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10 More Mysteries of the Unexplained

Jamie Frater . . . Comments

We all love spooky tales which defy explanation – which is clear from the popularity of our many unsolved mysteries lists. Therefore, we have dug around the vast body of literature on anomalous phenomena to present you with yet another list of mysteries of the unexplained. Because we have so many “unsolved mysteries” lists, it seems sensible to list them here so you can look over them before asking why we have not included your favorite in this list!

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10

Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

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The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp is a humanoid cryptid which is said to inhabit areas of swampland in and around Lee County, South Carolina. He is described as being seven feet tall (over 2m), bipedal, and well built, with green scaly skin and glowing orange eyes. It is said to have three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand which end in a circular pad on them that stick to walls. The first reported sighting of the creature was made by Christopher Davis, a 17 year old local, who said he encountered the creature while driving home from work at 2 AM on June 29, 1988. According to his account, Davis stopped on a road bordering Scape Ore Swamp in order to change a tire which had blown out. When he was finishing up he reported having heard a thumping noise from behind him and having turned around to see the creature running towards him. Davis said the creature tried to grab at the car and then jumped on its roof as he tried to escape, clinging on to it as Davis swerved from side to side in an effort to throw it off. After he returned home, Davis’ side-view-mirror was found to be badly damaged, and scratch marks were found on the car’s roof–though there was no other physical evidence of his encounter.

In the month that followed the Davis sighting there were several further reports of a large lizard like creature, and of unusual scratches and bite marks found on cars parked close to the swamp. Most of these are said to have occurred within a three-mile (5 km) radius of the swamps of Bishopville. Two weeks after the Davis sighting the sheriff’s department made several plaster casts of what appeared to be three-toed footprints – measuring some 14 inches (360 mm) in length – but decided against sending them on to the FBI for further analysis after biologists advised them that they were unclassifiable.

9

Hopkinsville Goblins

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The Hopkinsville Goblins case, is a well-known and well-documented alleged Close Encounter event in the history of UFO incidents. The event occurred near the towns of Kelly and Hopkinsville, Kentucky beginning on the evening of August 21, 1955 and continuing through the next morning. UFO researcher Allan Hendry wrote “[t]his case is distinguished by its duration and also by the number of witnesses involved.” Multiple eyewitnesses would claim that, for several hours stretching over a late evening and early morning, they repeatedly saw five glowing, silvery creatures, each three feet tall and seeming to float above the ground. The witnesses additionally claimed to have used firearms to shoot at the creatures, with little or no effect.

On the evening of August 21, 1955, Billy Ray Taylor was visiting friends for dinner when he observed strange lights in the sky to the west. He called the others outside. The group saw a luminous, three-and-a-half-foot-tall being with an oversized head, big, floppy, pointed ears, glowing eyes, and hands with talons at their ends. The figure, either made of or simply dressed in silvery metal, had its hands raised. When the creature approached to within about 20 feet of the Taylor home, the men began shooting at it, one using a shotgun, the other man using a .22 rifle. The creature, they said, then flipped over and fled into the darkness. As the men stepped from the porch to look for the body, a taloned hand reached from the roof and touched them. For the next few hours, all members of the household witnessed the creatures repeatedly moving toward the house. This is such an odd story that I strongly recommend you read the full article at Cogitz.


8

Summerwind Mansion

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Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a now derelict cellar hole on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, North East Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. Due to abandonment, the elements and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. Summerwind was originally constructed during the early 20th century as a fishing lodge. In 1916 it was purchased by Robert P. Lamont, who employed Chicago architects Tallmadge and Watson to substantially remodel the property and convert it into a mansion. Lamont remained in Summerwind for approximately 15 years, during which time the maids told Lamont that the mansion was haunted, but he did not believe them. However, he is then reported to have abandoned the property suddenly in the mid 1930s after witnessing an apparition in the mansion’s kitchen.

After remaining vacant for some time, the house became the residence of Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their four children, who moved in during the early 1970s. It is from this time onwards that most of the haunting reports originate. After taking up residence, the Hinshaws reported a number of strange occurrences, ranging from flickering shadows that appeared to move down the hallways and soft voices that stopped when they entered rooms, to unexplained electrical/mechanical problems and sash windows that raised themselves. They also reported seeing the ghost of an unidentified woman who appeared several times in the vicinity of the house’s dining room. Within six months of moving into Summerwind, Arnold suffered a breakdown and Ginger attempted suicide. Arnold was sent for treatment and Ginger moved in with her parents in Granton, Wisconsin.

In June 1988 Summerwind was struck by lightning several times, resulting in a fire that destroyed much of the mansion. Oddly, lightning struck the house, not the taller trees around it. Today, only the house’s chimney stacks, foundations, and stone steps remain.

7

The Clapham Wood Mystery

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The Clapham Wood Mystery is the name given to a collection of unusual events which are associated with the Clapham Wood, West Sussex, England, resulting in the area developing its own lore in popular culture. Events have included reports of people making unusual sights or experiencing unusual phenomena, and of family pets disappearing or sickening. There have also been several human deaths associated with the location. Since the 1960s the area has experienced a rash of UFO sighting, reports of people, experiencing nausea or the sensation of being pushed by unseen forces, or of witnessing patches of strange grey mist developing suddenly on pathways through the woods. Some people have also reported a strong sense of being followed. Studies with a gieger counter have revealed slightly elevated levels of background radiation in the area, which is surprising since the area is situated on chalk which is normally low in radiation. Early photographs of the wood appear to show a large crater or depression somewhere in the wood, though now the area is highly wooded and difficult to search.

Four deaths have occurred either in or close to the woods and have since become part of the lore surrounding it. The first death was in June 1972 when police officer Peter Goldsmith disappeared while hiking in the region. His body was discovered 6 months later. The second death was that of Leon Foster whose body was discovered in August 1975. He had been missing for 3 weeks. The third death was of Reverend Harry Neil Snelling, the former vicar of Clapham. He disappeared in October 1978 and his body was not found until 3 years later. English coroners ruled open verdicts in all three cases.

6

The Bridgewater Triangle

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The Bridgewater Triangle is an area of about 200 square miles (520 km2) within southeastern Massachusetts in the United States. Since colonial times the area has been a site of alleged paranormal phenomena, ranging from UFO and “black helicopter” sightings (including many with multiple points of corroboration including police and a local news team), to poltergeists and orbs, balls of fire and other spectral phenomena, various “bigfoot” sightings, giant snakes and ‘thunderbirds’, as well as the mutilation of cattle and other livestock. Central to the area is the mysterious and largely untouched Hockomock Swamp, which means “the place where spirits dwell”, and which was called “The Devil’s Swamp” by early settlers. The Triangle also has been known to house several Indian burial grounds.

One of the most common phenomena reportedly observed in the area is “spooklights” or what otherwise matches the description of will-o’-the-wisp, sometimes known as ghost lights which are typically seen in boggy or swampy areas. The behavior of this phenomenon is consistent with mysterious lights allegedly observed within the Bridgewater Triangle, including those which are said to appear along train tracks every January.

5

The Mad Gasser of Mattoon

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The Mad Gasser of Mattoon was the name given to the person or persons believed to be behind a series of apparent gas attacks that occurred in Botetourt County, Virginia, during the early 1930s, and in Mattoon, Illinois, during the mid-1940s. The first reported gasser incident occurred at the home of Cal Huffman, in Haymakertown, Botetourt County, where there were three reported attacks over the course of a single night.
At about 10:00 pm on December 22, 1933, Mrs. Huffman reported smelling an unusual odor, and was overcome by a feeling of nausea. The odor and the nausea returned again at about 10:30pm, at which time Cal Huffman contacted the police. A third attack occurred around 1:00 a.m., this time affecting the entire house; in total, eight members of the Huffman family were affected by the gas, along with Ashby Henderson, a guest staying at the house.

The next recorded incident occurred in Cloverdale on December 24. Clarence Hall, his wife, and their two children returned from a church service at about 9:00 p.m. They detected a strong, sweet odor and immediately began to feel weak and nauseated. Police investigating the case discovered that a nail had been pulled from a rear window, near where the gas appeared to be the most concentrated, and presumed that the nail hole had been used to inject it into the house. A third incident occurred on December 27, in which Troutville resident A. Kelly and his mother reported similar signs and symptoms to the Huffman and Hall cases. A fourth and fifth incident occurred on January 10, when Mrs. Moore, a guest in home of Haymakertown resident Homer Hylton, reported hearing voices outside before gas was injected into the room through a damaged window. The second attack that night was reported in Troutville, at the home of G. Kinzie.

At least 10 other cases were reported in Botetourt, and 10 years later, over 20 new cases were reported in Mattoon. One witness claimed to have seen the gasser and described “him” as a tall thin woman dressed as a man and footprints belonging to a woman were discovered at some of the scenes.


4

Zana

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In the mid-eighteenth century, hunters in the Ochamchir region of Georgia (a Province of Russia on the edge of the Black sea) captured a ‘wild woman’ who had ape-like features, a massive bosom, thick arms, legs, and fingers, and was covered with hair. This ‘wild woman’, named Zana by her captors, was so violent at first that she had to spend many years in a cage with food being tossed to her. Eventually, she was domesticated and would perform simple tasks, like grinding corn. She had an incredible endurance against cold, and couldn’t stand to be in a heated room. She enjoyed gorging herself on grapes from the vine, and also had a weakness for wines, often drinking so heavily she would sleep for hours. As Colin Wilson points out in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries, this is likely how she became the mother of many children to different fathers. These children usually died when she tried to wash them in the freezing river. The villagers started to take her children away from her and raise them as their own; unlike their mother, the children developed the ability to communicate as well as any other villager. Zana died in the village about 1890; the youngest of her children died in 1954. Her story was researched by Professor Porchnev who interviewed many old people (one as old as a hundred and five) who remembered Zana, as well as two of her grandchildren. The grandchildren had dark skin, and the grandson, named Shalikula, had jaws so powerful that he could lift a chair with a man sitting in it. It is believed that Zana may have somehow been a surviving member a previous evolutionary state of man. [Source]

3

The Devil’s Footprints

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The Devil’s Footprints was the name given to a peculiar phenomenon that occurred in Devon, England on 8 February 1855. After a light snowfall, during the night, a series of hoof-like marks appeared in the snow. These footprints, measuring 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide and eight inches apart, continued throughout the countryside for a total of over 100 miles, and, although veering at various points, for the greater part of their course followed straight lines. Houses, rivers, haystacks and other obstacles were travelled straight over, and footprints appeared on the tops of snow-covered roofs and high walls which lay in the footprints’ path, as well as leading up to and exiting various drain pipes of as small as a four inch diameter. Reports of similar anomalous, obstacle-unheeded footprints exist from other parts of the world, although none is of such a scale as that of the case of the Devil’s Footprints.


