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People Share The Exact Moment They Thought A Child Might Grow Up To Be A Serial Killer

This kid is off....

People Share The Exact Moment They Thought A Child Might Grow Up To Be A Serial Killer
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Kids can be creepy. That is just a plain fact. We are all obsessed over chubby cheeks and kids who say the darndest things but a handful of all of those children are tomorrow's psychos. The red flags are there. And its important to not ignore them, because early signs can help these children before its too late. But make no mistake, that little demon girl from "The Ring" movie series is based on a real girl. I'd bet money on it. They walk among us.

Redditor u/Froidinslip wanted to know who else has crossed paths with children who we may need a close eye kept on them before adulthood by asking...
What did a child say or do that made you think, "this kid might be a future serial killer?"

yelled hulk smash....

My sort of friend's older brother yelled hulk smash and threw a few week old kitten at a wall. He was 9 at the time, I think. Fortunately, the kitten survived and had no more injuries than mild concussion, but they say animal cruelty at a young age is a sign of psychopaths and serial killers.


 I never knew where Chris ended up.....

I knew a kid around that age 7-9 that found some baby chipmunks in the woods (summer campsite). He brought them back home (trailer) and laid them on some rocks and proceeded to smash them to death with a large rock. Everyone at the campsite were like wtf. This kid has some issues. I never knew where Chris ended up. But I wouldn't be surprised if he was in jail.


Fast forward 28 years....

When I was growing up another kid looked at a praying mantis and said "why are you praying, nobody is going to help you" in a very scratchy whisper. He proceeded to kill it, which made me cry. Fast forward 28 years -- he is in jail. He murdered his father as an adult over money. He was one of those really affluent kids, grew up and did drugs. His father was cutting him off.


When he was about 8...

One of my mom's friend's had a son. When he was about 8, he choked a kitten so bad her larynx got screwed up. My mom ended up "stealing" her and gave her to my great aunt. Her and her friend had a falling out about it, her friend just brushed off what he did. Annie couldn't meow and was the sweetest girl. She just died last year and was 19 years old. He's a heroin addict. I don't think he's killed anyone but I haven't seen him in years.


one by one to a kiddie pool.....

My nephew took a litter of kittens one by one to a kiddie pool and drowned them, he was laughing while outside playing so my sister (his mother) didn't think he was doing anything wrong. He was 6 at the time, he is 8 now and I still feel uneasy around him.


I love tree-houses.

I went over to this kids house to babysit and he asked if we could go up to his tree-house. I love tree-houses. so of course, i say yes. we get up there, and there's a wall full of clear, glass mason jars with supposedly nothing inside them. okay, weird, but i'm getting paid, so it doesn't really matter. his eyes light up when he sees the jars and he drags me over to the shelves.

"This is my bug collection!" he says. That makes more sense. but... there wasn't any sticks and leaves and dirt or anything. huh.

"That's so cool!" (Always encourage kids to keep on showing people what they like) "How about we go get some sticks and things to help them feel more comfortable?"

"Yeah!" the kid says. we go out into the yard and pick up some sticks and leaves, and climb back up again. i give him one of the jars and tell him how to do it carefully. "But... that would let the air in... and give them food..." he says.

"U-uh, yeah, if they don't have food and air they'll die..." i point out. he looks up at me, calmly and coolly, and just says in the most monotone, serial killer voice ever.

"I know. that's the point." this kid was watching insects slowly suffocate and starve to death. knowingly. no, no, nope. called the mom, went home without pay. demon child i tell you.


"I'd like to see you try." 

I was 16 or 17 babysitting a four year old who was helping me make dinner. I told him he couldn't touch the boiling pot of water and he balled up his fists, looked me in the eye, and proceeded to describe how he would use a fork to twist my eyeball out of socket.

I simply told him, "I'd like to see you try."



"It was just a kitten."

I was 14, caring for two kids, four and six during summer break. I had no idea what he meant. His parents called me later and asked if I knew where the cat went.


Until you die....

My nephew, at 4, after I corrected him for hitting my son:

"I'm going to beat you with a baseball bat until you bleed to death and die."

Another time I was told that he was going to stab my in the face with a knife till I died.

Another time he actually yelled that he wished my daughter (who was a baby) was dead.

Sooooo.....needless to say we don't visit them very often.


his aim was low....

My roommate's kid was in the yard with me, holding a feather. He's silent, staring at me, smiling. Then he tries to stab me in the eye with the pointy end. Thank god children need to develop their hand eye coordination - his aim was low.


