People Break Down The Most Infamous 'Incident' That Happened In Their Small Town

Most towns have a story to tell.

After decades of Dateline NBC, 20/20, 48 Hours and ID Discovery... what town is left without a story?

There is always a moment or a person of infamy.

It's tragic, but true.

Scandal makes the world go round.

Redditor AndyBales wanted to hear the small town tales that left everybody shook, so they asked:

"Redditors who grew up in small towns, what was 'the incident?'"

My towns are dull. But I have a feeling dull is good.


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"It was hushed up, but the former sheriff of my hometown stole people's lawnmowers and sold them for scrap for close to a decade. Weird place."


In the Woods

"A light shining into the sky a couple times from out in the woods. Police went out to check it, found a man no one knew in a cabin no one knew of, LOADED with guns and ammunition. When asked why he had so many, what he was doing shining a light into the sky."

"He was sending a beacon to the aliens because they told him to shine a light to guide them, when he had things ready for them…. Yeah."



"'The incident' involved sheep..."

"A flock of sheep kept on the town green migrated through a broken fence into the adjacent cemetery. The sheep became known as the 'Lamb-scapers' because they did a better job of manicuring the cemetery grounds than the maintenance person."


The Scandal

"Guy in my high school knocked up the daughter of the local fitness center owner. The owner offered him a car to leave his daughter alone and not be a part of the baby’s life. He accepted the offer and took the car. Once she gave birth, they ran away together in the car."

"The fitness center owner found them, torched the car, and threatened to kill the guy. They fought and the baby daddy won. This apparently garnered some respect from both men and now everyone seems like a happy family."


The Stash

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"A wealthy couple were brutally murdered in their home by an adult daughter and her boyfriend. It was rumored they had a ton of money stashed in the house."


Money is always the root of evil.

Down the street...

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"A guy robbed the bank then ran to his home to hide… that was down the street. Took the cops an embarrassingly long time to get him."


Bianca Piper...

"Small town in Missouri. Bianca Piper, it was 2005, supposedly she went for a walk after a fight with her mom and was never seen again. I was a junior in high school and skipped school that day. My friends and I freaked when we saw cop cars and helicopters out EVERYWHERE. Thought they were looking for us. Everyone here has always said her mother had something to do with it."


The Giggler

"The 40something drunk man who broke into the high school dressed as batman to prank scare the high school classes by staring in the windows then running away giggling uncontrollably to appear somewhere else on campus and scare a different class. There was an hour and a half long lockdown and he ended up found and arrested."


At the Bottom

"A little girl had a seizure (or hit her head. Nobody knows for sure) in the YMCA swimming pool, went unconscious, and drowned during a youth swim team practice. My sister and her friends were also on the team. They saw her at the bottom of the pool and thought she was just messing around. Lifeguards and instructors weren’t even paying attention."



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"Some cheerleaders pooped on a pizza at cheer camp and blamed the rival high school's cheerleaders. George Bush (president at the time) even spoke about it."


Lord, the scandals of a small town.

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