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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOeIFx3ML8 original 1988 intro]] is considered the scariest (and most popular) of all the intros which featured large words scrolling down the screen and Gary Remal Malkin's weirdly rocking theme. The [[https://youtu.be/tT2eG6scLUE later intro from 1995 (season 8)]], popular in its own right, combined a spooky theme song along with Bob walking through a collage of weird/paranormal imagery.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOeIFx3ML8 The Lifetime revival theme]] is a remix of the original with a ''Film/TheMatrix''-inspired collage that can give one the creeps and there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcWhkeL5Hwc this theme]][[note]]During season 11, the brief CBS version that was co-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).

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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOeIFx3ML8 original 1988 intro]] is considered the scariest (and most popular) of all the intros which featured large words scrolling down the screen and Gary Remal Malkin's weirdly rocking theme. The [[https://youtu.be/tT2eG6scLUE [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWSb1B_pHkk later intro from 1995 (season 8)]], popular in its own right, combined a spooky theme song along with Bob walking through a collage of weird/paranormal imagery.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnOeIFx3ML8 com/watch?v=1rUEzptA38c The Lifetime revival theme]] is a remix of the original with a ''Film/TheMatrix''-inspired collage that can give one the creeps and there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcWhkeL5Hwc com/watch?v=IXKO5stenYs this theme]][[note]]During season 11, the brief CBS version that was co-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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pVhLg1-ygs 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).

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* The death of Brian Deucker. Deucker was sighted at an airport in Paducah, Kentucky, offering to trade his army jacket for a flight home. After this was turned down, Deucker then decided to get a ride home personally. As a small plane, likely a Cessna, was taxing down the runway, Deucker ran to and jumped on the plane's wing, apparently assuming the plane would fly him home. Of course, that's not the case, as the gale force of the winds from takeoff called Deucker to lose his grip and plummet to his death. The police could not identity Deucker for quite some time, as he carried no identification, and the only name was on an ID tag in the jacket, and a check of military records could find that no one with the name on the tag. Eventually, Deucker’s mother in Cincinnati found out about the case, and Deucker was identified via fingerprints.


** Well, Kathie said the exorcisms helped and she was able to get back to a normal life after that. If there weren't any demons, she might have had somnambuliform possession, the condition [[Literature/TheExorcist Regan MacNeil]] was diagnosed with by the hospital psychiatric staff, where you believe you're possessed and exorcism is prescribed as therapy.

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** Well, Despite all that, however, Kathie said the exorcisms helped and she was able to get back to a normal life after that. If there weren't any demons, she might have had somnambuliform possession, the condition [[Literature/TheExorcist Regan MacNeil]] was diagnosed with by the hospital psychiatric staff, where you believe you're possessed and exorcism is prescribed as therapy.


* The man who picks up a hitchhiker who later attacks him and somehow ends up finding the man's house and murders his elderly mother. How'd the FUCK did he know where the guy lived!!??? The man said he deliberately drove in the opposite direction from his home so the man wouldn't know where he lived. But he sees the hitchkiker near his house any way. He brings the police and he finds his mother murdered. Was it all just some kind of bizarre coincidence? Just typing this one sent chills down my spine.
** Are you referring to the "Dorothy Donovan" murder? That one actually was solved on ''Forensic Files'' years later. The murderer was a drug-addicted drifter, who claimed that it was just a coincidence he showed up at the elderly woman's house, as he was merely looking for an abandoned house to sleep in.

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* The man who picks up a hitchhiker who later attacks him and somehow ends up finding the man's house and murders his elderly mother. How'd the FUCK did he know where the guy lived!!??? The man said he deliberately drove in the opposite direction from his home so the man wouldn't know where he lived. But he sees the hitchkiker near his house any way. He brings the police and he finds his mother murdered. Was it all just some kind of bizarre coincidence? Just typing this one sent chills It'll probably send shivers down my your spine.
** Are you This is probably referring to the "Dorothy Donovan" murder? murder. That one actually was solved on ''Forensic Files'' years later. The murderer was a drug-addicted drifter, who claimed that it was just a coincidence he showed up at the elderly woman's house, as he was merely looking for an abandoned house to sleep in.