2

The Death of Mary Reeser

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Mary Reeser, born in 1881, was found almost completely consumed by fire in her Florida home in 1951. The odd thing about the discovery of her body was that part of her left foot was left completely unscathed, and the extremely high temperature required to cremate a human body did not cause damage to the room or objects around the pile of ash which remained. The FBI investigators called in Professor Krogman from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, in the hopes that he might explain the mystery. He said: “I find it hard to believe that a human body, once ignited, will literally consume itself — burn itself out, as does a candle wick, guttering in the last residual pool of melted wax […] Just what did happen on the night of July 1, 1951, in St. Petersburg, Florida? We may never know, though this case still haunts me. […] I cannot conceive of such complete cremation without more burning of the apartment itself. In fact the apartment and everything in it should have been consumed. […] I regard it as the most amazing thing I have ever seen. As I review it, the short hairs on my neck bristle with vague fear. Were I living in the Middle Ages, I’d mutter something about black magic.” The mystery has never been solved.

1

The Amityville Incident

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There won’t be many people reading this list who have not heard of the Amityville horror movie – and the majority will no doubt have watched it. What you may not know is that it is based on true events. The authors of the original book (George and Kathy Lutz) were convinced right up to their deaths that the story was true. In 1975, the couple moved in to a home in Amityville, New York. Unbeknownst to them, 13 months earlier, the son of the previous owners shot and killed all six members of his family – claiming to have been directed by voices in his head. The killer (Ronald DeFeo) is still in prison in New York and will remain there until his death. Most strangely, all six of the victims were found lying face down in their beds with no signs of a struggle or sedatives having been administered.

Within 28 days of moving in to the house, George and Kathy Lutz fled – claiming a series of horrific experiences forced them to leave. The family experienced foul smells, loud voices, physical attacks, and unexplained noises. All members of the family, at one time or another, witnessed glowing red eyes in the house. Kathy discovered a small hidden room that was painted red and the family dog refused to go near it. A priest was called in to bless the house and he also witnessed some of the phenomena which he later testified to on camera. The current owners, and those after the Lutzes claim to have had no unusual experiences in the house. The distinctive Dutch style windows have been remodeled to keep curiosity seekers away.

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Contributor: JFrater

Jamie Frater

Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • Spinner

    Great read. I'm sticking to the total cynics view on these things. It suits me because some of them are a bit too creepy!

    • AlexK

      in a lot of these lists one or more has been proven like the mary celeste, roanoke colony, bermuda trinagle and the dyatlov pass incident. not saying there is an explination for all of them but those do have an explination that seems pretty valid.

  • MPW

    Another awesome list! Number 9 freaks me out the most. Imagine being touched by one of those little goblins! Real or not it makes for scary reading.

    • AlexK

      number 9 was thought to be a great horned owl when seen through the eyes of an person who is drunk. and the metal… try shooting a moving target drunk and see if you hit a metal object like a chicken coop.

  • Ok, now I’ll read the list….Hoping JFrater wouldn’t disappoint me :-)

  • Fidsy

    Amityville horror movie kind of freaked me out and knowing that it was based on true events……..freakin crazy!

    • Dave

      It wasn’t based on true events. It was made up by George Lutz.

      • Ryan

        Exactly. It’s been revealed as a hoax. Of course it would be, though.

  • Israel

    Wow, this is a crazy list. I’m not sure how much of it I believe, however.

  • Parker128k

    I think I once slept with a descendant of Zana.

    • Corinna

      Haha, I had to laugh at that, I don’t know if you meant it as a joke though. ?

  • fly

    #2 is crazy.

  • Kyran Wray

    the Amityville house was a hoax, they admitted it after they had made a lot of money off book sales and movie deals.

    • dorothyt

      That's what I thought too. They admitted it was a hoax. Didn't they end up getting divorced too?

  • ZedroZ

    Ha ha Parker,
    I’m sure your not the only one ;-)
    Great list!

  • thunderchicken

    i like the mysteries series of lists. It is how I got hooked to listverse in the first place – that and most evil women.

  • Kyran Wray
  • Kyran: as Snopes says, the ONLY person who says it was a hoax was the lawyer of Defeo the murderer – and he admitted that he planned to use the hoax to secure a new trial for his client. That hardly makes for a compelling admission of fraud. The Lutzes continued to state that the incidents were factual right up to their deaths.

  • ArizonaBay

    3, Satan walks among us!!!

  • dor

    i think #2 is a case of spontaneous combustion. another mystery!
    also #9 is pretty wierd, imagine having to deal with those things coming at u all night long!! if i was there, i wouldnt stop looking behind my back of weeks, maybe months!! moving on to read all about it now..
    thanks for the fantastic list!

  • smeghead

    Great list, number 2 is freaky

  • Ro

    #2 is surely about the mystery of internal combustion.

  • Well, cool list, Jamie Frater.
    10: Spooky!!!
    9: Cute creature, but men being men (read stupid) scared the pretty fellow…
    8: I don’t much believe in ghosts, but ironically, I am scared of them when alone…
    7: Some secret society or mafia, I guess
    6: Will-o’-the-wisp
    5: Stinky…yuck
    4: I like Parker128k’s comment…you are funny
    3: I love devil…
    2: Yeah, I have read this somewhere. But, couldn’t actually understand what is so mysterious about a women being burnt to ashes. Am I missing something?
    1. Superb movie…must watch…but don’t watch alone…

    Listverse rulez and saves me from work… :-)

    • breagan

      she internally combusted, setting her whole body on fir without burning a single thing in the apartment, that is impossible

  • Enoooo

    The amityville horror always intrigued me, but that could be because i live about 4 blocks away from it. I remember when i first saw the house i was very dissappointed when i found out they completely remodeled it. still knowing which house it is kind of creeps you out when you see it though.

  • pankhudi: the weird thing is that the heat required to cremate a human body is so high that it should have destroyed large sections of the room. Furthermore, it left an entire foot intact.

    I wanted to mention in the list, but forgot, that while I generally believe in a scientific answer to the majority of these mysteries, I still get the willies something awful while putting together these mystery lists! Thank God I did this one during the daylight hours :)

  • Enoooo: I am envious of you! I would have loved to live near that house when I was younger. The story intrigued me – I read the books and watched the movies and loved the terror it caused in me :)

  • ligeia

    I like these lists, to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the more recent ones, more like this please!!

  • lily

    i thought the whole amtyville thing was proven to be a hoax but wat i hoped would be on the list was the poltergiest movie curse i mean i watched the e! True hollywood story of it n there were somethings really scary like them using real corpses n skeletons n every1 in the cast dying n the writer’s room getting hit by lightening just as he was writing “and a bolt of lightening ripped through sky” tht should have been no 1.

  • fif1189

    The Devil’s Footprints one is weird but it sounds like a prank to me.

    The Bridgewater Triangle and the Clapham Woods ones are just plain creepy.

    Anyway, this is my first time commenting on a list here. I just want to say, the mystery ones are my favorites. Keep ’em coming.

  • Enoooo

    Yeah, it still is fun telling people i live in amityville just to see their reactions. I remember when i first saw the movie about 10 years ago and found out it was like 5 minutes from where i live, i slept with the lights on for about a month. Was probably not the best movie to see alone when you are 11. But even after 10 years i still cant get enough of that story.

  • Phil

    #9 is hilarious, instant reaction is get your gun!

  • warrrreagl

    Creepy! I love a good shiver to start the day. I can’t wait to reread this list over and over again. However, Jamie, maybe someone should speak to the spirits and tell them to stop congregating in the US so much haha.

  • lily

    jfrater hi luv ur list gr8 fun only one thing ok 2 why isnt the poltergiest movie curse on the list i mean thats mysterious n unexplained? n i think the amtyville thing is a hoax cuz the lutzes had known defoe before they moved in i saw that on national geographic they never lie.

  • Thanks JFrater, for explaining number 2. Now, it makes sense. It surely is black magic :-)
    Enoooo: Does anybody live in amityville now?

  • Phil

    pankhudi: do you actually read the lists?

  • Yup….I did read after posting first two comments…why u are asking this???

  • Phil

    “The odd thing about the discovery of her body was that part of her left foot was left completely unscathed, and the extremely high temperature required to cremate a human body did not cause damage to the room or objects around the pile of ash which remained”

    “The current owners….”

    Its all there.

  • @Phil: Oh….. Actually, those two were the only ones I had heard of before….so I kinda skimmed through…. :P
    Thanks for mentioning…I’ll read carefully before putting up questions by the next time……
    P.S. – Silly, stupid me… :-)

  • Bubina

    I don’t get why in #9, if they saw the little goblins for hours, why they didn’t take a photo. It makes it seem fake to me.

  • jhoyce07

    nice..nice..love lists like this..tnx jfrater..ü

  • Phil

    The camera was locked in a cabinet, but the rifles were lying around much handier I expect.

  • jason

    I don’t find numbers 5 and 4 to be mysterious at all. Most of the others seem a bit too anecdotal. And regarding number 2, couldn’t she have been murdered and cremated in some other place and dumped back in the house?

  • Pyderz

    Love reading these lists, id love to go visit number one

  • Pyderz: I also want to visit AmityVille once…but not alone…and not at night…

  • Wog

    They have been able to replicate #2. It turns out that if a person has sufficient clothing on and is lit on fire using an accelerant (about 100ml over the shoulder blade region) the skin and body starts to burn instead of the clothes. The clothes start to actually act as a wick. What results is a very small but high temperature fire which is hot enough to burn the bone marrow however small enough to do minimal damage to surroundings. All is left are usually the feet which have the lowest fat content of any body parts and are therefore the least combustible.

  • Phil

    Wow Wog who was it that replicated that? jasons theory sounds better though.

  • Rusty

    #2 (spontaneous human combustion)has long been established as a natural phenomenon. Basically the clothes are set alight by an external source such as a cigarette. The heat causes the body fat to slowly melt causing a ‘wick effect’ where combustion continues locally and very slowly but at great heat, fuelled by body fat until extinguishing at the hands or feet where fat content is less. This theory has been successfully demonstrated using pigs which have a similar body mass and fat content to humans.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/158853.stm
    Another one solved!

  • Wog
  • manxmark

    Americans are so paranoid that they see anomalies and conspiracies in everything. I’m sure virtually everything on this list can be explained rationally.

    • Hannah

      I can’t believe american’s can find a rational answer to everything:P

  • Jono

    what do you call a tick on a gate?
    Hectic!

  • Phil

    Thanks Wog, bit gross but learnt something new, The Wick Effect.

  • Now this is my kind of list =D
    You should make more of these jfrater [[:

  • warrrreagl

    Wow, Wog. Good link. Th effect it had on me, though, was the “ick effect.”

    ICK!

  • ZedroZ

    I disappeared In the Bridgewater triangle… Due to an unfortunate incident with a large bottle of gin and the weekly old age pensioners salsa club.
    We never did find Derek’s false teeth…

  • thirtytwo

    These are my favourite lists, though it means I’m not going to have a very productive afternoon as I will be reading up on each of the entries!

  • foohy
  • Kyran Wray

    Jfrater: Are you serious? the lawyers testimony is most definitely compelling evidence against the Amityville case, why would he make it up? he has nothing to gain except a ruined career from admitting something like that. not to mention famed paranormal investigator joe nickells investigations into the matter and the numerous discrepancies he found. I don’t believe a man of your intellegence actually buys in to any of these stories, i think your using confirmation bias to ensure a entertaining list! .
    Spontaneous human combustion isn’t so spontaneous either, there are very valid reasons for the death of mary reeser which i won’t get into.

