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.
On October 2018 renovations were being carried out in the Vatican close to the Villa Borghese. Builders were restoring a floor in the janitor's lodge and unexpectedly a human skeleton was found. Immediately suspicions were raised, questioning if this was the remains of Italian teenagers which disappeared several decades ago. Eventually the search lead to the tombs of two German princesses.
A life-size hooded statue walks with a bent head, towards an unknown destination. Some call it a guardian, others the Grim Reaper, however there is a cautionary tale about looking at the shadowed face.
It was not until July 1895, that the atrocities committed by H. H. Holmes under the roof of the ramshackle building at the corner of Wallace and 63rd Streets came to light. By then Holmes had been gone from the building for a year and a half.
Paintsville, KY, 1929
Carl Newton Mahan, 6, quarreled with his friend Cecil Van Hoose, 7, over a piece of scrap metal they planned to sell for a little money. Cecil took it and hit the younger boy in the face. Carl went to his home, took his father's 12-gauge shotgun and returned to where the other boy was. He then aimed it at Cecil's chest and pulled the trigger.
Known as El Silbón, or the Whistler, this urban myth originated during the 1850s in Venezuela's Los Llanos region. Hearing his whistle from far away is a sign of impending doom and death.
Captain Meriwether Lewis was born into fortunate circumstances in 1774. He is best known for his expedition to the Pacific along with his friend William Clark. He was a diplomat, explorer, friend of the President and the governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory. A man who only three years before had survived a dangerous trek over the wilds of the Rocky Mountains died of gunshot wounds at the age of 35. Many thought it was suicide but from the beginning there have been whispers of murder.
Reports are received worldwide that in the aftermath of disasters those that perished appear to be ignorant that they are no longer among the living. Calls are received at emergency centers, taxis are hailed, and these lost souls try to reach homes that are demolished or connect with loved ones who are dead as well.
In 1906, spiritualism's popularity gathered strangers to hold hands and call spirits to attend their summons, however the suspicion of a haunting at your home, unbidden drove many from their properties. Too scared, they never bothered to investigate what truly bumped in the night and terrorized them.
Vast and barren, deserts with their apparent lack of life are one of the spookiest places on the planet and the source of many supernatural tales. The stark landscape lends itself to see the unimaginable, perhaps a mirage, or perhaps something more insidious. In actuality deserts can be deadly for both humans and animals, and only the hardiest plants can survive there. Are the tales of strange beasts, mysterious sightings and ghostly visitors only the product of fevered, overheated brains? Perhaps what slithers, walks or glides along the unforgiving, hot sands is appears only a moment in this dimension before they take what they want.
In urban myths she is known as the Poinciana Woman originating in Darwin (Australia) in the first half of the 20th century. In one version she is a spirit who meets the ghosts of mothers and their newborn who died in childbirth under the branches of a frangipani tree. In another, she is a vampiric entity that seeks revenge.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse sits on a piece of land replete with history and colorful legends. It was completed in 1860. Thousands of visitors have crossed its threshold through the years, and many of them have reported hearing "strange noises" and feeling "cold spots" while climbing the 100-foot spiral staircase. Others felt hands touching their shoulders when there is no one behind them.
Lone Pine, California has only one road with a traffic light. Whitney Portal Road heads westward across Highway 395, traversing the Alabama Hills and onto Mount Whitney which is nine miles away. It is the tallest mountain in mainland United States. Like many routes that started out as trails they are witness to human traffic and tragedy, and inevitably tales of hauntings.
In 1897, on the corner of a building at the southeast corner of Geary Street and Grant Avenue, San Francisco the ghost of a missing man stalked the halls.
Many times the reason for a haunting remains unknown, and even the identity of the ghost is a mystery. Such is the ghost story reported in 1890 by an unwilling witness.
There was a boarding house on Commercial Street in San Francisco kept by 'Red Pat' Riley. It was here that a hardened detective told the story of seeing a ghost.
Mines, both mysterious and treacherous are believed by the men that work there to be haunted. Sometimes these apparitions try to give a warning of pending disaster, other times they lure the living to their doom. In Grant Town, West Virginia the Federal No. 1 mine operated from 1901 until 1985 and was said to be haunted by a Russian miner.
The no-man's land of the underground has always fascinated and terrified mankind. Most of the time when people are consumed by their daily errands they do not give it much thought. Some places are created by the earth itself such as caves and sinkholes, but others were purposely made by people to enhance their daily existence. Tunnels, subways and sewer systems are some of these. However in these places where sunlight seldomly invades it, many of the sightings of things that exist here inspire the utmost terror.
In March 2011, over 18,000 Japanese people were swept to their deaths by a devastating tsunami. The initial assessment of those who died, the financial fallout and other collateral effects of this event were tallied, and Japan turned to rebuilding. However their was something that was not measured which were how many of those killed still lingered behind, hungry to reclaim their lives.
In 1890, a long time employee of the Louisville, St. Louis and Texas Railroad Company in Henderson, Kentucky, resigned from his position which he held for many years because of fear of encountering the ghosts haunting the yards at night.
Over 30 years ago on November 17, 1988, a heavily pregnant woman named Jackie Hernandez moved with her 2-year-old son to an old bungalow in San Pedro, California. The reason for the move was a troubled marriage, but soon enough this was the least of her worries, when she realized the house was badly haunted.
In North Carolina, on UNC campus east of Chapel Hill there is a monument to a mysterious student love triangle where a blood-stained rock is the only clue to the unknown fate of Peter Dromgoole.
We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on Stranger Than Fiction Stories. That’s why we reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here civil and substantive. So read the guidelines below to make sure you are coloring inside the lines.
Do you have a story to tell?