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It’s no secret that Walmart is a festering hive of white trash, brimming with the cheapest items imaginable, and oddly delicious potato wedges. The Walmart stories on this list cover everything from the people who shop at Walmart, to animals who make the store their home, and even some of the gross tactics that the company uses against its employees. After you finish reading about all the things that happened at Walmart you’ll want to buy a bulk jar of hand sanitizer and pour it all over your body just so you can feel clean again. That’s how good these stories of the worst things that ever happened in Walmart are.

It’s not hard to find trashy Walmart stories, but to find the grimiest stories about the American Super Center we had to dig deep and find news reports about some of the craziest things that could only happen at a Walmart. Where else is a guy going to walk around holding a machete while another guy tries to blow up the store for not selling Confederate flags? And of course, there are more than a few Walmart deaths on this list, each one of them more exciting than a Friday night at a trailer park.

Before you take a look at these crazy Walmart fails, open up a giant bag of off-brand cereal, and crack open a refreshing can of Sam’s Cola. Then leave a comment if you’ve ever seen something crazy happen while you were shopping for deals at a Super Center.
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Arsonist Burns Down Store and Steals Jewelry
renaissance man in West Virginia set fire to his local Walmart as a diversionary tactic so he could steal $2,600 worth of jewelry. Police said that the jig was up when the thief ran towards the jewelry store instead of the exit when customers were being evacuated.
Rabid Bat Bites a Customer
Well this news should keep you out of a Walmart for the rest of your life. In Albuquerque, a patron at their local super center was bit by rabid bat after she tried to pick it up from a motorized basket it was hanging out on.
Dead Body Sits in Parking Lot for Three Months
According to police in Salinas, CA, a young woman's body had been decomposing in a Walmart parking lot for nearly three months. No cause of death had been determined, but the coroner's report said that a needle was found in the car.
Pig Carcasses Left Outside of Walmart
In 2015, Baton Rouge animal control responded to a report that someone had placed a 120-pound female hog in a sitting position on a bench outside the mall and a 75-pound piglet in the baby seat of a shopping cart at the front of the Walmart parking lot. An officer said, "Whoever did it is disturbed. I have never and nor have my officers seen any kind of situation like this with pigs; we do occasionally deal with cult activity but never with a pig.”
Man Rapes Disabled Woman Behind Store
In 2012, a Walmart patron stalked a woman with cerebral palsy and her child through the aisles before sexually assaulting her and exiting the building. A spokesperson for Walmart said as soon as they were made aware of what had happened, they immediately took the victim to a safe place and called police.
Murder-Suicide in the Garden Center
In 2016, a man ran into a Walmart in the Dallas area and killed a man working in the garden center before turning the gun on himself. The store was evacuated and no bystanders were injured.
Drug Deal Gone Bad Goes Down in Walmart Parking Lot
A Hartford, CT man was arrested after he killed a man in a drug deal gone wrong in the parking lot of a Walmart. The man said that he ended up face down on the ground with the victim on top of him. That's when he reached into his pocket and fired two shots from his Ruger 9mm pistol.

8-Year-Old Girl Raped and Murdered
In one of the most frightening CCTV videos ever released, the last moments of an 8-year-old girl's life are seen as she's abducted by a 56-year-old man and put in a white van. The man was arrested a short time later, but the girl was never seen again.
Walmart Employee Molests Child
A now former Walmart employee convinced a child to follow him into a restroom of an Islandia, NY Walmart. After an investigation, authorities charged Bulmer with first-degree sex abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child.
Mentally Ill Custodian Tries to Kill a Woman
In 2015 an custodian who worked at Walmart in Arkansas was accused of shooting a woman in the store, but was found mentally unfit of standing trial. According to witness statements, the custodian approached the woman in line and fired multiple shots into her arm and abdomen.

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<![CDATA[People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
These people managed the unthinkable: they cheated death. But then death cheated them back and they died anyway. If you've ever seen any of the Final Destination films, then you're familiar with all the horrific things that could ever happen to you involving everyday objects. And although the movie version is outrageous and over-the-top, freak accidents are a lot more common than you might think. In these cases, there are people who cheated death, and then there are the people who almost cheated death. And we're going to explore the latter results. In this list you'll find some crazy stories about some VERY unfortunate people who lived out their very own Final Destination.

These tragic stories feel almost unreal. They are indeed quite real, however. And that's what makes them so fascinating. There are so many instances in which people survived crazy accidents they probably shouldn't have only to perish in an equally insane incident shortly thereafter. The characters in Final Destination managed to escape their demise a handful of times, the people in these stories are not so lucky.

So without further ado, here's a roundup of people who escaped death, but died immediately after. 
People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After,

Woman Avoid Club Fire, Dies in a Car Crash One Week Later
Jessica de Lima Rohl had spent weeks organizing a university party at a local Brazilian club. However, when her boyfriend asked her to stay in and skip the event, Rohl agreed at the last minute. This proved to be a lifesaving decision: 233 attendees were left dead after a fire broke out in the nightclub. Rohl was grateful to be alive, but only a week later she met her fate. Rohl and her boyfriend died in a freak car accident, colliding with an oncoming truck

Father and Daughter Survive Plane Crash Only to Die in Another Crash
"Bud" Warren and Phyllis Ridings survived a potentially lethal emergency landing after crashing in an open field. Grateful to be alive, the father and daughter thanked God for their survival. Surprisingly, the incident did not change their passion for flying. Four years later they wouldn't be fortunate. The duo once again crashed when their plane malfunctioned. The two were on the way to an air show in Temple when the cockpit began to fill with smoke. Their plane crashed in a fiery blaze near Montgomery County Airport. 
Woman Awakes at Her Own Funeral, Dies from Shock
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov had been declared dead at 49 years old. Her family began the grieving process and arranged a funeral. The only problem was she wasn't actually dead... yet. At the memorial, as Mukhametzyanov was being prepared for a proper burial, she awoke to prayers. Realizing that she was now attending her own funeral, the woman bolted upright and screamed for help. She suffered a heart attack from the shock, which resulted in her death... for real this time. The woman was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed she was actually dead now.

