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The Tulip Staircase is a spiral stairway in the 17th-century Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. On June 19, 1966, a Canadian couple photographed the staircase and managed to snap an image of a faint figure leaning on the rail. Convinced they’d caught a ghost on camera, the two sent the picture off to a London ghost club, who decided the only way to verify the encounter would be to hold a seance on the staircase.

On June 24 of the following year, the group gathered in the Queen’s House. One of the members was tasked with writing down everything that happened. His transcript alone makes spine-chilling reading:

22.54 Bell ring
23.12 Luminous stone
23.15 Smell of wet stone at stairway ground floor.
23.22½ Bell one ring . . . 

At this point the handwriting suddenly becomes a shaky, indecipherable scrawl, before stopping dead.

In the years since this freaky seance, a couple of visitors and three staff members have also reported encountering the ghost. The museum’s website claims no one has yet debunked it.

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Unlike many of these sites, England’s Lake District seems an unlikely place for a haunting. The park contains bright valleys and wild ponies. It inspired William Wordsworth to write his most famous poem—about the park’s daffodils. But even this quaint corner of England hides at least one unspeakable horror.

At the old ferry station in Ferry Nab, people hear strange calls at night echoing across the water. Supposedly a lost soul waiting for a ferry that never came, the unseen spectre is said to have lured boatmen to their deaths many years ago.

Legend has it that those walking on the far shore as the sun sets sometimes find themselves followed by the figure. What it wants, no one knows. But you can be sure that anyone who waits to find out won’t be making it back to their hotel that night.

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Unlike most of the entries on this list, the ghost of Mabel Chinnery’s mother has only ever been seen once. In 1959, Mabel and her husband were visiting her mother’s grave in Ipswich. As Mabel left some flowers, her husband waited in the car. For some reason that’s never quite been explained, Mabel finished the visit by turning round to take a photo of her husband. When she developed it, she realized she could see her dead mother sitting in the car’s rear seat.

Now, we’re not saying this isn’t a hoax. You could propose many explanations for the illusion of a face in the grainy photograph. But The London Sunday Pictorial newspaper hired an expert to examine the photo, and he declared it genuine.

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In October 1979, Roy Fulton left his local pub and accidentally wandered into a horror story. Driving home that night, he allegedly stopped to give a lift to a random hitchhiker, somewhere on the cold and lonely roads outside Dunstable.

The guy got into his car without a word and the two sped off into the night. After a few minutes of sitting in silence, Fulton awkwardly tried to make small talk. When that failed, he lit a cigarette and turned around to offer his passenger one. The guy was gone.

At no point had Fulton slowed down. At no point had the hitchhiker had any chance to leap from the vehicle. And yet there was no one there. Fulton’s story may match many other tales of ghostly hitchhikers, but it was so convincing that the national papers covered it. In the years since, the story has resurfaced across the UK in various forms, but never in such a simple and chilling way as the Dunstable tale.

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In the 19th century, John Frederick Pinney returned home to Bettiscombe Manor from a West Indies trip with a slave in tow. Upon arrival, the enslaved man promptly expired, with a warning that he wouldn’t rest properly until his body was returned home. Being your standard slave-owning jerk, Pinney refused the request.

According to the story, no sooner had the deceased man been buried than villagers began to hear screamscoming from the nearby cemetery. They were the sort of screams a madman might make after witnessing something beyond human imagination. In a panic, Pinney is said to have exhumed the corpse and hid it in his attic. Then things really got bad.

As the body decayed, Pinney found himself in possession of a skull that brought hideous misfortune, but would scream with unholy fury if he tried to remove it from the house. In the end he had no choice but to keep it, and now it watches over his descendants, just daring them to throw it out.

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Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr mʲɪˈxaɪləvʲɪtɕ kəmɐˈrof]; 16 March 1927 – 24 April 1967) was a Soviet test pilot,aerospace engineer and cosmonaut in the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960. He was one of the most highly experienced and well-qualified candidates accepted into “Air Force Group One”.
Komarov was declared medically unfit for training or spaceflight twice while he was in the program, but his perseverance and superior skills and his knowledge as an engineerallowed him to continue playing an active role. During his time at the Tsentr Podgotovki Kosmonavtov (cosmonaut training centre), he contributed to space vehicle design, cosmonaut training and evaluation and public relations. He was eventually selected to command the first Soviet multiman Voskhod 1 spaceflight that presented a number of technical innovations in the Space Race. Komarov was later chosen for the rigorous task of commanding Soyuz 1 as part of the Soviet Union's bid to reach the Moon first.
His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to be killed during a spaceflight—he was killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on April 24, 1967 due to a parachute failure.

Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (RussianВлади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́вIPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr mʲɪˈxaɪləvʲɪtɕ kəmɐˈrof]; 16 March 1927 – 24 April 1967) was a Soviet test pilot,aerospace engineer and cosmonaut in the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960. He was one of the most highly experienced and well-qualified candidates accepted into “Air Force Group One”.

