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31 Posts Guaranteed To Give You Nightmares

Good luck getting through the night after this one.

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The Smiling Man

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"A college student's nightly walk is interrupted at by a man with an insane grin, who does a mesmerizing dance and silently follows the student around the dark neighborhood. The complete insanity of his face haunts the student forever."

—Mollye Glennen, Facebook

The mystery man seen sitting on the bench every day.

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Every morning on his way to work, a man would pass through a shopping mall, and on one of the benches he saw an elderly man who appeared to be waiting for someone. He was a fairly normal-looking guy, though he sometimes wore a piece of attire that wasn’t particularly stylish, like a golfer’s cap, logger boots, or a vest. Every morning for four years he’d see this man, but he never actually witnessed him meeting anyone. Then he got a new job located on a completely different part of town. Only a few days into working, he walked out of the subway and to his surprise, he saw THE EXACT SAME GUY sitting on a bench.

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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)

Focus Features

"Do you ever find messages written in the sidewalk or on buildings in your city? So did this guy, but he actually took the time to look into a bunch of cryptic messages on these things called the Toynbee Tiles, and ended up learning some seriously intense stuff."

Where you can watch it: YouTube, Amazon Video, or Google Play

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Wikipedia Commons

"If you're a fan of unsolved mysteries, you've probably heard of this one, but it's still creepy AF. Nine experienced trekkers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959 – according to investigators, six died of hypothermia, but the others showed signs of physical trauma, including brain damage and a fractured skull. Oh, and one had their tongue missing. So there's that.

There have been a bunch of logical(ish) explanations over the years, but you can't just explain away the fact that their tent was cut open from the inside, or that the footprints leading away from the tent were from bare feet, or that the camera they found that wasn't recorded as part of the team's equipment. CREEPY."

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The Cop Cam (2 minutes)

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What it's about: A police officer responds to a call at an abandoned house, and the cop camera catches what is found when the officer arrives.

Axeman of New Orleans

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain

"From May 1918 to October 1919, a slew of murders occurred in Louisiana and Texas, many of them carried out with axes belonging to the victims themselves. Police never figured out if the killer was male or female, and some even believed the Axeman to be a supernatural force."

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The moon landings were faked.

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain

"Y'ALL, there are so many people out there who believe the first few moon landings weren't real, and that the photos, videos, and all other evidence have been tampered with so we'd perceive the whole event in a certain way."

—Maya Mathews, Facebook

The Murder of Betsy Aardsma

Wikipedia Commons

"In November 1969, 22-year-old student Aardsma was in the Pattee Library of Penn State when she was stabbed once in the chest. There was so little blood that no one knew she'd been stabbed until she arrived at the hospital. 47 years later, police are still actively taking information on the case."

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The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

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Where and when: Columbus, Ohio, in Apri, 2006.

What: Brian and a group of friends went bar-hopping to celebrate the start of spring break. He ended his night at a bar near his university campus, where he was studying medicine.

Why is it so creepy? After saying goodbye to a couple of girls at the bar, Brian walked out of the bar's security camera view and was never seen again. The only member of the Shaffer family is Brian's younger brother, as his mother passed from cancer one month prior to his disappearance and his dad was in a freak accident two years following it.

Daniel Bartlam

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Bartlam admitted to the manslaughter of his own mom when he was 15 years old in 2011. He beat her with a hammer in their home in England, and then he set her body on fire. Apparently, Bartlam was a huge horror fan, which police believe led to his incredibly violent crime.

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Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

HBO

"Lonnie Franklin's DNA matched with over 20 possible murder victims, and Tales of the Grim Sleeper features interviews with people who knew him best — making for creepy insight into one of Los Angeles's worst murder sprees ever."

Where you can watch it: HBO Go

—Jordan Christine, Facebook

June and Jennifer Gibbons

YouTube

"AKA 'The Silent Twins,' they communicated ONLY with each other, committed crimes together, and were sent to a high-security psychiatric hospital as teens. In 1980, one twin mysteriously died of heart inflammation, and her sister insisted it was a "sacrifice" so the other could live normally. K."

