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People Describe Terrifying Encounters With Weird Strangers

List RulesVote up the creepiest true stories.

Creepy things that happen to us don't always involve the paranormal or stuff we don't understand. Our fellow citizens are just as creepy and scary as ghosts and monsters. People behave strangely for all sorts of reasons, and most of the time we don't understand it.

We get creeped out in all sorts of ways, whether someone makes a prediction about our future or crosses paths with a serial killer, these chance encounters always send a little shiver down our spine. Vote for your favorite non-paranormal creepy incident.

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    Patient With A Mental Illness Threatens Mom

    From Redditor /u/Devon302:

    My mother works with... patients [who have a mental illness]. One night at around 9 pm, she told me she had to go to work because there was an emergency. Later, I get a phone call from her. She basically said my name and before she could finish, the phone got pulled away from her. In this high-pitch, creepy voice, one of the patients says, "Devon302 (I assumed she heard my name mentioned by my mom), Devon302? Your mom isn't coming home tonight because I'm going to do something bad to her." Then she hung up.

    I started freaking out and my mom didn't call me back until two hours later. The woman ended up getting arrested but quickly released since she has a mental illness. It was creepy as hell and very unnerving.

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    Co-Workers Encounter A Serial Killer

    From Redditor /u/ipVolatile:

    I used to work for a group home, taking care of kids with autism or developmental problems. The company had multiple group homes, but none of them were within a mile of each other, and they were all in the middle of farm country. Each had a driveway of about half a mile and surrounded by nothing but open countryside. The locations were chosen specifically for this so that if a client were to escape, they would have to run through a wide-open field for quite some time.

    One night at about 2 am, I was working the graveyard shift with a co-worker and we noticed some headlights coming down the driveway. We thought it was an administrator coming to check up on us, so we started frantically running around doing our work. Then we realized the headlights hadn't moved. I stepped outside, took a few steps down the driveway and noticed a white van about a quarter of the way down the driveway. It stayed there for about seven or eight minutes, then drove off.

    My co-worker and I were kind of baffled and came to the conclusion that the person was just lost and had to stop to look at a map.

    Three days later, a serial killer was caught in our area. He was known for picking up women on the exact road our group home was on and he drove a white van.

     

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    A Follower In Amsterdam

    From Redditor /u/QuadsNotBlades:

    Okay, so I spent about six months in Europe, mostly alone but meeting up with friends here and there. I went to Amsterdam for a week at the beginning of my trip and two weeks at the end. Maybe two or three days before I was supposed to come back to the US, I planned a lovely day of getting really baked and walking to the enormous and lovely Vondelpark. Before continuing, I'm just going to say that Amsterdam is nothing like the movies - it's beautiful, full of canals, museums, bikers, swans, etc. It's just great.

    Anyway, so I got insanely high and began my trek to the park. On the way, this short dude who looked like a young Steve Buscemi walked past me going the opposite way and I accidentally made eye contact. He stopped and wanted to talk to me even though I told him I wasn't interested in conversation, then [he] insisted that he walk me to the park "to keep me safe." He asked me tons of questions and told me all about himself while I kept insisting that I didn't want to talk and just wanted to go alone to meet my friends.

    After about a 40-minute walk of hell, we entered the park... I pointed to the nearest building and said I was meeting them inside, said bye, and ran into the building. I was inside sitting to the side of the front door for about 20 minutes when he came inside - he saw me and I saw him, and he quickly ran out the door. At that point, I was really upset that he was following me and I stayed inside the building for another hour. I peeked outside through a window and saw him, sitting on a bench directly outside the building. I told the women working the front counter that there was a man following me and asked if they knew of any other exits/ways to get out of the park.

    At this point, my buzz is completely gone and replaced with cold apprehension. They directed me to a little side path that exited to a small side street, but [it] would quickly connect to the main street again, so I left through the back and went out that way.

    About halfway down this quiet, cobblestone road outside the park, I suddenly heard pounding feet, and then I was grabbed from behind and slapped so hard that I screamed and hit the ground. A couple walking together looked over, then kept walking. He yelled, "That's what you get for lying to me!" Then [he] ran off, breathing hard.

    I started crying and ran to the main street, then began speed walking through the crowd back in the direction of my hostel. I was terrified, but just kept walking faster and faster and faster. After a few minutes, I glanced over my shoulder and he was immediately behind me, walking in my footsteps. I almost threw up in panic and went into the first doorway I could find while he disappeared into the crowd.

    I begged the employees at the jewelry store to call the police, but they told me no, the police station was only a few blocks away and gave me really confusing directions. I asked the other customers if anyone would be willing to call the police because a man was chasing me, but everyone just ignored me. They asked me to leave, so I went outside and began walking again, but watched for streetcars. I walked casually for a few minutes, then just as a streetcar was pulling away, I leapt onto it and rode it back to the north part of the city.

    This was all really terrifying for me - being a chubby, awkward girl from a nice suburb, I have never really had to be afraid of strange men before. When I got off the train, I had no idea where I was and just sat down and cried. After maybe 15 minutes, though, a walking tour went by and at the end of it were these two geeky, maybe 16-year-old, German boys who I'd met a few days before (they asked me to show them how a bong works at a cafe). They instantly recognized me and invited me to join the tour, which ended up being really fun. All in all, really terrifying afternoon, really fun evening.

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    Man Finds A Corpse In A Garbage Bag

    From Redditor /u/psychohistoric:

    The summer after I graduated from high school, I worked as a highway litter crew supervisor where I drove two younger teens around and had them pick up litter on the side of the road. One day, one of the kids flagged me over to him and showed me a weird bag he'd found. The bag [had] a very thick, semi-translucent plastic [and was] double-bagged and tied off at the top with black electrical tape. It was down in a ditch covered with brush, so the kid and I dragged it to the side of the road for closer inspection. It was really heavy, and it took two of us to get it out of the ditch.

    Once we got it to the roadside, it became apparent that the bag was filled with a reddish-brown slush and a bunch of hard pieces of bones. It was then that I realized that this was a sack filled with a rotting corpse of some kind. I called my boss, and he told me to call the police. The police showed up pretty nonchalantly, but became visibly upset once he'd inspected the bag himself. He took down my statement and contact information, then shooed us along as he called into the station for assistance.

    We never heard anything back from the police, and I never did find out what, or who exactly, was in the bag.

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