9 really creepy entries on Wikipedia

Murders, unsolved crimes, supernatural phenomena and other bizarre stories. These 9 Wikipedia entries are creepier than some horror movies.

You can find many a curiosity in the depths of the Internet. Often, you don’t even have to look very hard: The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a veritable repository of stories about paranormal phenomena, shocking criminal cases and obscure happenings.

You’d better not read these nine really creepy Wikipedia entries before bed.

1st Hinterkaifeck murders

One of the most gruesome and mysterious multiple murders in German criminal history took place in the Upper Bavarian province: in 1922, six people had their skulls smashed in by an unknown person with a hoe on a farm. Even before the night of the crime, the residents of the remote Hinterkaifeck farm observed unusual events: Footprints in the snow led to the property but not away from it again, a front door key could no longer be found, footsteps were heard from the attic during the night. After the night of the murder, the perpetrator probably stayed longer on the homestead – when the bodies were discovered four days later, the bread supplies had been used up and the cattle had been freshly fed. The Wikipedia entry reads like a true-crime case.

2. black-eyed children

At least since horror movie classics like “The Village of the Damned” and “The Shining,” it’s been clear that kids can be pretty darn creepy. This entry on Wikipedia also proves that. It’s about a myth that’s especially popular in the U.S. According to eyewitness accounts, several American households were haunted by black-eyed children in the middle of the night in the nineties. The creepy visitors, aged about six to 16, reportedly rang front doors under the pretext of needing to use the toilet or the telephone. The suspicious homeowners understandably did not comply with this request, whereupon the children disappeared again in just as mysterious a manner as they had arrived. None of these visits could be proven, so the myth is generally attributed to urban legends, including the Slenderman.

Still with children from the film
In the movie “The Village of the Damned” (1960), children with supernatural abilities also terrify people.
Photo: Picture Alliance

3. therapy cat Oscar

Oscar is actually quite a cute cat, but he is probably the creepiest cat on Wikipedia. He predicts deaths. As a therapy cat in a Rhode Island nursing home, Oscar regularly makes his own rounds on patients. When he notices that one of them is going to die in the next few hours, he lies down with him and stays there until the patient is dead. Oscar’s prognostications are so accurate that when he lies down with a patient, the home’s staff calls the family members. By the way, he is not very friendly to other residents of the home and visitors. Cat experts, by the way, believe that the cat reacts to the chemicals produced in the dying process.

4. misfortune at Djatlow pass

The Djatlow Pass accident remains a mystery to this day. In 1959, nine experienced ski hikers made a tour through the Ural Mountains – their bodies were found in the snow weeks later. Investigation reports stated that the hikers’ tents were slashed from the inside and their lightly clad bodies were discovered, some hundreds of meters away. Three of the deceased had fatal injuries that could not have been caused by human hands, but no external wounds. They were also found to have no traces of other living creatures near them. The clothes of the deceased showed increased radioactivity, and the relatives later stated that the deceased had a deep tan and their hair was completely gray. The official cause of death is said to be “force majeure.” The cause of the disaster could never be conclusively determined. At the beginning of 2019, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Ural region announced that it would resume investigations into the case.

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5. photography of the dead

What today seems like the stuff of nightmares was commonplace in the 19th and early 20th centuries: after loved ones passed away, their loved ones had them photographed to keep them in their memories. Since photography was not widespread at the time, these photos were often the only images surviving relatives had of them, especially in the case of deceased children. The dead were usually shown as if they were asleep, but sometimes they were deliberately shown “alive” with their family members or favorite objects such as toys.

Dead man with daughter and wife
Photograph of dead man between wife and daughter, ca. 1925.
Photo: Picture Alliance Photo: picture alliance/press-picture-poss

6. somerton man

In December 1948, the body of an unknown man was found on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia, apparently dead of poisoning. The well-dressed and well-groomed man in his mid-forties had no papers on him, the labels of his clothes had been neatly cut out. In an additional sewn-in pocket of the man’s pants, a small note was later found with the inscription “Tamam Shud”, a Persian expression for “the end”. The note itself was torn from a book, and a nationwide search also turned up the copy to which the scrap belonged. Someone threw it into a doctor’s car the night before the body was discovered.

The book was a book of poetry, the last poem of which had part of the page torn off. Handwritten letters were also found on the back cover, indicating a code. However, this code has not yet been solved. It remains unclear who the dead man is and what happened to him. The case is considered open and the South Australian Major Crime Task Force is still accepting tips. There are even original images of the mystery on Wikipedia.

7th Aokigahara

Aokigahara is probably the most famous forest in the world – for a tragic reason: For decades, people have been drawn to the Japanese forest, taking their own lives in the depths of the undergrowth. As early as the 19th century, families are said to have abandoned old people and children in the dense forest during famines and left them to die. Since the sixties, suicidal people have increasingly been drawn there, which is why search parties regularly roam the supposedly cursed forest. Several dozen bodies are recovered there every year, but many missing persons are never found.

Aokigahara Forest
Search parties and visitors mark their way with ribbons to avoid getting lost in the dense Aokigahara forest.
Photo: Getty Images

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8th June and Jennifer Gibbons

Identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons puzzled their family and medical professionals: inseparable from birth, the girls soon began to isolate themselves from the outside world, talking only to each other in a language of their own. As the only Black people in the school, they were shunned, excluded and bullied. In the end, this led to them being dismissed from school early to avoid further bullying. Later they even synchronized their movements, people around them started to be afraid of the girls.

After the sisters, who had an interest in creative writing, became criminally conspicuous, they spent several years in closed institutions, where they were sedated with drugs. There, they returned to a pact they made at a young age. Which stated that if one of them died, the other would start living a normal life. After Jennifer died in 1993 from heart muscle inflammation, which can be caused by drug abuse, among other things, June began her normal life, giving interviews to Harper’s Bazaar and The Guardian. Today she lives a secluded life with no outside help.

9. coffin birth

This medical phenomenon is just as disturbing as it sounds or reads on Wikipedia. A coffin birth describes an apparent birth after a pregnant corpse is buried with its unborn child. The putrefaction processes inside the coffin create gases that cause the mother’s corpse to bloat. As a result of the resulting pressure inside the body, the dead unborn baby is then forced out through the birth canal.