    I’m a huge fan of world mysteries and read numerous books, it seems to me its always the mystery that sells and not the actual evidence and reason behind them. hence why the mystery lists are so popular? good list though

  • Neil

    Nice to see a British entry, though another couple to read up on are the Highgate Cemetary Vampire (great read) and the fact that in a small town called Bridgend in Wales, 20+ young people have committed suicide since 2007. Just a thought for another days list.

  • DiscHuker

    this list is way to american!!! i can’t believe you would report this sort of bias!! what about (insert foreign mystery here)???

    jk, good work jayfray.

  • GForce

    Are people going to complain now because most of the items on the list occured in America?

  • ringtailroxy

    ooo…the Devil’s Footprints! I first read about that occurance when I was achild in one of my fathers books, “Unexplained Mysteries and Phenomina” I was completely fascinated with the idea not of the devil, but of some very clever pranksters (like the modern-day crop cicrle makers!)

    fun list… should have been outon Halloween,though!

    rtr

    • KenpachiDragon

      if pranksters did this, then there would have to be objects moved and ladders to get onto the house, i doubt that. plus, someone would have seen them doing this. could pranksters mimic the devil’s tracks traveling up a wall without help? what about traveling 100 miles without stopping? i highly doubt any prankster could do that.

  • GRUMPYNZ

    I love these kinds of lists, puts me in the mood for an X-files marathon.

  • Skeptic

    Regarding #6, I live in “The Bridgewater Triangle” but have never heard of it. In fact, parts of the Hockomock swamp are about 100 yards from my back door. 29 years here and never a mention of any paranormal activity in the local media. Don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia.

  • JayArr

    jfrater, what’s with the font size change on comments? All of a sudden, it’s hard to read. And looks like different font types in some fields – got some formatting issues with this page today?

    As for the list, I think #3 is actually rather cute. #2 has been solved by research and testing some time ago – the truth is actually rather intrigueing.

  • romerozombie

    I think everyone has a haunted house near where they live. The one nearest me was the House on Gowerdale Road. Damn creepy ass place.

  • Cyn

    please do not attempt to adjust your set, this is simply a test, just a test.
    FONT SIZE check.
    you may now resume your exploration into the bizarre and unexplained mysteries of LV.
    ;)

  • Enoooo

    Pankhudi: Yes, people currently live in the house, but real estate agents knew that if they left the house the way it was, people who bought the house would constantly be bothered by people who heard about the story and wanted to see it for themselves, so they completely redid the house and it looks nothing like the way it used to. It kind of takes the scariness out of it, but like i said just knowing which house it was still makes it a little creepy.

  • Freshies

    Great list, I love this kind of stuff. You should check out some stories about Stoll, Kansas. It is supposed to be a gateway to hell or something like that. They used to hang witches and this demon child was hung there in the cemetary, people have gone missing, weird voices, ect. It is pretty interesting, enough for Urge Overkill, a band, to name one of there albums off of this place. I actually went there and the Urge Overkill album started to skip when the church appeared, and has never skipped since then….freaky!

  • Right off, I have to admit I don’t believe in ghosts, goblins, or things that go bump in the night…however, great list jfrater!
    Despite my total lack of belief, I have actually had what some people would call a “haunting”. It was while I was living in a house high in the Hollywood Hills. The house had been built in the mid-twenties, and was beautiful, with a fantastic view.
    The house and grounds were surrounded by a high iron barred fence, with a dead-bolted entry. The car park was under the house, with the back wall being the wall of the underground storage, the right hand had a half wall of concrete block but otherwise open.
    A few weeks after the kids and I moved into the house, I was woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of the entry gate opening, then footsteps leading away from the house, the final sound was a barrage of loud bangs from under the house. Then complete silence. Not even my dogs were disturbed. I went to the entry gate and it was locked, exactly as I had left it, so I decided I had dreamed the entire incident, and went back to sleep.
    Then one month later it happened again.
    Then one month later it happened again.
    Then one month later it happened again.
    Finally, I asked my across the street neighbor if he knew anything “odd” about my house.
    He told me that my house had been built by a Mafioso who had, for some reason, ticked off the big boss, and been put on a hit list. He’d been killed in the car park.
    He showed me the patched places in the concrete blocks, and the chips in the floor.
    After I knew the reason for the noises I never heard them again.

  • sikamikanica

    I also read the Cracked article….those hopkinsville goblins sure sound like owls to me.

    great list though…I’m probably going to get stuck reading more about the most interesting ones

  • Phil

    segue- as a sceptic how do you explain that experience?

  • jfrater: great list!

    Amytiville horror: what a lousy movie!! Boooooooring.

  • jhm27

    Awesome, more bizzare & horror lists please.

  • jhm27

    Mad gasser & summerwind are two of my favorite unexplained stories, great job.

  • J1287

    Sorry if someone else posted it, but Jay Anson wrote “The Amityville Horror”. Not George and Kathy Lutz. And take it from someone who lives near there, and for that matter knows someone who lives in the house; the entire Lutz story is b.s. Gorgeous house by the way, its a shame it has such a bad rep.

  • ravthewave

    freakin weird Freshies…

    I always knew the Gateway to Hell was in Kansas…

  • ravthewave

    I believe it is Stull, Kansas…

  • bloomfever2002

    I have family in Matton Illinois and this story has been spread for many years. To this day they still have reports. It is very odd.
    Great list. Love the unexplained.

  • Simons

    Everyone is talking about taking pictures for #9, uh…I don’t know if you all know too much about your history, but for the record, there were not too many people that owned cameras in the 50’s, let alone some podunk farmers with shotguns. So that’s probably why there weren’t any taken. GG

  • Andree

    I believe the biggest unsolved mystery here is, who would sleep with Zana, and how drunk were they?

  • Adam

    I love these types of lists!
    Keep them coming!

  • Seanithan

    My father’s uncle lived down the street from the Amityville house.

    The killings are true. The stories of the others are not.

  • poonus

    For some reason whenever the words ‘USA’ and ‘supernatural sightings’ come up in a sentence, my scepticism goes BING!

  • Profeh

    How about a “Top Ten Most Commonly Used Redundancies” list? This list’s title is a variation on the classic “unsolved mysteries” howler (if it’s a mystery, it’s a given that it’s unsolved, isn’t it?). Not to nitpick, of course… just an idea.

  • MzFly

    Cool List! I had never heard of either Bridgewater Triangle or Clapham Wood. But, I can always count on LV to give me some interesting topics to ponder and/or research.

  • EricB

    These types of lists and the historical ones are always my favorites. Another great one!

  • Quiana

    I cant believe I have not seen the 70s Amityville, I have seen the newer one with Ryan Reynolds and it scared the crap out of me. I must pick it up I love scary movies!!!!!

  • Daily Thompson

    “”‘wild woman’ who had ape-like features, a massive bosom, thick arms, legs, and fingers, and was covered with hair.”

    hay——–> come to my town on a friday night–its FULL OF THEM

  • Blogball

    Great List, Looking forward to # 7
    Segue # 64, did you relate that experience in another list or am I having Déjà vu?
    Another mystery maybe!

  • KDRockstar

    Coming out of lurkville to applaud this list.

    That wild woman story is freak-ay. I wonder if the grandchildren had children…

  • Randall

    Jamie:

    Great list, with a few I hadn’t ever heard of.

    I have a book which covers the “Devil’s Footprints” in depth… and if it happened as the accounts say, it’s one of my favorite bizarre little fortean events ever. There’s simply no logical, reasonable explanation for it that works 100%.

    The mad gasser is another fave. Happened during the tense times of WWII, and has been dismissed as mass hysteria… and yet… it’s always had that little taint of unsureness about it… like maybe it was true.

    There’s one I haven’t seen covered here yet – or maybe it was done earlier in another list – but how about the restless coffins of the “Chase” vault in Barbados? THAT one always gave me the creeps (though oddly enough it isn’t the only story of restless coffins–another famous one exists from… Lithuania, I think it was… and yet the Barbados story has some weight to it).

  • Randall: that is what appealed to me about the mad gasser – the fact that it could be mass hysteria, or it could be real – both scenarios are scary in their own kind of way. And thanks for mentioning the Chase vault – I read about it in my youth and I had completely forgotten – it will definitely make an appearance on another list!

    Oh – and is anyone still having font problems? I don’t see it here…

  • Jack11

    Great list, these always get my heart pumping. Personally, I don’t know if I believe in ghosts or UFO’s, but I think it’s possible.

  • francucumber

    LOCH NESS MONSTER!

  • i LOVE this website

    have you seen the face on the side of the house on number 8!
    whoo scary lol

  • P.J.

    To me, one of the most telling things about the whole Amityville “incident” is something I saw on either a History channel program, or it might even have been one of Bill Kurtis’ A&E crime shows regarding Ronald DeFeon (and it echoes what J1287 wrote). One of the local residents was interviewed, and he stated that in all the years since the Lutzes’ occupancy of the house–and this timeframe spans several owners–not ONE person has ever reported any paranormal-type incident. Not one. In fact, he went on to say, the most disruptive things any of the residents had ever dealt with has been curious onlookers (mainly fans of the movie and book) who would walk right up to the windows and peer in, trying to get a glimpse of the place. This was the primary reason that the admittedly creepy, original wedge-shaped windows were replaced by standard square windows during remodeling, to make the house a little less identifiable.

  • P.J.

    *DeFeo

  • D

    A lizard creature? You’re really reaching with this list…

  • Mike

    Hmm… Yes… Interesting…

  • rosa1403

    Has anyone else ever heard of the devil’s tramping ground? It is still unexplained as far as I know…

  • The Dude

    i love these types of lists.

  • 66. Phil: segue- as a sceptic how do you explain that experience?
    ****
    I expect that somehow I had heard the story, but not consciously remembered it. I believe I dreamed the experience month after month, and when my neighbor “reminded” me of the story, I could put the whole thing aside.
    ****
    84. Blogball: Segue # 64, did you relate that experience in another list or am I having Déjà vu?
    ****
    As I was writing it I was fairly sure I had related it before, but I scanned every list on which it made sense for me to have done so and couldn’t find it. Obviously, I had done so because déjá vu isn’t real, is it?
    lol!

  • sukottod

    The zana one was really interesting, but I find it hard to believe anybody would bang a woman who was “covered in hair.” Even the most drunk homeless man wouldn’t do that.

    • Ghadeer

      You'd be surprised about the people in this world, lol.

  • marykerbie

    These are my favorite lists also. Some of these make me want plan a trip to see. There is a place not too far from where I live called The Spook Light. It was aired on That’s Incredible when ever that show was on. I think late 70’s early 80’s. I don’t remember ever seeing it, but my Dad said when we were little, it chased us. My brother, sister and I were screaming in the back seat while my Dad was driving away. He may have just told us that to scare us a little more! Here is a link to it though.

    http://www.legendsofamerica.com/MO-Spooklight.html

  • Melissa

    The Devil’s Footprints, wow. I have this little old paperback book from the 70’s of “Strange But True” stories, and that one’s in there. Always freaked me out, and I’m glad to see it on this list.

