As a person who constantly fills their head with true crime stories, I gotta say…I’m excited to read these stories.
I don’t know why I’m fascinated by scary and creepy stuff, but I’ve just always been that way.
And we’re about to get a huge dose of the creepy right now.
People on AskReddit shared the scariest stories they know that also happen to be true. Let’s take a look.
1. Close call.
“When I was a kid we lived on a large acreage. One night we came home late and as we entered the driveway we noticed a car pulled over down the road against the ditch that bordered our property.
We saw two people, one of them climbing out of the ditch. When we parked my mom told my dad to go see if they were ok or needed help, my dad said that they looked to be ok and it was probably not a good idea so we all went in and to bed.
The next morning we were woken up by the police, they had our whole yard taped off because some horseback riders had noticed a leg sticking out of a black plastic bag in the ditch exactly where that car was parked!
That look on my moms face I’ll never forget. We know for sure my dad wouldn’t have made it back home alive if he had listened to my mom that night.”
2. The drunk tank.
“I was in the drunk tank with a guy who beat another man to d**th.The guy didn’t d** immediately, was in intensive care for 3 days then d**d in the hospital.
The man who k**led him told me specific details about it and on the third day (when the guy in IC d**d ) the CO’s came in the cell and put him in isolation across the hall. They left him in general pop until the guy actually d**d and once he was officially charged with capital m**der THEN they took him out of our cell.
I was 17 at the time. Never forget being scared to fall asleep right next to this dude.”
3. K**ler dad.
“When I was about 4 and my brother 11, we stayed at my aunt’s between moving house. Her neighbor had a son my brother’s age, so my bro used to go play with him on weekends etc.
One day my brother goes over after lunch. The dad opens the door, says the kids and mum are out shopping, but come on in and have some juice and tell him about how the move is going. My bro goes in, has a drink and a chat, then comes back to my aunt’s after no more than an hour. A few days later police are all over the place.
Turns out the dad m**dered his wife and kids, and was in the middle of burying them in the back garden around the time my brother knocked. Crazy to think what could be different if my brother had visited a couple of hours before, or caught that guy on an off day.”
4. Not a good day.
“I had a associate that was a Fireman.
He had to go find the head of his brother in law after a car accident. Then he had to console his sister when she heard. Tough bloke.
Can you imagine that being your day?”
“I was a director of my college’s student gov’t. There was a guy who was always willing to take on projects so I gave him lots of stuff.
I remember thinking be was very charismatic and well-dressed, and when he told me he owned a startup clothing company, I bought some stuff from his website. It was typical for student government kids to end up at the same parties and I ran into him several times outside of committee.
I was studying abroad my senior year and I was here on reddit. Saw an article with the guy’s face on it. Turns out he r**ed TWELVE girls at my university. It was apparently well known but because his father was a dean and wealthy professor, it kept getting swept under the rug.
Apparently he was using extracurriculars like the student government to keep coming back to campus after he had been removed from his classes.”
6. A bad accident.
“A van of 6 people and a driver are on the way to an engagement. Lonely roads and the driver dozes off. He wakes up and realises that the van is gone out of his control and in the seconds he has, decides to save himself and jumps out through his door. Van out of control, runs down, tosses and rolls.
4 people in the van d**d on the spot, one lucky person survived with minor fractures. The other person had barely survived. She had her skull cracked, the bone under her eyes broken and caved in, glass from the window stuck to her eyes, the nasal bone broken, jaw broken and teeth fell out, shoulder bone broken and dislocated, hip bone fractured, toes broken and a huge chunk of skin gone in her feet.
She was wheeled into the hospital and performed surgeries on. She said the only thing that got her through was thinking that her kids would grow motherless. When I saw her post surgery, she was completely wrapped in bandages like the invisible man, gaps for eyes and a hole for lips. She couldn’t speak for months and couldn’t walk for a year.
This was my mom and the year was 2006. I was 9 or 10 then and the memory of her mummified form still haunts me in my dreams.”
7. Camping trip.
“The Lake Bodom m**ders are scary as hell.
Like, there are 4 teens who go on a camping trip in Finland. The next morning, 3 of the teens are found m**dered, and one of them is almost d**d and severely injured, but survived.
No one knows who the m**derer is today.
Forty-Four years later, the fourth teen, Nils, who survived, was accused of m**dering them and gets sent to prison. But then he was released a year later, because there was little DNA evidence to prove this. And no good evidence to prove that he m**dered them at all.
However, there is circumstantial evidence such as he allegedly fought his one friend due to an argument and was drunk. Some say this could’ve ended in accidental and/or intentional m**der. However, I personally highly doubt that Nils is guilty.
