In the early morning hours of November 13, 1983, a motorist discovered a battered body in the middle of the 1700 block of Depot Avenue. It was an isolated road leading to the Delray Beach train station. Three days later they identified her as Carla Lowe, age 21.
The ghost of Duck Pond in Jamaica, N.Y. had been sighted for many years. He'd been frightening people who saw him when he appeared like a "mournful shade from the treetops when there is a ring around the moon."
In 1885, another ghost story rooted in Long Island history made the newspapers.
Back in 1874, there was a house on Jackson Avenue near the Dutch Kills Road. "For a long time it stood tenantless, but last week... " A good beginning for a ghost story right?
Two strange stories about what should be the most peaceful place, but which turns out to be everything but.
Long forgotten, mostly hidden in corners of old cemeteries are memorials to the most beloved of companions. No doubt by now, these pets have been reunited with those who grieved over their tiny graves so many years ago.
The battered nude body of a young woman was found by two teenage boys in Illinois Beach State Park, 45 miles north of Chicago. She lay in a ditch along the Chicago and North Western railroad tracks about 40 feet from the park's south entrance.
Three women were found dead near the mouth of a cave in Starved Rock State Park, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Their bodies were on the floor of the cave in a towering sandstone canyon. They were all housewives without any enemies.
It was high summer in Reddick, Florida. Snowbirds had fled back to their northern homes. Insects buzzed in the field, and all was quiet, too quiet inside the Wayside Antique shop, a two-story, white-washed structure just off I-75.
The Pirate's House in Savannah, Georgia is over 250 years old. It's said to be one of the oldest and most haunted structures in the state.
Larry Lord Motherwell, 42, former felon and construction worker went on a 10-day spending spree in Las Vegas. Perhaps a premonition tickled his spine that the proverbial ton of bricks was about to descend on him.
Could you be a hitman with a sense of humor? Apparently there was one who worked for mobsters in Las Vegas. Rumors are that he would take snitches or those "who knew too much" on a one way trip to the desert, and give them a final resting place next to Spot and Kitty.
Battlefields hold horrors that only war can bring. Living in a world where death can claim you or your companions at any moment, creates a reality that forever changes all who exist in that moment. But there are things that slink in the hinterlands that wish to cheat every bullet of its prize in order to slake its blood lust.
Skeletons discovered in long-forgotten graveyards provide proof of not only gruesome deaths but the poor quality of life they led.
In 2018, on the small islet Chapelle Dom Hue the remains of a man without hands was unearthed by archaeologists. The skeleton of a dolphin dating back to medieval times was buried only a few feet away.
On an expedition to explore Mayan ruins in northwestern Guatemala, archaeologists stumbled upon something unexpected. It was presumed to be a temple, but in reality it turned out to be a facade for a hidden pyramid, 85 feet square at the base, and 25 feet high.
It was once a showplace home in Laurel Canyon, but only ashes were left of the 14-room house. Before its destruction on July 31, 1928, it was the scene of wild parties, a gun battle, an explosion and ultimately a fire.
Traditional summer rains fell upon a well known haunted house which faced a square bounded by Washington and Tchoupitoulas Streets. The specter of demolition loomed on the horizon, and more than one group of thrill seekers made plans to get inside and find out if the legend was true of a skeleton hidden in a corner of the wall at one of the windings of the grand staircase. But it was not a burial, but a punishment to keep a secret, and the person was walled up alive.
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.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer