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The Lineup’s Creepiest Stories of July 2016

From sinister pacts to the blood-soaked history of an American murder house, these creepy stories still send shivers down our spine.


The temperatures were high but our blood ran cold this July. Over the last four weeks we investigated the freaky origins of American urban legends, peered inside the Amityville horror house, and explored the most disturbing incidents linked to Pokemon Go. While there's a soft spot in our dark little hearts for every story we publish, here are 11 creepy stories from July 2016 that continue to terrify.


The Creepiest Pokémon Go Incidents So Far

Pokemon Go in a Graveyard

Gotta Catch ‘Em All … even if they’re all lurking in the neighborhood cemetery. Pokémon Go is America’s favorite new app. And while the game is luring people out of their houses and into the streets, it’s also led them into graveyards, and—on one occasion—right up to a dead body. READ MORE


Stranger with Candy: The Kidnapping Spree of Teen Chyrel Jolls

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Photo: Crime Feed/Buffalo Courier-Express archive, E.H. Butler Library, SUNY College at Buffalo

Teen kidnapper Chyrel Jolls grabbed her victim, five-year-old Richard Edgington, by the wrist and threatened to drown him if he didn’t go with her. Yet this was only part of Jolls’ fatal kidnapping spree that terrorized Buffalo in the summer of 1961. READ MORE


10 Terrifying True Stories of Killers Who Knew Their Victims

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Photo: Cover of Until the Twelfth of Never Via Taylor Street Publishing

The FBI estimates that a whopping 80 percent of murder victims are intimately acquainted with their killers—a statistic that proved all too true for these people. From parents killing their children to lovers holding grudges, these 10 true crime books will have you sleeping with one eye open. READ MORE


8 People Who Allegedly Sold Their Souls to the Devil

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

What would you sell to get what you want? These men and women allegedly signed contracts with Satan for earthly pleasure and success. The deals may have paid off in the short-term, but the eternal return was far from positive. READ MORE


The Bloody History of Lake Shawnee Amusement Park

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Photo: Forsaken Fotos / Flickr (CC)

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park opened in the 1920s. Little did the owner know that the park was built on a Native American burial ground, and that a bloody massacre took place there. READ MORE


Why Did This Teenage Girl Murder Her Best Friends?

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Christine Paolilla’s yearbook photo. Photo Via Kensington Books

Things were looking up for outsider Christine Paolilla when two popular girls at her high school took her under their wing. But Christine’s newfound happiness made her murder of her best friends all the more disturbing. M. William Phelps investigates the shocking events in his book, Never See Them Again. READ MORE


The True Conjuring: 5 Paranormal Cases Investigated by Ed And Lorraine Warren

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Photo Via Flavorwire

Paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren are known by many as the original ghostbusters. From the Amityville Horror to the Perron Family Haunting—which inspired the movie The Conjuring—here are five of the married pair’s most chilling investigations. READ MORE


Vanished: The Unsolved Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

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Photo: Bettmann / Getty Images

One winter day in Bennington, Vermont, 18-year-old Paula Jean Welden walked into the woods and vanished without a trace. Despite a massive search, her trail quickly went cold. To this day, the young woman’s fate remains a mystery. READ MORE


The Goodbar Murder: A Woman’s Fatal One-Night Stand

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Photo: Roseann Quinn (left) and her killer John Wayne Wilson (right) via Alchetron

Catholic schoolteacher Roseann Quinn was the picture of innocence … or so everyone thought. When she was killed by a one-night stand and became the Goodbar murder victim, a whole other side of Quinn was revealed. READ MORE


You Can Now Own the Amityville Horror House … If You Dare

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Photo: Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images

For sale: A five bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home with a chilling history of murder. Step inside the Amityville Horror House, a stately abode with a blood-soaked past that recently hit the market. READ MORE