Basketball Player Skips Plane Crash Only to Die in a Car Accident
In 1977, the entire University of Evansville Men's Basketball team died in a crash only 90 seconds after the plane took flight. All but one, that is. An ankle injured sidelined David Furr, so he skipped the flight which would ultimately kill all his teammates. Although the team had previously only ever traveled by bus, the coach requested they fly in style for this particular away game. Furr would only live another two weeks, when he and his younger brother were involved in a deadly drunk driving acciident that killed them both.
Boy Who Survived a Tornado Gets Mauled by a Dog
Lynn Geiling opened her doors to a her little nephew and his family after they escaped a massive tornado in Oklahoma. The tornado did enormous damage, and the family left their son with Geiling while they dealt with the aftermath. According to police, the 5-year-old boy threw a tantrum while his parents were out. Geiling went to comfort him, but her 150 pound mastiff reacted aggressively and mauled the boy. Geiling screamed for help and tried to pry the dog's teeth away, but the boy sustained fatal injuries. The dog was euthanized following the attack.
Man Almost Drives Off Cliff Then Gets Hit by Bus
A California driver barely managed to escape a fall that would have almost certainly been fatal, very nearly plummeting off a cliff. The man lost control of his SUV on a windy Malibu road. When he crashed onto the mountainside's ledge, he was able to jump out of his vehicle onto the road. However, moments after abandoning his car, the man was struck and killed by an oncoming bus. 
Woman Who Survived 9/11 Dies in a Plane Crash Two Weeks Later
Hilda Yolanda Mayol had been working in a restaurant on the ground floor of the World Trade Center and managed to make it through September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, Mayol's luck didn't last long. Only two months later on a trip to the Dominican Republic, she died on American Airlines Flight 587, which it crashed in Queens, NY. At the time, many feared that the crash was a second terrorist attack, but the accident was attributed to the pilot's mishandling of the rudder controls during turbulence. 
Woman Survives Plane Crash, Gets Run Over by First Responders
After 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan somehow managed to survive the fiery plane crash of flight Asiana 214, at San Francisco Airport, she laid down only 30 feet from the crash site. Injured and waiting for help, Yuan remained in a fetal position. When first responders arrived to help, however, a fire truck ran over Yuan. City officials cited the chaos of the wreckage as the main factor, but Yuan's family sued the city for negligence.

Woman Who Escaped Mall Shooting Dies in Aurora Massacre
Jessica Redfield was an up-and-coming sports broadcaster from Denver with a bright future ahead of her. She died at the hands of the Aurora shooter, who entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight and open fired on the audience in 2012. Before Redfield was a victim of the devastating massacre, she had miraculously survived another shooting at a mall in Toronto only a month prior. Redfield managed to sneak out of the mall which was attacked in a shooting that left one dead and many injured. 
Marcus Garvey Has a Stroke After Reading Fake Obituary
Considered a trailblazer for the Black Nationalist movement, Marcus Garvey was a fierce Jamaican politician who advocated the return of those affected by the African diaspora. It came as no surprise to Garvey that he had many political opponents. However, the politician was shocked after coming across a fake obituary in the Chicago Defender. The obituary, which was incredibly negative and demeaning about Garvey's opinions, enraged the man so much that he suffered two strokes. So it appears his fake death caused his real death.

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<![CDATA[The Saddest Television Deaths Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/saddest-television-deaths
Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.
The Saddest Television Deaths Ever,

Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers

Charlie Pace

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene

Tara Maclay

Tenth Doctor

Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

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<![CDATA[The Most Unbelievable Things Ever Smuggled Into Prison]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-smuggled-into-prisons/mike-rothschild
Prison contraband is like currency. If you've got anything of value, from drugs to cigarettes, you've got something to trade. And if you've got a cell phone, you can keep running your criminal empire. So as prisons crack down on stuff getting smuggled in, inmates have had to find more and more creative ways of doing the smuggling.

Jails around the world have seen everything from contraband-carrying crossbows and hollowed out Bibles, to carrier pigeons and coloring books. All of them have been carefully rigged to carry forbidden items and not get caught. Of course, they all WERE caught - and their creativity (or lack thereof) was displayed for the world to see.

Here are some of the craziest (failed) ways people have tried to smuggle stuff into and out of prisons.

The Most Unbelievable Things Ever Smuggled Into Prison,

Cell Phone Stuffed in a Brick of Weetabix
Guards at a UK prison did a standard check on a box of the popular wheat biscuit cereal Weetabix that a visitor brought in. It was full of vitamins, minerals, and a smuggled cell phone stuffed into the middle. 

A Specially Bred Escape Cat
On New Year's Eve 2012, officials at a prison in Brazil spotted a cat with a veritable arsenal of escape tools taped to it. The kitty, which was a familiar fixture in the prison yard, had two saws, two drills, a headset, a memory card, a cell phone, three batteries, and a mobile phone charger all tightly wrapped around it. Brazilian police suspected the inmates had raised the cat themselves, possibly to help prepare for an escape attempt.

Officials at a Russian prison found the same thing - a cat trained to carry cell phones and sneak them into the jail.

