EERIE URBAN LEGENDS
Added on: 10th Mar 2016
THE TEENAGER FROZEN SOLID
Jean Hilliard, a Minnesota teenager, was frozen solid after
spending six-hours in the snow. Hilliard was trying to find shelter
after a car accident and collapsed in the -8°F (-22°C) temperatures
on the way to a nearby farmhouse. When finally found and taken
to the hospital, her heart was beating eight times a minute and she
was breathing two to three times per minute. She survived after
being warmed back up by hospital workers and surprisingly
experienced no noticeable side effects.
THE NEEDLE-PRICK WHICH LEADS TO HIV
One of the more popular urban legends that makes its rounds
through our email inboxes and Facebook walls is that of a
stranger stabbing a random person with a needle before whispering,
“Welcome to the world of AIDS.” Thankfully, this random-attack
HIV-infection method is untrue. (Whew!) But, there is a true aspect
to this urban legend. In the only recorded-case of infection by
HIV-infected needle attack, inmate Graham Farlow of the Long Bay Jail
in Sydney, Australia, stabbed guard Gary Pearce. Though Pearce
only had a 1-in-200 chance of being infected, he indeed tested
positive for HIV and died from its complications seven years later.
DEATH BY COMPRESSION IN A GARBAGE COMPACTOR
Garbage is a pretty messy thing and is best kept far at bay.
Though many people hear urban legends about a child playing
in a garbage can being crushed to death in the compactor,
this one has actually happened (many times). In one instance,
a seventeen-year-old was hiding inside a garbage container
when he felt it lift off the ground. He screamed once he realized
what was happening but by the time the garbage workers heard him,
his body was already being crushed.
HUMANS HARVESTED FOR THEIR FAT
A terrifying urban legend relates to human traffickers extracting
human fat and grease for use – and the director of Peru’s
criminal investigations unit claims they broke up such a gang in
2009. Though a bit exaggerated (the story said human fat was being
extracted and sourced to Europe by Italian Mafioso’s for the
cosmetics industry), this is a true urban legend. Members of the
gang weren’t selling the extracted human fat to Nivea but rather to
shamans and sorcerers who used the fat to make candles
for satanic rituals.
THE CHEMICAL WARFARE BODY
A woman dying from cervical cancer was brought to the
emergency room in Riverside, California, one chilly February
morning. After administering a host of drugs to sedate her and
calm her heartbeat, a nurse pulled a blood sample. She noticed
a strange smell and manila-coloured particles in the sample
and a garlicky smell emanating from the patient’s mouth.
Seconds after, she collapsed followed by two fellow nurses.
In total, 23 of 37 emergency room workers experienced
symptoms from the body. The staff were not able to save the
dying woman and the only conclusions logically proposed were
that either the chemical cocktail in her blood created a noxious
nerve gas or the workers were over-worked and over-stressed.
TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR AND CUT IN TWO
Hitoshi Nikaidoh, a surgeon, was decapitated in his own hospital.
The culprit wasn’t some deranged patient or murderer, rather an
elevator. As Nikaidoh was entering the elevator, its doors shut
around him and refused to open despite his frantically pressing
every button. The elevator, with another hospital worker inside,
ascended, taking Nikaidoh’s body with it before severing his head.
THAT CREEPY FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
Ever feel as though you’re being watched? If you were one South
Carolina woman in September 2012, you were right. The single
mother of five found her ex-boyfriend (who she hadn’t seen in 12 years)
living in her attic and watching her through the house’s heating
vents. After hearing noises above her bedroom and seeing nails
pop out, she sent her adult children to investigate which sent
the man fleeing (leaving behind the drink cups he had been
urinating and defecating in).
A REAL-LIFE HANGING BODY
Halloween is a great time to scare our friends with pranks related
to the macabre and the dead – except they’re not always pranks.
In 2005, a Delaware woman took her own life by hanging herself
off a tree next to a busy public road. The next morning, scores
of drivers passed by, amused by what they thought was a
Halloween decoration just a few days before October 31. Hours later,
neighbours realized it was a still-warm body and called the police.