Secrets can stay buried for years without ever coming to light, but sometimes it’s the darkest secrets within us that we can’t help but share. If anything it has become even easier nowadays thanks to the Internet, creating a place where people share their darkest secrets without anyone being the wiser as to who they are.
Here are some creepy stories from Reddit of seemingly normal people with terrifying secrets. Some stories can be so shocking that it's hard to believe they are actually true, but perhaps that's the part of the appeal of sharing online. Sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction.
From Redditor /u/confession0:
My parents got divorced when I was 6 and my mother got full custody because my dad was super abusive. She'd always tell the story of how they were fighting before the divorce and the 3 of us were out boating and my dad tried to tip the boat so that my mother [and] I would drown.
Flash forward to 20 years later when I reconnected with my dad. We were driving to meet his family and he had a mental breakdown and confessed that he is bipolar and wasn't on his meds but he did in-fact try to push her and [me] over the side of the boat in hopes that we'd drown. He also wasn't taking his meds again when he confessed.
From Redditor /u/Flipper55:
OK, I served in the Parachute regiment in the British army and another unit (Prefer not to say) and then went on to private contracting. I went to protect Christian missionaries in Sierra Leone in the late '90s. One of the peacekeepers had detained a young boy, maybe 8 years old. I asked what he'd done wrong to the missionary and she said 'ask him'. I asked why he was detained and he told me he had 'Murdered his brother, his sister and his mother for admission into the RUF'. This 8-year-old boy had killed his entire family.
From Redditor /u/defmunch1:
I was with some friends at a bonfire, and there were a bunch of seemingly cool/normal people there... we were all just hanging out, drinking and having a good time. The stories started flowing, and kinda out of nowhere, this pale/gollum-[esque] dude chimes in with "one time, some friends and I lit a playground on fire..."
We all kinda sat in silence, then awkwardly laughed and shrugged it off. Stories kept flowing.
Then a few minutes later he said "... yeah, back where I grew up, it was a small town... we didn't have a lot to do, so my group of friends and I would go around the neighborhood and find stray cats, and stomp them to death" ... and he kinda chuckled as he was saying it (like he expected us to laugh with him) ... everyone kinda said a collective "that's really fu***d up man..." ... and again, there was awkwardness and silence...
He quite literally ended the night with his next story...
"One time we stole a car from a parking lot. It was me and one other friend, and we just noticed that the lady had left the car running while she ran into the store, so we just hopped in and drove it off... Then, right as we got out of the parking lot and on to the main road, we noticed there was a baby in a safety seat in back... my buddy panicked, and as we got on to the main highway, he just threw the baby out of the window... we never found out if it was okay or not."
Everyone left without really responding to that one...
Later, we discovered that he ended up doing some time for shooting an 80-year-old lady in the face with a pellet gun from his balcony... just for fun. Good dude.
From Redditor /u/Susansays:
I had a friend confess that every time he stayed at my apartment (which was frequently, because we lived in different countries, sometimes he would stay for a month+ at a time) he watched me sleep. I woke with him staring at me, he was literally inches away from my face just staring and I freaked out, he broke down and confessed. My husband was asleep next to me!
That was the most creepy for sure. It also ended our friendship.