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Convincing 'Real' Paranormal Cases 

Ian James
Updated January 29, 2020 2.1M views 7 items

Real paranormal activity: true stories of the supernatural that will scare the pants off you. We live in a rational world with rational laws. Tales of the paranormal and supernatural have no place in real life... Or do they? The five paranormal stories on this list supposedly really happened, and if they're true, we'll have to rethink everything we think we know for certain.

These strange cases of real supernatural events will give even the most devout and stubborn skeptic some food for thought - or at least some entertaining stories to tell after watching horror movies with a group of friends. This list includes the most famous, most convincing real paranormal activity stories and true supernatural events.

From exorcisms, to alien abductions, and even to time travel, these stories are spooky, and seem almost too real.

The Disappearance Of Travis Walton

On November 5, 1975, Travis Walton and his fellow logging crew members were driving home from a job in the forest when they all saw a bright light beyond the crest of the road. When they reached the top, they saw a disc hovering above the road, shining a light down upon the earth. Seeing this, Walton jumped from the truck and ran towards the disc to get a closer look, while the other men shouted for him to come back. After getting fairly close, Walton began to back up before he was struck with a light that knocked him to the ground.

Then, Travis went missing. A massive manhunt resulted, yet no sign of Travis could be found. Five days later, Travis returned, bewildered and confused.

Massive lie or true, alien abduction? The Travis Walton case is one of the most famous and controversial of all alien abduction stories. When subjected to polygraphs, however, the men on the crew all passed, with the exception of one whose results were "inconclusive."

The Exorcism Of Anneliese Michel

In 1968, at the age of 16, Anneliese Michel began suffering from convulsions. However, over the next few years, Anneliese had developed such a strong psychosis that she would hallucinate and express aversion to Catholic imagery. She would also lick up her own urine, refuse to eat, and begin to speak in languages that she had never learned. For a majority of the time Anneliese was experiencing these psychoses, she was committed to a psychiatric hospital, where she was prescribed a variety of medications, none of which seemed to help.

By 1975, Anneliese and her family, tired of the lack of progress made with conventional medicine, decided to turn to the Catholic Church which determined that Anneliese Michel was suffering from a demonic possession. Over a ten month period, Anneliese underwent sixty-seven exorcisms, and eventually passed from starvation when she refused to eat.

Demonic possession or severe psychosis? Maybe we will never know for sure.

The Vampire Belfazaar Ashantison

ABC's "20/20" did a story on the world of real life vampires: people who claim they suffer from a physiological condition that prevents them from "creating enough of the essential daily energies to get through even the basic tasks." How do they get this energy? They drink blood. And there's an entire, widespread, secretive society that practices this belief, headed by a man who goes by the name Belfazaar Ashantison.

Skip to 01:45 in this video to watch Belfazaar drink the blood of a willing donor right off of his back. At 03:00, you can find a woman doing the same thing.

The Passing Of Estefania Gutierrez

Estefania Gutierrez performed a seance in an attempt to contact a classmate who perished in a biking accident. A teacher interrupted the ritual, and a mysterious trail of smoke reportedly went up Gutierrez's nose and mouth. Shortly after, the teen began experiencing seizures and hallucinations. Gutierrez saw evil shadows and would occasionally bark at her brothers. Doctors couldn't find anything physically wrong with her, and she passed in her sleep six months after the seance.

Her parents began experiencing strange paranormal happenings in their home. Notably, doors slammed and electric appliances switched on and off. The police, after seeing a door open with no explanation as well as a crucifix with Jesus separated from the cross, described the case as a "situation of mystery and rarity."