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April 6, 2017

34 People Share The Most Disturbing, Messed Up Thing That Ever Happened In Their Own Hometown

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1. Bones

When I was in middle school one of my brother’s friends that lived down the street went missing. She had an older boyfriend who also lived on the same street. He was allegedly the last person to see her and the story was she had left his house late at night to walk home, and he never got the usual phone call that she got home safe. After 24 hours of not hearing from her, he and her family filed a missing persons. Eventually, the search parties stopped, the missing posters were taken down, and she was deemed as lost.

Fast forward to a couple years later. The boyfriend had been moved out of the house for a while now, a new family moves in. The kids are playing in the woods behind the house, and they find her bones.

The skull was totally bashed in and a disturbing amount of her bones were broken. She was beaten to death. The worst part was the remains were no more than 6 feet from the house. I have no idea why the cops hadn’t found them, but it really sparked a debate in our town about how serious our police force is.


2. No Age Limit On Sadism

Just recently, an old couple in Northern Ireland were convicted of imprisoning and sexually abusing a mentally handicapped woman for 8 years. They also let their friends abuse her, and kept her locked in a room with the door handle removed so she couldn’t leave. The room was full of human waste, and when the girl was found she only had 1 tooth left because they gave her chocolate and candy to eat in return for being kept there.

Sick fucking bastards, I hope they suffer in prison.


3. PTSD Decades After The War

This actually directly ties into my family.

So my grandfather (mum’s side) is a Vietnam War Vet, he had a lapse in his PTSD Treatment, had a horrible nightmare after my grandmother had passed. He woke up from the nightmare but was having a flashback. So he drove into town, shot two teenagers with a shotgun thinking they were Vietnamese soldiers.

Neither of the teenagers died or were seriously injured. A lot of damage to the vehicle they were in. Which my family did pay for, my grandfather was put back on his medication. He just hasn’t been the same since.


4. A Town That Can’t Forget

A little over 10 years ago, a high school senior in my town went missing, they’ve never found him. Apparently, he was at a party just before graduation, got into a fight with his girlfriend, and left to walk home. They’ve extensively checked all the nearby woods, dredged the rivers and lakes, it even caught the attention of some TV “psychic”. They found his car, abandoned, but no other sign of him.

The creepiest part is how everyone in my hometown still talks about it; My psych teacher in high school used his disappearance as an example when we discussed dissociative fugue states; the town is still plastered in MISSING signs; every year they go out and search again. I always wonder if it was suicide, an accident, foul play, or if he just took off across the country.


5. Principal Goes Mad

Principal went crazy, slit his dog’s throat, threatened his family, and resisted arrest while naked and covered in blood.


6. The Rape And Suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons was raped by several people and the video was spread around town. She was then harassed and bullied because of it. She tried to hang herself and slipped into a coma, where they later took her off life support.

I have zero sympathy for rapists and predators. The system needs to be so much harsher on them.


7. Triple homicide of three teenagers

Triple homicide. All high school kids. The whole story sounds like a bad 80’s slasher movie. The guy who lived in the house where it took place had a younger sister who started dating an older guy. The guy was (I think) in college. The brother was a senior in HS. The sister was like…16ish. So when the brother found out he went and confronted the new boyfriend. Threatened to kick his ass and stuff.

Of course, the boyfriend’s reaction was the only reasonable reaction that existed. He sat outside the brother’s house on a Saturday night and waited until around 4 am. The brother had two friends over. They were, of course, doing teenager things. (Drinking and smoking while mom and dad were out of town.) Boyfriend broke in. He had to have been like a fucking ninja. The house was small and he climbed in through a tiny window in the kitchen.

The 3 guys in the house were pretty heavily intoxicated. But how he didn’t wake any of them up is pretty confusing. He went into the living room where the brother was and stood right over his head, and put a gun to his forehead and fired. He could have let the other two guys live. But nah.

Once he realized they were there and still asleep (or too drunk/high to defend themselves) he popped them also. One was in a guest room and the other was in the living room floor under a ton of blankets. The theory is that the guy under the blankets actually woke up and scared the killer, and he shot him as he sat up. So and he checked the house for more people and found the third one who looked like he didn’t move at all because he was passed out from drinking.


8. A School Fundraiser Gone Wrong

A kid selling candy door to door for a school fundraiser was murdered for his money. Not only did it happen in my hometown, but on my street about 15-20 houses down the road. I wasn’t allowed to ride my bike too far for awhile after that.

Actually, I just looked it up for the first time ever and it was way more disturbing than that.



Neighbouring town but about a 15 min drive. Robert “Willie” Pickton. He is a serial killer convicted of murdering 6 women (for which he was given the longest possible sentence in Canada 25 years with no chance of parole). He has however admitted to murdering 49 women. Lots of awful details, but mostly he is known for feeding his victims to his pigs… He was a pig farmer.


