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The 9 scariest Wikipedia entries

By Christina Wenig | March 13, 2020, 4:07 pm

Supernatural children, mysterious deaths, clairvoyant cats: these Wikipedia entries are more sinister than some horror films.

Quite a few curiosities can be found in the depths of the Internet. Often you don't even have to search long: The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a real reservoir for stories about paranormal phenomena, shocking criminal cases and obscure events.

These nine really creepy Wikipedia entries shouldn't be read before you go to bed.

Hinterkaifeck murders

One of the most gruesome and puzzling multiple murders in German criminal history took place in the Upper Bavarian province: in 1922, six people were smashed in the skulls of an unknown person with a pick on a farm. Even before the night of the crime, the residents of the remote Hinterkaifeck-Hof observed unusual events: Footprints in the snow led to the property, but not away from it, a front door key could no longer be found, and footsteps could be heard from the attic at night. After the night of the murder, the perpetrator stayed longer on the homestead - when the bodies were discovered four days later, the bread supplies were exhausted and the cattle were freshly supplied.

Black-eyed children

Ever since horror film classics like “The Village of the Damned” and “Shining” it has been clear that children can be damn scary. This is also based on a myth that is particularly popular in the United States: According to eyewitness reports, several American households were haunted by black-eyed children in the middle of the night in the 1990s. The eerie visitors aged around six to 16 are said to have rang the doorbells on the pretext of having to use the toilet or the phone. Understandably, the suspicious homeowners did not comply, and the children disappeared in as mysterious manner as they had come. None of these visits could be proven, so the myth is generally attributed to the Urban Legends, including the Slenderman.

Therapy cat Oscar

Oscar is actually a very cute cat, but he has one creepy quality: he predicts death. As a therapy cat in a nursing home in Rhode Island, Oscar regularly visits patients on his own. If he notices that one of them is going to die in the next few hours, he will lie down with him and stay there until the patient is dead. Oscar's predictions are so accurate that the home staff will call family members when he lies down with a patient. Incidentally, he is not particularly friendly towards other residents and visitors. By the way, cat experts assume that the cat reacts to the chemicals that are produced during the dying process.

Disaster at the Djatlov Pass

The accident at the Djatlow Pass is still a mystery today: in 1959, nine experienced ski hikers made a tour through the Ural Mountains - their bodies were found in the snow weeks later. The investigation reports indicated that the hikers' tents were slit open from the inside and their lightly clad bodies were discovered hundreds of meters further. Three of the deceased had fatal injuries that could not have been caused by human hands, but no external wounds. In addition, no traces of other living beings were found in their vicinity. The clothes of the dead showed increased levels of radioactive radiation, the relatives later explained that the deceased were deeply tanned and their hair was completely gray. "Force majeure" was named as the official cause of death. The cause of the disaster could never be conclusively clarified. In early 2019, the Urals Prosecutor's Office announced that it would resume investigations into the case.

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Death photography

What today seems like the stuff nightmares are made of was commonplace in the 19th and early 20th centuries: After loved ones had died, their relatives had them photographed so that they could be remembered. Since photography was not yet widespread at that time, these photos were often the only pictures that the bereaved had of them, especially in the case of deceased children. The dead were mostly shown as if they were sleeping, but sometimes they were also deliberately shown “alive” with their family members or favorite objects such as toys.

Somerton man

In December 1948, the body of an unknown man who was apparently poisoned was found on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia. The well-dressed and well-groomed man in his mid-forties had no papers with him, the labels of his clothes had been carefully cut out. A small piece of paper was later found in the man's additionally sewn-in trouser pocket with the inscription “Tamam Shud”, a Persian expression for “the end”. The note itself was torn from a book, and a nationwide search also found the copy to which the scrap belonged. It was thrown into a doctor's car the night before the body was discovered. The book is a volume of poetry, the last poem of which had part of the page torn off. On the back of the cover there were also handwritten letters that indicate a code. However, this has not yet been resolved. It is still unclear who the deceased is and what happened to him. The case is considered open and theSouth Australian Major Crime Task Force continues to take hints.

Aokigahara

Aokigahara is probably the most famous forest in the world - for a tragic reason: For decades people have been drawn to the Japanese forest who have committed suicide in the depths of the undergrowth. As early as the 19th century, families were said to have abandoned old people and children in dense forests when there was famine and left them to die. Since the sixties, there has been an increasing number of people at risk of suicide, which is why search parties regularly roam the allegedly cursed forest. Several dozen bodies are recovered there every year, but many missing people are never found.

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June and Jennifer Gibbons

The identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons puzzled their families and doctors: Inseparable from birth, the girls soon began to isolate themselves from the outside world and only talk to each other in their own language. As the only black people in the school, they were avoided, excluded and bullied. In the end, this led to them being released from school early so as not to be bullied any further. Later they even synchronized their movements, and people around them began to be afraid of the girls. After the sisters, who had an interest in creative writing, became suspicious of criminals, they spent several years in closed facilities, where they were sedated with medication. There they came back to a pact that they made at a young age. That said, if one of the two dies, the other begins to live a normal life. After Jennifer died in 1993 of an inflammation of the heart muscle, which can be caused, among other things, by drug abuse, June began her normal life and gave interviews to Harper’s Bazaar and The Guardian. Today she lives in seclusion without outside help.

Coffin birth

This medical phenomenon is as disturbing as it sounds: a coffin birth describes an apparent birth after a pregnant corpse is buried with its unborn child. The putrefaction process inside the coffin produces gases that puff up the mother's corpse. As a result of the resulting pressure inside the body, the dead unborn baby is then pressed out through the birth canal.

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