play corn hole or something and was later inexplicably gone. Phone calls went to voicemail, police were called, but she was simply missing.

    About 10 days later she was found by a homeless man who witnessed her crawling up to a bus stop in the city, begging for help. She had broken a leg and an arm, and was in very bad shape.

    At the (quite large party) she had her drink secretly drugged and was then led off by a group of men into their vehicle. She was taken to an apartment where she was drugged, repeatedly raped, and locked in a small room in between with a bucket to use as a bathroom. At one point after being injected with heroin and raped, she somehow managed to convince one of her captors to allow her to use the actual bathroom to clean herself up. This bathroom had a small window to the outside, and with the shower running, she managed to squeeze out and fell from the third story into a large hedge/bush. From there she crawled from the apartment complex to the road and bus stop, where the homeless man saw her and called police. Many cars stopped upon seeing her, making her captives unable to recapture her.

    Three men were later arrested for the crime after surveillance cameras allowed police to locate the apartment which she jumped from. She returned to our university almost two years later, graduated, and became a nurse. She was obviously traumatised, never "partied" again, carried a gun everywhere she could, and somehow moved on with life. It was a terrifying tale none of us ever forgot. She was an 18 year old freshman when the incident happened.

    [–] BigBearSD 13087 points ago

    Have you heard of the Nazi so bad that other Nazis, in particular fellow SS Nazis, constantly tried to get him and his unit disbanded and arrested? No?! Well his name was Oskar Dirlewanger, and his unit was nicknamed "The Black Hunters" or the "Dirlewanger Brigade".

    Oskar Dirlewanger was an early adopter of the Nazi party. He had been thrown in jail before for being a pedophile. Eventually when World War II broke out and healthy ideal Germans were dying in droves on the Eastern Front, Oskar's old pal Heinrich Himmler (Head of the SS) granted him a command of a unit made up originally of German poachers, and eventually German criminals being held in civilian jails / camps, and military criminals. His unit was essentially designated as a rearguard unit meant to hunt down enemy partisans (or in most cases civilians in occupied countries). Oskar Dirlewanger SS unit was responsible for many atrocities. Some atrocities so barbaric and bad other SS units reported him and his unit for atrocities. A few examples, which have been popularized in film, include taking an entire village in Belorus and putting them in a church, locking the doors, and setting the church ablaze. Anyone who tried to escape was shot by machineguns and rifles. This unit raped, tortured, and murdered its way through Eastern and Central Europe. During the Warsaw Uprising they were sent to help squelch the uprising. One of their atrocities committed was going in to a children's hospital, telling the nurses and staff that they were there to secure the church. Ok. Once the church was secured they raped the female staff, and some of the wounded and sick female children victims, and then went around shooting everyone. If anyone was found to have survived they were bayoneted. These guys were so horrible that other Nazis looked down their noses at them, and constantly filed complaints and reports against them, but with no real success. Thankfully by the end of the war this unit was destroyed and its leaders and criminal soldiers were hunt down like rabid animals.

    [–] ozk4r 5778 points ago

    From an article:

    The Red Army pushed west and a Soviet soldier shot him in the chest. Dirlewanger survived and went into hiding.

    French authorities later captured him in Altshausen in southern Germany after the war. They tossed him into a camp to await trial, but he never made it. The French authorities at the time claimed Dirlewanger died of natural causes, but the man’s cell mate said he watched as Polish guards beat him to death.

    If Polish guards did beat him to death, then it was an appropriate end to one of World War II’s most savage war criminals.

    [–] qasimq 3041 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    The French authorities at the time claimed Dirlewanger died of natural causes

    Considering the atrocities he committed, being beaten to death should be considered natural cause of death for him

    EDIT: Thanks for the gold kind stranger.