  • Adia

    Amityville horror was disproved a long time ago. The people who committed the hoax admitted it was a hoax. If you read the book there are a lot of continuity issues. Just some people desperate for some attention.

  • Mom424

    I thought it a great list too (although meh on the inclusion of the amityville house); doesn’t matter to me if the final explanation is not X-files material. It is still a mystery, and the true facts are at least as compelling as the supernatural ones. The human wick being a case in point.

    Randall: Did you read the de-bunking of the lost hikers story? Turns out the bodies weren’t found for weeks and all the physical damage can be attributed to an avalanche. Even the removal of outerwear is not such a mystery; folks who are suffering hypothermia don’t behave in a rational manner.
    So those who weren’t killed outright by the avalanche died shortly thereafter of exposure. (My apologies if it wasn’t you that originally showed me that story)

  • JayArr

    jfrater(87) current font settings appear fine now. Good work, Cyn! ;-)

  • Joss

    Fantastic list. Going to go read the wiki on the Hopkinsville Goblins…

  • Cyn

    JayArr –
    er..yeah. uh..the wonders of the internet. ;)

  • i would NOT live in that house (#1)

  • bigski

    #4 was very interesting think i`ll look it up.

  • Precision

    Excellent list, very entertaining and will provoke a great deal of further reading – one of the reasons why I love this site :)

    I think humans naturally have an obsession with the unknown, particularly in modern times. We are living in a kind of “information age” where it is relatively easy to find an answer to most of the questions one might ask, and I believe this contributes to a sense of personal security and control. When a watertight explanation cannot be provided it challenges our belief that we are in control of our world, hence the large amount of interest in the paranormal.

    A quick point – did any of the witnesses from #9 attempt to make contact with the “goblins”? Seems a tad hasty to me to just start shooting at them without confirming what they were first. Granted the men were probably quite scared, but I’d hate to give any foreign visitors the wrong impression! ;)

  • Ryan

    Wow…Ive never heard of ANY of these (except for amityville of course)

    The Goblins/aliens sound a little wierd and a little far fetched. I mean I believe theres definitely more life out there, but I find floating goblins with magical forcefields that stop bullets slightly unbelievable. Haha they have badass chins in the drawings

  • Bill

    I went camping at #6 when I was a kid, with dear drunk dad telling ghost all night. Even though nothing happened, I was scared ####less. It’s very quiet in those woods…which is perfect for a runaway imagination!

  • Davo

    All except number two only really shows how much bullshit people have talked and how gullible people have been throughout history.

  • Precision

    Davo – In that case I invite you to provide clear, logical, and well-referenced explanations for the events described in numbers 1 and 3-10.

  • J1287

    P.J….thanks for the backup. Its actually true, the worst thing about that house is the tourists and onlookers. I mean the fact that the current residents had to COMPLETELY redo the house is really just a shame. And its all because if the Lutz’s story, the Defeo thing would have (for the most part) just faded away.

  • Pirate101

    I’m pretty sure #9 is an owl. I mean the way described him as having large eyes and talons kind of conjures an image of an owl to me. Plus they were probably piss drunk at the time.

  • davien

    I’ve read just about everything on the Amitville case, The alleged haunting as well as the murders. I used to believe the lutz’s story but later research made me doubt it heavily. Suggested reading: The Amityville Horror Conspiracy by Stephen Kaplan and Roxanne Salch Kaplan, and The Night The Defeos Died by Ric Osuna. Both are hard to find but well worth the hunt. Great list! Great site! Thanks!

  • Egg

    One of these days, I am going to find the book I have that explains why surprise surprise, ooze did not drip from the wall and there was no pig named Jodie -_-. I believe in hauntings, but I always found the Amityville thing over the top. The shining was more believable. There’s even less supporting it than against it.

  • The Only Sane One

    Cool list. I just wanted to point out that Snopes.com calls the Amityville story false though, here’s the link to their article:

    http://snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/amityville.asp

  • Precision

    The Only Sane One – Comments #12 and #51 already contain the Snopes.com link, and #13 is jfrater’s (read: the list’s author) response to the Snopes article.

  • logar

    Fun list!

    My wife calls me the mad gasser of Sacramento, but there’s no mystery about that…

  • Jono

    Nice list, but I know that there are better mysteries out there. When I have the time, I’ll submit one with a quality as good as that of the first Mysteries list submitted.

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

  • Randall

    Mom:

    Yeah, I saw that. Too bad, such a nice creepy story. I think the only thing about it that remains unexplained is the radiation—and that could just be apocryphal. Oh well. But the point of mysteries is to find a solution after all. :-)

  • infallibleangel

    Too bad if indeed the said aliens had come to visit us for non-imperial purposes… they probably think we’re a horrible, destructive species (and we are)… and will probably never come back. At least not for peaceful reasons.

  • infallibleangel

    111. Davo- I wouldn’t call it bullshit though. It’s the stories like that that have always made life more interesting. We wouldn’t have even a tenth of the folklore today if it weren’t for “bullshit” beliefs like these by our “gullible” ancestors.

  • The_Patient

    Wow to the Grandson in no.4 Thats some strong teggies! ha
    Very interesting list though, I love lists like this!

  • Shade

    Poppycock! All of it!

  • pjot

    Ehm, Georgia hasn’t been a “province” of Russia since the USSR. That was almost 20 years ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(country)

  • santiago

    I live near Clapham woods and remember it well as it is the only place it has taken me hours to find my way out of…
    having said that I didn`t find anything else odd about it untill I read this list!

  • Maelstrom

    jFrater, what are you doing? number one is a hoax, why i say this is because like any other haunting of such infamy (McKenzie Poltergeist, Roman Soldiers of York, The Tower of London, etc) there have been several paranormal investigators, senstitives and psychics who have visited the house.

    But unlike most other famous haunted places ALL the investigators, Sensitives and Psychics turned up nothing. The idea of the haunting being a hoax is also supported by the fact that neither previous or future owners of the house (apart from the man who killed his family because of voices, although there is a very good chance that he was simply schizophrenic) have experianced ANY sort of mysterious happenings. The fact that the hauntings came and went with absolutely no trace of evidence left behind (paranormal or physical)should almost confirm that its a hoax

  • Shade

    I remember one time that…nothing actually happened…Sorry to be the skeptic among the masses, but these stories of spook and fright, when weighed against reality, do not hold weight. Every claim, despite the amazed and truly shocked viewers of this list, can be explained : Amityville, thanks Snopes. Hopkinsville Goblins, 1955 pulp drawing of what aliens looked like at the time? Give me a break.
    (Don’t get angry list viewers). In my mind, these stories are the modern equivalent of Myths or Fables. Things to keep people awake at night to talk about–true or not.

    MNHEFT7681nxnh: What is that, a code? What does that MEAN! It must be something wild because it is different, If it were in the woods and carved on a tree people would wonder forever about it. It’s a mystery.

    I’m ready for the onslaught of true believers. Yes.

    Hopkinsville Goblin

  • Precision

    Shade – like yourself I am naturally skeptical about any supposedly paranormal events. Personally I do not believe in ghosts, spirits, goblins, aliens etc etc

    The reason why I find lists like this one so interesting is the lack of a sound and logical explanation for the events described. I’m sure that a logical explanation does exist, but for whatever reason such an explanation remains unknown.

    As such, I treat these lists as pure entertainment only :)

  • For those of you who, like me, are complete skeptics yet love to read of the strange and unusual, I have the perfect book:
    The Complete Works of Charles Fort.
    You can probably find a second-hand copy on Amazon or Abe for under $1.
    Google his name, and be prepared to laugh. He spent his life with newspapers from around the world, a pair of scissors, a pot of paste and a weird logic.

  • Mr.Crow

    Number 3 is just Santa Clause. Close to Satan in spelling but not the same. I guess Santa uses one reindeer at a time and his sled floats. Sounds just as plausible as the invisible factory in the north pole.

  • PastTime491

    The death of Mary Reeser looks like a case of spontaneous combustion which is known to happen and is a scientific phenomenon. I have actually read one a case, maybe on this sight where a man witnessed his wife suddenly burst into flame. There was no other evidence of burning around her and she made no noise as she burned.

  • Jade

    Awesome List! These kind are always my favorite!

  • 132. PastTime491: That sounds like something directly out of The Fortian Times.
    Human bodies are mostly water, aren’t they? Does water burn?
    Sure, I know there is some fat in all of us, but enough fat to combust? What would cause the combustion? There has to be a cause, without a cause, there can be no combustion.
    People are not oily rags left in a can in the garage next to the water heater.
    I need proof, not tales twice told by somebodies fourth cousin’s best friend’s next door neighbor’s aunt.

  • Sarah

    The only mystery here is the complete lack of critical thinking.

  • elron

    “The only mystery here is the complete lack of critical thinking.” – 135. Sarah

    Haha…so true.

  • Denzell

    I should have had popcorn while reading this list! It’s like a mystery thriller movie.

    The only mystery here is the complete lack of critical thinking.
    ~Yeseree. I’m really skeptic about these things. So, as I said, this list is like a movie.

    Anyway, that quote can be a good shirt slogan.

  • PtrN

    #6, the Bridgewater Triangle, is more of a local myth used to scare little children nowadays. I grew up in the next town over, and attended high school in Bridgewater (It’s a regional school district).

    The first I ever heard of the Bridgewater Triangle was when, about four years ago, I went on a Scouting survival hike into the swamp. Nothing spookie happened, and in my experience most of the tales are just told with mild amusement.

    Though it is fun to pretend bigfoot and the terodactyl man or whatever lives in my town.

  • PtrN

    Sorry for a double post, but supposedly in sections of triangle compasses are useless, as the needle just spins around. This mainly spooks out people, but there is a large deposit of some kind of iron or other magnetic material that throws off compasses.

  • SnowKid32

    Uh, what the fuck? Great list, but this is more like top 10 horror stories. Assholes. I enjoyed the MYSTERIES, don’t delete it, but like rename it Top 10 Mysterious Horror Stories or something cmon man.

  • caboose

    For number nine “Look at the head of the “creature” then look at the head of the owl. Now, get really, really drunk. We’re talking “mid-1950s rural Kentucky” drunk.

    Ufologist Renaud Leclet admitted, “It could be a misidentification of a pair of Great horned owls, which are nocturnal, fly silently, have yellow eyes, and aggressively defend their nests.”

    Oh, and that sound of metal clanging and ricochets during the shooting? Get drunk and shoot towards a target in front of your tin chicken coup.

    So it’s either that, or there may still be an interstellar invasion force on the way to retaliate.”

