History NightmareFuel / UnsolvedMysteries

27th Sep '17 3:57:49 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* The Jane Boroski story. Late in the evening of August 6, 1988, on her way home from a country fair, the then-22 year old seven months pregnant woman pulled into a rest stop to buy a soda. As she sat her in car drinking the beverage, she was viciously attacked by a man who dragged he from the vehicle, stabbed her multiple times, then left her for dead. She managed to crawl back to her car and drive away, looking for help--only to find herself ''right behind'' her assailant's car. As she pulled into the driveway of a friend's home, her attacker apparently drove on, only to ''turn back'' and slowly drive past the house, no doubt intending to finish her off. Fortunately, by this point, her friends had come out onto the porch to tend to her, deterring him. He disappeared into the night, never to be apprehended. What makes this story even more terrifying is that Jane's attack is believed to be the final attack of the never-captured/identified SerialKiller known as the Connecticut River Valley Killer, believed to have abducted and murdered roughly seven women in the region. The murders stopped after Jane's attack, likely because the killer knew that a potential victim could now identify him. Two decades later, Jane identified her attacker as Michael Nicholaou, who aside from possibly being the Valley Killer, had long been a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend. He escaped justice by killing himself after killing yet ''another'' girlfriend and her daughter.

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* The Jane Boroski story. Late in the evening of August 6, 1988, on her way home from a country fair, the then-22 year old old, seven months pregnant months-pregnant woman pulled into a rest stop to buy a soda. As she sat in her in car drinking the beverage, she was viciously attacked by a man who dragged he her from the vehicle, stabbed her multiple times, then left her for dead. She managed to crawl back to her car and drive away, looking for help--only to find herself ''right behind'' her assailant's car. As she pulled into the driveway of a friend's home, her attacker apparently drove on, only to ''turn back'' and slowly drive past the house, no doubt intending to finish her off. Fortunately, by this point, her friends had come out onto the porch to tend to her, deterring him. He disappeared into the night, never to be apprehended. What makes this story even more terrifying is that Jane's attack is believed to be the final attack of the never-captured/identified SerialKiller known as the Connecticut River Valley Killer, believed to have abducted and murdered roughly seven women in the region. The murders stopped after Jane's attack, likely because the killer knew that a potential victim could now identify him. Two decades later, Jane identified her attacker as Michael Nicholaou, who aside from possibly being the Valley Killer, had long been a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend. He escaped justice by killing himself after killing yet ''another'' girlfriend and her daughter.
3rd Sep '17 2:28:39 AM JadeEyes1
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* The case of Dave Bocks, and employee of a uranium processing plant whose remains were found in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly ''1,300 degrees''. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. His death was ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside-down[[note]]the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] and '''''lowered in, head first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.

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* The case of Dave Bocks, and an employee of a uranium processing plant whose remains were found in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly ''1,300 degrees''.furnaces. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. His death was ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside-down[[note]]the upside-down[[note]](the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] furnace)[[/note]] and '''''lowered in, head first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.



* The case in which every member of a small church choir is late for practice; as they begin arriving, the church explodes due to a gas leak.
* Some of the missing persons cases, in particular, that of Kari Lynn Nixon, who was a mere 700 yards from her home when she vanished into thin air. It took seven years to find out that she'd been forced into a car, driven to a remote site, then raped and murdered, all before her mother even realized she was missing. Or Jeremy Bright, who also vanished without a trace. After months of investigating, the police and his mother came to the very ominous realization that ''someone'' knew what had happened to him, but was keeping his mouth shut. Whether because he was involved, or too frightened of those who were is unclear.
* A lot of the cases have such a wrenching sense of "if only". If only Kathy Hobbs hadn't left her home late at night to go and buy a book. If only she'd turned back when she realized there was no one hanging out at the local pool to accompany her to the store. If only her mom hadn't gone to bed, assuming she was safe and not realized until the next morning that she never came home, thus giving her abductors--and killers--an 8 hour head start.

