These stories made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. My eyes widened and I was horrified over several of them…well actually all of them, but a few really creeped me out. This is the stuff you see in horror films, but this is real life.
In 1996 Zach Ramsay disappeared on his way to school in Great Falls, Montana. Known child molester Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was suspected of kidnapping him but there wasn’t enough evidence to obtain a warrant and eventually the case went cold.
Later when Bar-Jonah was arrested for impersonating a police officer the authorities searched his home and found a list of boys’ names which included previous victims and Zach Ramsay with the word “DIED” beside it. They also found a number of recipes using children’s body parts with titles like “little boy pot pie” and “french fried kid”. Neighbours remember that after Zach’s disappearance Nathaniel began to hold cookouts where he served burgers, meat pies, and casseroles from deer meat despite the fact that he didn’t have a rifle, a hunting license, and hadn’t been deer hunting at the time.
A meat grinder in the basement had human hair in it and the bones of a child were found but neither match Ramsay. The identity of the bones and Ramsay’s fate are still unknown.
In 2013, Elisa Lam was found dead inside of a hotel’s rooftop water tank. Surveillance video was found of her the night she disappeared but it only caused much more confusion. She is last seen walking into an elevator and hiding as if someone is following her. She peers out the door looking for some odd entity that never shows its face. Her body was found weeks later.
On June 30, 1999, the body of Ricky McCormick was found in a field in St. Charles County, Missouri. McCormick had been missing only 72 hours but his body was already badly decomposed. His body was more decomposed than it could have possibly been for being out in the elements for only three days.
In 2011, the FBI revealed they had found two notes in McCormick’s pockets written in a complex cypher. The odd thing was McCormick was a high school dropout who could barely write his own name.
Nobody knows how the body decomposed so quickly and where the notes came from and who wrote them.
In 1922 a gruesome murder of a family of 6 happened at Hinterkaifeck, a small farm north of Munich, Germany.
Months earlier the maid had been seen leaving the house in a hurry. She told everyone that the house was haunted.
A few days prior to the murder the homeowner Andreas Gruber noticed footprints in the snow leading from the forest to the back of the home but none leading out. After the family heard strange footsteps in the attic and discovered newspapers they had never bought.
On the day of the murder a new maid arrived and, along with the family, was killed by someone using a pickaxe. The killer was never caught despite a huge investigation by the police.
The Long Island serial killer killed between 10 and 17 people associated with the sex trade over a period of 20 years. The killer dumped their bodies along the Ocean Parkway, near Long Island.
In 2009 the NYPD triangulated one of the killer’s calls to the tourist area but he never stayed on the phone for more than three minutes and soon stopped calling.
A few more bodies were found later and cops were thinking it was a copy cat. To this day we don’t know who the killer is.
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The Axeman of New Orleans traumatized the several years in the early 1900s. He hacked twelve people to death for no reason. Many think he was simply insane.
He taunted the police with letters claiming to be a fan of jazz and maybe even a demon. He said he would not attack houses where jazz was playing.
On March 13, 1919, a letter purporting to be from the Axeman was published in newspapers saying that he would kill again at 15 minutes past midnight on the night of March 19, but would spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing. That night all of New Orleans’ dance halls were filled to capacity, and professional and amateur bands played jazz at parties at hundreds of houses around town. There were no murders that night.
The killing spree stopped as quickly as it started.
If you watched American Horror Story: Coven, this story sounds familiar because they included a character who played the Axeman.
Ken McElroy was accused of assault, child molestation, statutory rape, arson, hog and cattle rustling, and burglary but escaped conviction each time. This made him unanimously hated in his small town of Skidmore, Missouri – so hated that when he was gunned down in the middle of the street no one came forward to identify the killers. There were 30-45 witnesses and each of them claimed they were ducking for cover at the time and didn’t see a shooter. The killers were never caught.
