Unsolved Mysteries was a great show, but it only covered a fraction of the creepy stories out there. Read on to experience the creepiest, most mysterious stories that have haunted these Redditors for years!
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A man predicts the police will kill him and posts proof of surveillance vans outside his home. He’s then found dead in his burning home, having died of stab wounds. It’s considered a “suicide.” And there was no media attention.
Michele Miscavige, she is the wife of the leader of scientology David Miscavige. She went missing in 2007 and hasn’t been seen in public since. There is a lot of speculation that she may be dead or is being held captive at one of their compounds.
D B Cooper. No body. No chute. Some of the money was found. So weird because of the massive manhunt and the 60 year investigation, it really sticks with me.
Nine year old girl packs a backpack and leaves her home between midnight and five am during a storm. Several motorists see her along a highway. There is evidence of her being in a nearby barn. Her backpack is found over a year later wrapped in plastic, buried at a construction site. She’s never been found.
17-year-old Kimberly Moreau has been missing over 20 years.
Everyday, on my way to work, I see the flyers her family still puts up, begging for information.
She was last seen less than 15 minutes from where i live.
Once found the rib bone from a large goat while we were digging out a portion of the basement (the house had been added onto, this section of basement had once been part of the old barn).
Still get the heebie jeebies whenever I have to dig anywhere on the farm….
The Mad Trapper. Crazy guy who evaded the RCMP through the frozen tundra for a month, surviving by eating chunks of himself. His true identity is still unknown. Many of the First Nations believe he was a wendigo.
The Monster with 21 Faces. In the 1980s, over a period of 17 months, Japan was held in the grip of terror by just such a powerful criminal force. The case would turn the country on its head, push police to their limits, dispel the notion that Japan was a completely safe place, and 30 years later remains just as unsolved and mysterious as it has ever been. This is the story of the notorious Monster with 21 Faces, an organization led by an enigmatic figure which proved to be just as untouchable and elusive as any super villain, which led the police on an unprecedented manhunt and whirlwind investigation for a crime they would never get to the bottom of, and which has gone on to become one of the most puzzling unsolved crimes in Japanese history.
For many decades there was only one hospital in the area I grew up, their closest competition about a half-hour drive away. For about 20 years they’ve had a reputation for screw-ups and questionable patient deaths. Both as a patient and being there for family members, I’ve had multiple experiences that made me agree with that reputation.
Several years ago there was a big to-do, as someone was murdered there. Their killer got past security after visiting hours, bypassed all medical staff, and then suffocated their victim with a pillow. The body was found with the pillow still over the victim’s face, a fact the police reported in an interview on the case.
Time passes, and new reports come up that the victim was strangled with cords in their hospital room, then the pillow was placed over the face.
A few days after that there’s a new report. There was no murder, it was an accident…where the bedridden victim somehow found the strength to get up, gather the cords in the room, then pull them tight enough to choke themselves to death…and now there was no mention of the pillow the police noted as being there.
The media dropped the story immediately after that last report, with no questioning about the changes in the report. On top of that, if you try and search online the local TV stations seem to have totally scrubbed their old reports, except for one, which has the accident version of the story and nothing else.
About 20 years before this I got to witness a similar change in the facts regarding the reports of a fellow who died, because it looked bad for his employer that his death was because he did something stupid while looting. I honestly think the hospital used its clout to force the local media to bury their original reports and go with the accident theory, so as not to get a worse reputation. I really feel like someone got away with murder in part due to them wanting to protect the brand image.
The identity of the Original Night Stalker… and whether or not he is still alive.
Someone must have snuck in through the back door while we were watching tv and placed them there without making a sound. I remember we stayed at my grans house for about a week after that and we never found out how or why it happened.
In 2009 Susan Powell went missing. It’s noticed that she, her husband, and her two sons are missing the next day when no one shows up to work/daycare. Family starts trying to contact them to no avail. Finally a sister gets ahold of the husband, Josh. He said he went on a spontaneous camping trip with the kids. On a school night. In November. And now he didn’t know where Susan was.
There’s a lot of shady details. A fan drying a wet spot in his house. Some blood found in his house. He and his family tried to say Susan was having an affair, she ran away with her suitor. The kids say they had seen mommy in a trunk. Susan’s friends say she had become afraid. A journal of hers they found said she had moved to Utah from Washington because Josh’s dad scared her. She had told friends that Josh and his dad wanted to “share” Susan. Authorities later found hundreds of photo’s on Josh’s dads computer of Susan that she didn’t know were being taken.