* The man who picks up a hitchhiker who later attacks him and somehow ends up finding the man's house and murders his elderly mother. How'd the FUCK did he know where the guy lived!!??? I think the man said he deliberately drove in the opposite direction from his home so the man wouldn't know where he lived. But he sees the hitchkiker near his house any way. He brings the police and he finds his mother murdered. Was it all just some kind of bizarre coincidence? Just typing this one sent chills down my spine.

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* The man who picks up a hitchhiker who later attacks him and somehow ends up finding the man's house and murders his elderly mother. How'd the FUCK did he know where the guy lived!!??? I think the The man said he deliberately drove in the opposite direction from his home so the man wouldn't know where he lived. But he sees the hitchkiker near his house any way. He brings the police and he finds his mother murdered. Was it all just some kind of bizarre coincidence? Just typing this one sent chills down my spine.


* The one where a woman claims she is being stalked and terrorized by a stranger whose face she is never able to see. The police think she's doing it to herself. Later she is found tied up and dead I think.

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* The one where a woman claims she is being stalked and terrorized by a stranger whose face she is never able to see. The police think she's doing it to herself. Later she is found tied up and dead I think.dead.


** Then there's the 1989 Redwood City arson. Man finds video tape on back road, puts it in to watch with the family only to discover a video of a house fire with the arsonist commentating on it. Of course, they have to show the tape complete with its creepy narration ("Look at it, Omar! I said I'd do it! Oh ancient spirits of evil!" etc). 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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** Then there's the 1989 Redwood City arson. Man finds video tape on back road, puts it in to watch with the family only to discover a video of a house fire with the arsonist commentating on it. Of course, they have to show the tape complete with its creepy narration ("Look at it, Omar! I said I'd do it! Oh ancient spirits of evil!" etc). 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. )


* The case where a lady comes out of a convenience store and find a Polaroid picture of a young boy and teenage girl (believed to be missing teen Tara Calico) bound and gagged in the back of a van.

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* The case where a lady comes out of a convenience store and find finds a Polaroid picture of a young boy and teenage girl (believed to be missing teen Tara Calico) bound and gagged in the back of a van.


** This may have been Virginia Madsen[[note]]Princess Irulan in ''Film/Dune1984''[[/note]], who co-hosted the show with Bob in 1999. She has a very calm, low-key speaking voice.



* The disturbing case of Rachel Timmerman and her infant daughter, Shannon Verhage. It began when a supposed family friend, Marvin Gabrion, beat and sexually assaulted her numerous times over the course of one night while she was out with him and some associates of his (who were kicked out of his car so her could kidnap and assault her over their protests). Afterwards, as the trial for his crimes was looming, Rachel was trying to get on with her life and had a date with an unknown man when she disappeared. Even though letters had been sent to her family stating she and the baby (who she took on the date with her, apparently at the man's request) were alright, her body was found in a lake a couple of weeks later. Although she had been [[CruelAndUnusualDeath bound in duct tape, handcuffed and weighted down with cinder blocks, the coroner determined that the poor girl had drowned.]] To make matters worse, Shannon was nowhere to be found and it came out that ''[[KillEmAll several]]'' people connected to Gabrion [[LeaveNoWitnesses had either gone missing or were dead, including the two associates who were with him the night he assaulted Rachel.]] He was eventually tried and convicted for her murder and sentence to death,[[note]]Although the state of Michigan, where the crime took place, has no death penalty, the special circumstances enhanced it to a federal level, putting him on ''their'' death row[[/note]] but as of February 2020, no trace of Shannon has ever been found.[[note]]And even if she is eventually discovered, according to Gabrion, it won't be alive since he admitted to killing her like her mother due to having "nowhere else to put it"[[/note]]