Four children from the Detroit area, aged 10-12 years, were murdered by an unknown serial killer between 1976 and 1977. After they were killed their bodies were left out in the snow in public areas. The parents of one victim told the media they’d give their son his favourite meal, KFC, when he was returned. When his body was found an autopsy revealed that the killer fed him KFC before he was murdered.
In 1985, a metal drum containing the remains of a woman and young girl were discovered near New Hampshire’s Bear Brook State Park. The two were related in some way, but they were never identified. Fifteen years later, another metal drum was discovered 100 feet away containing the bodies of two more young girls – one of whom was related to the people found in 1985. The fourth victim bore no relation to the others. It has been determined that the victims were Caucasian and their poor dental health suggests they may have lived a transient lifestyle. The bodies had so badly deteriorated that authorities say they may have died as early as 1977.
On May 4, 1932, Swedish prostitute Lilly Lindestrom was found murdered in her apartment with her body partially, if not complete drained of blood.
A blood-stained gravy ladle was discovered nearby and the police determined that it was used to drink her blood. Despite an intensive investigation the murderer, called the “Atlas Vampire”, was never found.
In 1998 Amy Lynn Bradley mysteriously disappeared while on a Royal Caribbean cruise with her family. Authorities speculated that she had fallen overboard or left the ship voluntarily when it docked at Curaco, Antilles.
There have been several sightings since suggesting she was kidnapped and possibly forced into the sex trade. Canadian tourists reported seeing a woman resembling Amy, with her same distinct tattoos, on a beach in Curaco that same year.
A member of the Royal Navy said he encountered a woman named Amy Bradley at a brothel there and she begged him to help her. He dismissed her pleas because he didn’t know someone by that name was missing and didn’t want to be caught at a brothel.
Late on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1945, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States, a fire destroyed the home of George Sodder, his wife Jennie and nine of their ten children. Four of those nine were rescued, and the bodies of the other five were never found. The Sodders believed for the rest of their lives that the five missing children survived
The fire was ruled an accident due to faulty wiring on the Christmas tree lights but the Christmas lights remained on during the fire’s early stages.
The five missing children literally disappeared the night of the fire. Some thought they burned inside the house even though they were not found and others think they were kidnapped and someone set fire to the house.
Over 20 years later the couple received a bizarre note and photo reportedly from their son Louis. The envelope was postmarked from Kentucky with no return address. They hired a private detective to look into the matter but he never reported back to them and they were unable to locate him afterwards.
Highway 16 in British Columbia has earned the nickname “Highway of Tears” because of the shocking number of women who’ve been murdered or gone missing from the road. From 1969 to 2006 18 women were found murdered. The youngest victim was 12 years old. American serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler who died in 2006 is suspected of carrying out some of the killings but most of the others, as well as many of the disappearances, remain unsolved.
On September 9th, 1982 seven people in the Chicago area were fatally poisoned by a series of cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules purchased from various locations. This random act of violence created a nationwide panic that caused Tylenol to pull $100-million in products off the shelves. The murderer and motive were never identified. Tamper-proof seals on bottles are now the industry standard because of this incident.
Leroy Carter Jr. was found beheaded in the 1980s in San Francisco. The police also found parts of a headless chicken at the crime scene, some of which was stuffed into the victim’s body. Sandi Gallant, a police expert in occultism, proposed a theory that black magic was involved and that the head of the victim would be used as a ritual object by the murderer for 42 days.
The other detectives laughed at her idea but the head was returned to the crime scene exactly 42 days later. No police officer was there to make an arrest and the case remains unsolved.
In 1989 this Polaroid was found in a convenience store parking lot in Port St. Joe, Florida. It’s been speculated that the young woman is Tara Calico who vanished from her New Mexico home the previous September. In addition to the physical resemblance she is shown next to a book by V.C. Andrews, her favorite author. The boy has not been identified. The woman who found the photo said the parking space had previously been occupied by a white Toyota cargo van but such a man was never caught.