Pigeons Trained to Smuggle Phones
Prisoners in southeastern Brazil reportedly bred and raised carrier pigeons, and trained them to fly back to their homes. The birds were smuggled out, and had cell phone parts attached to their backs with a tiny backpack. The phones were meant to be used to coordinate criminal activity on the outside. Then the birds were released to fly back to the jail. At least two made it "home," but were ultimately caught, and the parts were confiscated.

A Coloring Book Full of Drugs
In March 2011, the mother of a prison inmate dissolved the heroin-withdrawl drug Suboxone into a paste, painted it into a coloring book, and sent it off to her son in Cape May, New Jersey. Making it look like a gift, she scribbled "To Daddy" on the book before mailing it. But authorities had already gotten a tip that drugs were being smuggled in drawings, and the book was intercepted, where guards noticed the orange splotches filling in various pictures and tested them. Three prisoners were charged, along with the industrious mother.

Phones Taped to Crossbow Bolts and Fired Into Prison
Can't pass your phone over to a prisoner the old-fashioned way? Just get it over the wall - like the industrious Russian supplier who taped phones to arrows and fired them into the prison yard with a crossbow. Tavda resident Cornelius Bazarov was arrested with 18 cell phones, spare batteries, SIM cards, and earpieces - all wrapped on the end of crossbow bolts with gaffer tape. A guard spotted him, sounded the alarm, and he was found in a growth of trees near the prison in central Russia's Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Delicious Banana Full of Heroin
Two women in Malta were caught attempting to smuggle a banana stuffed with a cardboard tube full of heroin into the tiny island's Corradino Correctional Facility. Apparently, they were doing so at the behest of another prisoner, who claimed she was planning to share the drugs with other inmates. The two women were let off the hook, while the inmate was given an extra 11 months in prison.

Potatoes Stuffed with Hashish
Authorities in Tripoli's Tyre Prison have had to deal with a number of attempts to smuggle drugs in via food items. They've confiscated sandwiches, pastries, and fruit - all laden with contraband. And in November 2014, they found a massive quantity of hashish stuffed into potatoes. Calling it a "crafty manner" of smuggling drugs, the 16 potatoes were apparently brought by one Palestinian for another. The smuggler was arrested, but his ingenuity was noted.

A Nylon Cord to Lift Up Bags of Contraband
Using pulleys to lift things is as old a trick as there is. But a more recent innovation is using a pulley to lift a bag of drugs. Pinellas County Jail officials got tipped to inmates smuggling forbidden items into their sixth floor cells. Sure enough, they found a long nylon cord with a plastic bag at the end. When they opened the bag, it was full of weed, tobacco, cigarettes, and lighters.

Dude Smuggles Himself Out in a Suitcase
A woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law husband out of a prison in Chetumal, Mexico in a suitcase following a conjugal visit. Prison guards checked the bulging, really-hard-to-carry bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona. Inside they found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina - who was serving 20 years for weapons possession - curled up in the fetal position. Ramirez was sent back to prison, and his lady love was arrested.

Cigarette-Carrying Cockroaches
Long before Orange is the New Black featured a cockroach trained to smuggle cigarettes, industrious inmates in Amarillo, Texas had figured out how to do it. In 1938, two prisoners in solitary confinement were getting their hands on cigarettes, much to the consternation of the jailer. It took another prisoner snitching to finally reveal the secret - they'd taught a cockroach to carry a smoke and a match on its back and scurry through a crack in the wall leading to the solitary block. The jailer was so impressed by the inmates' ingenuity that he released them from solitary.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-serial-killers/mark
Who are the best fictional serial killers of all time? These are serial killers featured in television shows and on film. To be clear, there is a difference between a serial killer and a mass murderer. A serial killer is one who kills individually, stalking a victim and murdering them in cold blood. Some of the most memorable movie and TV characters ever have been serial killers, so be sure to vote for the ones you liked the most -- and vote down any you didn't like. Also, feel free to re-rank this list any way you want, and add any notable fictional serial killers who are missing.

The creepiest film and TV serial killers often steal the show with their terrifyingly cool, chilling scenes. They manage to elude the good guys who are dutifully tracking them down, often for most of a movie or television show. Eventually, almost all of the fictional serial killers listed here are caught, but not before they leave behind horrifying reminders of their sick and twisted abilities. They are, quite often, some of the best movie villains of all time or the creepiest characters on television.

When you think of the "best" fictional serial murderers, who comes to mind instantly? Hannibal Lecter? That's certainly one of the most famous and memorable serial killers ever on film, thanks to Anthony Hopkins (who won an Academy Award for the role in 'Silence of the Lambs'). Or how about mommy-obsessed Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins), the serial killer who scared the wits out of everyone in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'? There is no doubt that both of these characters are iconic, and among the most utterly terrifying figures in film. Both, interestingly enough, were brought to the small screen in 2013: Lecter in the NBC horror drama 'Hannibal' and Bates in A&E's drama 'Bates Motel.'

Are serial killers the new vampires now? Could be. One thing is certain: The fictional serial killers listed here are among the characters you absolutely, positively do not ever want knocking at your door.
The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers,

Dexter Morgan

Freddy Krueger

Hannibal Lecter

Jason Voorhees


Michael Myers

Norman Bates

Patrick Bateman

John Doe

Buffalo Bill

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<![CDATA[Craziest Things Shia LaBeouf Has Done]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-shia-labeouf-stories/coy-jandreau
When you think of fame, some people thing of glamour, success and money. Others think of burden, paparazzi, and obligation. Sometimes a little of one or the other leads to a whole lot of crazy choices., and this is certainly (or is it?) the case with Shia LaBeouf.  

