And in the spirit of all things creepy, macabre, and downright strange, we’ve dug deep into the abyss of Wikipedia to unearth some of the scariest entries there.
Wikipedia these entries at your discretion, some of these are NSFW and all of them will scare the hell out of you.
You have been warned.
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Annabelle, from the movie Annabelle: Creation (Photo: Warner Bros.)
Whether describing evil spirits related to Catholicism, the study of possession in Islam, or older pre-Abrahamic religions, this page is guaranteed to drive you crazy whether you are religious or not.
Image: Slender Man fan art
Slender Man is a bit like a modern day Sadako The ring. A creation of the internet via a creepypasta internet meme, it became something of a cultural phenomenon. He is thin, unnaturally tall, has a featureless head and wears a black suit. He is often associated with stalking and traumatizing children.
Although fictional, his story has real life implications. In 2014, a Wisconsin girl was lured into the woods by two friends and stabbed 19 times in an attempt to please him, and she still sleeps with scissors “just in case”.
This forest in Japan is known to be haunted. The reason has less to do with any kind of mythology and more to do with the fact that it’s a place people go to commit suicide.
It has earned the obscure name of “suicide forest” and the forest is so thick that some visitors use tape to avoid getting lost.
Image: Wikipedia Commons
Roanoke was a colony founded in North Carolina in 1586 that disappeared from the face of the earth three years later. There are no records showing where the people went, and while historians have suggested that the Native Americans were massacred by the colonialists at the time, there is no evidence that that happened.
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In the 1960s and 1970s, a wave of violent murders hit San Francisco. Local newspapers received letters from someone claiming to be the killer, containing four codes, only one of which has been fully solved. There were five confirmed victims in total, but police claim it could be much higher, and the killer himself claimed to have killed 37 people. He was also never caught.
If you have claustrophobia, this story probably isn’t for you. A 17-year-old Scottish girl named Idilia was visiting the abandoned Lahneck Castle in Germany in the 1850s when she fell through rotten floorboards and became trapped.
Idilia came to a tragic end and died in the cold and dark castle, but not before recording her last, traumatic days in her diary. It was discovered, along with her remains, nine years later.
He wanted to eat a human. A man on the internet wanted to be eaten.
You can imagine how the rest of the story went.
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The Conjuring movie franchise was based on the real life demon hunt of a psychic named Lorraine Warren and her demonologist husband Ed. What’s creepy about their story is their persistence in the existence of demons. They claim to have fought ungodly creatures all their lives, and despite every effort to discredit them, they remain hauntingly convinced by their own stories.
Famous cases include the Amityville House, the haunting of the Perron Family, and Annabelle the doll (which they claim houses a demon).
Born in 1877, Carl was a German-born radiologist who fell in love with a Cuban tuberculosis patient named Elena Miagro de Hoyos. After she died, he took her body from the grave and lived with the corpse in his house for seven years until it was discovered in 1940 by Hoyos’ relatives and the authorities.
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Herman Webster Mudgett, also known as Henry Howard Holmes, was a serial killer who built a hotel in 1889 specifically so that he could quietly murder dozens of people.
Popularly called “The Castle” because of its enormous size, it had hidden passageways, a drugstore, secret rooms, soundproof walls and airtight chambers.
The macabre hotel was the site of death by suffocation, hanging, stretching and dismemberment.
Holmes would confess to 20 murders, although some estimates say 200 people were victims of murder within those walls.
The Hands Resist Him is a 1972 painting by artist Bill Stoneham. In the eerie photo, a young boy and a female doll stand in front of a glass paneled door against which many disembodied hands are pressed.
The painting is reportedly haunted, with the owner putting it up for sale on eBay, noting that they were scared of the photo because the doll appeared to be moving.
The ONA is a satanic organization based in the UK with a twist: it is notorious for its ties to neo-Nazi groups and for its belief in fascism.
They have also written a number of guides on human sacrifice, affectionately referred to as “culling.”
Another page on serial killers, Gein not only murdered people, but he would also make furniture and other objects from the bodies of victims. Eventually, the police got wind of his nefarious activities and searched his home, where they found a corset made from a woman’s torso, a belt made from nipples, and a lampshade made from human skin. Although convicted of only two murders, he was suspected of many others, including that of his own brother.
Mordake is the subject of a particularly scary 19e century urban legend in England.
According to legend, Mordake had another face in the back of his head. While it couldn’t eat, speak, or see, it would “smile while Morake was happy” and “smile while Mordake cried.”