I know what you are thinking; Josh killed her. Or his dad did. It seems clear cut. But because of some flubs in the initial investigation, despite all the suspicions, no one could get any real evidence. And more importantly: no one ever found Susan. Or her body. The case stagnated.
A few years later, Josh’s dad was arrested for having child pornography on his computer.
In 2012, after Josh had moved back to Washington, he set fire to his house during a supervised visit with his sons. Investigation of the remains showed that Josh had locked himself in the house with the boys and hacked them up with an axe before they all expired from smoke inhalation.
The next year, Josh’s brother also committed suicide.
And now, Josh’s dad, who many believe knows exactly where Susan’s body is (if he wasn’t involved with her murder himself), is out of prison and walking this world.
It’s been nearly 8 years since her disappearance. And still we are no closer to finding her body. This case haunts me. All signs point to Susan, a victim of abuse, being murdered by her husband who would later go on to kill their children and himself. But we have no solid proof, and no body.
Tamam Shud, or Somerton man. Just really bizarre and creepy.
Well dressed, athletic guy is found dead leaning against a seawall on an Australian beach. No cause of death is discovered despite autopsy. No ID, no labels on any of his clothes, nothing to identify him but a scrap of printed paper saying “Taman Shud” found in his pocket. No one is reported missing. Later a briefcase is found in a locker at a train station attributed to him, with a few clothes marked T. Keane – no one by that name is found missing.
When the info about the note is released, one of the locals finds an odd book in the backseat of his car in the area that the man died in. The piece of paper matches the torn out bit in the book. In the book there is a very odd Cipher that no one has been able decode since and a phone number. Blood pooling in the body suggest he didn’t die with his head propped against the wall as he was found. Half smoked cigarette found fallen out of his mouth, but if he died in a different position, would be a little odd. Body was embalmed and put on display for 6 months and received a lot of attention, but no one can remember having seen him. No family or anyone knowing him have ever been found. Tamam Shud means “all has been done” in the most direct translation or simply “all done.”
The Hinteraifeck Murders
Everything about is seems like a precursor to ten thousand horror films:
Brutal bloody murders – check!
Imbeciles not worried about mysterious footprints, and noises in the attic? – check!
Grim foreboding forcing people to flee before the murders – check!
People going one by one into the abattoir to be slaughtered – check!
Crime unsolved to this day – check!
There may be a serial killer currently targeting young men in their early 20’s in the Boston area. They go missing after a night drinking and end up in the morgue with a single puncture wound from a needle. The police havent released any other details. This has been going on for years.
In my college town, there was a freshmen a few years ago who went missing. He was found beaten to death in an industrial park. The last time his friends saw him, they were all party hopping. His last tweet was something like “someone pick us up we’re gonna die.”
No one has come forward, no leads have been found.
Isdalskvinnen and kambomannen: two murder cases in Norway that happened around the 1970’s. They found the victims burned and bruised far into the wilderness. All brand tags were removed from their clothing and there was no way to identify the bodies. No one matching their description was ever reported missing, and upon further investigation it was believed they were spies during the Cold War. The more you study the cases, the weirder they get. Norwegian police officials are still, to this day, asking for tips that could help identify the victims.
The disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers.
The scene found by the people who went to check why there was no response to their calls was quite standard yet slightly off. 2 of the 3 waterproof jackets were missing. In the kitchen they found pretty much everything normal except one chair lying on the floor. There was still a meal on a table, suggesting that maybe they left in a hurry. The lightkeepers were nowhere.
The only clues that were gathered came from the lighthouse’s log. The entries the last few days there were written were weird:
severe winds the likes of which I have never seen before in twenty years. The log attendant, Thomas Marshall, wrote also noticed that James Ducat, the Principal Keeper, had been ‘very quiet and that the third assistant, William McArthur, had been crying. What is strange about the last thing is that William McArthur was a seasoned mariner, and was known on the Scottish mainland as a tough guy. Storms shouldn’t have been a big deal.
Entries the day later stated that the storm was still raging even worse than before, and the lighthouse keepers had been praying for it to stop. The lighthouse was 150 feet above sea level. Not only were they perfectly safe, but they should have known that. They were very experienced.
The thing is, no storms were reported in the whole area in any of the days close to the entries. The weather was calm.
