It happens before you realize it has. You were surfing the internet and you came across a link to some niche topic. It felt like a perfect time to do a little useless research.
BOOM. It's four hours later, you're suddenly an expert on some grotesque crime or earthly creature, and the truth you've just uncovered is not comfortable.
In fact, the new knowledge is that of a horrifying corner of real life. Shout out to the internet for its blind dissemination of all information, good and evil.
One Reddit post asked people on the site to share their best (worst) internet research rabbit hole discoveries. True crime, dark historical incidents, and earth science were the common themes.
jc_lucas2019 asked, "People of reddit, what's an interesting, creepy topic to look into?"
Yeahh, Best Hide Those Records
"Back in the 30's, some bigwigs in the USSR wanted to do what amounted to a collectivization experiment on an unsettled island, so they rounded up 6,000 mostly randomly snatched up city folk and dumped them on a undeveloped island with almost no food or supplies or shelter, with guards stationed around the island ordered to shoot anyone who tried to leave."
"Within 3 months, roughly 2/3rds of the islands population was dead, with many of the survivors resorting to eating the dead (and in some stories, butchering still living people)."
"Eventually, the experiment was deemed a failure and they removed the survivors off the island, and records about the experiment got buried until the 1980's"
Now We've Got to Think of Him Whenever We Enjoy a Bowl of Cereal
"The inventor of corn flakes made it bland and boring so people wouldn't get excited and have sex or masturbate."
"He also ran a sanitarium, put carbolic acid on little girl's privates so they would never derive pleasure from sex , and put wires on boy's penises so that when they had an erection it would cause them pain... among other things. He believed in some crazy crap."
The Exception Until You're Not
"Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple." -- DudeFromSaudi
"Cults. It's easy to think you're too smart to fall for brainwashing tactics but the more you learn, the more you realise that we all have vulnerabilities that can be exploited." -- AvocadoPenguin
Mysteries Beneath Us
"The bloop, deep sea gigantism, and other deep sea sounds. While many have been debunked, the idea of godzilla sized sh!t running around down there is fun/scary." -- demonardvark
"I've still got my fingers crossed for the Kraken." -- Cloaked42m
"While it's indeed creepy and unsettling, I find it however fascinating that we know what happens / happend billions of light years away from us in the universe, but we know so little about the depths of our own oceans." -- ViaNocturna664
An Overlooked Era
"Cambrian life. At this point in Earth's history (541-485 mya) most living things looked nothing like anything that now exists."
"There's the 'Tully Monster,' an animal that has paleobiologists in debate over whether it was a vertebrate or not (it's thought to be related to lampreys); Opabinia, which had five eyes and looks like a cross between a lobster and a vacuum cleaner, and Anomalocaris, basically a chitinous floating death ship that arrived to eat all the much smaller animals of the time. Last, let's not forget Pikaia, a little wormlike thing that is our distant ancestor."
"New discoveries are made all the time, and scientific theories constantly shift to adjust to the existence of the latest mystery creature. They get neglected by the media in favor of dinosaurs, but Cambrian life is just as fantastic!"
Question is, is the Gold Worth It?
"The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. Thousands have searched for it, and those closest to finding it always seem to end up with bullets in them. Some tell stories of a mysterious sniper (or snipers) that has guarded the area for decades."
"There are theories that the lost mine and the deaths surrounding it are part of a neo-Confederate conspiracy."
"There's a podcast called Astonishing Legends that did a great series on it.'
"People dead on Mt. Everest" -- perizada4561
"Rainbow Valley. There is something fascinating about the juxtaposition of mummies and bright puffy jackets" -- steamycupajoe
You Know, a Psychological Experiment Involving Defenseless Children
"Basically this school was a pseudo-cult/Stanford Prison Experiment type place disguised as a send away school for behavior correction."
"There is a webcomic series by someone who escaped. I'm on break at work else I'd link it."
