In 2005, the Allegheny County coroner's office visited the McKeesport garage of Robert B. Winston, Jr. a former funeral director. As soon as they set foot inside the investigators knew they were dealing with death. The odor was awful. And the stacked boxes from which the smell was emanating were clearly labeled as fetal remains.
Julie Mott's body has been missing for over two years. It was given to the Mission Park Funeral Home, and what happened to it is still a mystery.
In the early morning hours of January 27th, 1974, while it was still dark, a man's body was found at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The corpse was starting to stiffen with rigor mortis. The slightly overweight white male had been stabbed various times, and his hand had evidence of defensive wounds. The coroner noted that the John Doe #7 was wearing underwear, shoes, socks, pants a shirt and jacket. He only had $21 in his pocket and was wearing a Timex watch.
In 1864, four men and four women were executed in Haiti for the murder of a young girl that was later cannibalized. The claims were that it was all done as part of a voudou ritual done at the behest of a priestess.
John Edward Robinson was born on December 27th, 1943 in Cicero, Illinois. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother a disciplinarian. In 2003 he was convicted of murdering three women, and he later admitted to five additional murders. After 1993, he trolled social networking sites using the name "Slavemaster" looking for women who enjoyed playing submissive in S&M roles.
Located between the Bronx and Riker's Island, situated in the middle of New York City's East River in an area known as Hell's Gate is North Brother Island. In 1885 if you were sick and contagious, you would be brought to this 20-acre island along with other patients from the five boroughs. In most cases the patients did not come here voluntarily but were forced to do so. It was far enough to stop disease from spreading, leaving those living and dying there feeling isolated. But in a city that was overcrowded and pestilence-stricken it was the best option to keep the populace safe.
Foxborough State Hospital, historically known as the Massachusetts Hospital for Dipsomaniacs and Inebriates was established in the 1890s. In 1914 it became a psychiatric hospital, and it was closed in 1975. Throughout those years employees passed down a story of a patient who had been buried alone because they had some type of communicable disease. No one knew the identity of this patient, where they were buried, or if it was true at all.
Until the late 1800s, there was no spooky belief assigned to Friday the 13th. So how did this date become associated with bad luck and highlighted on the calendars of the superstitious?
Portugal's Capela dos Ossos is lined with more than 5,000 skulls and assorted human bones. This memento mori chapel is a small portion of the larger, bone-free complex named the Igreja de Sao Francisco.
Underneath the portrait of a 16th-century man dressed in a black doublet, is believed to be a hidden image of the doomed Queen of Scots.
It was October, 1915 in San Francisco and Mr. Pamias who had a job as a conductor was surprised when his wife told him she wanted to sleep in another place besides the rooms they rented in a lodging house. When he pressed her on the reason, she admitted to killing a peddler who she said had tried to attack her after she refused to elope with him. She wanted to flee the city, but her husband took her to the police station the following day.
Marchioness Townshend of Raynham and Maude Ffoulkes wrote a book in the 1930s titled True Ghost Stories. One of the most intriguing tales is about a ghost that haunts a castle in the south of Ireland, that appears to be something between a man and an animal.
Construction workers made a macabre discovery May 2016 when they were renovating a garage for a home located in Sn Francisco.
Underneath a cement slab they unearthed a child's coffin measuring 3.5 feet, made of lead and bronze. Through two windows placed on the lid, a small, blonde toddler girl could be seen. She was perfectly preserved, dressed in a white dress and holding a rose.
Her elaborate, airless coffin had no markings or plaque to say who she was.
The FAA confirmed that on October 25th, 2017 an unidentified aircraft flew over Oregon. No flight plans, collision avoidance signals or identification transponder could be found, and the North American Aerospace Command couldn't find it in the sky. The Air Force launched F-15s to track it, but lost sight of the it over Oregon
Long before Anne Rice wrote her vampires stories or the fictional town of Bon Temps was featured in the HBO series True Blood, the 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows had its own brooding vampire and werewolf neighbor.
The yokāi (monsters) and yūrei (ghosts), which for hundreds of years have been part of Japanese tradition, are still believed in by the present-day population but with a modern twist represented in Japanese films such as The Ring and The Grudge.
In the early 1790s Adam Livingston and his family fled their farm in Pennsylvania after experiencing a succession of calamities, from his cattle dying to his barn burning down. They settled in Virginia, but their troubles were not far behind them.
It was a spring day on June 4th, 1960 when two young couples went camping at Lake Bodom close to the Finnish city of Espoo. Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki who were both fifteen years old, were accompanied by their eighteen year old boyfriends Seppo Antero Boisman and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson. Little did three of them know that a bloody death awaited all but one of them.
In 1969, the unidentified body of a young woman who had been stabbed multiple times lead detectives on the case to question cult leader Charles Manson as the site where she was found was close to where his family had committed other atrocities.
There are realtors that specialize in certain type of properties. These are houses with a history of murder and bloodshed, and they know that there's buyers out there, which notoriety is exactly what they're in the market for.
Just suppose... that you were on the market for a home, but you have this idea in your head of "exactly" what you want, and you're not going to settle for anything else. You've got the money, and you've been to a million places, and none of them fit the bill. And then you find it, and it's for sale! You do your happy dance, and then the realtor discloses the big fly in the soup; the house was the scene of several grisly murders. What would do? Buy it and deal with any "bad vibes" with a lot of sage?
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