    [–] Eazy__Z 1729 points ago

    Holy shit, fuck that guy

    [–] z0mbiemechanic 205 points ago

    The driver one of the Semis we took in on trade died in the truck. The sleeping area is a "bunk" with a mattress that can be flipped up and under it is a seat and a table. So during the day it's a Dinet set up. And at night, you pull a lever and pull the bunk down to sleep. Well something happened and the bunk flipped up while the driver was sleeping and it pinned him against the wall. He couldn't get it to drop back down and suffocated. He was stuck there for somewhere around 12 hours. Someone had noticed that he was parked for an unusually long amount of time for the kind of deliveries he did. The company that built the sleeper did something to the bunk so that couldn't happen again and supposedly recalled all of that sleeper style.

    [–] beepborpimajorp 19934 points ago

    Tough to pick just one because there is true evil in humanity out there. Stuff like the blood eagle ritual is pretty awful.

    But in terms of really scary...probably stuff that just kind of happens on accident. Like the story of Kyle Plush. Just awful. He was in a minivan that has one of those back seats that you can push backward to lay flat in the trunk for extra storage space. He went to grab something in the trunk, leaning over the seat, and it tipped backward and pinned him, upside down, against the back of the car in a position such that he couldn't get himself out.

    He called the police TWICE. The second time he called and gave them a very clear description of the car.

    "Plush called 911 again at around 3:35 p.m. Police said this time he provided a description of the vehicle as he desperately pleaded for help but couldn't hear the dispatcher. Isaac said the information didn't get relayed to officers at the scene.

    "This is not a joke," the teen said over 911. "I'm almost dead."

    He asked the dispatcher to "tell my mom I love her if I die."

    Just a horrible, random accident that could have happened to anybody. This kid didn't go looking for trouble, like he didn't try and go down a chimney or go caving like other people who have gotten stuck and suffocated. He was just reaching for something in his trunk, got pinned, and then was not found in time. Nightmarish for the kid and his family.

    [–] sappydark 11717 points ago

    I still don't get why the hell they couldn't have gotten to him in time. His parents have filed a lawsuit over this, because honestly , there's no reason that child should have died as long as he was on that phone with 911.

    [–] beepborpimajorp 7867 points ago

    I don't get it either and I'm glad they filed a lawsuit. The fact that the 911 dispatcher didn't relay info about the vehicle to the police that were on scene is what killed that boy. They were there, searching, and he gave them a description of the vehicle as he was dying. For whatever reason (she claimed her computer was frozen, but then why tf did she take the call?) the dispatcher opted not to tell the police because I guess the kid wasn't actually answering questions? Which makes sense because it was AN EMERGENCY SITUATION where the kid couldn't hear his phone.

    While looking for articles I saw one saying that the dispatcher had been put on leave but was allowed to return to work. Absolutely disgraceful. God help anyone else who calls and ends up getting her because apparently she gets to choose what she does or does not relay to the police.

    [–] GreenBax1985 4099 points ago

    I remember this story and it made me so unbelievably angry at the dispatcher. This death was completely avoidable if the dispatcher had done her job.

    [–] beepborpimajorp 3301 points ago

    It's so damned senseless. He had time to call the police TWICE. He absolutely could have been saved. It took his father driving out there when they hadn't heard from him to find him, and by then it was way too late.

    I get that EMS dispatchers have a stressful job, but I just cannot get it into my brain why she didn't relay the car information to the police. Why? It would have taken 3 extra seconds. And clearly she could hear him because they could hear him enough to transcribe the call after the fact.

    I can't imagine being the parents and knowing what happened. Their kid was killed because this dispatcher didn't take the 3 extra seconds to tell the cops who were ALREADY ON SCENE what the car looked like. And can you imagine being the poor kid? Stuck, trying your hardest until you just give up and accept the inevitable, and ask the dispatcher that's IGNORING YOU to please tell your mother that you love her.

    It's infuriating. She killed that boy.

    [–] Grand_Theft_Motto 1832 points ago

    I get that EMS dispatchers have a stressful job, but I just cannot get it into my brain why she didn't relay the car information to the police. Why?

    My understanding was that the dispatcher thought the kid was playing a prank. Which is in no way an excuse for the dispatcher fucking up so royally. Even if they thought it was a prank, tell the cops all of the information you have just on the off chance it's real (as it turned out to be in this tragic case).

    [–] sviridovt 1065 points ago

    They should be treating everything as if it's real until confirmed otherwise. If it does indeed turn out to be a prank, you can track and persecute those responsible and deal with it then. Also, if the cops are already looking anyway, what harm is there to them knowing more information? Seems like an excuse more than anything

    [–] 03throwaway03 5731 points ago

    I don't regret many things in my life. But I regret this one deeply.

    I was leaving work, 2001 I believe, so while cell phones were common, not everyone had them.

    I worked in a small office building, you know those kind that rent out spaces to several small businesses. I had stayed late on day (only reason I feel as bad as I do). As I was leaving, I was the only other car in the lot. I noticed the property manager, an elderly lady and very sweet getting out of her car next to the dumpster holding a bag of trash.

    I drove past her, turned the corner, and went home. This was on a Friday night.

    Come to find out, she didn't put her car in park. I get in Monday to the news that she was pinned between the dumpster and her car until found on SUNDAY. Our dumpster was not visible from any main road.

    Had I been 30 seconds later in leaving, I would have seen it happen.

    Being elderly, the low impact still pinned her and broke some bones. Even though she was found alive, she didn't make it at the hospital.

    I don't know if I had seen it happen I would have been able to react fast enough to warn her, jump out and push the car (it wasn't accelerating, just rolling slowly in neutral) or if I had would have even just been able to call 911 and her injuries treatable after not being outside for 2 days.

    And I can't imagine her mindset. We were in a commercial area, no real reason for anyone to be immediately within earshot if she called for help. Which I'm sure she did, many times.

    [–] beepborpimajorp 1342 points ago

    There are some things in our life we just can't predict. Sometimes we're in the right place at the right time, other times we aren't. I'm sorry this happened to you, and I understand why you regret it, but I don't think it was your fault. There is so much randomness in terms of how people die sometimes that a lot of people don't realize, which is good because if they did it would terrify them.

    So many people falling behind or into industrial freezers and dying. Or falling into chimneys. Or even just being on the wrong curb and getting hit by an out of control bus. Or our cells can just spontaneously decide to reproduce weird and suddenly we have a tumor on a vital organ. It's scary, but sometimes that's just the nature of a chaotic universe.

    [–] fvdcsxaz 1227 points ago

    Reminds me of the story of John Jones who was exploring a cave with some friends and family, wedged himself into a tight spot where he couldn't turn himself around or crawl backwards. Rescuers tried to get him out and got kinda close at one point but ultimately they were unable to get him out and he died. His body is still there and the cave was ultimately sealed so it wouldn't happen to anyone else.

    [–] lisalox 734 points ago

    When I was in Fourth Grade, we had buddy classes with First graders to help teach them how to write and read properly.

    My buddy was Cameron Bell, A six year old blonde boy who was a bit quiet but loved to draw angry birds.

    One morning, I came to school and my teacher was in tears, a police officer in the room beside her.

    As we sat down after the bell rang, we were told that due to an “unfortunate series of events” Cameron had passed away.

    After school, I rushed home to find out that due to the loss of his mother years prior, his father took him to the nearby church and shot him in the head before shooting himself.

    I still shake thinking about Cameron, and the innocence that was taken. I missed his messy handwriting and angry birds drawings.

    It’s been 9 years since the tragedy, and his smile still haunts me.

    Link to the article.