    Source: http://www.cracked.com/article_16671_6-famous-unsolved-mysteries-with-really-obvious-solutions.html

  • Ford

    I lived in Botetourt County, Virginia USA for over 12 years. In Troutville to be more precise, and this is the very first time I’ve ever heard of the Mad Gasser. If my grandparents were still alive, I would have had to ask them about this, since they were in their early teens when the gassings happened in Virginia. Maybe my father knows something about it. Thanks!! :-)

  • agressor

    ohhh man what should i say….i always wanted to know to know abt stuff like this but what i just read is totaly so dammm
    awesome..though there are possibilities that what all written above could be fake..but still worth reading

  • stuartyc

    i cracked your code shade. thought you could trick me by pretending it was a fake code.

    nah seriously i love this site, it’s changed my life actually.i love reading the comments.

    the zana story was the most interesting. i bet she was a good laugh.

  • Anon

    Nº4, Zana, the LV sweetheart pin-up, appears to offer most immediate, practical scientific value here, as she is apparently pretty well-documented, unlike most of the others. In other words she’s an unarguably *real-life* phenomenon.

    Apart from her physique, the most intriguing aspect I noticed was the ability of Zana to withstand low water and air temperatures that would kill others, did even kill her own offspring. Now we all have variable individual genetic and acclimatised resistance and vulnerability to heat and cold. Tibetan monks are renowned for being able to train themselves to remain naked throughout freezing Himalayan nights and dry out numbers of wet sheets with their own body heat. But that’s training, not innate capacity.

    There is only one group of ethnic peoples known to have possessed this capacity, the three tribes of Indians who inhabited Tierra del Fuego and the extreme south of Patagonia. It was their fires that gave Tierra del Fuego its name, and they are also the Patagonians (*Bigfootians*, nothing new under the sun!) who were responsible for the name of the mainland. Although in no way actually resembling Zara or her surviving offspring, the onas, one of the tribes, were exceptionally tall and corpulent. The others were the yaghans and alaclufs. It was from these that Fitzroy took back a famous handful to England, the survivors being returned to their homeland in the voyage of the Beagle. These are the only people recorded as being able to spend almost indefinite periods naked or near-naked in freezing water (gathering shellfish and hunting food and fur). Even the northern hemisphere inuit lack this genetic resource. All three southern tribes are now extinct, and it has been noted that with them passed this unique genetic trait from the human race.

    Those South American Indians were, of course, the farthest-travelled of all those who crossed the land-bridge from Asia to America. Trace a hypothetical line of migration back, and you might arrive at Georgia as one possible source. Could there be a connection? This resistance to cold was not passed on by Zara to her offspring, although other characteristics were. Might it be a primitive ancestral recessive gene which is common to her and the Fuegians? Could she also have been the last of her pure line, as per the photos of the last of the Yaghans? Could humans have interbred with other hominids to introduce such characteristics. I’ve read somewhere that some anthropologists consider red hair is a neanderthal inheritance. Well, good job we can’t see one another on LV then, but see the red hair topic!

  • Rebel Rouser

    They may claim that the events that took place in Amityville truly happened, but I highly doubt it.

    The DeFeos lived in the house for nine years before Ron DeFeo killed his family; yet the Lutzes lasted less than a month? The DeFeo’s never told anyone that strange things were happening in their house while they were alive, however it is known than Ron was a drug user, and a paranoid. In one account of what happened that night, he got stoned while watching tv, and he could hear his family talking about him [supposedly, this was probably just imagined]. He looked over at a black coat hanging over a chair, and imagined it to be a grim reaper type creature, and he says it told him to kill his family.

    Further evidence the Lutzes lied:
    -They say hoof tracks were left in the snow one morning, yet no weather reports say snow fell on the day it reportedly happened.

    -The priest was interviewed more than once, and on his earlier accounts he claimed that he had limited contact with the Lutzes, and that he was not aware of any paranormal activity. Later on though, in the television interview stated in the article, he claimed that there WAS paranormal activity.

    -Ronald’s lawyer admitted years after the publishing of the Amityville book that he had collaborated with he Lutzes on the story “over many bottles of wine.”

    -The book was written around the time of The Exorcist popularity and many scholars claim that much of the book follows it’s style.

    -Finally, as stated above, the current residents have also never claimed that any paranormal activity takes place in their home.

    The only truths in the Amityville tale are that Ron DeFeo killed his family, and the Lutzes moved out after 28 days.

    I like the story myself, but I hate when people describe it as “A true story” or in this case “A mystery”, because put simply; there is no mystery.

  • shadow

    JFrater:
    I appreciate your dedication to the Amityville horror theme. It is an intriguing book and movie. I loved the book and the original movie,however I now believe that both are based on money. I wish I could be as creative to come up with these themes and make $$$$$$$$ off them.

  • Rebel Rouser

    I’d have to agree with you that it is a very intriguing, yet money-based story. My chief interest in the story is actually the DeFeo part of it. While a lot of the details have been fabricated for the movies, I am fascinated with Ron’s slow descent into evil; being controlled by the house and all.

  • 147. shadow:…I wish I could be as creative to come up with these themes and make $$$$$$$$ off them.
    ****
    It wouldn’t be all that hard, really, depending on where you live.
    If you live in New England, or any part of the country where major Revolutionary or Civil War battles were fought, you’re halfway home; you live in an area where the susceptible would expect souls to be “trapped” or wandering, reliving the horrors of their demise.
    Start small. Rig an end table to be slightly off-balance, keep it level with a tiny wedge attached to a piece of fishing line which runs under the sofa, have a fragile piece of doodad on the edge of the table.
    Have a guest over, talk about strange occurrences you and the family have witnessed in the house. If the guest becomes slightly interested or concerned, pull surreptitiously on the line (or have someone else positioned to do so). The doodad will fall and break, hopefully eliciting a gasp or a squeal from the guest. Make apologies for having exposed her/him to the haunting.
    Make small comments in town. Your guest will certainly be making comments all over the place.
    Be sure to have a priest or minister over to bless the house. The night before he’s due, mix water and rust and pour it down the walls from the attic. Rig doodads to fly across the room (not hard with fishing line, rubber bands and a helper).
    When the local newspaper comes calling for a story, be humble at first. Be scared. Waffle on a decision, while they sit in your living room looking at the (blood)stained walls. Have some small item fall from a height (one good way to do this is to bore a tiny, hair-thin, hole through the wall at the mantle place. Put something lightweight in front of it. Run a very thin wire through the hole, just touching the object. At the appropriate time, a gentle shove does the trick…this work best if the wall is papered). Finally agree to the interview, but attempt to underplay what’s been going on. When asked direct questions, however, acknowledge that yes, these things *have* happened. You are going to immediately send your teen-aged child to stay with relatives out of state, as poltergeists often attach themselves to a teenager in a particular spot.
    Several things should now occur:
    1 – 60 Minutes might ask for an interview
    2 – a publisher might ask for a book deal
    3 – a tabloid might ask for exclusive rights to your story
    Items 2 and 3 are the money items.
    Good luck

  • Great list but scarred because amityville is bassed on real stuff

  • Polly Odyssey

    I had only heard of Amityville and had a lot of fun reading this. Very creepy stuff and I love it!

  • BooRadley

    As to item #9, the “aliens,” who were probably Great Horned Owls…. I have a great story regarding owls. My friend’s very alcoholic uncle was in the prairie lands of eastern Colorado, driving and drinking and shooting at prairie dogs. All of a sudden he saw one of the prairie dogs fly away! Well, it scared the Hell out of him, and he swore off drinking… (which lasted about a week…) What he didn’t know was that we have a small owl that often hunts in the daytime, called the Burrowing Owl, which nests in abandoned prairie dog holes. You often see them in the same field with prairie dogs, and they are close to the same size…

    Another mystery involving drunkards shooting at alien objects that turn out to be owls – you gotta love it!

  • Freemont

    The Amityville house isn’t actually haunted. The Lutzes just made that story up because they couldn’t afford the mortgage and wanted to move. The only reason people believe the hoax is because of the Amityville book and movie series that claims to be “based on a true story.”

    More proof: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/amityville.asp

  • claire

    To Seque, Similar to you, I was a sceptic. However, it was in about 1975 or 76, I had the opportunity to go to Paris, France for 10 days to attend a school. I and a number of fellow travellers to this school stayed in an old hotel located on the left bank. It was called something like Lutetia or Lucretia Concorde. My room was located directly above the hotel lobby, and had a very wide hallway with a staircase leading to the lobby at each end of the hall. I had been there about a week, when alone in my room about noon one day I heard the definate and loud cadance of what sounded like flanks of marchers passing outside the door to my room. Curious, I listened and waited inside my door until it sounded as if the last rank of marchers had passed by about 10 feet. I then opened the door to peer out. There was no one there. The hall was absolutely empty. But the sound of marching continued down the hall, gradually moving away from me. I was feeling no fear, but was now really curious. I decided that this odd phenomena must be being caused by the sound echoing backwards either from around the corner or from up the lobby stairs. After walking to the end of the hall, and seeing there were no marchers around the corner and with the sound now having become so faint it was hardly audible, I hurried back to my room and locked up to meet up with friends in the lobby for an afternoon of sight seeing. When I joined the others downstairs, still curious I asked the approximate seven people there if they had seen a band or something come down the stairs a few minutes before me. They all said no, no one had come down the stairs. I then put the entire incident out of my mind and likely to never think of it again except for what came later. Seated next to me on the plane coming home, I met a new acquaintance. Another woman returning home from a visit to Paris. We enjoyed each others company so we exchanged phone numbers as we left the airport to return to our homes. Several months and a few phone calls later, we decided to meet at a restaurant for dinner. During dinner, she happened to mention that she had been borrowing library books and reading up on the history of France. She related a few historical facts to me and then mentioned the name of the hotel in which I had been staying, mentioning that it was very old and had apparently been occupied by German soldiers during WW11. So, I asked if it said anything else about my hotel,,, and she said with some embarrassment ” Oh nothing really- just some nonsense about it being haunted. Some people apparently claim that they can hear the ghosts of the German soldiers marching through the halls.” I suddenly realized what it was that I had heard and followed down the hall. I was completely and eerily shocked and continue to be every time I think about the incident. Although I was more curious than afraid at the time of the incident, I was afraid after hearing what she said, and even more astonished at the coincidence of sitting next to her on the plane,,, or her taking out that particular library book, and of her innocently providing me with an explanation for something she had no prior knowledge of.. all the way back in Canada, months after it occurred. It just seems like the odds of this happening, or too coincidental. Like for some reason, I was supposed to hear this. But why??? Perhaps it is because, had I not heard what she said, I would have never thought or questioned what I had heard at all ever again. I simply would have rationalized the odd and unexplained situation out of my mind. I suspect that that is what we all do about things we do not understand. Anyway this is a true story of an experience I had from 30+ years ago, but your story reminded me of it because I think of how you have tried to rationalize it away.

  • 154. claire: Your story is interesting, and yes, I do try to rationalize things like this away even though I have had experiences of my own. I’ve studied so much science, even though I was an Art major, that accepting the supernatural, even though I have experienced it myself, is blasphemy.
    Still, I accept that you heard what you heard. That the entire thing played out exactly as you claim.
    Odd, wot? A skeptic who leaves room for doubt?
    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio…just leaving room for some of those things.