The final log entry was made the day after. It said Storm ended, sea calm. God is over all.
In 1997, when hundreds of people reportedly saw (and many recorded) all those UFOs in the sky over Phoenix, AZ.
Lars Mittank. People disappearing isnt that weird. But there are no ideas as to whatever compelled this guy to sprint out of an airport terminal, over a barbed wire fence, and into the woods to never be seen again is spooky. No credible sightings, even. No history of mental illness
I was sitting on a picnic table in our apartment complex courtyard one night with some neighbors. We were drinking and one fellow, Scott, had a bit too much and fell asleep. It was a mild night and we were all in our early 20s so we thought nothing of leaving him out there as we went back to our apartments. His place was no more than fifteen feet away from where he slumbered in a well lit area.
In the morning I saw that the table was empty so I went over and knocked on my neighbor’s door, check on Scott’s hangover. Thing is, his roommates say he never came home. I’m mildly concerned but, once again, we’re all young and don’t worry too much. Around noon he comes staggering across the courtyard in his boxers and nothing else.
We left him fully clothed. He explains that he just woke up in a sparsely furnished apartment across the complex. His only memory of the last night is someone waking him up and walking him to the unknown location, where this shadowy person crawled in the window and then let him in the front door. Everyone is busy making jokes but this is gnawing at me so I demand that we go explore.
When we get to the apartment, the door is unlocked. After knocking for a few minutes we walk in. There are condiments in the fridge but no real food. There’s a poster on the wall for the band 311 and a few folding chairs but no furniture or TV. The bathroom is similar, with a half squeezed tube of toothpaste but no shower curtain or bathmat. Curiouser and curiouser. Finally, the bedroom, which had no bed but did have a ROW OF DOLLS against the wall. There’s also a pillow and blanket on the floor and Scott’s clothes neatly folded at the foot of this makeshift cot.
We grabbed his clothes (he had declined to join us, preferring to simply point out the apartment and return to his place) and get out of there. Scott is adamant that the clothes were not there when he woke up, which I believe. Sure, he was terribly hungover but not so much though that he wasn’t aware of his surroundings and he would have had to literally step over these clothes to leave the room.
Nobody else seemed to care about this event. My roommates, his roommates and even Scott himself just seemed content to drop this but it’s been over fifteen years and it still gnaws at me. No money was taken, he didn’t have a cell phone to begin with, he said he had no memory of the person but assumes it was a male since they basically carried him to that apartment.
Why?!? If you’re concerned about the drunk boy in the courtyard, why take him to a random apartment? Did that person live there? If so, why did they crawl in the window? Scott said he had to unlock the bolt when he left so I guess that person also left through the window but why? Why take his clothes off and where were they when he woke up? I asked him to smell his clothes to see if they’d been washed but he never got back to me on that. He basically waved it off as a weird night. I will never solve this mystery. It haunts me.
There was a onion ring in my McDonald’s fries.
McDonald’s doesn’t sell onion rings.
Me to my husband: “I bet a onion just fell in the fryer, haha.”
Him: “But where did the breading come from?”
X-Files music plays
The disappearance of Frederick Valentich, an Australian pilot who was flying from Melbourne. Disappeared without a trace. He reported that a giant metal circular object was hovering above his plane. Air Traffic Control told him there was no other traffic on that route. Radio cuts out after a loud metal screeching sound and he was never seen again.
The Australian government scrapped the documents of the event & the radio recording after it was accidentally aired on public radio. They told Frederick’s father they will allow him to see his son’s body on the basis that he never tells anyone about what happened. The media made up a fake story that the guy was obsessed with aliens, thus taking away his credibility for what he reported.
The Dancing Plague of 1518:
The gist of the story is that an unknown women entered a village and started dancing in front of the village. With no music backing her, she just suddenly started dancing. Days pass and she was still going. Other people join her and dance along with her. Some even die of exhaustion.
To this day it is still unknown what caused people to do this and that really freaks me out.
Story Ive told for years. A friend of a friend went backpacking by himself in the Rockies with a camera. After the trip when he developed the pictures, there was a picture of himself sleeping. Ive seen the picture, and Im pretty sure his story has been published in magazine articles. Gives me the creeps every time I think about it.
The Babushka Lady , a Russian-dressed woman who stood and took pictures of JFK moments after his assassination. She did not flee with the rest of the crowd, just stood and took pictures. She then walked off, and her identity was never discovered.