Komarov was declared medically unfit for training or spaceflight twice while he was in the program, but his perseverance and superior skills and his knowledge as an engineerallowed him to continue playing an active role. During his time at the Tsentr Podgotovki Kosmonavtov (cosmonaut training centre), he contributed to space vehicle design, cosmonaut training and evaluation and public relations. He was eventually selected to command the first Soviet multiman Voskhod 1 spaceflight that presented a number of technical innovations in the Space Race. Komarov was later chosen for the rigorous task of commanding Soyuz 1 as part of the Soviet Union's bid to reach the Moon first.

His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to be killed during a spaceflight—he was killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on April 24, 1967 due to a parachute failure.

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This story is an old tale that’s passed on from scout to scout at Boy Scout camp outs. This tale tells of a young woman, Betsy, who was married to a man named Joe. Betsy apparently had dreams of being a great singer and hoped to make into the lime light some time in her life, that dream was cut short. She was driving down a country road one day when a deer wandered out into the middle of the road, she had no time to avoid it. The crash was fatal to say the least, Betsy was horribly mangled and was only recognized by the distinctive ring her husband had bought her for their first anniversary. Joe was grief stricken and moved out into the country and started a camping ground.
After Joe died he left the property to the Boy scouts of America. Betsy never liked boy scouts much. People say Betsy’s spirit still wanders around the park, catching and mangling any unfortunate scout who makes the mistake of getting in her way. If you see her, you can determine your fate by looking at her eyes. If they are blue, she is in a good mood and probably won’t even notice you, but if they are any shade of red or orange, she’s angry and you should run away and not look back!
There are stories of children going into the mess-hall late at night for a snack and all that is found of them in the morning are a few bloody body parts, as Betsy has a taste for Boy Scouts. Betsy also likes to practice her singing voice late at night and some nights you may wake up to her wails and shouts. It is said that if you are too close to her when she sings you will go deaf or the noise will kill you. Be careful, Betsy doesn’t like critics. Anyone commenting on her singing will be horribly maimed or killed so they will never criticize her again. So if you ever hear her singing it is best to just remain silent.

This story is an old tale that’s passed on from scout to scout at Boy Scout camp outs. This tale tells of a young woman, Betsy, who was married to a man named Joe. Betsy apparently had dreams of being a great singer and hoped to make into the lime light some time in her life, that dream was cut short. She was driving down a country road one day when a deer wandered out into the middle of the road, she had no time to avoid it. The crash was fatal to say the least, Betsy was horribly mangled and was only recognized by the distinctive ring her husband had bought her for their first anniversary. Joe was grief stricken and moved out into the country and started a camping ground.

After Joe died he left the property to the Boy scouts of America. Betsy never liked boy scouts much. People say Betsy’s spirit still wanders around the park, catching and mangling any unfortunate scout who makes the mistake of getting in her way. If you see her, you can determine your fate by looking at her eyes. If they are blue, she is in a good mood and probably won’t even notice you, but if they are any shade of red or orange, she’s angry and you should run away and not look back!

There are stories of children going into the mess-hall late at night for a snack and all that is found of them in the morning are a few bloody body parts, as Betsy has a taste for Boy Scouts. Betsy also likes to practice her singing voice late at night and some nights you may wake up to her wails and shouts. It is said that if you are too close to her when she sings you will go deaf or the noise will kill you. Be careful, Betsy doesn’t like critics. Anyone commenting on her singing will be horribly maimed or killed so they will never criticize her again. So if you ever hear her singing it is best to just remain silent.

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Oh nooo people are taking my name off posts — maybe I should go bitch t them and send my followers after them. Naw — I’m just gunna appreciate the reblogs. Thanks guys! Should have some new updates soon.
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A couple years ago, someone reported a particularly freaky encounter on Reddit’s LetsNotMeet board. Since then, similar encounters with “The Smiling Man” have been reported across the country, but we’ll give you the terrifying original.

The story goes that the poster was out late one night on a deserted Seattle street when he encountered a man “dancing” on the sidewalk. Thinking he was drunk, the guy stopped to let him pass, at which point he got a good look at his face.

According to the legend, the “dancing” man wasn’t drunk. Nor was he well. His eyes were wide open, wild, and unfocused, staring at the night sky. His face was split by a wide cartoon grin that looked almost painful. He looked utterly mad.

At this point, the narrator crossed the street, and then things got freaky. The Smiling Man began to watch him, following his movements while still grinning at the sky. When the poster turned his back, the man would vanish, suddenly reappearing on the other side of the street. When the poster watched him he’d just freeze, his insane smile unwavering.

At this point the poster decided not to take his eyes off him. Bad move: The Smiling Man came toward him, taking exaggerated, tiptoe steps, just like a cartoon. A cartoon that can move very, very fast. After a while he began to chase the poster, running after him at frightening speeds, that insane, wild grin still plastered on his empty face.

