“This documentary about David Reimer who was turned into a girl at birth while his twin brother was not. And the doctor who did it was a weirdo pervert who made the twin boys do weird things naked as part of the experiment.” — Wig_Wam_Bam0000
Jim Jones and The People’s Temple
“We grow up hearing about this and just think “Oh, must have been a bunch of nutjobs,” and totally miss the lesson.
If you actually look into it, these were normal people who, like any of us, have a psychological blind spot that Jim Jones knew how to exploit. He actually started out with a lot of good ideas, then when someone you look up to starts telling you “I am the only person that cares about you,” and “Everyone is lying to you except me” you eventually believe them.
Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader:
— Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
— No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
— No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
— Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
— There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
— Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
— There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
— Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
— The group/leader is always right.
— The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to whether we as a society ever learned our lesson from the People’s Temple debacle.” — Buckle_Sandwich
The Nazino affair, aka, Cannibal Island
“Back in the 30’s, some bigwigs in the USSR wanted to do what amounted to a collectivization experiment on an unsettled island, so they rounded up 6000 mostly randomly snatched up city folk and dumped them on a undeveloped island with almost no food or supplies or shelter, with guards stationed around the island ordered to shoot anyone who tried to leave.
Within 3 months, roughly 2/3rds of the islands population was dead, with many of the survivors resorting to eating the dead (and in some stories, butchering still living people). Eventually, the experiment was deemed a failure and they removed the survivors off the island, and records about the experiment got buried until the 1980’s.” — GlastonBerry48
“NASA has radio transmission made by every planet in our solar system essentially giving the planets “sounds”. Saturn screams.
The creepy history of cornflakes
The inventor of corn flakes made it bland and boring so people wouldn’t get excited and have sex or masturbate.
He also ran a sanitarium, put carbolic acid on little girl’s privates so they would never derive pleasure from sex , and put wires on boy’s penises so that when they had an erection it would cause them pain… among other things. He believed in some crazy crap.” — michonne_impossible
“Room 1046 is a pretty creepy unsolved case, basically an un identified man was brutally murdered in his hotel room after he had been sat there, alone, in the dark, all day. Throw in some mysterious phone calls and strange behaviors and it’s a pretty interesting story.” — KTalice17
“I have a book entitled The Book of Executions. It’s so interesting.
Where is Shelly Miscavige?
“The wife of the leader of the church of scientology has not been seen for over 10 years, the higher ups of the organization claim she is dedicating all her time to the church, but the fact that ever since she got in a big fight with her husband 10 years ago, none of her family members had seen or contacted her indicates foul play.” — are_motherfucker
“A redditor (when she was young) and her mom were out camping and there were men in a truck nearby. Later that night, she was awoken by her mom in the tent who was sitting up and motioning for her to be quiet. They could hear the men approaching the tent. The mom had a bit of quick thinking and said “Tommy, grab the gun” aloud, even though it was just the girl and her mom. The men ended up leaving after hearing that. I can’t imagine the horrors they avoided that night.” — asrony
“Definitely the tale of that guy who died in the nutty putty cave upside down unable to be rescued as it would have involved breaking his legs.
Japanese war crimes during WWII
“Zhejiang-Jiangxi campaign which was led by the Japanese as a revenge for the Dollitle raid. Here is what Wikipedia says about it: “After the raid, the Japanese Imperial Army began the Zhejiang-Jiangxi campaign (also known as Operation Sei-go) to prevent these eastern coastal provinces of China from being used again for an attack on Japan and to take revenge on the Chinese people. An area of some 20,000 sq mi (50,000 km2) was laid waste. “Like a swarm of locusts, they left behind nothing but destruction and chaos,” eyewitness Father Wendelin Dunker wrote. The Japanese killed an estimated 10,000 Chinese civilians during their search for Doolittle’s men. People who aided the airmen were tortured before they were killed. Father Dunker wrote of the destruction of the town of Ihwang: “They shot any man, woman, child, cow, hog, or just about anything that moved, They raped any woman from the ages of 10 – 65, and before burning the town they thoroughly looted it…None of the humans shot were buried either…” The Japanese entered Nancheng, population 50,000 on June 11, “beginning a reign of terror so horrendous that missionaries would later dub it ‘the Rape of Nancheng.’ ” evoking memories of the infamous Rape of Nanjing five years before. Less than a month later, the Japanese forces put what remained of the city to the torch. “This planned burning was carried on for three days,” one Chinese newspaper reported, “and the city of Nancheng became charred earth.”