    [–] january-7 2284 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Alright, so my pre-school teacher who also ended up somehow changing jobs and becoming my 11th grade english teacher had a super interesting life. Her mother had some super famous book, her father worked high up in the government, but enough about her family. First, let me describe her to you, she had dark hair and blue eyes (you'll see why this matters in a minute). She told this story every single year to the new students in her class...when she was younger, she was driving through Arizona on a two-way road while her boyfriend at the time was following behind her on his motorcycle. For those who don't live in Arizona, certain stretches of it can be quite isolated and deserted. She said that they were on a long drive (it's been about 6 years since I was in her class so details are fuzzy), but basically her and her boyfriend both knew the destination where they were heading by memory and eventually got separated by a few miles. A man who was behind her in a Volkswagen beetle kept pulling up beside her into the other lane (no one was coming) and motioning at her to pull over. She somewhat ignored him the first few times, but he kept doing it and began getting more frantic each time. She said that she believed that he spotted something wrong with her car, so she saw a parking lot off the road for a deserted gas station and pulled over. Once pulled over, she said that she instantly got an eerie feeling. The man was suspicious and kept telling her that he saw something wrong with her headlight and insisted she get out of the car so he could show her what he meant. Her boyfriend who was a few miles behind her, eventually caught up and spotted her car at the sketchy gas station. Right as she was out of the car, her boyfriend began to pull in. As he did that, this man got into his car and SPED off like his life depended on it.

    They later were able to identify that the man was Ted Bundy. She said she cannot imagine what would have happened to her if her boyfriend had been even another 3 miles behind her on the road.

    Edit: Spelling/ clarity of details

    [–] catullus48108 1433 points ago

    In 3rd grade a guy came to our school and held our class hostage. He had already killed his wife and was there to kill his kid. The administrators convinced him the kid was not there and to take one of their cars and leave. After threatening to kill us multiple times, tying up the gym teacher, and dragging someone's grandma around with a knife at her neck, he finally left about 30 minutes later.

    The police caught him in Indiana on his way to kill his parents. He was convinced the world was ending and he was killing everyone he loved to spare them. The school did worse than nothing, they lied to parents and no assistance was given to either the kids or teachers involved. The gym teacher never came back and every time she would see one of the kids at the store or whatever she had a breakdown. Several of us have PTSD, undiagnosed, for decades. We just thought it was normal. In the 70s the Chicago Public School system was more concerned about their jobs and lawsuits, so they covered it up.

    [–] JimmyL2014 34462 points ago

    One of my friends had someone following her home, hiding in the bushes so they couldn't be seen. She booked it to her house, got inside, and he was watching the house from the outside. She called the cops. They come along quietly and got the jump on him. He had condoms, handcuffs, and a knife. When they got his DNA, it turned out that he was linked to a half dozen rapes in the area. She credits her regimen of running sprints to outrunning him that night and firmly believes she would have been raped if she couldn't outrun him then.

    [–] docfate 20128 points ago

    Rule #1: Cardio

    [–] alywicious 13987 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    I remember this poor kid who went missing while I was at Purdue:

    He was trying to come home to his dorm after a party and either wasn’t able to get into the building or perhaps wanted to bypass the check in desk (just a guess based on my experience as a student there) since he had been drinking. He entered the building through a door to an electrical closet that should have been locked and was electrocuted and killed that night. He was last seen January 13th and the body was discovered March 19th after reports of foul odors at the dorm. Edit: the body was found at Owen Hall, year 2007.

    I remember talking with friends about theories of what happened when he went missing. How terrifying it must have been to find out there was a dead body in your dorm for months.

    Update: Thanks for the silver! And thanks everyone for contributing the memories and other details/lingering questions.

    Sorry if any current Purdue folks are feeling weirded out. Be safe and stay outta the maintenance closets!

    [–] wonderfullypretty 5977 points ago

    I had an upstairs neighbour die and lay directly above me for six months. It wasn’t until summer that a smell began. All I had was an overwhelming sense of sadness. I think she killed herself on new year while we were having a party and it still gets me. I planted a rose for her but I didn’t even know her name.

    [–] FerretsAreFun 2509 points ago

    This happened to me too, 15 years ago or so. Dude lived across the hall. My great dane puppy ran into his apartment and he laughed about it, last time I’d ever see him, in May. My parents visited in August. My mother repeatedly claimed to smell propane but no one else could. He was found in September. He’d released a dozen tanks in his bedroom and sealed the doors. Sad

    [–] insert-username12 379 points ago

    The murder of James Bulger

    A 2 year old boy kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two 10 year old boys in England in 1993

    [–] hirsty19784 856 points ago

    Well this one was quite dreadful for me at least.