"It's since closed but it went for under the radar for years and years. Iirc a few people died there from the harsh treatments they were given." -- TurdFerguson495
"The wife of the leader of the church of scientology has not been seen for over 10 years, the higher ups of the organization claim she is dedicating all her time to the church, but the fact that ever since she got in a big fight with her husband 10 years ago, none of her family members had seen or contacted her indicates foul play." -- are_motherf***er
"Rumor has it this is why Leah Remini left the church." -- celticraven2084
The Unbelievable Courage of One 13-year-old
"The slow and painful death of Omayra Sanchez. She was only 13 at the time."
"Basically in 1985 there was a volcanic eruption in Armero. There was this huge mudslide and it destroyed most the place."
"Omayra Sanchez got caught up in it. She was stuck in a kneeling position i believe under a brick door that was clenched in the arms of a dead person. One source I read said it was her dead aunt."
"This meant they couldn't pull her out unless they amputated her legs. But with no equipment to prevent the excessive blood loss, they had to let her die humanely. She was stuck in muddy water that was just below her mouth. Surrounded by people trying to comfort her as she knew she was going to die."
"She suffered for 60 hours. Knowing she is going to die people interviewed her as well. One specific photo became very popular and spread world wide concern."
"The thing that makes me uncomfortable about it is that u can easily find the pictures and even hear her voice in the interview. Just knowing that this was when she was in her final moments horrified me. Im 13 - 14 now and i cant even imagine how terrified i would be in her situation. Not even drugged to stop the extensive pain."
"Murders that happened..."
Murders that happened near where you live. I know of two that happened in my county. Someone found the body of a woman in a dumpster behind a Q Barbecue and a man who was with his daughter got shot in a Wawa right outside of my neighborhood.
"The mysterious death..."
The mysterious death of Elisa Lam. The elevator videos are super creepy.
The history of lobotomy. Basically insert a probe into prefrontal cortex of the brain (via the inner corner of the eye), swirl around and zap! You have a nice compliant person!
"If the CIA..."
MKULTRA. We can read about the multiple messed up experiments that the CIA did in an attempt to find a way to mind-control people. HOWEVER, as messed up as the things we know are, they are just a fraction of what survived a "fire" in the CIA files.
If the CIA was okay with the public knowing those things, what did they hide?
"He was a serial killer..."
Definently: Diogo Alves for me. He was a serial killer in Portugal that tricked people into coming to a place called "Arqueduto das Águas Livres" several feet high, and throw them to the ground after robbing them. The weird fact is that his head is on display in a jar in Lisbon's Medical University and its Turner white and swollen. Unfortunately the only video I could find about the subject is spoken in Portuguese so if you're interested you can search on Wikipedia.
Dyatlov Pass incident. It's one of the most bizarre and puzzling incident I've ever come across. Just what exactly happened and how did those hikers acquired those gruesome injuries.
"If you're an existentialist..."
If you're an existentialist, cosmic horror. It's not like a creepy murder or a peculiar event, it's just the idea that we really do live in an infinite, uncaring, apathetic, and amoral universe and we put ourselves on this pedestal of "well my life matters" and the universe just sorta doesn't care.
It's what makes The Thing and Alien just really creepy beyond gross bugs from space.
Now, lemme be clear, this isn't me saying, "oh go read Lovecraft". No. Good conduit. But not this comment.
Look up some facts about exploration, space, and fundamental concepts like the atom and life just starts freaking you out.
"There's a documentary..."
Missing 411. Strange disappearances in national parks and forests. There's a documentary on Hulu and another on Prime.
The potential cult hidden inside of a Kanye West game. A Youtuber called Nexpo made a video about this game called Kanye Quest 3030. On the outside, it seemed like a silly RPG making fun of Kanye West but he investigated and found it that it might actually be linked to a cult. When you enter a certain word into the game, you are taken to this secret part that requires you to enter multiple passwords.
It eventually takes you to these words that just say, "Your Ascension" and it asks you to enter your personal details such as your address. It then says that you will be contacted in two weeks. He dived deeper and found a bunch of clues on the internet linking to this cult that might be called "Ascension" and the game is supposed to be a recruiting tool. The whole video made by Nexpo is creepy and there is a huge rabbit hole to dive into.