  • beeka

    you missed the baghdad battery

  • Lyjobu

    The story of Zana is interesting because A. the resistance to cold and neanderthal hypothesis and B. She lived in captivity for 140 years!!! Why is that point so overlooked. People have been known to live for more than 120 on a few occasions, but Zana was in captivity from the 1750s until 1890 and no one comments on it?!? She would have been at least 150 when she died.

  • J Beezy

    (This article is about the Amityville Horror, taken from Cracked.com, probably explains why the next family that moved in didn’t see anything strange)
    For starters, in the book the priest they had come and bless the house allegedly heard a voice say “Get out!”, felt a slap on the face and suffered stigmata-like blisters. In real life, Father Pecoraro (who was apparently not in on the scam) denied anything happened. He even claimed in an affidavit that he never went to the house, but only spoke to the Lutzes by phone.
    A possible reason given for this massive infestation of malignant spirits was that the Shinnecock (seriously?) Indian tribe used the local area as a place to ditch their insane, decrepit and dying tribe members. Which would be totally awesome except for the fact that they didn’t. Ever.
    Remember Butch Defeo, the guy who committed all of those murders in the house that caused the haunting? Well William Weber, Butch’s defense lawyer, came forward and claimed he and the Lutzes made the whole thing up over “several bottles of wine.” Many lawsuits were filed, and the Lutz family continues to insist the story was “mostly true.”
    And really, why would they lie? Hey, did we mention that in addition to all of the book sales, NINE films have been made based on the story? And why not? It’s totally true, you guys.

  • Andyb123

    About Zana – In the mid-eighteenth century = 1750.

  • keeley

    i would sooooooooo love to live at now called 108 ocean ave, the amityville house. its all facinating everything whats gone off in the house. but that dunt bother me at all……. but what an AMAZING house and boat house. everything about the true stories and everything i cant simply get enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • phil

    Lmao, isn’t it funny how almost all these things originate in the USA. If thats not evidence that they’re all nutters I dunno what is…

  • 161. phil:…all these things originate in the USA. If thats not evidence that they’re all nutters I dunno what is…
    ****
    Uh, Phil, you do know from whom we are all descended, don’t you?

  • The clue would be…YOU!

  • Peter

    There has been wonder expressed about the lack of rational thinking that leads people to believe this nonsense.
    The implication is that the writer of these kind of posts is somehow above most of us mortals. He/she understands life and therefore knows what is real and what isn’t.

    If we take a step back and look from some distance, we see that this kind of attitude has been present at all times. Around 1900 the president of the US was advised to close the office that decided on patents, because ‘everything important has been invented’. Religious scholars 500 years ago would state with the same kind of mental superiority that the soul is smaller than the tip of a pin. Etc.

    Now let’s look at the question ‘can any of this be true’ from another angle: if the answer is no, and this seems to be the position of the ones that pride themselves on their skeptical mind, the implication is this: all of the tens of millions of people – a cross section of humaniity, and so including idiots, crooks and liers as well as sincere and intelligent people and even saints – that have reported as true experiences:
    – precognition
    – telepathy
    – mental contact with beings other than living humans
    – out of body experiences
    – near death experiences
    – memories not of this life
    – unexplainable sightings of beings/creatures/objects
    – etc
    were either deceiving or deceived. All of them. Including the millions of nice intelligent and in fact often skeptical people like you and me.
    Well, how likely is that ?
    Furthermore, let’snot forget that it takes only one instance of a certain kind to prove that the potential exists.
    If we read Nostradamus’ quatrains, who can doubt that the man actually forsaw events that later transpired ? Personally I see little or no value in predictions as such, but reading what he wrote, including names of people and paces, how can I deny the human capacity for precognition ? (Unless he was not human of course)
    Once we have accepted that there is a realm outside of time/matter (or within it but not limited to it), where information is available and that we can on occasion be in contact with, many stories that the so rational (and therefore very limited) mind dismisses, become credible.

    That doesn’t mean we can understand all of them. Nor does it mean that for some of these stories there isn’t a simple and ordinary explanation. But we might have the humility to concede that life is much more complex and deep and varied than we like to believe.

    If we stipulate that the high level skeptics are really just nice people that like to live in a secure world and we ask ourselves what is more likely

  • 164. Peter: Nostradamus? Really? Whom did he name? Don’t give me the “Hitler” one. He wrote “Hister”. Wrong on several counts. What other names did he name?
    You said he named paces, I think you meant places. Which places, which he did not know, did he name?
    The events he “foresaw” have been changing as events have changed over the course of history. Read a book of Nostradamus prophecies translated in 1909, then read one translated in 2009. Two completely different books.
    The prophecies are written so vaguely that they can be read to mean almost anything, and are translated to mean almost anything. Before the 9/11 attacks there was no mention of them in the book, but afterward, the next translation had the attacks in there! How handy!
    Post cognition. Very, very post cognition, as in after you’re dead post cognition.

  • V

    The Amityville Horror was a hoax, completely made up by the authors and a lawyer friend over drinks one evening. Sheesh. Between this and a huge EVP error in another article, what kind of research do posters actually do around here?

  • oouchan

    166. V: I am curious where you got your sources? There is too much for this being real so I was just wondering. Thanks.

  • Peter

    @segue
    That is so typical. I come up with a coherent argument, and you cherry pick a name. As you no doubt know, Nostradamus wrote in a hodge podge of languages and anagrams, so to then bring to my attention that Hister is not the same as Hitler, well, brilliant. To quote Muhammed Ali: is that all you’ve got ? (BTW, ‘Rennes’ OK ?)

    I can see what is in it for skeptics like you to try to explain away Nostradamus and everythings and everybody else that doesn’t fit the theory. What was in it for him, by all accounts an intelligent, courageous and compassionate man, must be unsolved mystery # 1 on the next list.

    About your dream: the explanation you give raises issues that you seem unaware of. Like this one: you stipulate the existence of a part of you that functions under the radar of your conscious mind. Yet you feel comfortable assessing that this part of you has definite borders and does not overlap with the under the radar parts of others.
    Obviously the basis of this assessement is your desire that this is so. Since there is no way you can possibly know this, you are like the religious posters that make all sorts of claims based on their belief. Only to be severely criticised by you.

  • 168. Peter: Coherent? Really?
    Okay. There you go, you can have coherent and I’ll be the Queen of All the Faeries.
    You’re giving me Rennes? Come on! A place he visited as a boy? A young man? So naturally he names it in his quatrains. Anyway, I’m not going to change your mind nor are you going to change mine. Big deal. No one is the worse for wear.
    Re: my dream. Dreams are the unconscious working away, working things out that haven’t been worked out in life. My explanation was a guess, I believe I stated it was a guess…I just checked, I said “I expect I heard the story…” .
    You can accuse me of anything, Peter. I know, my friends know, what my true beliefs are. You have the power of none, because I have the friends I do.

  • Peter

    Seque,

    Hey, take it easy. I just pointed out that your explanation, that it was a guessed one is immaterial, raises issues. Your new explanation about dreams does the same. How do you know what the unconscious mind does and knows and how far it stretches and whether it has in fact boundaries . You don’t.
    Your assurance that I will not change your mind basically confirms my siggestion that you are yourself a believer, chiding others for believing. You can convince me, if you come up with convincing arguments. Why not ? I am only interested in truth, not in being right.
    I just react to what you post here and as I understand it that is what these boards are for. I have not gone into your personal life or who your friends are and what they know, so I don’t understand why you bring that up.

    I have nothing against you and wish you all the best. My business is with the presumption I encounter on these discussion boards that people that ‘don’t believe in these things’ are somehow more rational or better or more responsable people than the ones that are open to the possibility of a spiritual reality. I object to that presumption, because in my understanding emperical and scientific evidence suggests that matter is a manifestation of consciousness and that the limits of the material world do not apply to all of life.
    I wouldn’t want anyone to miss the undreamed of beauty and love that lie beyond the mind, and so I suggest the notion here that it is in fact possible to be rational and spiritual at the same time. Most people seem to think one has to be one or the other.

  • Peter, yes, I overreacted to your fairly innocent post. I apologize for that.
    There are things going on which have nothing to do with you, but which have me in a tizzy. Because of some outside influences, I don’t always handle stress as well as I ought.
    Your arguments are interesting, and I wish I were more in the mood to delve into and respond properly. Alas, I’m not.
    Give me a week and try me again. I’d really like to have this discussion.
    OK?

  • LisaL

    Great list! Love reading stuff like this.
    I live in SC and remember when that Lizardman stuff got real popular. Remember going to Lizard’s Thicket to eat and them selling Lizardman merchandise. I actually had a lizardman t-shirt lol.
    Good times, good times.

  • jeremiah_ablaza

    i think if you will see closely at #7 you will see a mansion

  • jeremiah_ablaza I think you’ve been dipping into the stash of today’s list (hemp, with the THC intact).

  • becca

    My husband interduced me to this site and I love it. First time posting here. I used to live in Wisconsin and have been to Summerwind on several occassions before it was completely destroyed by fire. It was an amazing place. I used to dream of by the place and restoring it. I have lots of pictures. I was always saddened by the graffity and distruction of the place by punk teens. Never saw any ghost or heard any noises other then our own screams when someone would sneek up and scare the crap out of you LOL. I was really amazed to see it posted here. Brought back alot of memories. I guess the story has been streached by locals, because it was always told the the husband went insane and killed his children, then locked his wife in the celler where she died and then took his own life.

    • BADGERS

      That is typical behavior if you live in Wisconsin.

  • Pink Atom

    OMG
    That scared me senseless!
    Ugg I’m going to have nightmares tonight
    even though I don’t believe any of this! :) :S :(
    no. p was just funny!
    OMG
    On no. 7 there’s pink stuff that I didn’t see before!
    AAAAAAAAAH!
    They have come out of the computer to reality!
    AAAAAAAAAH!
    Save me someone!!!!! :S :S :S
    AAAAAAAAAH!

  • Pink Atom

    I meant no. 9 was just funny!
    lol
    soz
    AAAAAAAAAAH!

  • avi

    8 is a great horned owl and 5 is just bad air.

  • avi

    meant 9 is an owl.

  • Liz

    Its pretty freakin weird when your reading lists of bizarre mysteries, and as your scrolling down, the name of your own town pops up. Out of all the places to name! lol. Well ive lived in bridgewater for 19 years and i have seen no such things. Then again i havent ventured into the hockomock swamp, yet.

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  • ted

    two words for #2 spontaneous combustion!
    when you spontaneously combust your legs will sometimes be left unscathed because your body temp is comsiderablly smaller there

  • inapropriate

    The goblin grabbed his ass!! bad naughty goblin!!! bad naughty goblin!! ha ha ha … I love this kind of lists… I don’t remember where I read the Amatyville case to be a HOAX… I could be mistaken…

  • rattenjungfer

    “The amityville horror” has long since been debunked as a silly story by George and Kathy, read Dr. steve Kaplans book about it.