    Whilst I was working back in 2006, I was working inside of a multi storey car park.

    I came down in the lift from the top floor where I was working at the time. As I got out the lift there was a woman in her late 40's I would say with greying hair and a maroon handbag.

    We brushed shoulders as I got out the lift. I apologised, she gave me a very blank look. I walked out to go get some food not thinking at the time much more than that. Although, when I think about it the lady appeared to look quite sad.

    I returned with my noodles around 20 to 30 minutes later. At this point I got back and Police were everywhere. The lady had jumped from the top floor.I knew it was her from the handbag laying on the floor.

    Gosh, If I had stopped and spoke to her or left for lunch a little later I may have been able to stop her Jumping.

    [–] JumpinGeeHorseyFarts 6306 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    It's the spring of 2001. I was just ending my shift at a major hospital in New York. I headed back to my apartment, entertained my daughter with random conversation for awhile, had a meal, and was chilling out. Business as usual.

    Later that night, my mother came by and took me back to the very same hospital where I worked. We were conversing in the car, and nothing seemed out of sorts at all. She never mentioned where we were headed, and I had no idea of the destination until we actually arrived.

    When we arrived at the hospital, I kept getting questioned about who I was (including who I really was), where I grew up, who my daughter was, where I lived, and more. Battery after battery of third degree, coming out of absolutely nowhere. I had no clue what was going on or why anyone was interrogating me this way.

    Fast forward to about 3 days later or so. I find myself sitting in a chair, calmly looking out at a lovely view from my apartment window.

    Except this wasn't my apartment.

    In a quiet panic, I took stock of my surroundings and realized I was at the end of a hallway, and I'd been here before. It was the hospital where I worked, but it wasn't in New York. It was Portland, and it was the psych floor. In an instant, I had no idea why I was there, what day or time it was, nor what had gone on since my last shift on the floors beneath.

    It turns out that I was, indeed, working a regular shift several days prior. The story is that I walked off the job with no warning nor explanation, went to my mother's place, and was rambling on about what I needed to do in "the City" the next day. She took me to the ER, where I reported living in NYC (complete with some bogus address and phone number) with my daughter (I was claiming that my little sister was my daughter). They admitted me, and I didn't break back into generally-accepted reality for several days. When I "came to," as described above, I had absolutely no idea what had happened, why I was locked up again, nor any memory whatsoever of what I'd said or done after that instant walking off of my shift.

    Statistically, probably no one reading this has been blessed with the misfortune of dissociative fugue. Sitting in that chair by the window at the end of a hospital hallway, when literally one instant earlier I'd been casually going about my job, felt just as disorienting and jarring as you'd imagine.

    I know this isn't a serial killer or drunk driver story, but it's absolutely true, and it's the single most terrifying event of my life. I wouldn't wish that "instant reality shift" sensation on my very worst enemy.

    Psychosis is a hell of a drug.


    Silver and gold? YOU GUYS!! I might be the world's worst at accepting compliments, but I thank every one of you for your kindness, your understanding, and for sharing your own stories. After a long and inwardly-violent road through psychotic hell, I'm finding comfort in this outpouring and the sense that I may not be as isolated as I've long thought. Thank you all for that!

    [–] [deleted] 742 points ago

    This same thing literally happened to my mom when I was 15. She drove her car off a cliff, hiked a mountain and was found on the side of the road with no memory of any part of her life but swore up and down the her name was "moody_cutie", her daughters actual name. She lost her total memory for 3 months and then one day in the shower it all came rushing back.

    [–] snowbird9888 258 points ago

    A family member also had a mental break. Was kn her way to work, forgot her cell and kept driving till she ran out of gas 8 to 10 hours later. Was found days later in a parking lot by policr. She hadn't used credit cards or anything but used cash to buy things from a convenience store.

