The annals of Wikipedia are full of some seriously creepy stuff. As the makeshift source for all human knowledge, Wikipedia has plenty of tales of the weird, macabre, and unexplained. If Wikipedia were a house, this would be the creepy attic that everyone thinks is haunted. Excluding the unverified, poorly sourced, and completely made up, these are the creepiest pages that Wikipedia has to offer.
Perhaps what makes all these stories so scary is that the events really occurred. Here we are visiting some seriously dark corners of the human psyche. Some of the events will shock you. Some even cross over into the supernatural realm, or at least raise the question, could the supernatural be real? You can judge for yourself, thanks to the great sourcing structure of Wikipedia
Reading on, you might encounter some facts that you wish you hadn't learned. You've been warned.
In 2001, Armin Meiwes put out an online solicitation "looking for a well-built 18- to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed." On March 9, 2001, Meiwes met up with fellow German Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, who had agreed to be eaten. The two filmed each other frying Brandes's dismembered penis and attempting to eat it before Brandes's ultimate demise.
Over the next ten months, Meiwes proceeded to eat Brandes's body. Meiwes was eventually convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Herman Webster Mudgett, AKA Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was perhaps the first modern serial killer. In 1889, he built a hotel in Chicago nicknamed "The Castle" due to its imposing nature.
The castle was designed to his specifications, with hidden passageways, secret rooms, a drug store, and his personal residence on the top floor. Soundproof and air-tight rooms were used to asphyxiate victims, and a hanging room was used for just that. The hotel also had pits of corrosive acid, bottles of various poisons, and even a stretching rack. A secret metal chute and dummy elevator were used to transport bodies. Holmes would dissect the bodies and even sell some of them to medical schools.
In all, Homes confessed to 20 murders, nine of which were confirmed. Some estimates, however, place the number as high as 200.
The Hinterkaifeck Murders
The Hinterkaifeck farm was located roughly 70 miles north of Munich, Germany. The Gruber family lived there, including Andreas, his wife Cazilia, their middle-aged daughter Victoria, and their two grandchildren. In 1921, their maid quit. She claimed the farm was haunted, and that she heard footsteps in the attic. It took until 1922 for the Grubers to find a new maid.
One day, Andreas reported that he found footprints in the snow leading from the forest to the house, but he could not find any leading back to the forest. He began hearing footsteps in the attic, and reported other strange events. On April 4th, five days after the Grubers had last been seen, a search party uncovered a gruesome murder scene. All of the household occupants, including the new maid, had been skillfully murdered with a pickax. It had been the maid's first day of work on the farm. Four of the bodies, including that of Andreas, were stacked neatly on top of each other. The autopsies revealed that the time of death was Friday, March 31.
Perhaps the strangest part of the case is that they found evidence of the killer staying at the farm for several days after the murders. The livestock were fed, and witnesses had seen smoke coming out of the chimney over the weekend. Despite this, no arrests were ever made and the case still remains unsolved to this day.
The Villisca Axe Murders
On June 11, 1912, a brutal murder occurred in rural Villisca, Iowa. The Moore family was sleeping when an unknown killer raised an ax and killed Joe Moore with one blow from the flat end of the ax blade. The same fate met his wife, Sarah, all four of their children, and two visiting neighbor children.
What's more, the murderer then proceeded to beat the heads of the bodies into a bloody pulp with his ax. He then covered the bloody heads with clothes, covered every mirror and piece of glass in a similar way, and washed the blood from his hands. After that, he took out a two-pound slab of uncooked bacon from the icebox, wrapped it in a towel, and laid it on the floor next to a short piece of key chain that did not belong to the Moores.
The case has never been solved, but one theory links this case to several other ax murders that occurred across the country during this period.