10. The Oakville Blobs

Not my town but an hour away, in 1994 it rained Gelatin nobody ever figured out why for sure.

Several attempts were made to identify the blobs, with Barclift initially asking her mother’s doctor to run tests on the substance at the hospital. Litle obliged and reported that it contained human white blood cells. Barclift also managed to persuade Mike Osweiler, of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s hazardous materials spill response unit, to examine the substance. While white blood cells contain nuclei, further examination by Osweiler’s staff reported that the blobs contained cells that lacked this cellular structure.”


11. Quadruple Murder in Kitsap, Washington

This unsolved quadruple murder of an entire family including a 16-yo kid from the HS in our sleepy town. It’s super unsettling and people around here say the police suspect a cartel connection/hit but nothing has been proven yet.


12. Five White Men Assault A Black Teenager In Nova Scotia

Not my hometown, but my SO’s.

A few years back a teenage boy was found wandering around a rural road near the town. His clothes were ripped up and he was injured. From what I remember, he also had shackles attached to his ankles – but I can’t find a news story that confirms that. Turned out he had been kidnapped and physically and sexually assaulted for several hours by two five hillbillies nearby.

Apparently, they sodomized him with a drumstick and penetrated his skin with a corkscrew.


13. “away on a business trip”

Husband of an older couple disappears from the community. The wife made excuses for his absence ‘He’s away for work, He’s found another woman’ etc then took off overseas. The son, suspicious about the lack of communication from his mother overseas, went to his parent’s house to investigate. He found his father’s body in the wall of the garage. His hands and feet had been bound, and a plastic bag covered his head.

Wife returned home for some unfathomable reason and was arrested. While on bail she climbed into the refrigerator and suffocated herself. Link

My father was in the same year in high school as the son…


14. Mother’s Day, 1999

On Mother’s Day in 1999, a woman was jogging with her dogs along a somewhat secluded walking path that runs through my very small hometown. She was raped and then strangled with a dog leash by a 15-year-old boy.

Thankfully, he was tried as an adult, but because of his age, he received 9 years to life. He comes up for parole every two years, but is always denied.


15. A Childhood Playmate

My old next door neighbor had a psychotic break and drown both her kids. I used to play with them a lot.


16. A Father Leaves A Message

My younger brother used to go to a small private school in my city. He was acquainted with a girl that was several years younger than him. One day, she stopped showing up to school for a while. I guess the teachers had tried to get ahold of the girl’s parents, but couldn’t reach them, and had just assumed they moved. Turns out she had been brutally murdered by her dad, who also killed her mother, and wrote in her blood on the walls of their home. The teachers had to inform the kids that she died, but I don’t know much about how they did that, but I remember my brother coming home with a wristband with the girl’s name on it with a heart.


17. The Charismatic Youth Leader

I went to this small church in town that was very charismatic and had a lot of really good people. The youth leader always creeped me out, though…he was an ex-convict, ex-drug addict, ex-everything, and had a lot of stories from his life before he came to the town I was living in. We stopped going to that church, and I forgot about him for a while, he eventually became the pastor of a new church, and was gaining a lot of popularity in the community….then he was arrested after his house burned down with his wife in it. The story was he had been seeing one of the girls in the youth group off and on over the years since she was a teenager. He was caught taking vacations with her when he said he was going on retreats and spending money on her, but since he was a Christian and didn’t believe in divorce, he planned out a way to make it look like there had been a gas leak in the home, and that it was an accident. He was found outside of the home as it was burning, and his wife died inside. He’s now in prison, and his girlfriend has his child, and it’s soooo weird seeing her around town.


18. A Mother Sets A Fire

Me and my sister (10 and 8 at the time I think) lived right down the street from a couple of our really good friends, who were sisters(4 or 5 and 9?). One morning our mom comes and tells us not to go to school, and she has to talk to us about something serious. Well, it turns out that our friends’ mother burnt the house down the night before, killing both of the sisters because she was fighting with her husband and didn’t want to lose them in a custody battle. My sister named her daughter after the older girl.


19. Laci And Connor Peterson

The murder of Laci and Connor Peterson. They lived down the street from me. Scott is still sentenced to death by lethal injection and is currently in San Quentin. I remember my parents watching the news all day long on Christmas Day.


20. A Jealous And Evil Woman Claims A Baby

A woman kidnapped a pregnant woman, killed her, and cut the fetus from her womb, then proceeded to claim it was her child, even providing stolen sonograms to her family.


