Reddit consumer u/Only-Carpenter-6689 posed the question: “What’s an area rumor you heard as a child that turned out to be true years later?” The thread stuffed with tons of of surprising tales of whispered rumors and concrete legends come true. Here is what folks shared:

Warning: Submissions include disturbing material.

1.“My neighbor was rumored to have a lifeless physique in his basement. When he moved, an entire bunch of us neighbor youngsters determined to interrupt into the home through the window. All of us went to the basement and located not only one, however two very decomposed skeletons in what was speculated to be the toilet.”


2.“This trainer I HATED was rumored to have murdered his spouse after which fled west. There was no physique, so he hadn’t been charged, and the varsity employed him. He was the most important creep, and he was violent and misogynistic in the direction of his college students. He as soon as took a sketch off of my desk, crumbled it, and threw it throughout the room as a result of he didn’t like that I wasn’t being attentive to his day by day rant about how High Gun was the perfect film ever. His daughter was in my sister’s grade and he or she was tousled (justifiably). A completely plausible rumor. Effectively, it turned out to have been true and he was ultimately convicted (twice, because the first conviction was overturned).”


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3.“The park we performed soccer in was a cemetery. They exhumed all of the coffins and moved them years earlier than I used to be born. We’d freak one another out, particularly at night time, saying there have been nonetheless our bodies buried there. Sooner or later, whereas we have been taking part in, they have been doing a little groundskeeping work and so they discovered a coffin. The state got here out and located 30 extra. We have been truly taking part in on high of hallowed floor.”


4.“It was an area city legend that this big, outdated, deserted home was haunted as a result of a century in the past, there was a homicide there. Youngsters would freak one another out over it, inform ghost tales, sneak onto the property, and many others. I believed it was simply an city legend about an deserted home. Nope. Within the early 1900s, a husband and spouse have been discovered lifeless in the home. It was by no means solved, however the son was suspected as a result of he was lacking and by no means discovered. Nobody moved into it after that, and it’s sat empty since. I solely came upon as a result of they deliberate to tear it right down to construct flats on the property two years in the past, however the area people rallied to protect it.”

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5.“The neighborhood I grew up in had an deserted hospital in it. The place was spooky as hell. The story was that the hospital had a maternity ward the place they might steal infants from Indigenous ladies after which make the moms disappear. Additionally they mentioned they might experiment on folks and carry out surgical procedures with no anesthetic. Turned out it was true! They are saying that place is crawling with ghosts, and you can see the ghosts of the ladies strolling across the hallways in search of their infants. I can’t affirm that one. I all the time stayed away from that place — it was too creepy. They ended up making an attempt to redevelop the constructing into condos. You could possibly not pay me sufficient to ever reside in there.”


6.“I lived in a very small city, inhabitants round 200 folks, tops. Once I was a child, I’d discover the city. There was a railroad observe that went by means of the sting of city, and if you happen to adopted it a superb bit, it crossed a small creek/river. That bridge was referred to as Useless Girl Crossing. The story was {that a} lady had killed her toddler little one there after which jumped off the bridge into the water, and that typically at night time, you possibly can hear the newborn cry. Allegedly, there have been ‘sightings’ of a lady there. It freaked me out, so I didn’t mess with it. It was actually eerie. Years later, some folks messing on the market reported discovering human stays within the creek close to the bridge. The stays have been a younger lady, however they didn’t discover something of an toddler, if I keep in mind accurately.”


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7.“As a youngster, my mates and I used to speak about this haunted outdated mansion. I feel a few of my mates had damaged into it, or so that they claimed. The story I keep in mind folks saying was some stereotypical horror film story of individuals whose automobile had damaged down had sought assist after which the proprietor ended up killing them. There was an enormous greenhouse/conservatory inside it, so we imagined them being chased by means of this indoor jungle by a maniac. The place was rundown and regarded like an establishment — bars on the home windows and all. I later discovered a information story on-line about it. The proprietor was some wealthy jerk again within the Eighties who used to go choose up younger male intercourse staff within the metropolis and take them dwelling, after which he’d kind of maintain them prisoner in his home and get them to carry out all types of degrading acts.”