  • Sam

    About the devils footprints one, I actually read about it in a book (“Stranger than Science” by Frank Edwards) just a few days ago. It too places the events in February 1855, in the same place, at the same time (the article above says Febryart 8, the book says the night of February 7. Po-tay-toe po-tah-toe). Here’s what the book said (quoted, except for text within the parenthesis):
    “The good citizens of Canvey Island had never seen anything like it and they were disturbed, so they dragged the creature out of the shallow water along the beach, covered it with seaweed and ran for the authorities.”
    “The authorities sent for help, too, and the British government assigned the task to a pair of competent zoologists. These gentlemen examined the fantastic creature at length, photographed it, and finally admitted that it looked like nothing they had ever seen before.”
    “It appeared to be some sort of marine creature–but it had feet and legs arranged so that it could walk if it chose. In an upright stance it would have been about two-and-a-half feet tall, with a thick, brownish-red skin, (and) a pulpy head with two protruding eyes. The scientists measured and photographed…and gave up. They had the thing cremated and left without making any public conclusions.”
    “If these learned gentlemen thought they were ending the enigma of Canvey Island once and for all by that simple procedure, they reckoned without the facts–for the case did not end there.”
    “On August 11, 1954, the Reverend Joseph Overs was strolling along the beach of Canvey Island, a couple of miles from the scene of the earlier monster, when he, too, came upon a grotesque carcass wallowing in a small tidal pool. The good man took one look and sent one of his youngsters for the police. The Bobbies (slang for police, I’m guessing) pulled the carcass ashore and sent for the experts again.”
    “The creature which had been found in the preceding November had been about two-and-a-half feet tall. This later one was slightly more than four feet in length, weighed about twenty-five pounds, and was in good condition for examination. The report which the perplexed scientists submitted to the British government shows that the thing had two large eyes, nostril holes, and a gaping mouth with strong sharp teeth.”
    “It also had gills–but instead of scales it was covered with a pink skin which the experts reported was as tough as the hide of a healthy pig. Perhaps most remarkable of all, this creature, like that of the preceding November, had two short legs with perfect feet, which ended in five tiny toes aranged in a U-shape, with a concave center arch.”
    “If science was able to identify these monstrosities, the report was never disclosed,,,but to many the things brought back memories of that incredible night in February of 1855 when the English countryside around Devonshire had a most remarkable visitor…which may or may not have been akin to the strange creatures found a hundred years later on the shores of Canvey Island.”
    “The story was written in the form of little footprints in the smooth blanket of snow that covered the countryside during the night of February 7–a snowfall that ended around eleven o’clock at night. Sometime between the end of the snowfall and the break of the day on February 8th (about 12 hours, assuming sunrise was at 5), Devonshire had played host to a mysterious visitor…something that had scampered, or pranced, or slithered over fences and fields, over walls and housetops…leaving an unbroken line of thousands of footprints to mark its passing.”
    “What was it…this thing that could travel nimbly up the walls and over rooftops of decent God-fearing folks (“decent God-fearing folks” lolz) while they slept? Where did it come from–and where did it go? Where it came from remains a mystery…but where it went was written in the snow…from Topsham and Bicton in the north–to Dawels and Totnes in the south…a trail more than a hundred miles long (between 11 at night and dawn. holy shit could that thing run!).”
    “A baker in Topsham seems to have been the first to take notice of the trail. He saw the strange marks that preceded him to the door of his little shop–but from a point about three feet short of his door the tracks turned sharply right to a five-foot-high brick wall. The baker noticed that the soft curl of the snow atop the wall was disturbed…with the same little footprints. He was not diesturbed by this oddity…that remained for the other residents of the community.”
    “By nightfall the countryside was up in arms…for there were many who attributed the tracks to the devil himself. Tiny hoof-shaped marks exactly eight inches apart…from Exmouth…across fields and hosetops…to the bay near Powderham Castle…only to reappear on the other side of the bay and on to the end of the trail at Totnes, many miles to the south.”
    “The London Times and other newspapers devoted many columns to reporting the strange story of the Devonshire footprints. There were various explanations ascribing the marks to kangaroos, birds, and even a wolf. None of these was acceptable because none of hem fitted the facts.”
    “Perplexed experts nervously advanced the theory that two or three unknown creatures had been involved…a theory that was convenient but not convincing unless you were willing to agree that three unknown creatures were possessed of the same irresistable urge at the same time at three different spots on the coast of Devonshire on the same night…and that after romping over the housetops they fled back into the water, never to be seen again.”
    “Unless, by some strange chance, the monstrosities washed up on the coast of Canvey Island in 1953 and ’54 were a clue. Did these creatures point to a solution to the riddle of the Devonshire footprints of a century before…or did they merely add new questions to compound the mystery?”

    As far as the creatures he described being the ones to cause the mischeif, he describes them as having toes, while the footprints in the snow were clearly made by hooves. Also, the hoof-prints covered nearly 100 miles over walls and houses, and were made between 11 at night and dawn in fresh snow, so how this could be hoaxed (especially without leaving prints by the hoaxees) is beyond me, since the only way it could have been hoaxed would be several people running around with hoof-shaped attachments to their boots, which is unlikely since I don’t know anyone who can scale walls and roofs whithout touching it with their hands, and without a single person slipping and leaving some kind of print anyways is HIGHLY unlikely. but maybe the story is fake…

  • adam

    You do know that George and Kathy Lutz have admitted that Amityville was a sham right? also, is it a coincedence that most of these are in the USA?

  • Moody

    The Amityville house was admitted hoax by the owners, they needed the money so they invented this story, a shame cause it was awesome

  • Mike

    @ 132: spontaneous combustion is not a scientific phenomenon. It is a myth. There are perfectly rational explanations for every case (cigarettes, wick effect…).

    These things are interesting to read, but for Christ sake we live in 21st century, let’s not act like superstitious hags.

  • Jaryuki

    #9 – I say they were owls. In dark they can look pretty freaky and with shadows skewing the whole body proportions the legs might actually look like hands. Horned owls and eagle owls have tufts on the sides of their heads and they got ghostly eyes too.

    Owls can get agressive too and are not afraid to approach a human.

  • zeeohsix

    skinwalker ranch seems like an interesting place

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinwalker_Ranch

  • M

    The Amityville Horrow was concocted. Jeeesus. DO some research.

  • blah

    the whole amityville thing is a hoax – you didn’t know this?

    I know a guy who lives down the way from that house. He’s lived there for years. it’s a regular house, he walks past it every day, the owners have been there for decades, the ones before them have lived there for years, and they hate people trying to get curious about the home.

    The whole amityville thing is crap and i figured this has been common knowledge for many years.

  • deanna

    number 2 is a medical phenomenon known as spontaneous combustion.
    noone knows how it happens, but it has happened a few number of times.

  • L.A.S

    The human foot discoveries in canada should be included on this list.

  • Lizzie

    Butch DeFeo and the Lutzes have since confessed they made it all up to cash in on us (DeFeo just wanted to make the insanity plea look better).

  • Jessi

    In reference to #9 –

    My husband, daughter, and I moved to Hopkinsville in January of 2009 because my husband was stationed at Ft. Campbell. Hopkinsville is only about 15 miles away from the post.

    In the local museum, there is a TON of stuff related to these apparent “goblins” even including that apparently the creatures from the movie “Gremlins” looks were based on these creatures.

    Needless to say, I’ve lived here for nearly 2 years and I have seen nothing of the sort and I actually wonder if it might have been the Army base with some sort of experiment going on back in the 50’s or whatever. Who knows?

  • Will Trame

    Good…another list detailing inexplicable phenomena.

    I’ve read an account of where the Mad Gasser of Mattoon could have been labelled a case of mass hysteria.

    Number 10 was definitely unnerving. Swamplands and marshes always provide an appropriate setting for weird off-the-wall events.

    The Summerville house was featured in an episode of a series exploring haunted houses that aired on the Discovery Channel.

    Clapham Wood has been featured in a number of books about strange events. The photo has such an eerie ambience that a rock band..I can’t recall their name at the moment…used it for the cover of one of their albums, which I believe was titled “Beauty In Madness”.

    The Mary Hardy Reeser matter is one of the many documented spontaneous human combustion cases.

    Glastonbury Mountain in Bennington, Vermont deserves a mention. There were a number of unexplained disappearances there six decades ago; the only common denominator being they occurred late in the year (October through December). It’s been reported the Native Americans fear the area believing it to be cursed. Further, a few Vermont travel brochures recommend AGAINST visiting the mountain.

  • anonymus

    creepy, but i don`t get # 2 can somebody explain it and i had a good scared

  • archworf

    The devil wears horse shoes?

    • Emily Sutcliff

      THE DEVIL DOESN’T WEAR HORSE SHOES IT’S FEET ARE HOOFS DDX

  • arhhdfdh

    #10: Bush, Clinton, Kerry, or another shapeshifting alien lizardman (but not Obama, at that time he was playing Destroy All Humans! with his kids [training..?]) was taking a bath. Leave him alone, how would you like it if people disturbed you?

    #9: Great horned owls, as seen by drunken rednecks.

    #8: Osama bin Laden’s hide-out for a while. Yeah, he’s really old. 9/11 was his retirement siren song. Whaddya mean, “too soon”?!

    #7: The Incredible Hulk died here.

    #6: This is where the Illuminati congregate to discuss their plans. What, you thought they hid underground or in some darkened room of a skyscraper?

    #5: Casper’s friends… no, no that’s too easy.

    #4: Young men get hairy palms when they masturbate. Young women, on the other hand, have a rougher deal.

    #3: Some rabbits survive the place where lucky rabbit’s feet are made and sold. If they want to hop again, they have to be creative.

    #2: Today poor folk use jenkem to get high. Little-reported were those who did the same with gasoline fumes. Well this one had lost her cigarette… down her throat. Which somehow kept lit. Shut up, it makes sense.

    #1: Swamp gas bouncing off of Venus.

  • eden

    scary meep

  • bbrown

    I have heard of all of these; but the one that interest me the most is Zana. It is really unsolved. Who knows; it could be true. Its a strange world sometimes.

  • Christer

    #2 is a case of spontaneous combustion. Yes. It is just a mystery because the science of today can’t explain it. It is about the Khundalini power that burn the body. An incomplete ascension…

    • OH?

      Stop lying. SHC has been debunked. It’s the “wick effect”.

  • TRUTH

    Hate to burst the bubble kids, but two things:

    1) The Amityville Horror is a HOAX. Look it up on Snopes and go from there. It’s an ADMITTED hoax.

    2) Spontaneous Combustion has been debunked. If a person who is clothed, or covered with a blanket, starts a small fire, and is either unconscious or unable to put the fire out, the heat of the small fire will start to melt the fat in their flesh. the melted fat then seeps in to the cloth covering them, in the same way melted wax in a candle seeps up the wick, and the victim becomes, basically, a human candle. They will burn for hours, consuming even the bones.

    GHosts? No proof. No, a blurry internet picture of an orb doesn’t count. Years of ghost shows on TV and NO PROOF.

    Fuck you gullible idiots.

  • gliben

    ow, nice pictures and posting. I really like it and open it many times:)

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  • Gary

    I dont know about the rest, but the Lutzs have admitted they lied, they were just interested in selling the story.

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  • Jhon Sijabat

    goooood Luck all

  • rahul

    ok. nice and amazing photo

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  • Proginoskes

    #1: Later on, the writer and the Lutzes admitted that they made all the stuff up about the Amityville incident.