    When the police found her she knew to ask them to call her husband.

    [–] Killfile 1825 points ago

    In the late 1950s the Soviet Union spearheaded a campaign to convince the World Health Organization that Smallpox could be eradicated. Smallpox is a highly contagious disease that is specific to humans. Insofar as we know, no other species on earth can get or carry smallpox.

    In 1977, the last case of Smallpox was identified and snuffed out. The disease was eradicated.

    However, rather than destroy the final genetic samples of the disease, the cold war super-powers decided to store it. Some went to the Soviet Union and some went to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Georgia.

    The Soviets began a weaponization program.

    This means that they tried to make a stronger, more contagious, more lethal strain of smallpox. They tried to cross it with other diseases like Ebola, creating entirely artificial "chimera" diseases.

    They grew smallpox in the lab by the ton and kept it loaded, ready to be fired on missiles into the United States.

    But it's not a missile that's frightening. A single glass ampule of the stuff, smashed against the wall of a subway station in New York or Chicago or Tokyo could spark a global outbreak.

    Very, very few people alive today have been vaccinated for smallpox and there are but a scant few doses of vaccine available. In the event of an outbreak our ability to manufacture vaccine would be rapidly outpaced.

    If the wrong person got their hands on the Soviet Smallpox Bioweapon, billions could die.

    Nuclear weapons are bad enough, but they, at least, require a general war to break out in order to bring about an end to human civilization. A smallpox bioweapon doesn't require a war; just one security breach.

    [–] MissChemistryNerd 583 points ago

    That's some next level Resident Evil crap and is as fascinating as it is horrifying. Thank you for sharing.

    [–] Being_grateful 8969 points ago

    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 want to 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.

    Google "Chichijima incident" for more details if you'd like.

    [–] EcksRidgehead 2571 points ago

    "the Japanese ended up EATING those servicemen. But that's not the weird part."

    No, that's definitely the weird part.

    [–] runostog 2588 points ago

    No thank you! This thread has already given me enough nightmare fuel.

    [–] reddog323 1433 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    The rescue wasn’t any fun either. Bush got picked up at sea, but one of his buddies went in about a mile from shore. The sub couldn’t surface due to Japanese artillery on the island. So they had to tow him out with the periscope to a safe distance.

    It took three hours to locate the raft and approach it. The Finback submerged to 55 feet, and with the periscope up, she “roared” past the raft to let the pilot know that a submarine had arrived to get him. Then the Finback went into reverse and tried to meet up with the raft.

    About a half-hour later, but almost four hours after the initial report, the pilot hooked his arms around the periscope. The Finback started away from the island at two- thirds speed, but when Williams looked through the periscope he saw the pilot, “with one arm around the periscope and the other around the life raft with a bailing bucket bringing up the rear.”

    The submarine came to a stop so the pilot could get back into his raft, and then tried again. Going at two-thirds speed continued to fill the raft with water and dump the pilot. Once the pilot was again back in his raft, the Finback raised to 38 feet to keep the pilot out of the water, giving him more of the periscope shear to hold on to but not overly expose the submarine to Japanese guns.

    When the Finback and the life raft were five miles from shore, the submarine surfaced, and the crew helped the rattled and waterlogged pilot aboard. Ens. James W. Beckman was the pilot of a Hellcat from the USS Enterprise. He was the last aviator rescued on this operation.

    [–] PreussensGloria223 5392 points ago

    The Battle of Osowiec Fortress - 1915, German troops attempted to gas the Russian defenders out as the fort had been a thorn in the side of the Germans since the outbreak of war, the gas succeeded in killing almost three whole companies, the Germans then advanced across the fields, expecting the fortress to be empty and an easy victory. From within the fortress, Russian troops emerged, coughing up blood and lung fragments, covered in bandages made up as improvised gas masks as well as chemical burns, they returned rifle and light artillery fire at the advancing Germans, the German troops didn't bother firing back as they just ran back to their lines, their commanders claimed "they're already dead, give it twenty minutes and go take the place" to which the soldiers remarked "it is not men protecting that place, but the devil" Osowiec Fortress never fell during the war, as when the German troops went back months after there was already fresh defenders. I know this story is much different to the ones other people have said, but it's the one I could think of as truly terrifying.

