Mysteries Stranger Than Fiction
As a child I would visit my older cousins who would scare me silly by telling me ghost and goblin stories at bedtime. I would literally pull the covers over my head at night and tremble at any strange noise. The strange thing I must admit is that I still enjoy a good tale.
Check out these 4 creepy mysteries. Do it at night when the wind is howling and sheets of rain are pouring down. And remember, these stories are all absolutely true!
The Missing Man
‘Benjaman Kyle’ – will we ever know his identity?
2004, Georgia, a man was found. Dazed and wandering, the man (pictured above) seemed to be suffering from a severe case of amnesia. Authorities have tried to place his true identity, even using hypnotism, which revealed such frustrating fragments as a partial social security number, and memories of grilled cheese for a quarter at the Indianapolis state fair, decades past.
Benjaman Kyle is the only American citizen still listed as ‘missing,’ despite the fact that his actual physical presence has been found.
The Hinterkaifeck Massacre
On the night of March 31, 1922 a family of six were murdered on the tiny farmstead of Hinterkaifeck, over 40 miles away from the nearest city of Munich, Germany. Andreas Gruber, 63, and his wife Cäzilia, 72, were lured to the barn where they were battered to death with a mattock, an old farming implement similar to a pickaxe. Their maid Maria Baumgartner, 44, their widowed daughter Viktoria, 35, her two children Cäzilia, 7 and even 2-year-old Josef – rumored to be the child of incest between Viktoria and her father – were also brutally bludgeoned to death.
Strange events arose at Hinterkaifeck before the murders; Andreas reported seeing unknown footprints in the snow from the forest to the farm, but none leading back.
The Strange Case of Taman Shud
Early on the morning of December 1, 1948 in Adelaide, South Australia, a body was found on a beach, the only clue to his identity being a scrap of paper in his pocket. It was the final page of centuries-old Persian poem The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, simply reading ‘Taman Shud,’ which translates to ‘finished’ or ‘ended.’
Dental records and fingerprints revealed nothing of worth, and over 250 ‘solutions’ to the case have been tried by police over the years, including identifying the body as one E.C. Johnson – a theory that was disproved when the ‘dead’ man walked into the police station alive and well. Theories of spies and suicide by untraceable poisons abound, but nobody has ever identified the Taman Shud Man, or deciphered his scribblings on the reverse side of the page found in his pocket. See if you can…
The Taman Shud Man’s last writings…
The Flatwoods Monster
Braxton County, West Viriginia is allegedly home to a strange creature known as the Flatwoods Monster. Accounts vary, but tend to agree that the Phantom is over 7 feet tall, with a black, shadowy body and glowing, non-human eyes. Some think it’s a cryptid – an earthly monster, like Bigfoot – but its most famous encounter points to extra-terrestrial origins.
On September 12, 1952, three pre-teen boys saw a glowing ‘ball of fire’ in the skies, emitting a fine mist that made their eyes and nasal passages burn like mace spray. Upon investigating the site, the local Sheriff reported ‘a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing,’ and traces of an unknown black liquid. Several people who were exposed to the scene on September 12 fell ill with a strange sickness affecting the throat and nose, which doctors identified as similar to the effects of mustard gas. The incident has never been explained.