I couldn’t find much information on who Nils thought the m**derer was. So my thoughts are 1.) it’s too traumatic for him to remember, or 2.) He didn’t recognize the person
Some other key suspects include the manager of the camp, who was known for being quite hostile, an ice cream vendor who admitted to the crime on his dea**hbed, and a man who lived only a short distance from the camp who claimed “to be in Germany” during that time. However, there is much doubt for his claim
There was a sketch released of the alleged m**derer. Who seems to be an unsettling picture of an older man. And you can find a photo of the man, who looks like the guy in the sketch, attending a police speech.”
8. Down Under.
“I met a guy who had been traveling Australia with a couple friends, hitchhiking around as many of us had done. One of his friend told him they were near his distant uncles house, whom he’d never met before.
He got a phone number from a family member and as they had hoped, the uncle offered them a place to stay. He picked them up in town and drove them out to his rural property way out in the bush. They said he seemed like a pretty normal guy, friendly and cheery. When it was time to set up a place to sleep the uncle took them to a closet that was totally full of sleeping bags and bed rolls.
They didn’t think much of it at the time and all grabbed a kit and set up on the living room floor. They stayed a couple days and nothing out of the ordinary happened, and afterwards the uncle drove them to the bus station and they continued on their way. About a year later that man was arrested and charged with several counts of m**der.
He was the man who was picking up young hitch hiking backpackers and slaughtering them. The guy who told me this story was 100% certain he had slept in the sleeping bag of one of his victims.”
9. Now this is scary.
“This happened to me. This is from the days when I used to live back home (I used to live in Karachi, Pakistan but now moved to UK).
We used live very close to a CID (Police Investigation Department aka Pakistani FBI) building which we all were unaware of and always thought it was just an ordinary government building till on 11th, Nov 2010.
On that day I around evening time coming home from work I thought I better hit the gym (because they had a sauna and after being tired from all day work that sounded like a good idea) which was hardly 0.3 miles away so I decided to walk to the gym. I change quickly and leave for the gym and start walking towards the gym.
This is almost I’ve hardly walked like 10 minutes and I’m 0.1 miles away roughly and all of a sudden for a nano second I feel that ground is shaking and the next thing I hear is a loudest bang I’ve ever heard followed by a pressure kick into my chest.
Now to let you guys know, my both the ear started bleeding because the bang was so loud and for the reference the kick in the chest was as bad as Big Show wearing military boots and kicking you in the chest straight with full force.
Next thing? I’m on the ground covering my ears because they are in agony and covered in dirt trying to figure out what’s happening. As I am trying to figure out I can see all the cars alarms have gone off. Anything made up of glass has been shattered in roughly 1-2 miles area.
I’m still trying to figure out what has happened and I start smelling gun powder and as if someone is making a BBQ and is being burnt. I will always remember that smell which was something unsettling. Next things rock and dust particle starts landing on me and the surrounding areas which had 1-1.5 inches long of pieces of human skin and flesh.
I am not believing that I have another human skin piece stuck to my arm. I brush up my clothes and arms getting up and covering my ear recovering from that pressure kick.
As I move closer to a spot in a street where I am hearing loads of people screaming and crying I see a few 3-5ft cracks between some walls of the building which have been destroyed by the shockwave of the bang. I see the gap between a wall and move into the area where I see these scenes straight from a Hollywood movie where people are crying, cars on fire and d**d bodies on the ground.
By this time I’m thinking its a bomb blast and that’s what has happened. As I move closer I see a 10ft and 30ft wide crater which has been filled with the water and the building which was a CID building is no longer there. There are hundreds of people lying on the ground crying for help as some of them don’t even have legs or limbs or some don’t have their complete bottom.
I am still in a state of shock looking around and I see a woman crying and hitting herself because she had her husband d**d who’s legs and torso was missing. I seen that later. I see several people without legs, brains out and no limbs.
One thing, which haunted me for sure was a 18-20yr old guy who was d**d and lying on the floor towards his chest on the floor with his neck turned towards me. I can still remember him looking straight into my eyes. His feet were flipped the other way around. After the police arrived and media arrived I came back home after it got crowded.
After I came home after the dusk everyday, I would see that 18-20yr old boy standing and starring into my eyes. I would wake up screaming through out the night and see that guy standing at the door way just staring at me. For two to three weeks I would see this guy regularly during midnight standing in my hallway staring through my soul. I still remember that guy’s face and the shockwave and the sound of the blast.
P.S to this day even the slightest bang or even a loud music drops freaks me out sometimes reminding me of that shockwave. I’m married so sometimes I tell my wife that the bang just reminded me of the shockwave I witnessed in this accident, I don’t tell her but inside my heart I pray secretly that God don’t ever put anyone through that even in their wildest dreams.”