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* The case in which every member of a small church choir is late for practice; as they begin arriving, the church explodes due to a gas leak.
leak. Thankfully, they all survived, but it doesn't stop it from being a terrifying event that could easily have lead to tragedy.
* Some of the missing persons cases, in particular, that of Kari Lynn Nixon, who was a mere 700 yards from her home when she vanished into thin air. It took seven years to find out that she'd been forced into a car, driven to a remote site, then raped and murdered, all before her mother even realized she was missing.
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Or Jeremy Bright, who also vanished without a trace. After months of investigating, the police and his mother came to the very ominous realization that ''someone'' knew what had happened to him, but was keeping his mouth shut. Whether it's because he was involved, or too frightened of those who were ''were'' involved is unclear.
* A lot of the cases have such a wrenching sense of "if only". If only Kathy Hobbs hadn't left her home late at night to go and buy a book. If only she'd turned back when she realized there was no one hanging out at the local pool to accompany her to the store. If only her mom hadn't gone to bed, assuming she was safe and not realized until the next morning that she never came home, thus giving her abductors--and killers--an 8 hour abductors -- and killers -- an 8-hour head start.



* During a mid-90s episode, there was once a Sci-Med or The Unexplained story about ''spontaneous combustion.'' In the feature, it included a woman who survived it because she actually found it in time (to be specific, her back began to start smoking in a small but distinct circle without any provocation and while she could feel it, her obviously freaked-out husband saw it and was able to take off her sweater in time with only a small first-degree burn on her back as the only indication.) Another elderly man, however, wasn't as lucky. His son was interviewed and the re-enactment showed him coming across [[TearJerker a large, gaping, burned-out hole in his father's bed that was once his father. Perhaps even worse, the re-enactment even showed an actor playing the deceased father]] ''[[TearJerker suddenly catching on fire and being absolutely helpless to stop it.]]''

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* During a mid-90s episode, there was once a Sci-Med or The Unexplained story about ''spontaneous combustion.'' In the feature, it included a woman who survived it because she actually found caught it in time (to time. [[note]](to be specific, her back began to start smoking in a small but distinct circle without any provocation and while she could feel it, her obviously freaked-out husband saw it and was able to take off her sweater in time with only a small first-degree burn on her back as the only indication.) indication)[[/note]] Another elderly man, however, wasn't as lucky. His son was interviewed and the re-enactment showed him coming across [[TearJerker a large, gaping, burned-out hole in his father's bed that was once his father. Perhaps even worse, the re-enactment even showed an actor playing the deceased father]] ''[[TearJerker suddenly catching on fire and being absolutely helpless to stop it.]]''



* The Mary Morris case. Two women, a Mary Lou Morris and a Mary [=McGinnis=] Morris, were found brutally murdered within four days of each other in Texas. With no obvious reason as to why the first Mary would be killed, they looked at the second Mary and found she was having both problems with her husband and a coworker. Adding to that the fact that the two Marys were of similar age, build, hair style and color, had almost the same name and lived in the same area, it was believed that the Marys were a victim of a contract killing. They suspect the first Mary was killed ''by accident'' and the killer was simply correcting the error (this theory was helped by the fact that the first Mary's wedding ring was taken, which happens in contract killings as proof, and a call from the second Mary's husband to her cell phone near the time of her murder, believed to be him calling the killer for confirmation.) This was dismissed by police and the case is still unsolved, but the idea that you can be brutally murdered out of nowhere because of '''a mistake''' can be absolutely horrifying.

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* The Mary Morris case. Two women, a Mary Lou Morris and a Mary [=McGinnis=] Morris, were found brutally murdered within four days of each other in Texas. With no obvious reason as to why the first Mary would be killed, they looked at the second Mary and found she was having both problems with her husband and a coworker.co-worker. Adding to that the fact that the two Marys were of similar age, build, hair style and color, had almost the same name and lived in the same area, it was believed that the Marys were a victim of a contract killing. They suspect the first Mary was killed ''by accident'' and the killer was simply correcting the error (this theory was helped by the fact that the first Mary's wedding ring was taken, which happens in contract killings as proof, and a call from the second Mary's husband to her cell phone near the time of her murder, believed to be him calling the killer for confirmation.) confirmation). This was dismissed by police and the case is still unsolved, but the idea that you can be brutally murdered out of nowhere because of '''a mistake''' can be is absolutely horrifying.