21. 47-year-old kidnapper

This happened in like 2002 a girl who I was friends with met a guy online and he told her he was 16. Well he was actually a 47 year old and while her dad, he was a cop, and brother were at work he kidnapped her. The FBI came down to help and it was a big deal. She was gone 19 hours when they found her and her abductor in a storage unit, she had been raped and killed before he killed himself.


22. Playing Harp With Elizabeth Smart

I grew up in Utah and played harp with Elizabeth Smart in a few concerts. She and I had the same harp teacher growing up. I also played in a concert for Elizabeth with some other students under that teacher after she was kidnapped. After she was found, Elizabeth said in an interview that she never saw any of the billboards nor heard about the massive amounts of news stories about her, but she did know about that little concert her fellow harp students played for her in Salt Lake City.


23. Labour MP Jo Cox

I’m sure people will have heard of this but MP Jo Cox being murdered in broad daylight outside a library in a small market town.

I knew Jo personally and found out at work, it was devastating and hearing more details about it in the following weeks made it even harder.

For those who don’t know, Jo Cox was a labour MP here in the UK, she was very well liked. She also rallied for the UK to stay in the EU. She was on her way to do a surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire when she was shot and stabbed. I’m not going to name the man who did it because he doesn’t deserve to be named.

Jo died of her injuries in hospital, during the attack her assistants tried fighting off the attacker but she told them to get back and let him hurt her.

It was crazy to think that someone living so locally was a Nazi, he had Nazi memorabilia in his house as well as books etc.

It’s almost a year since this happened and we’re all still shocked by it.

R.I.P Jo, you were a shinning beacon in dark times.


24. Online Chatting Turned Deadly

I used to sing in a children’s choir in a small town with a girl named Trisha. She was 15. One day, she went missing. She ran away from home, supposedly. Eventually, her body was found a few miles away. Turns out she had been chatting online with a guy much older than her and left home to be with him. He brutally murdered and dismembered her. They found her jawbone in his house which he kept as a trophy. The children’s choir sang “Goin’ Up a Yonder” at her funeral. It was very, very sad.


25. Gambling And Murder

A burnt out body in a suitcase was discovered in a rest area near me, recently. Turns out it was some Chinese guy from Manchester trying to take on the dead person’s identity to pay off his massive gambling debts.


26. “The Birnies Will Get You”

I grew up in a suburb in Western Australia where there was a notorious serial killer couple, they abducted, raped, tortured and killed several young women and were only caught because one of their victims got away. As a kid they were kind of like the bogey-man, we used to freak each other out by saying things like, “watch out, don’t do that or go there or the Birnies will get you”.

When I was about 22 I was having a drink with my parents one night (we were all a bit drunk) and my dad told me that he had received a phone-call in the middle of the night when I was about 18 months old from someone who was very likely David Birnie, telling him that he knew where his daughter was. Dad told him that his daughter was in her bed, hung up and wrote it off as a prank call until he later saw that one of the victims had the same surname and lived on the same street as us. So yeah, the neighbourhood serial-killer called my parents because he called the wrong number in the phone book. When my dad told me this he got really emotional about it because he felt bad about not calling the police, and it gave me the heebie-jeebies big time. I’m really glad I never knew about it until I was an adult.


27. Six-Year-Old Disappears

I’m from a small, rural town of about 1,500 people. A six year old girl went missing in the 80’s. It was a huge deal. A lot of people in town scoured the surrounding fields and forests for her, but she never turned up. It was really sad, and people talked about it for years.

In the early 2000’s, a young woman of the right age came to town and started claiming to be the missing girl. People got really excited and hopeful. Turned out she was just lying for attention. It really upset a lot of people.


28. A Couple Murdered Their Daughter And Reported Her Missing

There was a restaurant a block or two from my parent’s house owned by a couple. They had a little girl, and one day she went missing. The dad called the police that evening saying she must have wandered off. Turns out that morning the mom got mad at her and hit her in the head so hard it killed her. They hid her body in the kitchen and went along the rest of the day as normal, serving customers and everything, with the daughter they recently murdered hidden in the back. Only after closing did they call the police, and made up the story about her going missing.


29. The murder of Blake and Mary-Joe Hadley

The murder of Blake and Mary-Joe Hadley. Their son murdered them with a hammer and then had a party after dragging their bodies into their bedroom.

This happened a few years ago.

In 2001 a patient killed four people by snapping their necks and stomping on spines at a psychiatric hospital I used to work at.

The nurse was beaten to death the night of the attack, but the other 3 elderly people were not so lucky.

The first patient died the day after the April 10 attacks, but hospital officials originally attributed his death to cancer. The other two languished for up to four days before they died.


30. Mixing Up Concrete

Read a true crime novel about a man that murdered his estranged wife, chopped up her body into pieces, then mixed them into a couple of blocks of concrete, which he then disposed of in nearby lakes. I knew it happened in my hometown before I even read about it, but I had no idea how close the guy lived. It was a 5-minute drive from my place.


31. The Richardson Family Murders

My hometown has a pretty interesting one,

Back in 2006, a 12-year-old girl was dating a 23-year-old guy. They met at a punk rock show and were both pretty heavily into the goth scene. Not sure if most other cities had that kind of culture around that time, but my hometown sure did. Now, this guy was a bit of a nutcase. He literally thought he was a 400-year-old werewolf, and often wore a vile of blood around his neck. This girl was going through a rebellious stage and didn’t seem to care that her boyfriend was so much older than her. Naturally, her parents did not approve of this relationship, and often would ground her or take away her computer/phone privileges in hopes of putting an end to their relationship.

This was before texting, facebook, and other social media websites were a commonly used medium for communication. So they used the websites Nexopia, and VampireFreaks to send messages to each other. They declared their love for each other and basically stated that they would be together, no matter who wanted to pull them apart. Eventually, though, the girl got so tired of her parents disapprove of her relationship that she told her boyfriend they should do something about it.

Fast forward a bit, when a small neighborhood child walks over to the girl’s house, in hopes of seeing if her brother (who was 8 years old) could play, he sees something in the basement window…dead bodies. The cops come and discover the mother and father stabbed and dead in the basement. They go upstairs and discover the 8-year-old boy in his bed, dead, with his throat slit. Absolutely gruesome scene. The girl is nowhere to be found. At first, it is thought that she had been abducted, and an amber alert was put out. However, when the police went to the girl’s school, they found drawings in her locker of her killing her parents. Likewise, when they searched her accounts on Nexopia and VampireFreaks, they found messages between the guy and girl that stated they intended to kill her parents so they could be together.

Basically, the guy got high and drunk, snuck over with a knife, climbed in through a window, killed both her parents in the basement, and then they both figured they should kill her brother too. The testimony of how and why this happened is still debated here to this day. They were both caught the next day in a different city. The guy was sentenced to life in prison and remains there to this day. Because the girl was so young, she served 10 years under a rehabilitation program, and was then deemed to not be a threat to society, and is now released. She has a different name, and was pursuing a university degree last I heard. I do not believe the two have any contact anymore, but my hometown will never forget that day in April.


32. Paul Bernardo and karla homolka

There’s a lot of disturbing stories on here but mine is probably up there: Paul Bernardo was from near my hometown and abducted one of his victims from my hometown. I frequently drive by the location this girl was taken from and I still get goosebumps every time. He (along with his wife, Karla Homolka, who is just as fucked) was responsible for the rapes, torture, and murder of multiple women, I think he filmed some of it too. Don’t read look too much into him if you’re easily upset/disturbed, he was really really fucked up.


33. Syrian Hometowns Are Another Story Altogether

I mean.. I’m Syrian soo everything from chemical warfare to burning people’s genitalia to stoning.

The one experience I actually encountered was when I was 11, on my last visit. I was going for a 3-hour car ride from Latakiya (where my mom’s family is) to Aleppo (where.y dad’s family is); my uncle and my mom were sitting in the front while my and my sister hid in the back with the luggage. We passed by 6 stops and everything was fine, until this one stop where they made everyone get out of the car and drag their bags out, and when they noticed me sitting under one of the bags they pulled me out and sized me up. They checked our passports, emptied our clothes into the street, and when they finally let us go, one of them looked my mom straight in the eyes and said “this one stays”

He grabbed me by the neck and took his pistol out, my mom started raging while my uncle was trying to keep her under control. Seeing the soldier with a rifle my height over his shoulder, and his friends gang up on my mom got me so scared I started crying. Mom still tried to grab me, so he pulled a pistol out and pointed it at my temple; my knees gave up on me but he held me by the neck while his friends raised their rifles on my family.

“We’re keeping her, you can go”

I don’t remember much after that, all I know is I woke up in the car, sleeping on my mother’s lap while she was praying and crying; they gave them all the money we had (about 500k leira) and they let me go.


34. The Rhoads Opera House Fire

Let’s flash back 150ish years (I guess, thankfully, not many gruesome things/deaths/disappearances happen in my hometown.) There used to be a theater in the center of town. One night, during a play attended by about 400 people, a gas lantern used as a prop was kicked over and set the place on fire. 177 people (many of them were kids, too) died in the fire, and the town was an absolute wreck for years to come. There were so many unidentifiable bodies because everything just got burnt to a crisp – peoples’ jewelry was often fused to the remains, and that is how they were ID’ed by the family. Many makeshift morgues were set up and undertakers worked around the clock for days to try and make heads or tails of the deaths, missing, etc. There’s a tombstone in one of the cemeteries dedicated to the unidentified but presumed dead, because they couldn’t be positively identified.

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