Mordake apparently begged doctors to have his “demon face” removed, claiming that at night it whispered things “that one would only speak of in Hell”, but no doctor would do it.
According to legend, Mordake committed suicide at the age of 23 after secluding himself in a room.
Not everything terrifying has to be supernatural. Fatal familial insomnia is a brain disease with no known cure in which a person loses their ability to sleep.
This leads to hallucinations and dementia-like symptoms culminating in severe physical and mental deterioration and sometimes death of the patient within 18 months.
Maria was an Austrian SS agent during Nazi Germany and she was a high-ranking official at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
She is believed to have been directly complicit in the deaths of more than half a million women and children inmates.
In 1948, Mandl was executed for war crimes.
Does what it says on the tin.
(Photo: public domain/John Henry Fuseli, ‘The Nightmare’ 1781)
Sleep paralysis is also referred to as the Night Hag and refers to a phenomenon where a person, while waking up from or falling asleep, is conscious but unable to move or speak. During an episode, which has no known cause, one often hallucinates terrifying creatures, shadows, as well as phantom smells and sounds.
Episodes can last a few minutes or a few hours, and patients always feel intense anxiety during this time.
Sleep paralysis has been reported throughout history, and early accounts blamed demonic possession and paranormal occurrences.
Jennifer and June Gibbons, also known as “The Silent Twins”, were identical twins who grew up in Wales. They would only communicate with each other and were admitted to Broadmoor Hospital after a spate of petty crime.
No one could understand the couple. After 11 years in the institution, they were released, but they developed a belief that it was necessary for one of them to die before the other could lead a normal life.
Jennifer finally agreed to sacrifice her life, and in 1993 she died. The cause of death was apparently ruled a natural cause, but the timing and manner in which it happened has aroused suspicion and theories in the years since her death.
Marjorie Wallace van The Sunday times wrote a book about them called The silent twin, describes June’s reaction to her sister’s death.
Wallace said June was “in a strange mood.”
[June said] “Freed at last, freed, and Jennifer gave her life for me at last.”
The timeline of the distant future is a veritable Wikipedia page on which contributors painstakingly pave the life, decay, and eventual death of our Earth.
21. Frederick Valentine
“It’s not an airplane.”Australian Department of Transport/Wikipedia
Pilot Frederick Valentich flew a Cessna 182L light aircraft from Moorabbin, Australia, to Kings Island in October 1978.
At around 7:06 p.m., Valentich radioed the Melbourne Flight Service that an unidentified aircraft with “shining metal surface” was orbiting 300 feet above him.
He said there were four landing lights above him that were moving wildly. His last words were, “It’s not an airplane,” which was interrupted by a strange metallic noise.
From then on, Valentich was never seen again.
22. Now Abe
Sada Abe, a Japanese geisha and prostitute, purposely cut off her lover’s air supply while he slept.Portrait of Sada Abe, Japanese Book “: Authentic Record: Showa History Vol.2”, published by Gyosei Corporation/Wikipedia
Sada Abe, a Japanese geisha who often erotically smothered her lover, Ishida.
In May 1936, she purposely cut off his air supply while he slept.
She then cut off his penis and wore it in her kimono.
Abe spent five years in prison in custody and was charged with taking the life of her lover. After her release, she took on an alias.
And in 1969 she disappeared and was found in a nunnery.
23. Maura Murray
Maura Murray Very local/YouTube
Maura Murray emailed her employer and professors to say she was taking a week off in February 2004 for a family emergency.
But that emergency did not exist.
Murray then wrecked her car in Woodsville, New Hampshire around 7 p.m.
A bus driver saw it happen and stopped. He said he had seen a young woman who was not visibly bleeding, but was not shivering from the cold. She also asked him not to contact the police.
Since he had no cell phone reception, he went home and called the police there.
When the police got there, the car was abandoned and Maura was nowhere around.
After that an extensive search took place, but neither her body was ever found.
24. Kelly-Hopkinsville Creature Gathering
In August 1955, 12 residents of Christian County, Kentucky, encountered what they believed to be humanoid creatures about one to four feet tall.Photo: Tim Bertelink/Wikimedia Commons
In August 1955, 12 residents of Christian County, Kentucky, encountered what they believed to be humanoid creatures about one to four feet tall.
They were also said to have large glowing eyes, huge bat-like ears, and claws on the ends of their fingers.
The startled community fired at the creatures with a 12-gauge double-barrel and .22 single-barrel, but they were unable to fend them off.
They then took refuge in the house for the night.
The next day they informed the police. And while there was no tangible evidence that the creatures had been found, all the stories were well corroborated by the residents.
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