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* The much-publicized disappearance of [[https://unsolved.com/gallery/amy-bradley/ Amy Bradley]]. Which remains unsolved to this day.
3rd Sep '17 2:11:53 AM JadeEyes1
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** Even [[UncannyValley the picture]] of [[http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Dennis_DePue Dupre and his wife]] is enough to give you the shivers.



* The case of Dave Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a uranium processing plant. His remains were found ''in a furnace'', heated to roughly 1,300 degrees. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. Whoever was responsible has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial; they had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
** Worse, they determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down and ''lowered in'', head first. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.

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* The case of Dave Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at and employee of a uranium processing plant. His plant whose remains were found ''in a furnace'', in one of the plant's furnaces, heated to roughly 1,300 degrees.''1,300 degrees''. All that was left were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. Whoever His death was responsible ruled a suicide, but it's possible that he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at the plant. The culprit -- if there was one -- has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains were ''too radioactive'' to be released to the family or given a proper burial; they burial, and had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.
facility.
** Worse, they it was determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down upside-down[[note]]the metal cords were also found in the furnace[[/note]] and ''lowered in'', '''''lowered in, head first. first'''''. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or because it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.
12th Aug '17 3:26:11 AM JadeEyes1
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* Dave Bocks. Probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a nuclear power plant. His body was ''dumped in a nuclear reactor,'' at roughly 1300 degrees. All that was left was a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. As was said, hopefully he was dead or unconscious before he was dropped in, otherwise it would have been a horrific way to go. Whoever did it has never been found. Oh, and his remains are ''too radioactive'' to release to the family, they're stored at a toxic waste facility.

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* The case of Dave Bocks. Probably Bocks, who was probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a nuclear power uranium processing plant. His body was ''dumped in remains were found ''in a nuclear reactor,'' at furnace'', heated to roughly 1300 1,300 degrees. All that was left was were a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. As was said, hopefully he was dead or unconscious before he was dropped in, otherwise it would have been a horrific way to go. Whoever did it was responsible has never been found. Oh, and to add insult to injury, his remains are were ''too radioactive'' to release be released to the family, they're family or given a proper burial; they had to be stored at a toxic waste facility.facility.
** Worse, they determined that he wasn't just dumped into the furnace: he was strung upside down and ''lowered in'', head first. The investigators say they sincerely hope he was already dead or unconscious before it happened, or it would have been an unspeakably horrific way to die.
2nd Jul '17 10:13:56 AM flyboy254
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* The glowing eyes in the El Chupacabra segment.

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* The glowing eyes in the El Chupacabra segment.segment.
* The case of Danny Casolaro and the Octopus. Either he was driven to suicide by being unable to bring to print one of the biggest stories any reporter could hope to break, or he found exactly what he was looking for.
23rd Jun '17 6:53:31 AM primeyandereheika
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* The East Area Rapist: sneaks into homes where he rapes women and forces the husbands to lie down with several objects place on them to alert him to their movements. He would then stalk them after such incidents, three years and 50 victims. Then he moved on to stalking and killing. What's even more chilling is that the segment played a tape where he verbally harasses one of his victims. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23032_5-creepy-tales-people-stalked-to-breaking-point.html He is still on the run]].

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* The East Area Rapist: sneaks into homes where he rapes women and forces the husbands to lie down with several objects place on them to alert him to their movements. He would then stalk them after such incidents, three years and 50 victims. Then he moved on to stalking and killing. What's even more chilling is that the segment played a tape where he verbally harasses one of his victims. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23032_5-creepy-tales-people-stalked-to-breaking-point.html He is still on the run]].run]].
* The glowing eyes in the El Chupacabra segment.
18th Jun '17 1:14:58 AM cernex
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* The Marlene Santana case is a textbook example for AdultFear and TearJerker. Imagine being a young ecstatic Mother exiting the Hospital with your Aunts and your beautiful baby girl; you had also been approached by a seemly nurse [[CutenessProximity who gushes over how your baby is the most beautiful one]] in the Maternity Ward. Later at night, when you exit the hospital with your Aunts and baby, [[BitchInSheepsClothing the same woman]] [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to blow your baby's head off]] if you three don't comply. She walks you 6 blocks away from the hospital, snatches your baby, and gets away in a car that has shown up to pick you up. You, your family, and the police keep looking and looking for your daughter to no avail. Indeed, as of Nov. 2014, Marlene Santana has yet to be found.

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* The Marlene Santana case is a textbook example for AdultFear and TearJerker. Imagine being a young ecstatic Mother exiting the Hospital with your Aunts and your beautiful baby girl; you had also been approached by a seemly nurse [[CutenessProximity who gushes over how your baby is the most beautiful one]] in the Maternity Ward. Later at night, when you exit the hospital with your Aunts and baby, [[BitchInSheepsClothing the same woman]] [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to blow your baby's head off]] if you three don't comply. She walks you 6 blocks away from the hospital, snatches your baby, and gets away in a car that has shown up to pick you up. You, your family, and the police keep looking and looking for your daughter to no avail. Indeed, as of Nov. 2014, June 2017, Marlene Santana has yet to be found.
14th Feb '16 4:42:57 AM Erin582
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* The opening combined a spooky theme song along with a collage of weird/paranormal imagery. Well, it eventually did. In the early years it largely featured large words floating down the screen.

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* The opening [[https://youtu.be/OwAG-DnWhiY original 1988 intro]] is considered the scariest (and most popular) of all the intros which featured large words floating down the screen. The [[https://youtu.be/tT2eG6scLUE later intro from 1995]], popular in its own right, combined a spooky theme song along with a collage of weird/paranormal imagery. Well, it eventually did. In imagery.[[https://youtu.be/842hTIyWZlE The Lifetime revival theme]] is a remix of the early years it largely featured large words floating down original can give one the screen.creeps and there's [[https://youtu.be/yIYilDf2sjo this theme]][[note]]During the brief CBS version that was hosted by Virginia Madsen[[/note]] which isn't as well-known to fans, but still has an unsettling edge to it.
** Then you have [[https://youtu.be/Tgdu6NsUQxg the closing credits theme]], which is equally if not even more creepy than the opening credits themselves. Just imagine this theme in your head as you read the fellow entries below; it will make things much worse. [[https://youtu.be/srVq7LZVCG0 The outro]] that corresponds to the second intro, while still haunting, has a strangely calming effect on one, but was then followed by a ScareChord in the form of the Buena Vista logo (though it's not in the video).
31st Jan '16 3:18:35 PM toongrrl1990
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** What makes it even more creepy aside from the announcement by this mysterious woman but the fact that there may have been people willing to give their names while [[FridgeHorror admitting vital information about unsolved crimes and wanted individuals!]]

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** What makes it even more creepy aside from the announcement by this mysterious woman but the fact that there may have been people willing to give their names while [[FridgeHorror admitting vital information about unsolved crimes and wanted individuals!]]individuals!]]
* The East Area Rapist: sneaks into homes where he rapes women and forces the husbands to lie down with several objects place on them to alert him to their movements. He would then stalk them after such incidents, three years and 50 victims. Then he moved on to stalking and killing. What's even more chilling is that the segment played a tape where he verbally harasses one of his victims. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23032_5-creepy-tales-people-stalked-to-breaking-point.html He is still on the run]].
13th Jan '16 10:59:04 AM Whiskeyflips
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** The 1989 Redwood City arson, in which a seriously deranged young man filmed -from a distance- the house fire he had set. The excited whispering and satanic praises of fire as we watch a house burn are unsettling in the extreme. The footage is available on the internet, and sweet dreams to anyone who finds it! (The house, BTW was under construction, so there were no injuries here)
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