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    23 Creepy True Crime Stories That'll Make You Gasp, "Oh My God"

    Warning: includes details some readers may find disturbing.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which true crime stories in the US creeped them out the most. Here are the results.

    WARNING: The following contains highly disturbing content. Please continue at your own discretion.

    1. Montana: The Crimes of Nathaniel Bar-Jonah

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    In Great Falls, Montana, child molester Nathaniel Bar-Jonah is believed to have killed Zach Ramsey and fed the boy's remains to guests at his barbecues. He had recipes for cooking children in his home and human hair was found in the meat grinder in his apartment.


    2. Indiana: The Serial Killings of William Clyde Gibson

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    This actually happened in my home town. A man by the name William Clyde Gibson became known as a serial killer after police found that he had killed his mother’s best friend. The grossest part about this particular murder is that Gibson cut off her breasts and saved them in the glove compartment of his car, Like WTF. I have met this man (I ended up working in the jail he was housed in right before he was sent to prison). You cannot look this man in the eye and deny that he hasn’t killed someone.


    3. Kansas: Dennis Rader, aka "The BTK Killer"

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    I live in Valley Center, Kansas. In the next town over, in Park City, the BTK ("Bind, Torture, Kill") serial killer killed many women by installing security systems in their homes, then murdering them after. The worst part is my mom stayed the night at his house many times and was great friends with his daughter.


    4. Ohio: Matthew Hoffman

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    In my hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio, a guy, Matthew Hoffman, stalked a young girl and her family. He waited until the girl and her brother were home from school, went into the house and murdered the girl’s mom, brother, and a family friend. He then kidnapped and locked her in his basement. He chopped up the bodies of the family members, and hid them in a nature area north of town. The cops found the girl after a few days, in his basement, tied up on a bed of leaves. It took days of interrogations before Hoffman finally admitted where he hid the bodies of the family members. It was totally surreal to live here and watch it all unfold. It was like living in a movie or a crime show.


    5. South Dakota: Robert LeRoy Anderson

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    Robert LeRoy Anderson was convicted of kidnapping, raping, and killing two women, one whose body has never been found. To make things weirder, he and my mom were friends in high school and he even gave her a yearbook photo that said, “Hope you don’t die in DnD” (She wouldn’t let me post the photo).


    6. Illinois: Kyle Morgan / Via

    I live in Woodstock, Illinois. There was a murder not too long ago that hasn't been talked about much due to the nature. In 2009, a man lured a homeless guy into his apartment promising food, warmth, and beer for a night (my brother lived in the same apartment building). A couple weeks later maintenance was called for foul odor and the scene was horrific. The man was stabbed multiple times, with "666" written on his forehead, and satanic writings on the wall written in the victim's blood. The guy, Kyle Morgan, was later caught states away after a traffic incident that led to a high speed chase, hitting two people in the process. He pleaded "guilty but mentally ill" and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


    7. Missouri: Robert Berdella

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    In Kansas City, Missouri, we had Bob Berdella. He kidnapped, tortured, and killed numerous young men in the '80s. He also had a store at a local flea market called Bob's Bizarre Bazaar where he sold skulls and strange jewelry. He really liked a friend of mine, and when everything came out (after one of his victims escaped his house naked on Easter morning), the pictures of his victims told us why. They never found the bodies because he cut them up and put them out with the trash. Luckily he kept photos and a very detailed diary.


    8. Michigan: The Oakland County Child Killer

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    One of the worst that stands out for Michigan is the Oakland County Child Killer. The perpetrator killed four children in Oakland County, Michigan between 1976 and 1977. One of the craziest facts about the case has to do with his last known victim, Timothy. After Timothy went missing, his parents went to the media to plead for his return. His mother stated in an article published in the Detroit News that she wanted him to come home so she could feed him his favorite meal, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Timothy's body was found six days later. The postmortem showed that he had eaten fried chicken shortly before he was killed. They never caught the murderer, and though there have been many theories, the cases remain unsolved to this day. I hope they eventually find out who the monster was. I can’t imagine what those poor families have had to go through.


    9. Arkansas: The Disappearance of Morgan Nick

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    Morgan Nick disappeared in June 1995 from a baseball field in Alma, Arkansas. She was six years old, and she has never been seen or heard from again. Her mom still believes she is going to be found someday. The kidnapping influenced my whole childhood, and to this day I always pay attention to little kids who are alone or lost in a public place because I am terrified I will see them on the news the next day.


    10. New Jersey: The John List Murders

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    I live in Westfield, New Jersey and we are studying this infamous murder that happened in our town in forensics class. John List murdered his whole family in 1971 and fled the scene. Before he left, he placed all of their bodies in the living room and blasted music for three days straight until neighbors notified the police. The main detective that was called to the scene actually lived in my house until we moved in. John was caught 19 years later with a changed name and new wife.

    —Ava Ostroff, Facebook

    11. Nevada: The Murder of Brianna Denison

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    The Brianna Denison case will forever haunt me. Her murder and rape took place in Reno, Nevada. She was kidnapped while sleeping at a friend's house next to the local university. The murderer, James Biela, was eventually caught after they found her body less than a mile from my place of work at the time. They were able to gather enough clues from his previous attacks to pinpoint who he was and demand DNA from his then four-year-old son. It came to light that he’d had her in is house for several days prior to murdering her. And where is it that he lived? One block from me, and next to FBI agents, two sheriffs, and a local police officer. To top it all off, his son was friends with the children of the woman who used to watch my daughter.

    —Alexia Fields Bliese, Facebook

    12. Florida: Shiela Keen Warren aka "The Killer Clown"

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    In the early '90s, I grew up in a town called Wellington, Florida. One Sunday morning in my town, Marlene Warren answered her door to a clown who shot and killed her. It took almost 30 years for the police to catch the clown.

