It’s been one freaky year at TLU. Over the last twelve months, we’ve peered into the case files of grisly unsolved murders, investigated eerie encounters with the paranormal, and visited some of the strangest locations from around the world. While there’s a soft spot in our dark little hearts for every story we publish, some continue to keep us up at night. Here are the 13 creepiest stories from 2015.
23 PARENTS DESCRIBE THEIR KIDS’ CREEPY IMAGINARY FRIENDS
July, 2015 – Forget runny noses or messy diapers—the real nightmare to parenting is a spine-chilling encounter with your child’s imaginary friend. A mom asked Reddit users to share the scariest thing their children have ever said about their ghostly companions. Be prepared to keep the night light on after reading these creepy accounts.
9 INCREDIBLE CORPSES THAT NEVER DECOMPOSED
August, 2015 – Death can be strangely beautiful. Yet there are some who refuse to leave the physical world. From frozen Arctic explorers to incorrupt saints, the preserved corpses of these long-lost souls have remained eerily intact for hundreds—sometimes thousands—of years.
INSIDE THE DEMENTED MIND OF JOHN WAYNE GACY, JR.
March, 2015 – John Wayne Gacy, Jr. seemed to lead the ideal suburban life in Des Plaines, Illinois—until he was convicted of slaughtering 33 young men. Venture down into the basement of America’s killer clown in this killer excerpt from Tim Cahill’s true crime exposé, Buried Dreams.
9 SERIAL KILLERS AND THE SPECIFIC WAY THEY SELECTED THEIR VICTIMS
CARNIE KILLERS: THE MURDER TRIAL OF LOBSTER BOY
July, 2015 – While true crime writer Fred Rosen was investigating the murder of Grady Stiles—a.k.a. Lobster Boy—he received a video tape that changed the course of the trial forever. But not without a threat to his own life.
UNDYING LOVE: CARL TANZLER’S MUMMIFIED DREAM GIRL
LITTLE HOUSE OF MURDER: THE BLOODY BENDERS
DOUBLY DISTURBING: THE MARCUS TWINS’ MYSTERIOUS SUICIDES
8 REAL HAUNTED HOUSES YOU CAN ACTUALLY VISIT
THE FORGOTTEN ISLAND OF NEW YORK
THE GHOST WHO SOLVED HER OWN MURDER
March, 2015 – In 1897, Mary Jane Heaster was devastated by the mysterious death of her daughter Zona—that is, until Zona’s spirit appeared in the night to tell her she’d been strangled by her husband. Unearth the eerie tale of the Greenbrier Ghost, in which one woman’s murder is solved by messages from beyond the grave.
PHANTOM KILLER: THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF THE TEXARKANA MURDERS
December, 2015 – In 1946, a sadistic killer dressed in a white gunny sack mask terrorized the small town of Texarkana at twilight. His brutal attacks are known as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders and they remain unsolved to this day.
HOUSE OF DARKNESS: THE HAUNTING OF THE PERRON FAMILY
September, 2015 – In the winter of 1970, Roger and Carolyn Perron and their children moved into a quaint Rhode Island farmhouse. Little did they know, their dream home in the country was a cursed house of horrors.
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