October 1924, Los Angeles
Dr. Giles Porter with the City Health Department went to the home of Jesus Lajun located at 700 Clara Street. Mr. Lujan worked for the Los Angeles Railway. He was ill with what appeared to be flu-like symptoms; however his groin area was swollen and tender. His daughter Francisca, 15, also shared the flu-like symptoms. She was running a temperature, and complained of a sore throat and headache. The following day, October 4, her pregnant neighbor Luciana Samarno stopped by to check on her. Francisca's condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital but died en-route. The cause of death listed on her death certificate was double pneumonia.
157 rats and five squirrels [were] found to be plague infected” in rich and poor areas, including downtown, Beverly Hills and the harbor.
The first military hospital in Aldershot, Hampshire was situated near a church. It was established as a lunatic asylum and pestilence hospital. Close by was the Union Hospital which started out as a poor house. During the mid-1800s the Connaught Hospital for a while specialized in treating men with venereal disease, and ended as a dental facility which closed its doors in 1973. However long before it was abandoned there were stories about a mysterious gray lady.
You look down a lonely alley, and see a mutt rummaging through trash on the ground. It's slunk low with its tail between its legs. You feel sorry for it and approach softly saying encouraging words to soothe a hungry and frightened animal Then it looks up from the refuse it's sniffing through, and you realize it's not a dog's face staring at you, but a human one with deep-set, sad eyes. It's says, "Leave me alone."
In June 1934 in Brighton, England a steamer trunk was found in King's Cross railway station. It contained a woman's torso and legs. The arms and head were missing. Scotland Yard reached out to the public in trying to identify the victim. In the United States, Agnes C. Tufverson, 43, had married a former Czech officer six months before. She disappeared, and the last heard from her was when she visited London. Her family wondered if it was her body that had been found.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer