21 Creepy Wikipedia Pages That Will Have You Locking Your Doors Tonight

1. Villisca Axe Murders

Villisca Ax Murder House Facebook
Villisca Ax Murder House Facebook

In 1912 in a sleepy town in Iowa (population around 2k), someone took an axe to a family of six and their two house guests. A hundred years later the case remains unsolved. No one knows who murdered these people or why, or even how all the people (save one, maybe) remained asleep while other people in the house were bludgeoned with an axe.

Now the house is reportedly super haunted and since you can stay at the house and do your own ghost hunt, and I heard a particularly terrifying recording of an EVP on this radio show. Warning: it is not for the faint of heart.

2. Spontaneous human combustion


Spontaneous human combustion is a phenomenon where you could go up in flames suddenly. Like, right now. With no cause (hence, ‘spontaneous’).


Henry Thomas, a 73-year-old man, was found burned to death in the living room of his council house on the Rassau council estate in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, in 1980. His entire body was incinerated, leaving only his skull and a portion of each leg below the knee. The feet and legs were still clothed in socks and trousers. Half of the chair in which he had been sitting was also destroyed. Police forensic officers decided that the incineration of Thomas was due to the wick effect. His death was ruled ‘death by burning’, as he had plainly inhaled the contents of his own combustion.

No thanks.

3. Bloop

Bloop is an extremely low-frequency and extremely loud noise heard in the ocean. It sound like a noise an animal would make, but it does not match the sounds of any known animal, AND the volume is way louder than the loudest known animal (the blue whale).

Here’s a journalist paraphrasing Dr. Christopher Fox who works for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration talking about the Bloop:

Fox’s hunch is that the sound nicknamed Bloop is the most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts. There’s one crucial difference, however: in 1997 Bloop was detected by sensors up to 4800 kilometres apart. That means it must be far louder than any whale noise, or any other animal noise for that matter. Is it even remotely possible that some creature bigger than any whale is lurking in the ocean depths? Or, perhaps more likely, something that is much more efficient at making sound?

Other scientists believe the sound is made by icebergs, but come on, listen to the audio above. It’s totally an extremely large, secret ocean monster.

4. Chelyabinsk meteor

This was the 2013 meteor that hit Russia. 1,491 people were injured and there’s basically nothing stopping another from hitting your city. Or a bunch of them falling everywhere like the apocalypse making it rain.

5. The Lottery

The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson that originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1948. The story itself is creepy, but not terrifying (it’s basically the OG Hunger Games). Reading the Wikipedia article, however, makes you reflect on the themes of the story and how realistic it is that our society could end up doing something like this. It’s too real.

6. Armin Meiwes


Armin Meiwes was a German cannibal who found someone who voluntarily let him kill and eat him on the internet. Before the victim died, Meiwes severed the guy’s penis and they shared it.

Meiwes has since become a vegetarian but claims there are “about 800” cannibals in Germany.

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7. Murder of Junko Furuta

This is also known as the “Concrete-encased high school girl murder case.” The Wikipedia article basically tells the real life story of a 17 year old Japanese girl who was abducted and held for over 40 days while being tortured. You will call your mom just to tell her you love her after reading this.

8. Hinterkaifeck

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Wikimedia Commons

In 1922 a family of six was killed on their farm by someone with a pickaxe-like tool.

More details:

A few days prior to the crime, farmer Andreas Gruber told neighbours about discovering footprints in the snow leading from the edge of the forest to the farm, but none leading back. He also spoke about hearing footsteps in the attic and finding an unfamiliar newspaper on the farm. Furthermore, the house keys went missing several days before the murders, but none of this was reported to the police.

Six months earlier, the previous maid had left the farm, claiming that it was haunted; the new maid, Maria Baumgartner, arrived on the farm on 31 March, only a few hours before her death.

Exactly what happened on that Friday evening cannot be said for certain. It is believed that the older couple, as well as their daughter Viktoria and her daughter Cäzilia, were somehow all lured into the barn one by one, where they were killed. The perpetrator(s) then went into the house where they killed two-year-old Josef who was sleeping in his cot in his mother’s bedroom, as well as the maid, Maria Baumgartner, in her bed-chamber.

