17 Real Historical Events With Terrifying Stories Behind Them


The world can be a truly scary place but just when we think we’ve seen it all, something even worse happens to open our eyes to how terrifying it really is. These 17 historical events will scare the crap out of you, so turn back now if you’re easily frightened!

1. The Jonestown Recording

This is a recording of the final moments of the Jim Jones cult as they committed mass suicide. The entire recording of the incident is available to listen to online and it’s really chilling stuff.

2. Coming out of the closet

When a 58 year old Japanese man started to hear noises in his home at night, he set up cameras to try to work out what was happening. It turned out that a homeless woman had been living in a tiny cupboard in his home for up to a year. If you suddenly want to check all of the cupboards in your house for strangers right now, you’re not alone.

3. Centralia Mine Fire

This fire started in a mine shaft when a coal seam in the mine was lit by burning trash. The fire has been burning since 1962 and could continue to burn underground for up to 250 years. In 1984 government officials paid local people to relocate, leaving an ghost town in its wake.

4. The Killing of Tim McLean

In 2008 Tim McLean was heading home on a Greyhound bus and fell asleep next to another passenger. The person sat next to him, Vince Weiguang Li, then drew a large knife and started stabbing McLean before beheading him. I never want to take the bus again!

5. H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes was America’s first serial killer and he designed and built an elaborate “murder castle”, in which he killed the majority of his victims. He confessed to 27 murders but some have speculated that the real total could be as many as 200.

6. Willowbrook State School

This was an institution for intellectually disabled people, located on Staten Island, New York. Most of the patients were left unattended and some were even experimented on. A former orderly at the school was later identified as child kidnapper Andre Rand, who became known in urban legend as Cropsey.

7. The Amy Bradley Disappearance

23 year old Amy Bradley went missing on a Caribbean cruise and was never found. In 2005, a photo resembling Amy was emailed to her parents and it’s believed that she was sold into slavery.

8. Karin Catherine Waldegrave

In 2011 Karin Catherine Waldegrave started posting hundreds of messages and posts to Facebook, having long, drawn out conversations with herself. The messages were strange and disjointed and people became fascinated with them before they abruptly stopped and the page and posts were deleted. Some think the messages were due to schizophrenia but conspiracy theorists out there believe that the posts could have been the work of the secret service.

9. The Chichijima incident

During World War Two an American airplane crashed near the Japanese island of Chichijima. Of the nine men who survived the crash, only one was rescued. The remaining eight were taken captive and eaten. What’s really weird is that the only man to escape was future U.S. president, George H. W. Bush.

10. Dr. Marcel Petiot

During World War Two, Dr. Petiot would offer Jewish refugees an escape route from Europe. When they arrived at his home he would give them a vaccine which was actually cyanide. Once his victims were dead he would steal their belongings and dispose of their bodies.

11. UVB-76

This is a mysterious shortwave radio station, also known as ‘The Buzzer’, which plays a short buzzing noise on repeat. Occasionally the buzzing is interrupted by short voice transmissions reading letters and numbers. This has been broadcasting since the 70’s and nobody has ever discovered its purpose.

12. Josef Fritzl

Fritzl imprisoned his own daughter in the basement of his home in Austria for 24 years. During her time in captivity, his daughter experienced horrific abuse which resulted in her giving birth to seven children.

13. Bath, Michigan Disaster

After losing a public election in 1926, Andrew Kehoe murdered his wife, set fire to his own farm and then detonated explosives in the Bath Consolidated School before killing himself. The explosion killed 38 children and 6 adults.

14. The B.C. Pig Farmer

Robert Pickton was a serial killer who confessed to the murders of 49 women. He would lure the women to his home and murder them, he would then dispose of the bodies by feeding them to his pigs.

15. Child of Rage

This documentary focused on the life of 6 year old Beth who suffered from severe behavioural problems. She tortured animals, molested her brother and attempted to murder her adoptive parents as they slept. The documentary is not something you want to watch alone!

16. The Original Night Stalker

The original night stalker was a serial killer and rapist who performed over 50 attacks in Southern California in the 70’s and 80’s. He would break into his victims homes during the day and leave things he would need for his later attack. He would also call the victim before and after attacking them. He was never caught.

17. The 9/11 Call

9/11 is already terrifying enough for all who remember it but the recording of the final phone call made by Kevin Cosgrove from within the tower is really horrific. The recording is available online but it is not for the faint of heart.

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