    (Editor's Note: In 2017, police acquired new DNA evidence revealing Sheila Keen Warren as the person dressed as a clown. At the time of the murder, Sheila had been having an affair with Marlene's husband, Michael Warren. Sheila and Michael went on to marry each other after the case went cold.)


    13. Minnesota: The Murder of Jacob Wetterling

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    The murder of Jacob Wetterling happened not too far from my hometown in Minnesota. He vanished going for a bike ride in 1989 and it wasn’t until 2016 that the police could finally charge a guy with Jacob’s murder (Danny Heinrich confessed to police). It was the story every kid in Minnesota grew up hearing about and everyone was so thankful that the family finally got answers and could give their son a proper burial.


    14. New York: The Son of Sam

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    From 1976 to 1977, David Berkowitz aka "Son of Sam" killed six people in Queens, New York City, because he claimed his neighbor's dog told him to. My uncle's friend's sister was killed by him. Both my mom and dad's families were living in the area at the time. Everyone was scared like crazy.


    15. Rhode Island: The Murder of the Brendel Family

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    In the early '90s, The Brendel Family was brutally murdered in Barrington, Rhode Island by trusted friend and Sunday school teacher, Christopher Hightower. Hightower tried to get money from Ernest Brendel and when he wasn't successful, he killed him and put his body in the trunk of his car. He also killed Alice, Ernest's wife, and their daughter Emily. The three bodies were found in a shallow grave behind their house after a huge manhunt. Emily was my age, and it really scared the shit out of me. I wrote a paper about the psychological effect the case had on me when I was in college. That's when I found out that good people, including little kids, could get killed. I can still picture the family portrait the news showed every night during the search for the bodies.


    16. New Hampshire: The Bear Brook Murders

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    In 1985, in the town of Allenstown, New Hampshire, a large metal drum was found in Bear Brook State Park that contained the body of a young woman in her 20s and a young girl. The bodies were skeletal remains but cops were unable to identify them. No one came forward to claim them as missing or anything. In 2000, another barrel was found not too far from the original barrel, containing two more children’s bodies. Police officials were able to determine that they were a family, with the exception of one of the girls being unrelated to anyone else in the barrels. In 2017, the police finally had a suspect: a serial killer named Terry Rasmussen. They were able to link him through DNA to the non-familial girl in the barrels. He died in prison while serving time for killing his wife.


    17. Oregon: Ward Weaver and the TV News Interview

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    In Oregon City, Oregon two girls, Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis, were abducted and murdered by the creepy, old man, Ward Weaver, who lived by their bus stop. He did a news interview standing on the cement slab he poured to cover up their remains. The house he lived in was demolished but the lot has remained empty ever since.


    18. Iowa: The Disappearance of Johnny Gosch

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    On September 5, 1982, paperboy Johnny Gosch went on his route and that was the last time anyone saw him. But there's a lot of twists and turns. His mother became outspoken about the lack of law enforcement investigations. She also claimed that Johnny was kidnapped and put into a child-trafficking ring, because he told her after he escaped and allegedly visited her in 1997. A man named Paul Bonacci came forward and claimed he had been in the same trafficking ring as Johnny and claimed to have known him. He did in fact take police to places where children had been held but they could never prove he knew Johnny. And a local dairy started the movement of putting pictures of missing kids on milk cartons. His mother claims now that he is out there living under an assumed name out of fear.


    19. Colorado: The Death of JonBenét Ramsey

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    JonBenét Ramsey's murder happened in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is only about two hours away from my hometown in Colorado Springs. My mom was on edge for a long time after her murder because JonBenét was the same age as my older sister when the murder occurred.


    20. Alabama: The Killings of Rhonda Belle Martin

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    In the '50s, police questioned Rhonda Belle Martin after her stepson-turned-fifth-husband, Roland, was hospitalized with high levels of arsenic in his body. While she denied harming her husband, investigators discovered several people close to Martin had passed away from strange maladies between 1934 and 1951, including two of her husbands, her mother, and three of her children. Officials exhumed Martin’s fourth husband, Claude, who died in 1951, and they discovered high levels of arsenic in his remains. When Martin was confronted with the evidence, she confessed to the killings, admitting that she added poison to their drinks in order to end their lives.


    21. South Carolina: Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins

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    Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins was convicted of nine murders, but claimed his body count was 100. From 1953–1975, he would pick up hitchhikers headed down to Myrtle Beach and would torture and mutilate his victims while attempting to keep them alive for as long as possible. Gaskins was arrested in 1975 and led police to the whereabouts of only eight bodies. Where were the rest of the bodies? Gaskins took that secret to the grave when he was sentenced to the electric chair in 1991.


    22. Nebraska: The Killing Spree of Charles Starkweather

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    Charles Starkweather was a 19-year-old serial killer who murdered eleven people, almost all in Nebraska, and also in Wyoming, between December 1957 and January 1958. During the murders committed in 1958, Starkweather was accompanied by his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. Starkweather killed Fugate's parents and toddler brother. Seven of the murders occurred in Lincoln, Nebraska, within two miles of my family's home.


    23. California: The Abduction of Steven Stayner

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    In 1972, at the age of seven, Steven Stayner was kidnapped by a stranger named Kenneth Parnell. He was raised by the man and sexually abused. Eight years later in 1980, Parnell kidnapped another boy named Timmy White. Steven helped the boy escape and took him to a police station because he was afraid Timmy would be treated the same way. His story was told in the television miniseries I Know My First Name is Steven.

    (Editor's note: Parnell served five years of his seven year prison term. He was arrested again in 2003, and died while incarcerated in 2004.)

    —Jarrod Verderber, Facebook