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* The disturbing case of Rachel Timmerman and her infant daughter, Shannon Verhage. It began when a supposed family friend, Marvin Gabrion, beat and sexually assaulted her numerous times over the course of one night while she was out with him and some associates of his (who were kicked out of his car so her could kidnap and assault her over their protests). Afterwards, as the trial for his crimes was looming, Rachel was trying to get on with her life and had a date with an unknown man when she disappeared. Even though letters had been sent to her family stating she and the baby (who she took on the date with her, apparently at the man's request) were alright, her body was found in a lake a couple of weeks later. Although she had been [[CruelAndUnusualDeath bound in duct tape, handcuffed and weighted down with cinder blocks, the coroner determined that the poor girl had drowned.]] To make matters worse, Shannon was nowhere to be found and it came out that ''[[KillEmAll several]]'' people connected to Gabrion [[LeaveNoWitnesses had either gone missing or were dead, including the two associates who were with him the night he assaulted Rachel.]] He was eventually tried and convicted for her murder and sentence to death,[[note]]Although the state of Michigan, where the crime took place, has no death penalty, the special circumstances enhanced it to a federal level, putting him on ''their'' death row[[/note]] but as of February 2020, no trace of Shannon has ever been found.[[note]]And And even if she is eventually discovered, according to Gabrion, it won't be alive since he admitted to killing her like he did her mother due to having "nowhere else to put it"[[/note]]it".



* Tony Lombardi's death. His mother is not only certain that he was murdered, she's equally certain that his killer was ''in the house'' even as she was. She speculated that he became trapped in Tony's room when she came home and was forced to wait until she went to bed before sneaking out. Aside from how creepy it is that he was lurking in the house the entire time she was there, imagine if he ''hadn't'' decided to wait until she went to bed and had no qualms killing another person? Or if his mother had gone into his room or had left her room as he was sneaking out, essentially forcing him to eliminate any witnesses?

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* Tony Lombardi's death. His mother is not only certain that he was murdered, she's equally certain that his killer was ''in the house'' even as she was. She speculated that he became trapped in Tony's room when she came home and was forced to wait until she went to bed before sneaking out. Aside from how creepy it is that he was lurking in the house the entire time she was there, imagine if he ''hadn't'' decided to wait until she went to bed and had no qualms killing another person? Or if his mother had gone into his room or had left her room as he was sneaking out, essentially forcing him to eliminate any witnesses?witnesses?
* While plenty of the case themes have an element of this to them (Missing, Murder, The Unexplained, etc.), quite possibly the scariest theme is the Unexplained Deaths. As bad as it is to die underneath suspicious circumstances, it's even worse to have investigators or medical examiners declare it to be an accident or suicide against the family's wishes or in spite of evidence to the contrary. So not only is a plausible murder being ignored, but whomever committed the crime is getting away with it (and as such, unlike the cases of missing persons, homicides and wanted fugitives, the "solved" rates of ''these'' cases are substantially lower).
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* There is always the possibility (or even, by way of an UPDATE!, the certainty) that the actual culprit of a missing person/murder case is one of the interview subjects. So they are there, on camera, and either they’re putting on the act of grieving loved one, or, perhaps even worse, just barely refraining from gloating because they haven’t been identified and have literally been able to get away with murder.

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* There is always the possibility (or even, by way of an UPDATE!, the certainty) that the actual culprit of a missing person/murder case is one of the interview subjects. So they are there, on camera, and either they’re putting on the act of grieving loved one, or, perhaps even worse, just barely refraining from gloating because they haven’t been identified and have literally been able to get away with murder.murder.
* Tony Lombardi's death. His mother is not only certain that he was murdered, she's equally certain that his killer was ''in the house'' even as she was. She speculated that he became trapped in Tony's room when she came home and was forced to wait until she went to bed before sneaking out. Aside from how creepy it is that he was lurking in the house the entire time she was there, imagine if he ''hadn't'' decided to wait until she went to bed and had no qualms killing another person? Or if his mother had gone into his room or had left her room as he was sneaking out, essentially forcing him to eliminate any witnesses?