Edgewood Arsenal experiments of the 1960s. US Servicemen exposed to INSANE amounts of LSD and PCP, as well as VX Gas, Sarin, and other poisons. All volunteers who wanted to avoid Vietnam. Many of them who were exposed to psychoactive chemicals later developed severe mental health complications and couldn't function in normal society.
"There was one case..."
I wish I could remember the name of the facility, but when I was in college, we watched a documentary on a recent(let's say 2009-ish) disabilities facility that had been closed down due to abuse. I want to say the facility was located in Russia.
The footage was just creepy (and sickening). There was a one case where a kid was put in the facility because he had a mild disability, and he was 18 years old, and had laid in the same bed for so long, he actually became cemented to the bed, and they had to cut him out of the bed. He had the brain, and body development of the average three year old. He had an adult face on a baby-looking body.
I also remember another kid in the facility who was 15/16 years old, and was so developmentally stunted, he would eat his poop. He didn't do any of this out of malice, or disgust, he was literally just that ignorant because he had literally no brain development from the time he was a toddler.
I searched on Google, and couldn't find the documentary, or facility. If someone can find it, let me know.
"There were perfect holes..."
A while back in Brazil (late 80's), the body of a man was found by a child playing by a reservoir. He was horribly mutilated and upon investigation, investigators were really confused. The skin from his mouth and jaw were removed with a chunk of bone removed from his jaw as well. His eyes were missing too.
There were perfect holes in each of his arms just by the armpits. The muscle and other tissue had been sucked out of these holes. His internal organs were also removed from his body causing the skin on his stomach to be sunken in due to lack of organs and tissues. Coroner said they had been removed from another hole in his stomach via some type of suction device. This device was believed to be responsible for the missing arm muscle as well.
He was castrated along with having his asshole removed. When I say that, I mean it literally. You know how they have those utensils that core an apple where you press down and pop the core out while getting apple slices in return? Imagine the stem and core of the apple is his asshole. Now imagine that tool pressed down and removed the asshole and all connecting tubes to his digestion system (along with all the tissue and muscle in between), leaving a big gaping hole where his asshole and surround tissue used to be.
There were more injuries than that but those are the most notable ones. The case gets worse though. All of his wound were determined to have been inflicted pre-mortem. That means this guy was alive when all this mutilation occurred. What tripped them up though was that he didn't have a single trace of sedatives or paralytics in his system. The wounds on his body were so precise and so clean cut that there was virtually no way for anybody to inflict that type of mutilation without sedating him or paralyzing him first. Even if he was restrained to the highest degree, there would be some indication of him resisting this mutilation.
It was also discovered that he had some brain swelling that is usually caused by extreme agony and the body trying to cope with the pain inflicted on him. Due to this, it was actually determined that he died from shock and cardiac shock due to the agony he went through while being tortured. He basically died due to being in too much pain since his heart and body couldn't take it.
Now, the issue with this is it's not a very well known case but it is indeed documented. The other issue is that this has commonly been used to argue the existence of alien abductors. That being the case, it's very hard to find much about this case that isn't on alien conspiracy sites since it wasn't highly publicized. There is information out there about it but take some of it with a grain of salt since, well, alien conspiracies.
There are photos online of the corpse in question found so it's a real thing. It's an all around very mysterious and very under researched topic I feel it goes without saying that this is NSFW. Again - bear in mind that this is a subject that isn't easy to gather info on since it wasn't ever highly publicized but still happened and is still a mystery to those who want more answers to it.
"They're said to live..."
The Aghori Sadhus in India. They're said to live naked in cremation grounds and eat human remains. They're also rumoured to have supernatural powers.
"It was a time of poison..."
Victorian era. It is rife with the creepiest facts.