10. Oh, God, no!
“A patient came to me with an infected eyelid. It was swollen for weeks with no improvement despite being on tons of meds.
Apparently, nobody thought to flip the lid upside down. There was a visible abscess, so I thought I’d give it a nudge and saw it move!! This wasn’t an abscess, it was something else.
I managed to remove it quite easily in one whole piece. It was a fly larva.
The patient told me that she had a bug hit her in the eye a few days before she got this “infection”. I removed the larva and within two days the wound closed and she was 100% recovered on basic antibiotic eye drops.”
11. No sense of time.
“I had brain surgery roughly 3 years ago.
I lost my concept of time. What felt like 4 months was only 3 days. The amount of physical, mental, and emotional pain I went through was crazy.
I had to find all of my memories and relearn how to walk, talk, everything. If you want to go through something terrifying that is it.”
“This happened to my sister in law when she was about 11.
Her family lived in a trailer park, down the street was her bus stop for school. Each morning, she would see a man in his trailer taking pictures of her and her friends, it creeped her out so she went to tell her mom about what this guy was doing and how he would just stand in the window staring at them and taking pictures.
So, her mom calls the police and report him; the police didn’t do anything. This went on for about another two weeks with no action from the police to where now my sister in law is terrified to stand and wait for the school bus and her mom had to call the police again!
This time, the police actually arrived at this perverts house and lo-and-behold, the police find a wall covered in pictures of my sister in law, some of the other neighborhood little girls and some child p*rn.
Her and the other families watched from afar with this guy cuffed up and being escorted to the police cruiser.”
13. Bad idea.
“Off the main road of a place I use to work at, a guy decided to climb under a bus to “hitch a free ride”.
Well the bus went over a speed bump and the guy fell and ended up getting caught on the back wheel. His body was dragged 5 blocks before the bus driver realized what was happening.
A police officer who came into our store regularly, told us that the guy was still alive when they got to him, but d**d an hour later. He said his whole back was scraped off exposing his spine. I remember driving down that road after the fact, and you could still see a deep red blood stained trail going on for those 5 blocks.
14. A nightmare.
“The story of John Edward Jones getting stuck in Nutty Putty cave in Utah.
He became wedged in the tight crawl when he took a wrong turn in the cave system. Rescuers could do nothing to get him out and he was stuck in there for 28 hours before he d**d from Cardiac Arrest because feet were above his head and his heart was pumping over time.
One of the rescuers even gave him a phone to call his wife and talk to his young daughter before he d**d.”
15. Unsolved mystery.
“My wife is from Enterprise, OR.
A kid in her school got beheaded on his way home. Was literally found with his head cut off on the side of the street and to this day no one knows who did it or how it happened.
Absolutely gives me chills.”
16. The Hammer Box.
“One of our employees fell into the “Hammer box”. This is a device filled with ultra high torque rotating “hammers” used to grind up large appliances into scrap metal.
It apparently turned 3 times before the emergency shutoff was hit pulling in half the employees body at a diagonal running from the middle of his pelvis to his shoulder. The gruesome part was that he was still alive, as the pressure from the hammers was holding the enormous wound shut.
Took 30 minutes for EMT’s to arrive while he screamed for them to simply turn the machine back on and end it. He didn’t make it.”
17. In the forest.
“One day as a kid I was exploring the forests near our house with my cousin. The forest was on a hill, but there were several craters there because of bombs that were dropped there during the world wars (Germany).
One day we saw a backpack at the bottom of one. We tried to climb down, but it was kinda steep and slippery, so we didn’t want to risk falling. We planned on returning later with a rope, and went home. The next day news story was that there was a backpack found with the remains of a girl, in that forest.
A guy walking his dog found it, after the dog wouldn’t stop barking and going crazy at the edge of the crater, while starring at the backpack. We stopped exploring the forests after.”
18. Not THAT is scary.
“Walking my dog and crossing the street with a green light and a guy blows throw the red light and almost hits me and the dog.
I yell “*SSHOLE” and he slams on his breaks and turns around and pulls into parking lot ahead of me.
I get closer and see the car has Illinois plates (I live in PA) he says “careful who call *sshole I’ve k**led people” I just keep walking and he drives away.
The next day I hear spree k**ler Andrew Cunanan used a stolen credit card at a gas station in my town. 100% sure it was him I called an *sshole.”
19. Random attack.
“One of my dad’s friend’s wife was m**dered by some crazy dude walking down the street.
This guy had just been released from a mental hospital and literally just stabbed her as she walked home. When my dads friend came back he thought she had just taken the dogs out for a walk so he walked along the normal walk route and he saw loads of blue lights.