9. Carl Tanzler

It’s a classic love story: Doctor falls for patient, patient dies, doctor lives with corpse chillin in his house for seven years…

10. Gloria Ramirez

In 1994 Gloria Ramirez had advanced cervical cancer when she went to the emergency room. The home remedy she was taking for her cancer formed a poisonous gas after her heart was defibed and made several of the hospital staff sick enough that they passed out.

11. List of reportedly haunted locations in the world

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Wikimedia Commons

If you’re looking for a way to Wiki your entire day away, this would be the place to start. Research all the haunted houses in the world. Search for ones in your area. Sink deeper into this creepy-ass k-hole.

12. Dnepropetrovsk maniacs

This selfie was taken by the killers.
This selfie was taken by the killers.

The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs are two 19 year-old psychopaths in Ukraine who killed a bunch of people, some in broad daylight. They made videos of the murders and put them on the internet. A motive for the killing spree was never established. It was hypothesized that they planned to make money from the murder videos they made.

Deputy interior minister Nikolay Kupyanskiy said “For these young men, murder was like entertainment or hunting.”

13. H. H. Holmes

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Known as ‘Dr. Henry Howard Holmes,’ this guy built a hotel specifically as a playhouse for him to murder people in. He is suspected of murdering up to 200 people. The murder hotel contained, “a maze of over 100 windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, oddly-angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors openable only from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions.” There was also a “corpse chute” that allowed Holmes to drop bodies from the hotel into the basement.

14. Elizabeth Báthory

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Elizabeth is maybe the most prolific female serial killer ever, and is known as the “Blood Countess.” She tortured and murdered up to hundreds of young girls in her castle with the help of her servants.

15. Killing of Tim McLean

A guy was stabbed and eaten in public, while riding a Greyhound bus in Canada. Here’s the witness accounts:

Garnet Caton, a 26-year-old seismic driller who sat one row ahead of McLean, described hearing “a blood-curdling scream,” saying, “I turned around and the guy sitting right behind me was standing up and stabbing another guy with a big Rambo knife…. Right in the throat. Repeatedly.”

Caton added: “I got sick after I saw the head thing. Some people were puking, some people were crying, some people were shocked. [The attacker] just looked at us and dropped the head on the ground, totally calm.” A police officer who was at the scene said the attacker also cut off parts of the victim’s body and ate them.

Another passenger, Stephen Allison, stated that McLean fought his attacker, providing other passengers with the opportunity to get off the bus.

16. Roanoke Colony

Who wasn’t fascinated by the Roanoke Colony when they learned about it in elementary school history class? An entire colony disappears after being left alone for three years with only a small clue, the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. Tell me this isn’t one of the most interesting Wikis out there.

17. Albert Fish

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Wikimedia Commons

Fish was a child killer from the early 1900s who raped and ate some of his victims. He was only convicted of three murders, but he claimed to have committed over 100, and that he had a “child in every state.”

It should also be noted that his face is way creepy. :(

18. Boy in the Box

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Wikimedia Commons

The boy in the box is a child murder victim who was found naked and beaten in a box. He has never been identified.

19. Murder of Shanda Sharer

Honestly, this is probably the sickest thing I have ever read on the internet. Four girls tortured and killed a 12-year-old girl, eventually burning her alive. They then went to McDonald’s and ate breakfast, joking about how she looked like one of the sausages they were eating.

20. List of people who disappeared mysteriously

This is the k-hole that keeps on giving. The princes in the tower, Amelia Earhart, Natalee Holloway–and probably about a thousand people you’ve never even heard of.

21. Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter

In 1955 two families report seeing green men and UFOs. Sounds super made up, right? There were over 20 witnesses, including policemen and a state trooper.

Even creepier are the actual activities of the creatures:

The seven people present in the farmhouse claimed that they were terrorized by an unknown number of creatures similar to gremlins, which have since often been referred to as the “Hopkinsville Goblins” in popular culture. The residents of the farmhouse described them as around three feet tall, with upright pointed ears, thin limbs (their legs were said to be almost in a state of atrophy), long arms and claw-like hands or talons. The creatures were either silvery in color, or wearing something metallic. Their movements on occasion seemed to defy gravity with them floating above the ground and appearing in high up places, and they “walked” with a swaying motion as though wading through water. Although the creatures never entered the house, they would pop up at windows and at the doorway, waking up the children in the house to a hysterical frenzy.

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