“A few them obtained collectively at some point and determined they weren’t going to do that crap anymore. They wrecked his greenhouse/conservatory, then waited for him to return dwelling and stabbed him to loss of life as he got here in. The newspaper had these outdated images of blood throughout. I assure that only a few folks even know or keep in mind this story, particularly individuals who weren’t round then. However, that home coloured my adolescence. I drew it for artwork class. The household had a tough time coping with the home, therefore it being rundown, I suppose. That they had folks reside in it rent-free simply to take care of it and stuff. It was exhausting to promote on condition that it was a hideous place and had had a homicide. Ultimately, it obtained torn down and changed into condos, and I am certain these condos are haunted, lol.”


8.“This older child had this lightning streak scar throughout one aspect of his neck and down his physique. The rumor was he was throwing stuff on the energy strains behind our neighborhood. Seems he was. He was throwing copper wire at it, and it arced. He is fortunate to be alive.”


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9.“Once I was in center college, I needed to switch to this actually shady college for a pair weeks. There was a forest behind the recess space, which no one would go close to since there was continually this robust, disgusting stench that appeared to be coming from inside. There was a rumor {that a} assassin who obtained launched from jail secretly used the forest to proceed satisfying his pleasure of killing issues, and he supposedly killed animals within the lots, like deer and squirrels. I transferred to a different college after a pair weeks and forgot about it. Quick ahead to my sophomore 12 months of highschool. They have been supposedly renovating the center college, which got here with a elaborate new playground they might construct within the woods. Apparently, the employees have been clearing out the timber after they discovered dozens of corpses of animals, together with deer, birds, raccoons, and foxes. They cancelled your entire renovation and closed the varsity completely after that.”


10.“That the large, empty subject barely outdoors of city with nothing however a shed and an AT&T signal was a nuclear bunker. My dad and mom thought I used to be nuts after telling them I heard this rumor someplace, and I saved bringing it up each time we drove previous, however they might all the time reply, ‘No, it is not.’ Seems, it completely is a nuclear bunker. It was stuffed with phone switching gear and was designed to be nuke-proof in order that the phone community would maintain working within the occasion of an all-out nuclear battle, and it even included slightly space for the crew. There was an internet site that had some images of the within whereas it was underneath development, however I can not seem to discover them anymore.”


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11.“I grew up in a seaside city in California, and one 12 months, these Christian hippie sorts began rolling round, passing out pamphlets and welcoming folks to the brand new restaurant they have been opening. I checked out my buddy after they walked away, and I mentioned, ‘Thats a cult for certain.’ It turned a working joke. We ended up going to the restaurant a number of instances. That they had actually good meals and a pleasant ambiance, and it turned form of a staple restaurant for locals. They by no means pushed any agenda on their patrons. Reduce to a decade later. I used to be residing in Las Vegas and assembly a coworker who was from the identical space I grew up in. Seems she grew up in that cult and escaped when she was 23, a couple of years earlier than I met her. We ended up changing into form of shut, and he or she shared a few of what it was like.”

“Once I was 13 and working across the seaside, getting approached by these dudes, she was working on the restaurant, with out pay, underneath strict guidelines. Seems the cult is thought for little one labor violations, has been accused of abuse a number of instances, and makes everybody work in for-profit enterprise at no cost. And I am certain she simply barely scratched the floor for me.”


12.“That there was an unmarked graveyard in a subject throughout the street (in rural Canada). The oldest man within the space talked about there being one someplace within the space, however he wasn’t certain the place. Perhaps 10 years in the past, an older gentleman, most likely in his 70s, came visiting to our home after I was dwelling from faculty and requested who owned the property throughout the street. He mentioned his household lived within the space over 100 years in the past and he was in search of the household burial plot. He requested for permission to go looking and spent a while with dousing rods within the subject (perhaps 75 acres whole, however he was centered nearer to the street). He marked over 15 spots that he mentioned have been locations the place our bodies have been buried underground. He mentioned he might inform by the way in which the rods moved if our bodies have been male, feminine, or that of a kid.”

“He even confirmed us how the rods can be nonetheless, however while you walked over the spots he marked, they might cross, or transfer away from one another. He got here again the subsequent 12 months and spent some cash getting an enormous stone and a pleasant customized plaque made to mark this spot. He most likely spent $1000 or a bit extra on that, together with renting a backhoe and operator. Then, we by no means noticed him once more.

We used to play cover and search at night time, however we’d by no means go to that space the place he positioned the markings as a result of it felt eerie and typically can be foggier. After he confirmed us the dousing rods that at some point, I informed my youthful cousin to put on the bottom so I might strive it on him. I walked over him with the dousing rods and nothing occurred, so I mentioned, ‘Effectively, I suppose you ain’t obtained no soul,’ and walked again to the home.”