Now, let the record show we aren't saying Shia LaBeouf is crazy. Far from it. This weird and fascinating art project he's (inadvertently? consciously?) turned his life into is a force to be reckoned with. We'd love for him to pull the mask (or brown paper bag) off one day and reveal it was one giant, multi-year Joaquin Phoenix-esque charade. But with each altercation and each outlandish new exploit, it gets harder and harder to believe the stories emerging in the news are 100% performance. Every random fight caught on camera, every story of on-set antics, every art display (where LaBeouf is seen to be crying), and every bizarre interview takes him (and us) further down the rabbit hole.

These are the craziest things Shia has done, and there are plenty more not represented on this list. That we had enough for leftovers is a testament to what this child star has become, or what he's made himself into. We may never know. But whatever the case, we're all watching.
Craziest Things Shia LaBeouf Has Done,

Took Out One of His Own Teeth, and Scarred His Face
Shia took method acting to new heights on the set of Fury. He decided to commit fully to his role as a WWII tank brigade soldier and quit doing anything that couldn't be done around the tank (like showering, for instance). He also went to a dentist in the valley and had them remove one of his teeth (because he thought his character would be missing a tooth). And he scarred his face, permamantly, because make up isn't an option, apparently. 
The #iamsorry exhibit
After his shameless plagiarizing and all the weird antics thereafter, Shia decided to present the ultimate apology. He set up the #iamsorry exhibit where any and everyone could show up and sit in a room with him. He would silently sit, and you could blame him for whatever you liked, or just be in the room with him. Either way, his presence was an "apology." Every now and then, the "I Am Not Famous Anymore" bag would make an appearance.
Neon Spandex Amsterdam Marathon

Shia LaBeouf rocked a green tank top and purple spandex leggings while running 144 laps around the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Hendrik Folkerts, the curator at the museum, said the whole spectacle was a performance art piece, meant to parallel the 12-hour art conference inside the building."As we are having a 'marathon' conference inside the Stedelijk, we also wanted a reflection of that outside. Nobody can do it better than Shia and the other artists at this performance."

London's Central Saint Martins Art School Project
LaBeouf collaborated with the Central Saint Martins Art School and produced 36 short clips featuring the actor giving "motivational advice," as well as other acts of weird chicanery. Highlights include: Shia weirdly hitting on, you? (1:22:42); Shia discussing a dead jellyfish (1:37:35); Fake British Accent Shia! (1:50:46); and much, much more.

Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf
If you're embroiled in controversy, sometimes it's best to make poke fun at of yourself: appear less insane on late night talk shows, take some good-natured ribbing on Saturday Night Live, and take part in a glorious live performance/viral video wherein you are portrayed as a cannibal and serial killer. Don't forget to pay homage to Citizen Kane while you're at it.
'I Am Not Famous Anymore'
At the premiere of Nymphomaniac, Shia decided he wasn't famous anymore, and announced this self-defamation in a rather unique way. He wore a brown paper bag over his head, with the phrase "I Am Not Famous Anymore" written across the surface in black marker. The bag would reappear at his #iamsorry exhibit (see the entry on this list).
(Stolen?) Freestyle Rapping

A video went viral of a shirtless Shia rapping. Seemingly freestyling lyrics, it was later revealed that LaBeouf's rhymes were another example of plagiarism. Pri the Honeydark, an MC and music producer, (part of a rap group called the Anomalies),  called LaBeouf out, saying: “You can’t rip songs from my Anomalies crew, recite them in freestyle as your own, then not expect to be called out by ACTUAL MCs!… This is straight disrespect to lyricism.”

Drops Out Of/Quits a Play on Broadway + Alec Baldwin Altercation
Shia dropped out of a Broadway production of Orphans after repeatedly butting heads with co-star Alec Baldwin—seemingly as a result of LaBeouf's pointed haranguing of the actor. "My whole goal was to intimidate the f— out of Baldwin," he said, adding that he wanted Baldwin "to be scared."

Getting Kicked Out of a Broadway Show
During a performance of Caberet on Broadway starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, Shia LeBeouf apparently had one too many drinks at the bar. He began screaming obscenities mid-performance. LaBeouf was ejected from the theater and promptly arrested.
That Whole Plagiarism Thing
Shia's directorial debut HowardCantour.com came under fire after it was revealed to be blatantly stolen from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf basically adapted Clowes's 2007 comic Justin M Damiano without any permission or payment to the original artist. Shia then went on to say his next short would be called Daniel Boring, which was a comic series written by Clowes with the exact plot Shia described his film as having.

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<![CDATA[Missing People Who Were Found Alive]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/missing-people-who-were-found-alive/rydavis
There are nearly 90,000 missing persons in the U.S. alone, at any given time. And most cases will remain cold, as people disappear into different lives, some filled with unimaginable terrors. But what happens to the small percentage of missing people who one day show back up? Where did they go and what happened to them? Missing people found alive are stories that capture the nation's attention whenever they break. Often inspiring and devastating at the same time, and sometimes downright eerie and bizarre, these narratives of men and women who return after years of absence are all-around fascinating. 

Some tales are so fantastic, you would think there's no way they could be true, like the story of Gabriel Nagy, the missing man found alive several years after disappearing and suffering severe amnesia, or the incredible events leading to Elizabeth Smart's rescue and return to her family. Kidnapped people who escaped, missing people found off the grid, others living double lives, each story manages to shock one after the other. For the devotedly curious creep-seekers, here are several stories about real life missing people who were found alive, despite all reasonable doubt.
Missing People Who Were Found Alive,

Brenda Heist Drops Everything and Takes off with Complete Strangers
Overcome with the failures of her life, Brenda Heist was bawling her eyes out when two strangers approached her and asked if she was alright. In that moment, Heist decided she had had enough and accepted the strangers' offer to tag along on their adventures. Heist spent the next 11 years struggling with drugs, working odd jobs in hotels, and living out of an RV. Initially, police and family could not fathom an explanation for Heist's disappearance. Her husband was even a suspect at the time of investigation.  

