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Go Answer the Phone

Very creepy. If you were woken by a stranger telling you to answer the phone, would you do it?

I'm a pretty deep sleeper. It usually takes me a few minutes after waking to achieve full consciousness. So I suspect this trick would work on me.

Ironwood Daily Globe - Nov 7, 1958

Go Answer the Phone, Said Bedroom Stranger
SEATTLE (AP)—Darwin Barker was awakened by a man at the foot of his bed who told him to "go answer the phone."
Groggy with sleep, Barker staggered into another room to the telephone. The ringing awoke him completely.
He rushed back into his bedroom but by that time the man was gone. So were Barker's trousers, wallet and $1.25.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 14, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Sleep and Dreams, Scary Criminals, 1950's



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Further suggestions welcome.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 20, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Money, Scary Criminals, Women

Woman Bites Dog

Crazy lady told her son that if he eats all the meat she will eat his dog. Apparently, not believing her, he ate all the meat. Inexplicably she made good on her threat by starting with the poor animal's testicles which she bit off. One would think a pit bull would fight back but he just ran off screeching in pain. Crazy lady then used an old tricycle to knock out a witness who tried to intervene and made her son bury her with a piece of garden hose to breathe through. The last was to hide from police, not successfully. Ta Da!!!!!!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 27, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Scary Criminals, Can't Possibly Be True, Genitals, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise, Teeth, Eating

The Strange Ones

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 01, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Scary Criminals, Public Indecency, Children, 1960's

Blood is Money

Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

The Jake Bird Hex

Jake Bird was a truly creepy character — an axe-murderer who may have killed as many as 46 people. But even after he was caught in 1947 and sentenced to death, he's said to have continued killing people by putting the "Jake Bird hex" on them. Six people associated with the trial were said to have succumbed to his hex.

From Wikipedia:

After his conviction was announced, Bird was allowed to make a final statement. He spoke for 20 minutes, noting that his request to represent himself had been denied and that his own lawyers were against him.
Bird then said, “I’m putting the Jake Bird hex on all of you who had anything to do with my being punished. Mark my words you will die before I do.” Allegedly, six people connected with the trial died: Judge Edward D. Hodge of a heart attack within a month of sentencing him to death, as did one of the officers who took his first confession. A police officer who took a second confession died, as did the court’s chief clerk, and one of Bird's prison guards. J.W. Selden, one of Bird’s lawyers, died on the first anniversary of his sentencing.

Modesto Bee - Nov 27, 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Scary Criminals, 1940's


Kayla Finley rented the movie 'Monster-In-Law' on VHS in 2005. Something she likely had forgotten all about in the years since. But back in the day when you rented a VHS tape 2 things were expected of you: 1) Be kind and rewind 2) Return the tape. Kayla forgot number 2. So the store, which has since gone out of business, obviously filed a criminal complaint. Now, I told you that story so I could tell you this, during a routine records check on the young lady the 9 year old warrant for failure to return a VHS tape turned up. Ms Finley was subsequently arrested and jailed for the offense So be warned by this cautionary tail. If you have any old movies laying around the house that you forgot all about, return them. And for God's sakes, be kind and rewind!

Update: Charges were dropped by the store owner.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 16, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Scary Criminals

Chrome and Hot Leather

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 07, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Scary Criminals, Exploitation and Grindhouse, 1970's, Motorcycles

Crimes By Women

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Read the whole thing here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 10, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Scary Criminals, Comics, 1940's, Women

More Than A Little Creepy

A woman in Washington state was having issues with her home heat. When the repair guy came and checked things out he found that someone had been living in the crawl space under the house. The intruder had made him(or her)self at home by diverting the heat to the crawl space. There were also numerous alcohol containers strewn around the area. Enough to freak someone out don't you think?
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jan 10, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Scary Criminals
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