When Japanese troops moved out of the Zhejiang and Jiangxi areas in mid-August, they left behind a trail of devastation. Chinese estimates put the civilian death toll at 250,000. The Imperial Japanese Army had also spread cholera, typhoid, plague infected fleas and dysentery pathogens. The Japanese biological warfare Unit 731 brought almost 300 pounds of paratyphoid and anthrax to be left in contaminated food and contaminated wells with the withdrawal of the army from areas around Yushan, Kinhwa and Futsin. Around 1,700 Japanese troops died out of a total 10,000 Japanese soldiers who fell ill with disease when their biological weapons attack rebounded on their own forces.
Shunroku Hata, the commander of Japanese forces involved of the massacre of the 250,000 Chinese civilians, was sentenced in 1948 in part due to his “failure to prevent atrocities”. He was given a life sentence but was paroled in 1954.”
It is only a small part of what war crimes Japanese commited in WWII but nobody seem to remember them.” — TruePianist
Governments experimenting on citizens
“I recently listened to a talk by Stephen Kinzer on his book “Poisoner in Chief” about the secret drug experiments done by the government on unsuspecting citizens. Insane. I couldn’t help but crack up when he explained how Whitey Bulger was fed huge amounts of LSD for long periods to “observe” it’s effects.” — MorningModulation
Wealthy Japanese man kills, fucks, and eats a french woman in France. Gets released after being found legally insane, then makes a career back home in japan profiting off his crime. He does writing, artwork, and is a celebrity there. Really shows the dark side of japanese culture.” — S_Steiner_Accounting
Creatures from Cambrian life
“Cambrian life. At this point in Earth’s history (541-485 mya) most living things looked nothing like anything that now exists.
There’s the “Tully Monster,” an animal that has paleobiologists in debate over whether it was a vertebrate or not (it’s thought to be related to lampreys); Opabinia, which had five eyes and looks like a cross between a lobster and a vacuum cleaner, and Anomalocaris, basically a chitinous floating death ship that arrived to eat all the much smaller animals of the time. Last, let’s not forget Pikaia, a little wormlike thing that is our distant ancestor.
New discoveries are made all the time, and scientific theories constantly shift to adjust to the existence of the latest mystery creature. They get neglected by the media in favor of dinosaurs, but Cambrian life is just as fantastic!” — ugagradlady
The girl next door
“I would submit Gertrude Baniszewski for the murder of Sylvia Likens, though I hesitate to call it “interesting.” More like disturbing as shit and immensely sad.
In short, the movie “The Girl Next Door” (2007 horror film, not the 2004 movie) was based off this murder. Gertrude locked Sylvia in the basement, and her, her daughter, her son, and a few neighborhood kids tortured Sylvia to death over the course of several months.
Gertrude and her older daughter got life; the kids got 2 to 21 years. Gertrude was eventually fucking paroled, which as an attorney (though, to be fair, not a criminal attorney) has always sat with me as an indictment against our justice system.
Gertrude would live another five years, in an entirely undeserved freedom, before dying of lung cancer in 1990. To date, Gertrude Baniszewski is the only person I can say, with no remorse, that I’m glad got fucking cancer.” — Reaper0329
The Bloody Benders of Labatte, Kansas
“A family of serial killers operating in the mid-late 1800s murdered travelers at their roadside inn.” — Maxwyfe
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
“Serial killer story in Canada – three murders and several rapes.
So heartbreaking – one of the girls mothers locked her out of the house as she missed curfew, Leslie called a friend to see if she could stay over and the friend’s mother said no. Paul Bernardo picked her up that night.
Karla Homolka “gave” Paul her little sister as a Christmas gift and ended up killing her with tranquilizers she stole from work.
Karla was totally involved in everything, but pretended she was a battered woman and only got 12 years.” — Meeg1971
The Bjork Stalker
“Ricardo Lopez was an exterminator with aspirations of being a famous artist one day. He was very reclusive, insecure and lonely. He retreated into a fantasy world and became fascinated with the lives of celebrities, particularly the Icelandic singer Bjork. His fascination soon grew into an obsession and he began stalking her.