However, when Heist showed up in 2010 to reunite with her family in Florida, she explained that she had simply "snapped." Heist's family were more than reluctant to forgive and forget Heist's abandonment. The reunion was and remains messy.
Missing Cleveland Women Saved from Kidnapper by Neighbor
Commonly referred to as the Cleveland Abductions, the story of serial kidnapper Ariel Castro broke headlines in 2013. For nearly eleven years, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina DeJesus were imprisoned by Castro, who repeatedly beat and raped them. Berry even bore Castro's child. Because the women were considered runaways by police, their cases were never thoroughly investigated.  

It wasn't until 2013, when Castro's neighbor Charles Ramsey heard Knight, Berry and DeJesus crying for help inside the house, that officials realized they were in fact NOT runaways. With the help of other neighbors, Ramsey broke down the cellar door and freed the women inside. Castro was sentenced to life in prison, but shortly thereafter committed suicide by hanging himself with his bedsheets.
Elizabeth Smart Saved from Kidnapper by Her Little Sister
One of the most high-profile child abductions cases in modern times, Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping was talked-about all across America. In 2002, a former handyman, hired by Smart's parents, broke into their home. Brian David Mitchell, who had gone by "Emmanuel" to the Smart family, abducted Smart while she slept in bed next to her younger sister, Mary Katherine, who pretended to sleep so that the intruder would not harm them. Only 14 years old, Smart was taken from her home for 9 months.  

It wasn't until then that Mary Katherine realized the man who had entered their bedroom was in fact "Emmanuel." When police released a sketch of the handyman, which aired on Larry King Live and America's Most Wanted, Mitchell's family recognized his likeness and provided the police with additional photos. While walking on the street, disguised in a wig and veil, someone recognized Mitchell and his accomplice, Wanda Ileen Barzee. The police were notified and Smart finally reunited with her family. Today, Smart is involved with activism and journalism geared towards ending human trafficking. 
A Fake Nicholas Barclay Returns Home
Featured in the popular documentary The Imposter, Nicholas Barclay's disappearance and sudden reemergence confounded both family and audience. French trickster and imposter Frédéric Bourdin convinced Barclay's family that he was their son, who disappeared three years prior in 1994. Alleging that "Barclay" was sold into and escaped from a child prostitution ring, the missing boy's family accepted Bourdin into their home.  

Despite looking almost nothing like Barclay, as well as speaking with a French accent, many members of the family did not notice anything out of the ordinary. It wasn't until a PI caught on that Bourdin made a full confession. The real Barclay was never found.
Steven Stayner Escapes a Child Molester
After being approached by Kenneth Parnell and Ervin Murphy, seven-year-old Steven Stayner was kidnapped and taken to a remote cabin. Parnell had convinced the "simple-minded" Murphy to orchestrate the abduction, posing as church members seeking help. Parnell molested Stayner and convinced him that his parents had given him up because they had too many children to take care of.  

Parnell renamed Stayner Dennis Parnell, and proceeded to enroll him in various schools. Stayner had the opportunity to come and go as he pleased, and many acquaintances had no clue that he was ever abducted by Parnell. When Stayner reached puberty, Parnell organized another kidnapping of a boy named Timothy White. Fearing White would fall to the same pattern of abuse he experienced, Stayner orchestrated their escape. After being taken into police custody, Stayner and White were reunited with their families. Stayner had been in captivity for eight years.  

Stayner's story was developed into a TV movie, I Know My First Name Is Steven.

Philip Sessagero Fakes His Own Death to Rebuild His Military Career
Philip Sessagero always aspired to join the SAS of the British military. He applied multiple times, but failed to make the cut. In 1993 ,while in Croatia, Sessagero faked his own death, allowing many to believe he perished in a car bomb attack. He adopted the name Tom Carew, and rebuilt his reputation as a "Special Forces" member. He even wrote a book about his experiences in the service called "Jihad! The Secret War in Afghanistan," which received critical praise.  

But in 2001, a BBC program revealed "Carew's" identity. Seven years after this exposure, Sessagero was found dead in his garage. Although examiners determined the cause of the death to be suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning, his daughter believed he could have been murdered, as he "made enemies easily."
Steve Carter Discovers He's a Missing Person
Steve Carter didn't realize he had been kidnapped until he was 35 years old. After reading a story about a similar case, Carter researched his own records out of questions that had nagged at him his whole life. When Carter found a picture on a website depicting a digitally-aged conceptualization of missing child Marx Panama Barnes, his jaw dropped: the doctored photo was his spitting image.  

After contacting investigators and law enforcement, Carter learned that his mother had run away with him when he was a baby. His father never located them because his mother changed their names. From there, his mother was checked into psychiatric care and Carter became a ward of the state. His mother eventually disappeared, yet again, but this time did not come back. Carter was adopted by new parents at age 4. After his discovery, Carter reached out to his biological family, ending a lifetime of mystery.
Bowe Bergdahl Goes AWOL
The latest subject of the hit podcast Serial, Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and subsequent capture by the Taliban garnered national attention and debate. In 2009, Bergdahl, having expressed frustrations with American nationalistic attitudes within the army, and disappointment in the U.S. intervention in the Middle East, walked away from his platoon.  