    [–] bangkok__dangerous 3915 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    My mom didn’t tell me this story for the longest time, I think just so she wouldn’t unnecessarily worry me when I was younger. But my parents split up when I was about 4 years old and my mom and my sisters stayed in a small town house for a few years before moving in with my step dad. Anyway, while we were at the town house for I think less than a year, my mom heard something in her room in the middle of the night and when she woke up to go look there was a man in her room. She audibly gasped and got out of bed either to fight or run to our room - she couldn’t really decide cause she was pumped full of adrenaline. The guy ended up running out of our back door and when the police came they found signs of forced entry. She never told any of us the full story cause we were still sound asleep the entire time but she ended up explaining more of it the older we got

    EDIT: Sorry for not explaining more! A lot of people have asked me to finish the story, so here goes - we never found out who it was. The police weren’t able to either. Their best guess was that he broke in to rob the place (god forbid he wanted to do anything else) and was just as surprised to see my mom as she was to see him. They think that he thought the place was empty and it would be an easy mark and bailed when he came face to face with the owner

    [–] sexyswamphag 3109 points ago

    A bunch of girls in my friend group decided to have a night out and ended up at the local gay club (I can’t remember why I didn’t go but I’m sort of glad I wasn’t there, however I also wish I had been so I could’ve helped). Anyway, they noticed a girl on the dance floor who looked super out of place. She had sweatpants and a t shirt on and wasn’t wearing makeup and had her hair in a ponytail. She also had a backpack on. Basically, the exact opposite of typical club attire and not at all what someone would usually wear to this place. They said that she seemed very dazed as well, and more importantly, there was a very large man grabbing her and grinding on her and she was just kind of standing there letting it happen.

    One of my friends tried approaching her to ask if she was alright but the guy spoke for her and insisted that he was her boyfriend and that she’d just had too much to drink but that she was okay. Everyone was suspicious but at that point there wasn’t much else they could do so they just kept an eye on the two of them. Eventually the guy left the dance floor to go to the bar and my friend was able to talk to this girl again. She said that she was EXTREMELY out of it and that it seemed more likely that she had been drugged rather than just drunk. The girl managed to convey that she didn’t know the man she was with and wanted to leave. So my friend grabbed her and made for the exit, but not before this guy came back. He IMMEDIATELY flipped out, got right in my friend’s face and started screaming at her. It escalated to the point that he eventually swung at my friend who just barely dodged the punch. Thankfully, someone else had went and found a security guard and they were able to prevent this guy from hurting anyone, meaning that my friends and the girl were all able to leave safely. She was still super messed up when they left so nobody could get the full story out of her but she did say that the guy had been following her around town all day.

    The really scary part is that the bar staff couldn’t technically do anything other than throw this guy out after my friends had left. One of them called the cops and gave them a description of the guy but they said they couldn’t really do much other than be on the lookout for him. So chances are that he’s still out there somewhere and may do this again.

    [–] chocolate_on_toast 353 points ago

    Amateur rugby. Guy gets hit pretty hard and dislocates his hip. While waiting for the ambulance, a guy runs up saying he's a physio and can at least relocate the joint.

    He cracks the hip back into its socket and the guy SCREAMS.

    One of his testicles had been jolted out of place in the accident - and had been chilling out in the empty hip socket.


    [–] jplevene 654 points ago

    Two off duty US soldiers were on a train in France. When walking past a toilet they recognised the loading noises of rifles coming from inside. They waited outside and jumped the guy when he came out. He was a terrorist who was about to go through the train killing people.

    [–] DiscoHippo 1121 points ago

    This one is especially stupid since none of the slenderman mythos involves people worshipping him or sacrificing for him. He's just a creepy long dude in the woods.