Upon finding out that Bjork was engaged to an African American celebrity by the name of Goldie, he became enraged about one, the fact that she was engaged and two that her fiance was a black man. He decided it was his mission to kill her or cause her some kind of physical and emotional harm as punishment. He began constructing a homemade acid bomb that he would mail to her house in London to disfigure or kill the singer. He also planned to commit suicide with the belief that he would meet Bjork in heaven where they could both be happy.
Lopez recorded his entire plan to kill Bjork and his motivations with a video camera and you can find the videos on YouTube. If you watch them you can actually witness his mental deterioration and descent into insanity.
Lopez sent the acid bomb to Bjork’s house and then recorded himself shaving his head, painting his face red and green and then committing suicide by shooting himself through the roof of his mouth. His final words being, “This is for you.”
Fortunately, the police investigated Lopez’ apartment soon after his suicide and the FBI got involved. The package was intercepted by British authorities and the bomb was safely detonated in an isolated location.
Bjork is fortunately still alive and well.
The interesting thing about this case is that it provides an in depth look into the mind of a deranged stalker because of Lopez’ recordings and is a creepy, heartbreaking and also quite fascinating psychological study.
If you’re interested in looking more into the case, the link to a YouTube video that comprises of most of his video taped ramblings and his eventual suicide will be provided. I should warn you, it’s quite disturbing.” — animell0w
The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine
“Thousands have searched for it, and those closest to finding it always seem to end up with bullets in them. Some tell stories of a mysterious sniper (or snipers) that has guarded the area for decades. There are theories that the lost mine and the deaths surrounding it are part of a neo-Confederate conspiracy.
There’s a podcast called Astonishing Legends that did a great series on it.” — kemosabi4
The Disappearance of the Beaumont children
Particularly what one suspect allegedly said to an informant:
Von Einem had said that he performed “brilliant surgery” on each of them, and had “connected them up”.” — samrov91
The slow and painful death of omayra sanchez.
“She was only 13 at the time.
Basically in 1985 there was a volcanic eruption in Armero. There was this huge mudslide and it destroyed most the place. Omayra sanchez got caught up in it. She was stuck in a kneeling position i believe under a brick door that was clenched in the arms of a dead person. One source i read said it was her dead aunt. This meant they coudnt pull her out unless they amputated her legs. But with no equipment to prevent the excessive blood loss, they had to let her die humanely. She was stuck in muddy water that was just below her mouth. Surounded by people trying to comfort her as she knows she was going to die. She suffered for 60 hours. knowing she is going to die people interviewed her as well. One specific photo became very popular and spread world wide concern
The thing that makes me uncomfortable about it is that u can easily find the pictures and even hear her voice in the interview. Just knowing that this was when she was in her final moments horrified me. Im 13 – 14 now and i cant even imagine how terrified i would be in her situation. Not even drugged to stop the extensive pain.” — Fezzyteddi
The murder of Junko Furuta
Dog suicide bridge
“Overtoun bridge in Scotland. Dogs are known to jump to their death for inexplicable reasons and they call it the dog suicide bridge. Many pagan celts believed it was located in a “thin place” where heaven meets earth.” — aveashp
David Paulides missing 411 cases
“He predominantly looks into the phenomenon of unexplained and unusual missing persons cases in the National Parks of America and Canada. It’s very factual and quietly disturbing. I’m hoping to get hold of his books.” — scone-again
Chicago sleep deaths
“Just after the Vietnam war, people all over Chicago or somewhere started dying in their sleep. They all reported having terrible nightmares, some even stating that something was “trying to get them” in their dreams, and avoided sleeping before their deaths. They all were all refugees from the same place, and they were all young men. Autopsies showed no signs of anything health-wise that would have killed them, it was as if they were killed by their nightmares. The weirdest part is that there were legends in their home country about a mythological creature that killed people in their sleep. It’s apparently what inspired “Nightmare on Elm Street.” There’s YouTube videos about it. Creepy stuff.” — [deleted]
“If you haven’t already, check out parasitoid wasps! These guys are practically the original xenomorph. Some use venom to zombify their hosts to make easy prey for their young; others lay multiple eggs on a host, which will eventually burrow into the body of the host and feast on its blood and organs, keeping it alive until it is time for the wasp larvae to pupate.” — tyfroidfever