He was eventually held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban, though his capture has become a point of contention, since Bergdahl initially claimed he fell behind on a patrol. The Taliban stated that they found him stumbling drunk, and U.S. forces reiterated that Bergdahl willingly left post. Missing and hidden for five years, Bergdahl was brought back to the U.S. in a trade deal made by the Obama administration. He is currently being tried on desertion charges.
Nguyen Thi Van Gets Locked out of Her House and Winds up in China
In 1992, Nguyen Thi Van, a resident of Vietnam, was locked out of the house by her mother as punishment for coming home past curfew. Unsure of what to do, Van met up with some friends at a karaoke bar. After catching a ride with an older woman, Van and her friends awoke to find themselves in China. The woman told them they would be sold into marriages with Chinese men or killed.  

Van spent decades married to a Chinese farmer in Guangdo, but she eventually escaped by hitching a ride in a truck. After twenty-one years, Van finally made it home. Her parents were horrified that their petty punishment had gone so terribly awry.
Gabriel Nagy Loses His Memory and Disappears
After losing his memory in a car accident, Gabriel Nagy, confused and disoriented, wandered off without saying a word to anyone. When Nagy didn't return home that evening, his family began to panic. Police found his vehicle in flames on the side of the road. Two weeks after his disappearance, Nagy's credit card showed a charge for some camping supplies, but this transaction did not lead to his discovery.  

When a police officer located Nagy's name registered under Medicare, he sought him out. For the past twenty years, Nagy had been suffering severe amnesia working odd jobs. He had effectively started over from scratch. But after reuniting with his family, many of his memories came flooding back. Scarring on the back of his head correlated to the condition of his car accident, and medical examiners believe it caused a state of Dissociative Fugue, which can cause people to wander off.

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<![CDATA[Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/accidents-caused-by-google-maps/jacob-shelton
If you have a smart phone, there’s good chance that you use Google Maps as a way to get around. In a lot of ways this technology is great: You don’t have to buy a map, you can seek new routes with just a few key strokes, and you can get a good idea of when you’ll be arriving at your destination. But individual Google Map errors have become more common as we turn over our reliance to the app. More people are getting into accidents, and generally less people are paying attention to what they’re supposed to be doing. Don’t believe it? Take a look at these horrible accidents caused by Google Maps.

Even when we’re not driving, Google Maps accidents can occur and irreparably damage our lives. Take for example the family who lost their home due to a construction crew tearing it down, or an entire island full of people who weren’t able to find their way around when Google deleted it off the planet. These accidents show us that not only is Google fallible, and susceptible to harmful edits to their apps, but that we’ve basically turned our brains over to a computer system that is capable of making very big mistakes. We’re not advocating for Ludditism, but the next time you’re trying to get around town, be weary of the information Google Maps gives you.

Make sure you’re not reading this list of accidents caused by Google Maps while you’re supposed to be navigating through unfamiliar streets, and if you’ve had your own mishaps with Google Maps, take to the comments and fill us in.
Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps,

Demolition Company Tears Down Wrong House
This story has one lesson: when in doubt, blame Google Maps. In 2016, a demolition company in Texas went to a misidentified address that they found on Google Maps and completely destroyed a family's duplex.
Driver Follows Directions Straight Off a Cliff
According to police in Indiana, a driver was following his GPS too closely when he plunged his car off an abandoned bridge into a ravine, killing his wife. A representative for the Sheriff's Department said "The Cline Avenue bridge is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings. There are concrete barricades across the road to further indicate the road is closed." This sounds like the plot of a film noir, in which the man in question gets rid of his wife by staging an almost preposterous accident, but sadly the incident, apparently, is what it is—the man was simply watching the GPS monitor and not the road. 
Nicaragua Accidentally Invades Costa Rica
In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally sent troops across the border of Costa Rica, tore down the country's flag, and raised their own—all because Google Maps accidentally listed the area as belonging to Nicaragua. The geopolicy analyst of Google Maps said, "“Cartography is a complex undertaking, and borders are always changing” which is the equivalent of saying: "Whoopsie!"
Google Maps Sends Mt. Rushmore Seeking Tourists the Wrong Way
Since 2010, roadtripping tourists who are looking to snap a pic of their favorite national monument have been getting directed to "Mount Rushmore, South Dakota" rather than the national monument. This case of "mistaken identity" has become so commonplace that a woman who runs a camp in Mount Rushmore has put up a sign that says, "Your GPS is WRONG. This is NOT Mt. Rushmore."
The Worst Way to Get to The White House
Because the world is a terrible place, someone made an edit to Google Maps that made it possible to search "N***** king" and be taken to the White House. A representative from Google said, "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused." 
Google Maps Closes Every Walmart
In 2016, a massive error on Google Maps listed every Walmart in America as "Permanently Closed." It's unclear if the app was hacked, or if Google Maps was just trying to send everyone to Target. 
Scottish Island Disappears
As if the Scottish weren't maligned enough, in 2013 Google made one of the country's islands straight-up disappear. A representative for Google said, "We hope to have the map of Jura back to normal as soon as possible." OK!
Student Crashes Car While Reading a Map
In a story that we hear all too often, an 18-year-old driver in Houston was checking Google Maps on her phone when she lost control of a car and crashed into an 18 wheel vehicle, killing her. 
Google Maps Sends a Woman Walking Into Traffic
In 2010, a Utah woman followed the somewhat dubious walking directions provided by Google Maps and walked directly onto a busy highway, where she was clipped by a passing vehicle. And of course she sued Google for upwards of $100,000. 
Man Claims GPS Made Him Drive Like a Crazy Person
A driver in the UK tried to get out of a bad driving rap after he claimed that his GPS told him to drive down a narrow road and through a fence, landing him on the precipice of a 100 foot drop. Sure it did. 