He was stopped by a police officer and wasn’t allowed any closer until he saw that it was his wife.”
20. The deep water.
“My mother never taught me to swim because when she was a teenager she saw a friend get sucked into a whirlpool at the bottom of a drainage lake that is the deepest body of water within a few hundred miles of us.
They didn’t find his body for days.”
21. Family tragedy.
“When I was much younger we lived across the street from a big family.
The man had a wife and five sons. One night he brought his whole family out into the living room, lined them up and pulled a shotgun out from under the couch and shot himself in the head.
The kids were messed up again for the rest of their lives.”
22. Eaten alive.
“When I was young, I saw a documentary about a guy who got flesh eating bacteria in his nasal cavity. It ate his face and he’s still alive.
Eventually they removed the bacteria by removing the eaten parts of his face. He got a prosthetic face, which back in those days was basically a plastic Halloween mask that tried to look human.
At the end of the documentary, he took the mask off. His face from his forehead down to his mouth was just a hole.”
23. Tina Fey story.
“I think the story of Tina Fey getting the scar on her face is super f*cked up.
She was a kid just sitting and playing in her front yard when a random guy pulled up got out of his car and slashed her face for no reason with a razor…
“My mom was stalked by a guy in her chemistry class. This was back in the late seventies, during her first semester at college.
They were lab partners, and Mom thought he seemed cute and nice, and was too shy at the time to ask him out, but she said if he’d asked her out, she would’ve went. They were friendly with each other in class, but their paths didn’t cross outside of that since they were in different majors.
As the semester wore on, however, she noticed he was often waiting for her outside of her other classes, the library, the student union, out in front where her dad picked her up and dropped her off. This continued into the spring semester. Puzzled, but not yet alarmed, she asked him how he always seemed to know where she was. He proudly said, “Oh, I asked the registrar’s office for a copy of your schedule!”
My mom went to complain to the secretary who gave out her schedule, and the secretary blew it off because “you guys are dating”. Luckily, Mom had already arranged to transfer to a different school for sophomore year, and spent the remaining time left avoiding him. She never saw him after that. But it wasn’t over.
Flash forward to grad school. Mom was at work, and Grandma gets a knock on the door. Since the man at the door was in a naval uniform, and my grandmother was a Navy nurse, she let the man in, because he looked rather sad. He starts off by saying how sorry he is for my mother’s loss, which completely mystified Grandma.
“Well, ma’am, I just got back from overseas, and I found out my friend recently k**led himself. He spoke so highly of his fiancée, your daughter, and I wanted to meet her.”
My grandmother told him her daughter didn’t even have a boyfriend at the moment, let alone a fiancé. It doesn’t take too long to establish the man’s deceased friend in question was in fact Mom’s stalker. The Naval Lieutenant was pretty upset, and my grandmother even more so. She made him leave before Mom got home.
The weird thing about the stalker’s d**th is that it was ruled a suicide, but he hanged himself from a very high up tree branch you’d need a ladder to get to, and his hands were tied behind his back.
From what my mother later learned, he had a tendency to snoop and generally stick his nose in places they didn’t belong besides the obvious stalking thing, and this didn’t win him too many friends, so it’s anyone’s guess who he might have pissed off. My mom always concludes this story kind of nonchalantly, like, “Yeah, back in those days, they didn’t really know much about stalking. They’ve gotten a little better in terms of awareness now.”
It gives me the creeps to think what could have happened if he escalated his attempts to follow her after she left that school.”
25. Don’t go in the water.
“I used to love swimming, I’d go snorkeling, scuba diving, even jumped off a few cliffs into the water.
When I was about 18 I read the Necronomicon (the collection of Lovecraft short stories, not the real thing) had a good scare, giggled at how silly I was to be unnerved and went about my life.
Next year went to Crete on holiday, first day I jumped right into the ocean with my dad and went out deep. Lo and behold, I feel something tickling my legs. I dive under to see since its too deep for seaweed to reach this high and I wanted to see fish.
Tentacles. Everywhere. I was so shocked I lost my air and panicked hard, I started breathing in water as glowing eyes, sharp beaks and suckered tentacles flashed about me.
Thankfully, Dad got me to the shore and didn’t understand what was going on, he’d seen nothing but suddenly had a really grim look on his face.
Went to the doctors. Turns out I’m the victim of a family curse, Schizoaffective disorder. My dad was horrified cause since he hadn’t got it like his brother and mother, he thought I’d be safe.
They caught it early but this revelation then led to a lot of aspects of my life being thrown in the air. Entire people in my life became false, ideas I’d had were delusional, outbursts revealed to be due to mood swings.
I’m doing much better now, I still don’t go in the water.”
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