Eventually, the poster made it to a well-lit street and the story ends. But there is a twist. See, the LetsNotMeet forum isn’t a place for generating urban legends. It’s about telling your real-life encounters with real-life people.

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Ever since Dr. Seligman first performed his experiments with dogs, people have been thinking about how they can use his findings to regress people and abuse them mentally for the purpose of extracting information. What the more evil people who read his work figured is that if you treat people the way the dogs were treated in Seligman’s study, you will be able to render their minds more open to suggestion. The idea of “coercive” methods of interrogation is to essentially break down the higher processes of the brain that allow us to plan, think, and take care of ourselves.

In fact, some military documents have suggested that interrogators can use their position of power—and the regressed state of their victims—to guilt them into divulging information. This works because, when they’re tortured and questioned by the same individual for an extended period of time while being kept in a state of learned helplessness, a detainee might eventually start thinking of their torturer as a sort of parent. Once they reach that mindset, the interrogator can then use this weakness to make the detainee feel bad about not telling them what they want to know.

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Have you ever found yourself wondering exactly what goes into those prepackaged, mulch-meat sausages you sometimes buy? Well, if you lived in Tucson, Arizona, in the ‘60s, you’re about to find out . . . 

The story goes that the owner of a meat-packing plant woke up one day to find his kids missing. With the help of his brother, the two scoured the farm but could find no trace of the missing kids. After a few hours they called in the police, who made a horrifying discovery.

The stuff coming out the meat grinder that day was human flesh—pulped and ground down to goo. Realizing this could only be his missing kids, the owner retreated to the plant’s boiler room and quietly hanged himself. Pretty grim, huh? Well it’s only just beginning.

Twenty years after the kids were murdered, workers at the plant stumbled across a terrifying scene. The brother of the former owner had been strung up in the boiler room, the words “I DID IT” carved across his chest. At the same time, visitors to the town cemetery reported that the soil above the owner’s grave had been disturbed sometime in the night. Fast forward to the present, and it’s said that you can see the ghosts of the two children falling into the grinder every October, while on Halloween the two hanged men make their way back to the boiler room.

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This Mexican hit man was part of a gang of six involved in the murder-for-hire of a US officer. Murphy was only 19 at the time of his arrest and had no previous criminal record.

Murphy was the only foreign national in the gang, and critics blame racism for his conviction. Despite cooperating with police, he was the only member of the gang not offered a plea bargain and the only one sentenced to death. As a Mexican citizen, he had the right to contact his embassy for legal assistance, but at no point from his arrest till his execution was he informed of this option.

His last words on September 17, 1997 reflect this self-perceived martyrdom and are probably the nicest and noblest on the entire list. “Today is a good day to die. I forgive all of you. I hope God does too.”

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On August 19, 1989, shots were fired in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah, Georgia. Police officer Mark McPhail was fatally shot when he intervened in the assault on a homeless man. The accused gunman was 20-year-old Troy Davis. Nine people in total claimed either to have witnessed the shooting or to have been a confidant of Davis. Despite missing crucial evidence, including the murder weapon, Davis was indicted and charged with the murder of McPhail.

Even though seven of the nine witnesses later retracted their claims that Troy was the shooter, he was put to death by lethal injection at 10:53 PM on September 21, 2011—over 20 years after the crime was committed. He was pronounced dead at 11:08, after which thousands of mourners gathered. Various organizations, churches, and supporters protested his execution up to the moment he died, successfully delaying his execution date twice, but falling short on the third. Troy Davis’s execution is still the subject of many debates on whether or not the death penalty should remain legal.

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On December 2, 1949, Beryl and Geraldine Evans were found strangled in a locked washhouse behind their home in Notting Hill. The first to be questioned was Timothy Evans, Beryl’s husband and Geraldine’s father. Upon learning about the death of his wife and daughter, he began to revert to a childlike state, according to the testimony of his half sister, Mary Westlake. Evans insisted that it was not he who committed the murders, but John Christie, a neighbor. Nobody believed him due to his assumed madness.

Under pressure from the interrogation, Evans falsely admitted to the murder of his wife, but refused to mention the 13-month-old baby. He was found guilty of both murders, and sentenced to death by hanging. A wild twist in the case occurred nearly five years later, when John Christie was arrested and charged with the murder of at least eight women, including the wife and daughter of Timothy Evans. Two murders had been committed before the Evans family even moved to the area in 1947. John Christie was hanged in 1953, and Evans was given an official royal pardon.

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American Robert Harris was convicted of the murder of two teenage boys. In 1992, at the age of 39, he became the first man in decades to be executed in California. His last words were, “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper.” It was a line of poetry, and you might see it as thought-provoking or inspiring, illuminating the original thoughts of a man facing death.

Actually, it was a quote from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Or, rather, a misquote. The original line (more consistent, and rhythmic) was: “You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later, you dance with the reaper.”

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