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In 2013, Elisa Lam was found dead in a water tower on top of the notorious Hotel Cecil. After an in-depth investigation, police could never pinpoint an exact cause of death. This is the story of what happened:

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Hinterkaifeck Farmstead Murders

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"One evening in March 1922, six inhabitants of Hinterkaifeck farm in Germany were brutally murdered with a mattock. Over 90 years later, the mystery remains unsolved."

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In 1518, there was a dancing plague where about 400 people began to involuntary dance for days on end.

Public Domain

"Physicians assumed that they were shaking off a fever. Some people died of a heart attack, exhaustion, or even strokes."

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The Cleveland Torso Murderer

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It's just like it sounds. In Cleveland in the 1930s, an unidentified killer murdered 12 men and women. Often, the cause of death was decapitation, followed by dismemberment. The Cleveland Torso Murderer was never caught.

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

MGM

"This movie is so horribly disturbing: It's about a serial killer who tapes his victims, including one girl he tortures for years. It's got a super authentic found footage feel that'll make your skin crawl."

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The night crawlers:

The CW

"When I was a kid, my family moved into an apartment where a murder had been committed prior to us living there. Every night, my big sister would make me shut our bedroom window, and when I'd look outside, I'd see three faces staring back at me. They had no hair, noses, or mouths. They'd just stare, but never did anything. Well, a few months back, my family was talking about that apartment, and I mentioned the faces. My sister turned to me, shocked — she said that she saw them, too, and that's why she always asked me to close the window."

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On Feb. 19, 1994, a woman named Gloria Ramirez was admitted to the Riverside General Hospital emergency room in Riverside, California, with symptoms of nausea, difficulty breathing, and an increased heart rate. What ensued was truly one of the stranger medical anomalies ever documented.

Jeffrey Dahmer gave the people in his apartment building sandwiches that could've possibly been made from his victims’ flesh.

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"In the documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, one of his neighbors, Pamela Bass, says she thinks every single day about how she probably ate human flesh by accident."

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Joyce Vincent

Countdown to Zero, 2010

Participant Media

"I've watched it several times over the years. It's chilling to know just how many close calls there have been to a nuclear attack over the years."

Watch on: Amazon Video

– Marie Suzanne Todd, Facebook

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Holidays (2016)

Vertical Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's the only movie on Netflix that's made me recoil in horror. Not only one of the best horror movies on Netflix but one of the best horror anthology movies overall."

—Kate Murphy, Facebook

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The disappearance of Zebb Quinn

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Zebb Quinn, 18, and his colleague Robert Owens, then 21, were driving to view a car Quinn wanted to buy in January, 2000. The pair drove in separate cars, but midway through the journey Quinn pulled over and told Owens he needed to turn back.

Quinn never made it home. Owens, meanwhile, went to hospital later that day with broken ribs and a head injury, claiming he'd been in a car accident. Two weeks later, Quinn's car turned up in a parking lot with a giant pair of lips drawn in lipstick on the back window, and a puppy inside. Police found no trace of Quinn.

12 years later, Owens was arrested and charged for the murder of pregnant Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband. Despite this disturbing development, the disappearance of Zebb Quinn remains unsolved.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

New Line Cinema, Netflix

"Wes Craven said he got the idea for a monster who kills people in their sleep from a news story in Laos, where men were literally dying of fright because of how terrifying their dreams were. Holy shit."

—Katie May and Michael Moore, Facebook

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Cleveland-based restaurant Ray's Sausage spent nearly $30,000 trying to combat a foul odor they were accused of emitting into the neighborhood. It was later discovered that the odor actually came from their next-door neighbor Anthony Sowell, a serial killer who was keeping his victims' decomposing bodies.

This spooky baby monitor sighting:

BuzzFeed

“We turned on our daughter’s monitor one night and found this looking back at us. We usually point it toward her, but she likes to play with the camera, so we moved it. She always falls asleep talking to herself…but now we think she’s talking to something.”

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The fridge fright:

BuzzFeed

"I lived in this house for a while. The girl in the picture is my6-year-old cousin who always told us there was a 'mean man' there. The day we moved, we were joking around and put her on top of the refrigerator...and it looks like we found the mean man."

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