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** Even the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymwpKhD9FIo Update]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LO_ztu42s4 Music]] is eerily haunting, managing to turn even a potential resolution of a case into an insomnia-triggering moment.


** Similarly, there is the case of [[http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hammond_angela.html Angela Hammond]], a pregnant young woman who was leaving her job at a convenience store and talking on a pay phone to her fiancé, Rob. During the call, she told him there was a dirty-looking, bearded, unknown man who was first circling the parking lot in his car and then idling by her while she was on the phone. Midway through the call, he heard his fiancée scream out and only then did the man say anything at all, cockily answering back to her, "I didn't need to use the phone, anyway." After being able to spot the two of them in the assailant's truck on the street and trying to pursue them in his own car, but had to give up the chase after his transmission failed. Twenty-plus years later, she has yet to be located.

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** Similarly, there is the case of [[http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hammond_angela.html Angela Hammond]], a pregnant young woman who was leaving her job at a convenience store and talking on a pay phone to her fiancé, Rob. During the call, she told him there was a dirty-looking, bearded, unknown man who was first circling the parking lot in his car and then idling by her while she was on the phone. Midway through the call, he heard his fiancée scream out and only then did the man say anything at all, cockily answering back to her, "I didn't need to use the phone, anyway." After being able to spot the two of them in the assailant's truck on the street and trying to pursue them in his own car, but had to give up the chase after his transmission failed. Twenty-plus Nearly 30 years later, she has yet to be located.


* Satan worshippers. That is all.

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* Satan worshippers.'''Satan worshippers'''. That is all.


* The story of Bashir Kouchacji, who was held captive by PLO terrorists for roughly a week while living in Beirut in 1974. Fast forward a decade and Kouchacji was living in Washington, D.C., running a restaurant, and receiving a very disturbing series of harassing phone calls at work - sometimes as many as 20 a day - threatening his life and including laughter, screaming, and machine gun fire. Even more disturbingly, some of the calls seemed to have been made by a child, dubbed "L'enfant" ("child" in French). The harassment turned violent when Bashir's car caught fire and his son was attacked by unknown assailants. To escape the harassment, Bashir had himself committed to a mental hospital, but the harassers were still able to reach him in the hospital; even as late as 1993, the year his story was broadcast, he was ''still'' getting as many as seven calls a week. His harassers have never been identified.

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* The story of Bashir Kouchacji, who was held captive by PLO terrorists for roughly a week while living in Beirut in 1974. They had mistaken him for a CIA agent. Fast forward a decade and Kouchacji was living in Washington, D.C., running a restaurant, and receiving a very disturbing series of harassing phone calls at work - sometimes as many as 20 a day - threatening his life and including laughter, screaming, and machine gun fire. Even more disturbingly, some of the calls seemed to have been made by a child, dubbed "L'enfant" ("child" in French). The harassment turned violent when Bashir's car caught fire and his son was attacked by unknown assailants. To escape the harassment, Bashir had himself committed to a mental hospital, but the harassers were still able to reach him in the hospital; even as late as 1993, the year his story was broadcast, he was ''still'' getting as many as seven calls a week. His harassers have never been identified.


** This may have been Virginia Madsen[[note]]Princess Irulan in ''Film/{{Dune}}''[[/note]], who co-hosted the show with Bob in 1999. She has a very calm, low-key speaking voice.

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** This may have been Virginia Madsen[[note]]Princess Irulan in ''Film/{{Dune}}''[[/note]], ''Film/Dune1984''[[/note]], who co-hosted the show with Bob in 1999. She has a very calm, low-key speaking voice.

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