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<![CDATA[The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened at Zoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zoo-horror-stories/rydavis
When one spends a day at the zoo, they may expect a little excitement, a little curiosity, and an awesome chance to see some of wildlife's most vibrant, odd, and fascinating creatures. What you don't expect is to fall into the pit of a lion's den and have your clothes and body parts ripped to shreds. Although you're likely in the vast majority that has never had the unfortunate luck of experiencing such a high-stakes standoff against nature's greatest predators, there are some who have not been so fortunate. For every photographer leaning just a little too closely over the edge than they should be, there are major zoo accidents waiting to happen. Catastrophic zoo deaths make crazy news stories because they're actually so rare. But even some of the most experienced wildlife trainers, biologists, and veterinarians have had some very, VERY bad things happen to them at the zoo. 

All bad zoo news stories, unique in their own way, are nature's way of telling us that these beasts are not to be messed with. Lack of respect for the animal kingdom could cost you your arm or leg. And don't think that just because there's a thick layer of glass between you that these stronger-than-you-think mammals can't find a way to take you out if you piss them off enough. These animal anecdotes below are some of the worst things that have ever happened at zoos and are fair warning for your next visit. 
The Worst Things That Have Ever Happened at Zoos,

San Francisco Tiger Escapes Its Cage
On a particularly unhappy Christmas, Tatiana the tiger mauled San Francisco Zoo visitors after escaping from her sanctuary. Although this was not Tatiana's first time attacking someone, it was her first time leaping a 20 foot wall and 15 foot moat to do so. Tatiana preyed on three attendees, killing one of them. Advising people in the area to take cover, police entered the premises, spotted Tatiana chilling by one of the survivors, and shot at her. The open fire killed Tatiana and ruined everyone's Christmas. 
Bengal Tigers Maul a Zoo Cleaner
In 2008 at a Singapore zoo, Nordin bin Mongdong was going about his usual day as a zoo cleaner. Noted by onlookers as moseying his way through the Bengal tiger habitat, Mongdong had been sweeping the moat around the tigers' home. But when a group of the Bengals lunged at Nordin, visitors could do nothing but scream. According to sources, tourists watching the scene yelled at Mongdong to leap into the water, but it was too late. When workers finally were able to break Mongdong away from the Bengals, his injuries were far too serious, leaving no hope of saving his life.
Man Releases Animals from His Private Zoo
Terry Thompson was known for preserving and collecting rare, exotic animals for his private wildlife refuge, located on his estate. However, right before Thompson committed suicide, he made the decision to release his array of jungle beasts onto Zanesville, Ohio. After receiving reports from witnesses who saw the animals unleashed, police were forced to respond. Unfortunately, many of the animals were displaying extreme aggression, and the county feared their proximity to the public. Zanesville police had no choice but to shoot the majority of the escaped animals dead, which resulted in the event being dubbed the Zanesville Massacre. Wildlife experts expressed grief at the loss of so many animals that are on the verge of extinction. Turns out it's not so fun free the animals from the zoo after all.
Jabari the Gorilla Attacks a Group of Children
At Dallas Zoo, Jabari the Gorilla was actively being taunted by guests observing the giant primate. While zoo officials failed to explain how the massive gorilla escaped his habitat, witnesses have claimed that he somehow climbed the 16 foot wall to attack onlookers. Jabari unleashed a rampage throughout the zoo, attacking four people, one of which included a child. At one point, Keisha Heard looked on in horror as Jabari placed her 3-year-old son, Rivers Noah, in his mouth and shook the child violently. Despite Jabari's rage, everyone involved in the attack, although injured, made it out alive. However, a SWAT teamed was forced to roll in and take out Jabari. Unable to keep up with Jabari's great escape, policemen were forced to shoot and kill Jabari after nearly 40 minutes of hot pursuit. 
Binky the Polar Bear Bites Back
If you want to get up close and personal with Binky, then be prepared to face the consequences. After attacking Kathryn Warburton, an Australian tourist visiting an Alaskan zoo, Binky achieved unprecedented fame. Warbuton had jumped a few railings to take a better photograph of the polar bear, but Binky didn't seem to like the flash. Binky stuck his face through the railings and chomped down on Warbuton, breaking her leg. The polar bear kept the woman's shoe as a souvenir for three days until zoo keepers were able to safely retrieve it. Warburton donated the relic to a local bar, and Binky reached peak stardom. Merchandise and memorabilia featuring the polar bear's face became popular after the story received heavy media attention.
Tilikum Thrashes a Seaworld Trainer
Focus of the controversial documetnary Blackfish, Tilikum the Killer Whale has spent the majority of his life living in a contained bubble. Weighing at nearly 12,000 pounds and identifiable by his signature curved-dorsal fin, Tilikum is likely Sea World's most famous "Shamu" in the run's history. However, Tilikum isn't known for his fun, showtime playfulness, but rather his unprecedented aggression, formed after having spent over half his lifetime in captivity. Neither his first outburst nor instance of visible hostility, Tilikum reached peak recognition when he killed Dawn Brancheau, considered a very experienced trainer, during a live performance. When Brancheau leaned in to give Tilikum a belly rub, the enormous whale leaped up and grabbed her by the waist. After thrashing her around, Tilikum repeatedly dragged her through the water, drowning her. Tilikum had previously been involved in multiple deaths and attacks against trainers, but Sea World officials still kept the dangerous creature around for the delight of the guests.
Pack of Wolves Feast on Lone Biologist
Hired as a caretaker to a new pack at the Wolf Centre of a wildlife preserve in Ontario, Patricia Wyman's body was found only a day after beginning her new role. Having only been in the the Wolf Centre two times prior, Wyman had reportedly expressed a few concerns about one of the wolf's behavior. Police and medical examiners arrived to find her body stripped naked of its clothes, but relatively intact. Apparently the pack of wolves circled the police when they arrived, even growling at them. Reports came to the conclusion that Wyman must have fallen, causing the wolves' predatory instincts to kick in. 
Melody the Tapir Gets Maternal
When Lisa Morehead made her morning rounds to feed Melody the Tapir, the hog/pig-like creature bit off more than the Oklahoma zookeeper bargained for. After reaching into a two foot opening to place food in the enclosure, Melody latched onto Morehead's arm and pulled her into the cage. Morehead's arm was severed by the beast and was deemed too "mangled" to reattach. Reasons for Melody's sudden and unexpected aggression are not entirely clear, but most officials and animal professionals have chalked it up to maternal instinct. Melody's two-month-old baby tapir was also in the cage with her. 
Egyptian Cobra Escapes from Nyc Zoo
When an extremely venomous Egyptian cobra escaped from its exhibit at the NYC Bronx Zoo, the city that never sleeps was left feeling restless. For six days, Bronx zookeepers conducted thorough sweeps of the zoo as they searched for the snake that inexplicably slipped out of the reptilian glass enclosure. Finally, the cobra was found, a mere 100 feet away from the exhibit it left behind. Zookeepers lured the snake out using rodents. Said to be able to kill a person in 15 minutes with its venom, the cobra proved an incredible threat to attendees. Thankfully, instead of attacking visitors, the Egyptian cobra started its own Twitter account to keep fans updated on its metro-link adventures.
Mila the Elephant Stomps the Yard
New Zealand zoo owner Helen Schofield was making arrangements for the 7600-pound elephant Mila to transfer to a new home. When Schofield entered Mila's sanctuary, the gargantuan pachyderm became frightened after braising an electric fence bordering the enclosure. Spooked by the currents, Mila grabbed Schofield with her trunk, ultimately crushing her midair, all to the horror of a live audience. Schofield died from her sustained injuries. After the traumatizing incident, wildlife experts became concerned about what to do with Mila. It was eventually decided that she would be transferred to the San Diego Zoo, where she would be quarantined and progressively incorporated into the rest of the elephant herd. Jenny Chung, Schofield's sister, attended Mila's arrival to confront the animal that took her sister's life. Chung expressed that there were no hard feelings, stating that deep down she knew that Mila didn't intend to hurt Helen. 

