The winds were savage, the cold penetrating just below the timberline near La Garita Mountains in Colorado. John C. Fremont looked at his camp where 34 men faced starvation. Their mules had frozen to death, all 120 of them. The expedition had tried to cross a 12,000 foot pass without success. The men struggled to the southeast side of the pass, but their provisions were gone.
In 1923, Miss Edna Hilton, an American socialite married Captain Denzil Cope, heir of Sir Anthony Cope. The young couple moved to Bramshill Castle in Hampshire, England. This was an ancient home which harbored a terrifying ghost story.
In Nashua, New Hampshire a young woman's skeleton was found in the walls of an old attic where it lay secreted for 25 years.
On a hot summer night, a blue vehicle glided along a narrow road known as the Old Spanish Trail. In the space of a few seconds, the quiet was rent as the screech of twisting metal reverberated, and three of six passengers in the automobile met a violent death. One of them was named Jayne Mansfield.
Earl Wiseman, 25, and George Shanks, 44, were serving prison terms at the Missouri State Penitentiary. They were convicted of killing Arthur Robinson in 1934. The only thing left of Arthur was a small pile of human bones and teeth found in the ashes of a huge log fire on the banks of Mingo Ditch, about eight miles southwest of Puxico, just outside his cabin.
Snippy a 3-year-old, appaloosa mare was found dead on the Harry King Ranch in the fall of 1967. The locals believed the animal was killed by "spacemen" based on sightings of UFOs in the area.
High in the Sangre de Cristo Range is Colorado's Great Sand Dunes. Ancient arrowheads and bisons bones are uncovered by stiff winds that chase the heat before it. Tragedy, mystery and legend have sprung from the sandy waves that cover 57 miles.
Little snippets of stories from the 19th century of gruesome and sinister finds.
On December 31, 1992, a septic tank company rolled into the property of a home that sat vacant for two years. Reinaldo Ramon Paiz who owned it for decades died in 1990, and his daughter was selling it. The real estate agent advised her to pump the tank in order to make it more attractive to potential buyers since it had not been serviced in at least twenty years, around 1972. Or at least that’s what they thought.
On the night of August 21, 1955, Russell Greenwell, Hopkinsville’s (Kentucky) police chief received an unexpected call at his home from the officer on call. He jumped into his clothes and drove to the station. There he met several scared adults and children. The family lived a few miles away in an area known as Kelly Station. He could tell by the look on their faces that something really happened to this group of people.
On April 26, 1986, the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine experienced a lethal nuclear accident. Several explosions culminated in an open-air reactor releasing radioactive contamination for nine days. In the aftermath stories circulated of a flying humanoid figure with glowing red eyes seen days before the incident.
On July 10, 1969 a carload of people visited Lake Worth (just west of Dallas), near Greer Island. They all saw something terrifying, something that attacked them.
In the pantheon of monsters, vampires and werewolves are two of the best known, however when it comes to hunting them, werewolves are much harder to find, making them perhaps more dangerous. They can blend into humanity and are not restricted to moving about after nightfall; more importantly, they are not dead. Outside of the time when they are in the power of the full moon they can live among other human beings.
Chaonei No. 81 also known as Chaonei Church was erected at the turn of the century in Peking, China. Located at Chaoyangmennei Street it’s been designated a historic building and despite the surrounding area being renovated, this brick, three-story French Baroque-style structure remains tenantless. Many believe this is due to its notorious reputation as one of China’s most haunted houses.
The vampire feeds on blood, the Raven Mocker (Kâ'lanû Ahkyeli'sk) feeds on life. The Cherokee feared these witches greatly.
Is there any truth to the unwritten law that any business built on consecrated grounds is bound to fail? There was one establishment that violated this belief more than any other which were theaters. These are stories where misfortune haunted these establishments.
SEPTEMBER 2019, ELIZABETH, NJ - Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy rejected a request to test DNA on the clothing of a murder victim by the name of Jeanette De Palma. She dismissed it because private investigator Ed Salzano filed the lawsuit, and the judge ruled he had no legal relationship to the dead girl. So far this is the last on a long list of attempts to find her killer that went nowhere.
Jeanette's story started long ago in 1972.
In Kalkajaka National Park 16 miles southwest of Cooktown (Queensland, Australia), black granite boulders create a maze that lead inside Black Mountain. Throughout the years it has developed a reputation for strange sightings and the disappearance of people without a trace.
A cryptid that originated in American folklore during the 1880s is an ordinary buzzard with a bell hung around its neck. The sound of its bell was believed to an omen of impending doom.
Since the late 19th century there is a large animal that stalked the woods of Northern Maine. Superstitious woodsmen knew then that despite those that disbelieved it existed, this monster did indeed appear every few years to be seen only for a fleeting moment.
Cuba is home to more than 60 species of sharks, however in 1945 fishermen from Cojimar came across something that could only be considered a monster.
Built in 1619, and located 15 miles south of Albuquerque, the adobe church of San Agustín is one of the two oldest surviving mission churches in New Mexico. However it's not the historical significance, but the identity of a priest buried in the 1700s under the church floor that has drawn visitors for hundreds of years.
Like Tarzan's hidden home in the Mutia Escarpment with its tales of the elephants' graveyard, in the 1920s explorers found a mysterious place in Africa that became known as the Forbidden Pit.
What predator could claim as prey a fully-grown, great white shark? There is only one that comes to mind, but you see it's supposed to be extinct. It is a prehistoric fish known as Carcharodon Megalodon, or as the sailors frequenting the Sea of Cortez have named it, El Demonio Negro, and according to them it is still very much alive.
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