    #2: When Mary Reeser was last seen, she was smoking a cigarette, and said she was tired. Could she have fallen asleep and lit herself on fire? Gee, I wonder …

    #3: The footprints did not follow a more or less straight line, and there were huge gaps. This was media exaggeration.

    I’m familiar with the hobgoblin case, but I don’t recognize the rest.

  • tracyx11

    OMG!!! did no one else recognise that bridge -number 10- isnt that the bridge in one tree hill???? the one where brooke and jamie nearly died and where cooper actually died!!!!!!!! :O!!!!

  • meira

    Umm shouldn’t haunting in coneticutt be in here that was a true story right???

  • E.Pie

    OF COURSE! It’s all true!! I’m so disappointed that the casts of three-finger footprints were “decided” NOT TO be sent to the FBI for analysis as they were “unclassifiable”… Oh well – how convenient!! What a load of C**P!!

  • callum

    dammit. i wanted to see something on the point pleasant bridge collapse D:

  • gil chaya

    U got few mistake the deevil has chicken feets 3 fingers. From my own experience etc.,

  • Ira Hayes

    So where is the item on the spansion bridge that is so unusual?

  • Lucas

    the 2nd thing about that women Mary Resser that would be spontenous human combusten, nasty stuff where you want to close to a bucket of water.

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  • joseph

    LOVE GETTING INFORMED, Thanx anyway

  • beth.Q

    i have watched amittyville horror the new and old one and im only 12 lol but it sure is creepy with that little ghost girl in the closet!!

  • vijay kumar.

    fucking things.it has fasinated me.i am fucked

  • vijay kumar

    it is like woman with penis

  • Evan

    You people are puting out fake stuff to make people think this stuff is real or to scare people.

  • Ben

    I’ll admit, the last one kinda scared me…

  • sophia

    i’ve heard of the last one it freaks me out and we have the movie of it and it scares me and im the only one in the house

  • Emily Sutcliff

    O.O I wish i didn’t read this stuff. I have the freaky freaks now DX

  • Emily Sutcliff

    AH! DX I’M SEEING GLOWING EYES IN THE HOUSE

  • Bart van den Bos

    realy crazzy things can happen in life

  • kyouDamon

    finally i found behind truth story bout’ the haunted wood at England :D

  • Kyle

    No, actually he didnt make it up. The man is still in jail…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_DeFeo,_Jr.

  • EVRWIBERGNLEWRGJE

    I think I saw Amityville on a movie o: well it was very similar…

  • Monarch

    10. Local legend, interesting.
    9. Drunk hillbillies shooting at horned owls and hitting the side of their barn and house
    8. Sounds like a lot of hearsay and coincidences, still interesting.
    7. Rumor mill but interesting.
    6. Same.
    5. Panic and mass hysteria is a small town
    4. Probably a mentally retarded woman with “wolfman syndrome”
    3. Unknowable, possible outright fraud replicated in pulp magazines.
    2. Interesting case for SHC
    1. outright fraud

    Still interesting as a list though!

  • Melody

    Wow! Number three with the devil’s footprints… freaky stuff, you can’t really make that up… And slightly creeped out as I live in Devon :S

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  • Derek

    The Death of Mary Reeser:
    THIS HAS been solve with similar case…
    she was problably having a nap on a couch with throe blanket.
    as she twisted in her sleep the blanket wrapped tighter.
    If she was a smoking when she feel asleep the cigarette started the fire.
    the blanket creates a creamation like furnace her one foot was expose and therefore wasn’t burnt.

  • JOVAN

    I was surprised

  • karbon

    The Death of Mary Reeser — is it spontaneous combustion?

    http://tanke-de-gira.blogspot.com/

  • Alison

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. William Weber said it was made up. George Lutz never did. It was all completely true and George and Kathy took a lie detector test and passed it, proving they were telling the truth. Made up, my ass.

  • Name

    I think you ignorant wretches mean spontaneous combustion not internal combustion….

  • Interesting list, most of which, like previously commented upon ad nauseam, can be easily debunked. As for the overwhelming comments on the Amityville story, only one of you commented correctly. While it has been speculated numerous times that the entire story was made up (and most likely was) both George and Kathy Lutz went to their graves never once recanting their story. They did however say that a lot of their story had been exaggerated upon and distorted by Jay Anson. Aside from that, to all of you die hard skeptics, especially harshly criticize those that believe in the Fringe, I leave you with something that a friend of mine with a Bachelor in Physics once said. “It’s very easy to dismiss that which we find improbable or even silly, but it is hasty to do so because no matter what strange phenomenon you scoff at, Quantum Physics has already proven something far more absurd exists”

  • ScarlettLovesBlackVeilBrides

    The picture of the bridge with the black thing hovering over the top reminds me of something, it isn’t mentioned on this list but I swear I’ve read something about it before. Something like the Flyman or the Insectman that was sighted alot in Virgina. I don’t know lots about it all I know is that the bridge collapsed two hours or a day after the Flyman or whatever did something to it….Don’t know full story.

  • ScarlettLovesBlackVeilBrides

    Found it, it was the Moth man. Hehe

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  • micheal

    wow that was totally cool new stuff to tell the small kids at the campfire.

  • Soul Reaper

    number 10, 8, 5 and 1 are pretty creepy especially number 1 even if it is a hoax the worst thing is that im a very superstitous person and im in a dark room at night while reading this….. i really need to get a girlfriend….SIGH!

  • AK

    #2 has been explained as Spontaneous Human Combustion, it is known, but it is not known how or what causes it.

  • YouRang?

    I’m fascinated by someting in the comments. At least a half=dozen posters have claimed that the Lutzes admitted that they made up the Amityville story. Not a single one of these was able to give any refeence for this whatsoever. I believe, like most people who care about this sort of thing, that the Lutzes swore until their deaths that they were telling the truth.

    To those who believe the Lutzes made some sort of confession, can you tell me where you heard or read this?

    I’ve run across this sort of thing in other lists. Manhy people believe that Robert Patterson’s film of Bigfoot has been debunked. Of courseit hasn’t. I would love to know where people read that it had been.

    This is almost endemic. Years ago, two drunken, low=I.Q. types claimed they were responsible for “the crop circles.” This was so patently absurd that no one should have paid a moment’s notice to it; instead, a lot of people went around claiming crop circles had been “debunked.”

    The latest darling of the pooh-pooh crowd is the “Wick Effect.” With all the circumstances controlled perfectly and somewhat different than they were in many of the best-known cases, and with the use of gasoline and a fire source, they still achieved dubious results on an animal that was dead before the experiment started and couldn’t disrupt things. And that took many hours while some cases of SHC have taken far, far less. Yet, for many people, this dubious exercise is the answer to all questions.

    What is this need to have final answers, to protect the status quo of the universe, to totally shut off any belief in the supernatural? Why is this compulsion so intense that it leads people to spout such ridiculous nonsense at all times? Why is there a need to not just believe ridiculous things, but to shout down everyone who disagrees and insist that your own view is the ONLY view?

    I suppose all these mysteries will eventually be explained. And whatever the explanation is, that will be science. “Oh, those aren’t ghosts, they’re non=corporeal energy=negative life forms. There’s a book by a scientist all about them.”

    • Frmrtxn

      You, dear sir or Madame, are a mongoloid. One of those over/self educated types who firmly believes that since you are too busy or lazy to do the research and leg work, then EVERYONE is. You want wonder in the world, but you want your science too, for fear of appearing uneducated. Well I hate to tell you but, you’re patently full of shit, and you can’t have both. Please for the sake of mankind always practice safe sex.

  • Rayven

    My Name Is Rayven. I Lived In A House In Michigan Up Until My Little Sister, Abbigal, Saw Red Eyes Watching Us Nearly Every Night. We Left When I Was Eight, But Prior To The Move, We Saw Many Black Figures. Some Were In Our Basement, Which Was Lit Up Well, Walking Towards Us. The Others Were Either In The Bathroom, Laundry Room, Or Living Room. (Others Were Out Side. They Would Move Things And Throw Them.) There Were Many Incidents Where My Pictures Would Fall Off The Walls, Or My Window Would Open.

  • Abbigail

    When My Sister And I Lived In Michigan, We Encountered Many Things. One Was The Pictures. We Had Pictures Out In The Hall Of Our Dead Grandparents, Hanging In Front Of The Bathroom Door. I Walked By And One Fell Off The Wall. I Then Went To Take A Shower, And Saw People (From The Pictures) Standing In The Bathroom. Mind You, They Were ALL Dead. I Screamed, And My Sister Came In And Saw Them Also. She Then Screamed. Many People That Have Lived There After Us, Reported Seeing People Moving Around And Pictures Falling Off Walls…

    • Frmrtxn

      Sure… How about you take your meds and leave the grown ups to talk about the grown up stuff?

  • syed Ali

    very buaetiful picturs

  • khelkham

    I beleive all of them. But i dont beleive ghost do physical attack. They are just a weak sprit comparing to human sprit. The sprit which we have inside our body is thousand powerful than other sprit. It is a proven fact. Jesus christ , gautam budha, lord krisna, mahavir, have already proved it. They born as human like us. We are the god. There is no one above the god. So human are above all the animal. Anceint People beleived the moon is god. Sceintist foot on it cos we are god. Feel like a god. Do like a god. Think like a god, god love enemy, god like love,peace, sacrifice, helping etc,god doesnt like hate, fighting killingetc . Otherwise god will reverse as dog. If someone is dog he or she is evil

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  • Leo Siha

    Georgia is not a region of russia next to the black sea.. ignorant.

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  • Kimberly31

    No, the lutzez admitted the whole story was made up
    Over a bottle of wine. I believe it may have been
    Haunted but not like that. Loved the book & movies
    Though. I admire the warrens as demonologists
    But I disagree on their opinion on amityville. However
    I think it was right after the publication of the book,
    The author, jay anson, died of a heart attack. Yes I read way
    Too much about ghosts…

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    on number eight, it is a common myth that lightning strikes the tallest object. while that does happen frequently, lightning travels the path of least resistance. that could be a tall tree or a small dog. its not really that odd.

  • tibbsy

    This may have been covered elsehwere, but in the Zana entry, is it the case that she lived a very long time, or is it a mistake to say she was found in the mid eighteenth century and died in 1890? Was she found in the mid nneteenth century?

  • Frmrtxn

    Seriously? Amityville for fucksakes! Complete hoax and load of shit! This was an excellent article up until the #1! I hate to say it, but you pissed in the punch bowl with that one.

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  • William Waller

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  • Eric

    Amityville has long been exposed to have been a hoax made up to pay off major debts.

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    I don’t really care if you believe this or not, obviously it’s the internet and there’s no way for any of you to validate my story, but my best friend is a close blood relative of Ronnie DeFeo of the Amityville Horror fame. He was a dope addict who’s parents wouldn’t give him $$ for his drugs, so he murdered everyone in a drug addled rage.

    The Lutz family just tried to capitalize on a tragedy. There was no haunting, and to this day there is no haunting. Don’t you think that if they Lutz family was telling the truth, the subsequent families would also report things?

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