Graveyard Shift Horrifying Crimes And Events From Hostels Around The World  

Jacob Shelton
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Anyone who has backpacked across a country has stayed in at least one hostel and has probably heard hundreds of hostel horror stories. But you'd never think that something truly awful is going to happen to you. The travelers who experienced the scary hostel stories that are collected here (mostly) lived through some of the most frightening situations that anyone will ever face – from women being dragged out of their hostels and gang raped to cannibal roommates eating a victim after a night spent clubbing. These true stories about hostels might keep you at home for the rest of your life.

There’s a certain freedom that comes with living out of your backpack. You don’t have to be anywhere, and you can experience the world however you want. But if you’re trying to save money while being a backpacker, you do have to stay in a hostel – those inexpensive shared room motels that we’ve all been warned against. Scary things that happened in hostels aren’t like what happens in the best Eli Roth-produced horror movies. There are no evil businessmen twirling their mustaches, but there are a regular amount of suicides and so many alleged rapes that you’ll want to start staying at the Marriott when you travel.

Teen Sets Herself On Fire


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On the afternoon of October 18, 2016, a 16-year-old student of Sri Chaitanya College in Hyderabad, India, set herself on fire in her hostel room after calling her mother and begging to be allowed to leave. There was no suicide note. Only her final phone call home provides any clues as to what might've been going though her head. 

Paramedic Attacked Outside Hostel


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While treating a 21-year-old male French tourist outside of a hostel in Queensland, Australia, in September 2016, a female paramedic was punched in the face by the patient, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When she retreated to her ambulance, he dragged her out of the vehicle and continued to beat her until he could be subdued. 

Peeping Tom Caught In NTU Hostel


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On the morning of October 13, 2016, a resident of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) student hostel in Singapore was caught taking videos of male students while they showered. After apprehending the man, authorities claimed that they found close to 66 videos of young men showering on the suspect's mobile phone. The suspect allegedly tried to delete all of the videos from his phone before he was apprehended. 

Woman Stabbed To Death Outside Of Australian Hostel


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What's happening with Australian hostels? It seems like it's more dangerous to be outside of them than it is to be inside. In August 2016, a Frenchman shouted "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing a a British woman to death and attacking two more people in a Sydney hostel. One of the men that was attacked later died from his injuries. Despite initial thoughts that this was the work of a lone wolf extremist, police later discovered that the attacker was infatuated with the woman he murdered.