Halloween is one of the spookiest times of the year. A time where kids put on their costumes and go around the neighborhood asking for a ‘trick or treat’.
It’s an age-old tradition that many people have fallen in love with.
But Halloween is also a celebration covered in mystery, with many people telling stories of drugs hidden in candy, and serial killers displaying their trophies as ‘Halloween decorations’.
It’s pretty spooky stuff. But not as spooky as the Halloween legends that turned out to be true!
1. A Halloween Prank
In 2014, a few days before Halloween, people claimed to see a man drag a decapitated body out of a Long Island apartment building.
He then laid the body in the street then kicked the head to the opposite curb. It had all the signs of a sick Halloween prank, so everyone thought it was exactly that.
One witness even said the whole thing looked fake.
But the horrifying truth came to light when a Good Samaritan tried to move the corpse out of the middle of the street and realized that it was a real body!
It turns out the body belonged to Patricia Ward, a 66-year-old professor at New York’s Farmingdale State College.
2. An Unsolved Murder
Chris Jenkins was a 21-year-old student at the University of Minnesota who left a keg party with some friends and headed to a bar in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate Halloween.
An hour and a half after arriving, two off duty police officers working security for the bar, removed Chris and instructed staff to not allow him back inside. Chris found himself on the street in 20-degree weather wearing only an American Indian costume. He did not have his coat, wallet, cell phone, or the keys to the car and his apartment. No one is sure exactly what happened to Chris after that.
Chris found himself on the street in 20-degree weather wearing only an American Indian costume. He had no wallet, cell phone, or the keys to the car and his apartment with him.
Four months later his body was discovered in the Mississippi River.
He was still wearing his Halloween costume. Because Chris was drunk the night he died his cause of death was thought to be drowning.
But his parents pushed for a more thorough investigation. Finally, in 2006, the death was reclassified as a homicide.
Chris was a victim of the ‘Smiley Face Murderer’. The killer has still yet to be caught.
3. Sleep Well
Seven-year-old Las Vegas boy Tony Bagley went trick-or-treating in a skeleton costume on Halloween in 1994 with his sister, aunt, and mother.
He ended up walking ahead of his family when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt ran into the road and opened fire on the Bagley family.
Tony was shot in the head. His sister, his mother and his aunt was also sprayed with the gunfire.
The police believe that the shooting was revenge against Tony’s father for a drug deal gone wrong, but that’s has yet to be proven.
4. Bloods, Crips And A Group Of Teenagers
On Halloween night 1993, a group of five Pasadena Bloods gang members drove out to the suburbs and opened fire on trick-or-treating teenagers who were returning from a party.
They ended up killing three and wounding the others.
The gang members were soon arrested, and police determined they had fired at the wrong people. The three ‘Bloods’ were found guilty of randomly shooting a group of kids.
5. This 1975 Murder Case Is The Talk Of The Town
The night before Halloween 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley left her house in Connecticut to attend a Halloween party.
At the party Moxley began flirting with a boy name Thomas Skakel, the brother of the suspected killer.
Moxley was last seen with Thomas “falling together behind the fence” in the backyard.
The next day, Moxley’s body was found beneath a tree in her family’s backyard. She had been both bludgeoned and stabbed with the club, which was traced back to the Skakel home.
They finally arrested someone twenty-five years.
Michael Skakel, who was also 15 at the time, was arrested, charged, and convicted of her murder.
6. Son Of Sam.
Sometime in the early hours of Halloween 1981, a Manhattan couple, Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman, were murdered in their apartment.
The young couple was beaten before being shot in the head, and the apartment completely ransacked.
The case soon took a crazy turn when a prison informant claimed that one of his fellow inmates had predicted the crime weeks before it actually happened. That inmate was actually “Son of Sam” killer, David Berkowitz.
Marvin Brandland and his wife, who were residents at Fort Dodge, Iowa, were handing out candy to trick-or-treaters when a man wearing a mask came to their door.
He said, “Trick-or-treat. Give me your money or I’ll shoot.” The Brandlands thought it was a Halloween prank, and tried to remove the man’s mask.
But the man ended up barging into the house and pulled out a gun, demanding that the couple give him the money they had stashed in their basement.
Marvin attempted to grab the masked man’s gun, so the robber shot Marvin in the throat.
The man ran away but left the mask behind.Years later, the mask was tested for DNA evidence.
Despite the DNA evidence, no arrest was made.
8. Is That For Real?
A few days before Halloween 2005 in Frederica, Delaware, decorations were all across the street.
There were cobs webs, Jack-O-Lanterns, and a very grisly hanging body too.
But sadly it turned out that the hanging body wasn’t a decoration.
It was the body of a 42-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in a very public residential area. The body hung 15 feet high without alarm for hours before residents started to notice that the body looked spookily realistic and was not rubber-made.
The body hung for a few hours before neighbors noticed that the body wasn’t made from rubber.
9. Ghoulish Inspiration
Rob Zombie’s Halloween classic, ‘Halloween’ tells the story of a 12-year-old boy murders his stepfather, sister, and his sister’s boyfriend.
But for one person, it was more than a horror story, it was inspiration.
17-year-old Jake Evans was a big fan of the film. The week of the murders he apparently watched the film ‘three times’.
Apparently Evans empathized with fictional serial killer Michael Myers’ and decided to follow in his footsteps.
“While watching it I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward. I was thinking to myself, it would be the same for me when I kill someone,” he wrote.
While his mother and sister were busy Jake wandered into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.
But Jake decided to kill his family with a gun so that they wouldn’t experience a lot of pain, so he stole a .22 revolver from his grandfather.
Jake said in his four-page confession letter:
“She came out and out of the corner of her eye she saw me pointing the gun at her. She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head. I ran down to the study and shot my mom three times.
“She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head. I ran down to the study and shot my mom three times.”
Jake is still on trial for these slayings but according to the killer himself, his murderous spree was cut short because he intended to kill his grandparents and his two other sisters.
“I know now that I’m done with killing. It’s the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever.”
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