"Ms, I love you."

I used to teach preschool and one kid would encourage the others to break the rules, then watch the aftermath. For example, one of the sweetest kids in the class hit another student and when I asked why he did that, he said "because X told me to." And X was just sitting at a table watching the whole thing. Whenever X misbehaved himself, he would grab onto my legs, flash doe eyes and say "Ms, I love you." It was really creepy, and it's unusual for a kid to be that manipulative at 3!


"3 second memory"

Met a kid at a mental hospital who openly told the class that he dealt with anger by buying goldfish from Walmart, putting one in a glass cup by itself, cussing at it so it knew what was coming, then stabbing it with a fork in front of the others.


Their memory is actually fairly good. They can remember stuff that happened up to 5 months ago. People just started spreading the "3 second memory" myth because it was popular to get them in small glasses, where they would swim round and round all day. Of course that's cruel to any fish, especially an intelligent and social one, so they spread the myth that the fish forgets everything immediately anyway and therefore never gets bored.



  1. Found out he Killed kittens, grotesquely, and was bragging. I told his mom and they moved to Venezuela.
  2. Brought a knife to school in kindergarten. Got locked in an office, climbed through the ceiling tiles to escape. 20 years later, broke into someone's home, when the cops asked him what he was doing he said he was going to assault her.

These were 2 different kids from my elementary school in a town of <20k people.


Who are you?

When I was little some kid in my swimming class almost drowned me, when I finally got out I asked him why he tried to kill me and he said he thought I was someone else.


Same thing happened to me at a day camp, when he told me he mistook me for someone else I was thinking 'Wtf man, that doesn't make it all good.'


being 3....

In nursery school a boy tried to strangle me with a shoe lace... he also decapitated our class hamster. I never heard anything about him after that, but he must be in prison now. I don't remember exactly, cuz I was like 3, but think he stole a knife from the kitchen.


'make chick noises'

My mother bought 10 young chicks for us to have as pets, my cousin wanted to hear them all 'make chick noises' so he grabbed every single one of them and kept bashing them on the table until all of them got squashed by the young murderer

He was 4. I tried to stop him, his father kept telling me to leave him alone, the weird thing is that his father is one of the most religious people I know.


Oh Mikey....

When I was very young, my imaginary friend was Michael Myers. Watched Halloween and instead of being horrified, I wanted him to be my buddy. I'm sure the teachers at school thought I was on my way to become a serial killer.

In reality, I just thought that maybe if he had a friend, he wouldn't hurt people.


"Take your face off."

I was sitting next to a cute little boy at circle time at the preschool where I worked. The lead teacher was reading a story and the little boy leaned over and whispered,

"Take your face off."


"Take your face off."

"That's silly, faces don't come off!"

"I take my face off, and you take your face off, and then I rub my skull on you!"

He also once claimed he was making "brunch for his ghost" while playing with cooking equipment, but honestly, that was cute.

He was actually a really sweet kid and just loved spooky Halloween stuff. He was wearing a skeleton t-shirt at the time, which I think gave him the idea. He also loved cutesy Christmas stuff. Just an all-around festive child. But this was one of my first days in his class and it definitely took me by surprise!



My brother, aged around 10, told my mother very matter-of-factly that he was going to join the army just so he could steal a tank and shoot our mother in the face with it. Wasn't joking or anything. He meant it.

Luckily for everyone my brother got better and is now halfway alright.



It was not the child that did anything, it was the parenting I saw. There was this girl I knew who had a little boy. Girl had a strange man at her house everyday. She'd make the kid call the guy "Daddy", she'd walk around topless or half nude, meanwhile, paying the male all the attention, dismissing the kid any time he tried to speak to her or ask him something. Sounded a lot like the childhood of several serial killers I'd read about.

How do you tell someone that their parenting style was optimal for producing one of these maniacs? What was this kid going to have to do to get her attention? Couldn't call social services because the kid was well fed, attended school and was never physically punished. Bu the psychological damage I saw occurring was awful.


Wrong in the Head

A loner in my primary school did just disturbing things.... like he killed his hamster by chucking it against a wall he used to dissect alive insects with a tooth pick. In the school playing fields and used to have random outbursts. If you were just talking to him he would just start screaming and try and beat you up out the blue. They just labelled it with just in a phase but thinking about something was definitely wrong with his head.


People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.