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Reveal What They Hallucinated While Tripping]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celeb-trips/mike-rothschild
Celebrities like their drugs. And when they do drugs, they have the same hallucinations and psychedelic experiences the rest of us do. Whether it's pot, acid, mushrooms, or more exotic drugs like ayahuasca or ketamine, celebs have tripping stories that range from pleasant hallucinations to horrifying images of death.

Sometimes, the experiences they have are transcendent, like Lindsey Lohan seeing herself reborn, or Brian Wilson's legendary audio hallucinations that helped him craft the music of the Beach Boys. Sometimes, they can be terribly destructive. And then there are the trips that are just too weird to put into words, like Nic Cage thinking his cat was his brother, or Jack Nicholson seeing the face of God.

Here are some of the strangest things celebrities have seen while tripping.

Celebrities Reveal What They Hallucinated While Tripping,

Bill Gates
In a 1994 interview with Playboy, Gates revealed that he took LSD during his "errant youth." His hallucination during a trip might have contributed to him stopping his use, as he had a vision of a corner of a table plunging into his eye while high.

Brian Wilson
Beach Boys mastermind and musical genius Brian Wilson was forthcoming about his LSD usage, talking about his intense auditory hallucinations while tripping. He says that some of them were a critical part of his process for composing music, but that he also had residual hallucinations for decades, even after he stopped using drugs.

Chelsea Handler
For her Netflix series Chelsea Does, the comic sampled ayahuasca, the medicinal brew that's a new favorite of upper-class and celebrity trippers. Handler vomited in a bucket, chanted, and eventually had powerful visions of she and her sister laughing together on a kayak.

Jack Nicholson
The legendary actor did a huge amount of psychedelics during the '60s and early '70s, and claims he saw nothing less than the Almighty while on drugs. A Nicholson biography quotes the actor as saying he "believed he saw the face of God" the first time he took LSD. Nicholson took everything from acid to large amounts of cocaine, bust started dialing back his use in the '80s.

Lindsay Lohan
The troubled actress is a devotee of ayahuasca, saying an experience with the drug led her to hallucinate that she died and was born again.

Miley Cyrus
Apparently, Miley Cyrus really likes weed. And she likes weed laced with psychedelics even more, because they make her see cool stuff. As she described to Rolling Stone, "One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon."

Nicolas Cage
Cage told a story on David Letterman about a time before he was famous when he did mushrooms with his cat. The cat apparently had a bad habit of getting into the actor's drugs. So, as Cage says, he took some himself, and he and the cat laid across from each other for hours, with Cage hallucinating that the cat was his brother.

Rachel McAdams
The actress told a story on Jimmy Kimmel's show about struggling to find something that would help her sleep, and trying a cannabis tincture. Rather than sleep, McAdams claimed she had a bad trip, hallucinating opera singing for hours.

Shia LaBeouf
The actor dropped acid to prepare for a role in the film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Naturally, he live tweeted the experience, and among his observations about mayonnaise, Indiana Jones, and wearing multiple watches; LaBeouf had a vivid hallucination of fire coming out of a security guard's head at Walgreens.

Jackass star Steve-O was a heavy drug user until 2008, when he got sober and went to rehab. He claims that a turning point in the decision was his heavy psychedelic use, which led him to hallucinate voices that were "telling him he was going to have to answer for the times he had done to harm people."

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