Everyone knows Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. The number 13 itself is tied deeply to superstitious beliefs that bring bad fortune and even death. So it's no wonder there are plenty of horrible things that have happened on Friday the 13th.
There are enough creepy Friday the 13th stories to make one paranoid about particular date every time it comes up on the calendar. In fact, some are so superstitious about it, they'll do anything they can to avoid leaving the house. No one knows the exact origin of the unlucky Friday the 13th, but there are plenty of theories. It could've been the day Jesus had his last supper, or it could be connected to the Knights Templar.
Whatever the cause may be, history is replete with tragedies and crimes committed on Friday the 13th. Could it really be cursed?
The San Diego S&M Killing
Brittany Killgore was only 22 when her life ended, and it happened on a fateful Friday the 13th. Killgore had recently divorced her husband, and she was looking for someone to help her move back to her hometown. Killgore met Louis Ray Perez and asked if he could assist her. He told her if she partied with him that night, he would have five men available to help her move. Killgore met up with Perez that night, but was never heard from again. Days later, police found her unclothed corpse in a ditch.
As it turns out, Perez lived with his pregnant wife and another woman, and they were involved in the S&M lifestyle. His girlfriend, Dorothy Maraglino, referred to herself as Perez's mistress; the other woman, Jessica Lopez, was the couple's slave. In their home, a sex dungeon was set up, complete with handcuffs and other toys. Evidence pointed to Killgore being an unwilling participant in the group's sadomasochistic sexual proclivities and that, on the night of April 13, 2012, they strangled her to death and dumped her body. Perez, Maraglino, and Lopez were all found guilty of murder, kidnapping, torture, and sexual battery. All three received life without parole.
The Plane Crash That Led To Cannibalism
Many people are terrified to fly on Friday the 13th - and probably for good reason. The Andes flight disaster is one of the most horrific plane crashes in history, and it happened on Friday, October 13th, 1972. A plane carrying 45 passengers - including a union rugby team - crashed in the Andes mountains. Initially, 12 died from the crash. The next day, five additional passengers died, and one more eight days later. The group did not have resources for the extreme weather, nor did they have much food. They did have a radio, on which they heard that the search-and-rescue team looking for them had given up.
Very quickly, the group ate the minimal food they had left. They tried looking for vegetation or animals, but found none. Surviving passengers felt they had no choice but to feed on the bodies of the deceased passengers to survive. This task proved difficult not only for the most obvious reason, but because the dead were mostly friends and family members of the survivors.
Over the next few months, several more survivors died, including eight who were taken out by an avalanche. Approximately two months after the plane crash, a pair of survivors went hiking in search of rescue. They were eventually found, and went back to save the rest of the group.
Three Kids Were Killed And Impaled By Their Babysitter
When English-born David McGreavy was 21, his parents kicked him out of the house. McGreavy began renting a room with the Ralph family in 1973. The family included parents Clive and Elsie, and their three young children, Paul, Dawn, and Samantha. McGreavy would help the family out - he was known to cook dinners often and babysit the children, with whom he had a close relationship. But on Friday, April 13, 1973, something made McGreavy snap. McGreavy begun drinking earlier in the evening and Ralph picked him up and took him home. Ralph then left to go pick up his wife from work. When the couple returned, police were at their residence, and informed them that their children were dead.
McGreavy became enraged because 9-month-old Samantha was crying for a bottle; he put his hand over her mouth and strangled her. Next, he choked 2-year-old Dawn and cut her with a razor. McGreavy then used a curtain rod to strangle 4-year-old Paul. The madness did not end there. He got a pickaxe, proceeded to mutilate the kids, then took them outside, where he impaled them on the neighbor's fence.
Initially, McGreavy denied the crimes, but eventually told police, "It was me, but, it wasn’t me." He pleaded guilty to the murders and received multiple life sentences.
On Friday, July 13, 1821, Nathan Bedford Forrest was born. Forrest was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a Confederate general. For decades, Forrest has been considered by racists to be a great symbol of white supremacy. Despite this, schools, parks, and monuments have been erected in his honor.