It was a time of poison, whether you wanted someone dead or not. Men were actually scared their wives would poison them and pharmacies handed out many killers with barely any limitations. It was also a time when germs became a new knowledge to the public, which made them deathly afraid of each other (like now with Covid). They were so scared of flies, it was called The Great Fly Scare of 1894 and this is where doilies and curtains became extremely popular. Anything dealing with Victorian cosmetics, toys, paint, farming, plumbing, and electricity is going to be littered with facts of people dying. They were trying everything in the quest of finding better ways to do things.
Fun fact (not exactly creepy, but still fun): Porn became prevalent with the introduction of cameras. Yes. Victorian men basically looked at the camera once through the store window and immediately knew what to do. Lewd photography is not just a thing of the present. It's been around for a long long while.
"It should also be noted..."
There's a place near Glastenbury Mountain called The Bennington Triangle. Between 1945 and 1950, a number of people were said to have disappeared in this area.
It should also be noted that there is also an abandoned town in Glastenbury, though you now need permission to visit it.
I'd like to find out what happened to those people who allegedly disappeared. Only the very last person on a list of five was recovered and it wasn't possible to determine how she died from the condition of her remains.
"When we are afraid..."
I find researching human crushes pretty grim.
A crush is not, in this case, the romantic thing in middle school. It's when a mass of people try to move together and wind up squishing and/or trampling individuals against floors and walls and other things, resulting in grievous injuries at best and death by blunt force or suffocation at worst. People are packed in so tight against one another that they are literally crushed.
It's... very disturbing to me. When we are afraid, at the end of the day it doesn't matter how evolved we are as a species. We are not immune to our instincts, and sometimes those instincts to flee can kill.
"The terrifying architecture..."
The terrifying architecture and warning signs around long-term nuclear waste disposal areas. Warning our successors thousands of years from now that the land is deadly.
"The concept is simple..."
I did a paper on it in college. The concept is simple, freeze an animal without cells bursting, and the animal can be brought back to life without damage. The problem is, it's not usually possible to flash freeze a large mass without cell damage, so they cut off the head. Russia tested this method on dogs heads, where the dog appears to be conscious after having its head removed frozen and brought back to life.
"There's a great podcast..."
Not sure if this counts as creepy in the sense you mean but Jeffrey Epstein. The more I learn about that guy, his life and the whole situation, the more unsettled I feel by it.
I do find the topic interesting, but still unsettling. There's a great podcast called The Mysterious Mr. Epstein that I learned all about him from, I recommend it for anyone who wants to objectively learn more about that case.
"Some use venom..."
If you haven't already, check out parasitoid wasps! These guys are practically the original xenomorph. Some use venom to zombify their hosts to make easy prey for their young; others lay multiple eggs on a host, which will eventually burrow into the body of the host and feast on its blood and organs, keeping it alive until it is time for the wasp larvae to pupate.
"Perfect creepy example..."
The Donner/Reed Party tragedy. Perfect creepy example of an Oregon trail party that went terribly wrong. Read about it on Wikipedia, the full story is there.
"A story about triplets..."
Go watch the documentary "Three Identical Strangers". A story about triplets who were separated at birth. It starts out wholesome and very quickly becomes dark.
NASA has radio transmission made by every planet in our solar system essentially giving the planets "sounds". Saturn screams.
Here is a link for your listening discomfort.
"I like to go back..."
I like to go back and read the threads where redditors talk about their creepiest moments. From seeing something that shouldn't exist to almost being killed by something super tangible, it's just interesting and creepy to read peoples first hand experiences of fear.
"Three days later..."
The true story that was the inspiration for the song "The Way" by Fastball.
It's based on Lela and Raymond Howard, a Texas couple in their 80s. They were planning to go to a festival they went to every year just 15 miles from their home, but they were both suffering from mental decline. They took off that morning without telling anyone. They never came home.
Three days later they got pulled over 500 miles away from home. Not once but twice. Neither officer was aware they were reported as missing persons at that time. They were let go with a warning, even though Lela couldn't remember where she lived. The search intensified, authorities in multiple states were looking for them, it made national news and tips came rolling in but none led to their discovery. The early news of the search inspired the song and it was written before they were found.
Lela and Raymond were ultimately discovered by hikers a couple weeks after their disappearance. The car was at the bottom of a 25-ft cliff. Raymond was deceased in the passenger seat, Lela was deceased a short distance from the car holding her purse and car keys. She opened the passenger door for her dead husband before crawling away and dying of her own injuries. The car went off the cliff at about 50 mph and there were no skidmarks indicating that she even tried to stop. Presumably she didn't see the cliff or got confused or something and just... drove right off it.
"The thought of something either existing..."
The thought of something either existing but lost to the sands of time or something never meant to be is both creepy and terrifying.
It feels like it never existed, and yet it did, and due to human error it was never documented or finished.
Sometimes we don't know if it even really existed.
And yet, lots of it we do know. Remnants through small clips, screenshots, or even just the word of god.
But there's a good chance we'll never find them.
Might as well try, though...
"The sheer number..."
The sheer number of unmarked gravesites along the Oregon Trail. Several friends of mine have found bodies of pioneers in their backyards and property.
I would submit Gertrude Baniszewski for the murder of Sylvia Likens, though I hesitate to call it "interesting." More like disturbing and immensely sad.
In short, the movie "The Girl Next Door" (2007 horror film, not the 2004 movie) was based off this murder. Gertrude locked Sylvia in the basement, and her, her daughter, her son, and a few neighborhood kids tortured Sylvia to death over the course of several months.
Gertrude and her older daughter got life; the kids got 2 to 21 years. Gertrude was eventually paroled, which as an attorney (though, to be fair, not a criminal attorney) has always sat with me as an indictment against our justice system.
Gertrude would live another five years, in an entirely undeserved freedom, before dying of lung cancer in 1990. To date, Gertrude Baniszewski is the only person I can say, with no remorse, that I'm glad got cancer.
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka serial killer story in Canada - three murders.
So heartbreaking - one of the girls mothers locked her out of the house as she missed curfew, Leslie called a friend to see if she could stay over and the friend's mother said no. Paul Bernardo picked her up that night.
Karla Homolka "gave" Paul her little sister as a Christmas gift and ended up killing her with tranquilizers she stole from work.
Karla was totally involved in everything, but pretended she was a battered woman and only got 12 years.
"The interesting thing about this case..."
The Bjork Stalker.
Ricardo Lopez was an exterminator with aspirations of being a famous artist one day. He was very reclusive, insecure and lonely. He retreated into a fantasy world and became fascinated with the lives of celebrities, particularly the Icelandic singer Bjork. His fascination soon grew into an obsession and he began stalking her.
Upon finding out that Bjork was engaged to an African American celebrity by the name of Goldie, he became enraged about one, the fact that she was engaged and two that her fiance was a black man. He decided it was his mission to kill her or cause her some kind of physical and emotional harm as punishment. He began constructing a homemade acid bomb that he would mail to her house in London to disfigure or kill the singer. He also planned to commit suicide with the belief that he would meet Bjork in heaven where they could both be happy.
Lopez recorded his entire plan to kill Bjork and his motivations with a video camera and you can find the videos on YouTube. If you watch them you can actually witness his mental deterioration and descent into insanity.
Lopez sent the acid bomb to Bjork's house and then recorded himself shaving his head, painting his face red and green and then committing suicide by shooting himself through the roof of his mouth. His final words being, "This is for you."
Fortunately, the police investigated Lopez' apartment soon after his suicide and the FBI got involved. The package was intercepted by British authorities and the bomb was safely detonated in an isolated location.
Bjork is fortunately still alive and well.
The interesting thing about this case is that it provides an in depth look into the mind of a deranged stalker because of Lopez' recordings and is a creepy, heartbreaking and also quite fascinating psychological study.
If you're interested in looking more into the case, the link to a YouTube video that comprises of most of his video taped ramblings and his eventual suicide will be provided. I should warn you, it's quite disturbing.
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