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13.“There was a rumor that began whereas I used to be in highschool that our principal, who had just lately come to us from one other state, was a assassin. Most individuals blew it off as simply that: a rumor. A number of years after I graduated, it turned out the man truly was a assassin. He had been the first suspect for murdering his spouse (horribly, with a baseball bat, then chopped up and hidden in containers), however the regulation did not have sufficient proof to prosecute. DNA ultimately obtained him. Nobody ever came upon how the (true) rumor began, however I might suspect somebody in regulation enforcement from his former hometown tipped somebody off.”


14.“There was a dude who lived about two streets over from me. Different folks in my neighborhood would speak about how they obtained packages along with his identify however their tackle, and joked about it being a bomb (because the elements in there have been actually bizarre, like gunpowder, a clock, and candle wicks). Any person who had moved in additional just lately (thoughts you, this was about six years in the past) caught wind and did not notice it was a joke. He referred to as the police and informed them that someone had a potential bomb and he needed somebody to test it out and ensure it wasn’t actual. Ultimately, the police got here and searched his home. Seems, they discovered not less than seven improvised explosives simply sitting on his lounge sofa. He was arrested shortly after, and, if I keep in mind accurately, sentenced to twenty years with out parole.”


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15.“There was an outdated, tall dude in a trench coat who all the time wore a hat with two huge feathers in it. We heard he was a rocket scientist, so we referred to as him Rocket Man. He all the time had tremendous wild, far-fetched tales. Seems he truly was a rocket scientist. He labored in a number of the greatest labs around the globe. We actually simply thought he was off his rocker!”


16.“As a child, there was this neighborhood fantasy about ‘The Hatchet Man’ lurking in our woods that my brother helped unfold. All of the youthful youngsters have been terrified. Then, at some point, we have been out taking part in kickball and a police automobile and an ambulance zoomed by means of our recreation, sirens blaring, coming from my nearest neighbor’s home. Our road was normally so quiet and was off the overwhelmed path It turned out a man had been hanging out within the woods and spying on my neighbor for weeks. That day, she was alone and he broke in with a knife. My brother actually had seen a man lurking within the woods.”



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17.“I used to listen to from some youngsters in my hometown {that a} dude was murdered by a person (who accused him of stealing some issues) with a machete while on a horse at night time. For those who went there, you’ll see him and his ghost horse. Flash ahead 10 years and my mother and I have been wanting by means of her reminiscence field and I discovered a information clipping with the story and her identify in it. It was her outdated boyfriend and her horse.”


18.“At my major college, there was a rumor {that a} man was residing beneath one of many buildings and was killing and consuming the native wildlife to outlive. Now and again, folks would declare they noticed one thing underneath the constructing. Sooner or later, we obtained to highschool and noticed police pulling a sleeping bag, a knife, and a bunch of animal skins out from underneath the constructing. Seems it was true in any case, however I don’t know what occurred to him.”


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19.“There was a rumor at my highschool that the constructing down the way in which was a cult. It wasn’t remarkable to dare folks to go over there, and then you definately’d find yourself being adopted or typically invited to dinner. Seems, it was the HQ of the cult the Duggars have been in, IBLP. I used to be watching that documentary and my thoughts was blown as a result of all the highschool rumors had been true!”


20.“Everybody at my college knew somebody who knew somebody who informed them that this one home down the street from the varsity was owned by an area drug vendor and that it was his emergency hideout home. Years later, I used to be driving previous and laughed at how ridiculous the story was. Two weeks after that, the home was on the information with armed police surrounding it. Seems it actually was this drug hideout and the man was concerned in far more stuff than that. They discovered medication, weapons, and proof of a human trafficking ring in there. The home was mysteriously burned down whereas his court docket case was occurring, and it has been a burnt-out empty lot ever since.”


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21.“{That a} quiet and well mannered dude we knew rising up was a murderous and ruthless gang chief. We used to go to his events, we noticed him out in town, and all the time exchanged pleasantries. We’d see him on the bar, and there was little indication he was to not be messed with, till at some point we ran into him in a car parking zone. We have been exchanging pleasantries when a truck pulled up a few spots over. He mentioned, ‘Only a sec,’ and calmly walked over to speak to the man. A brief dialog ensued, and he opened the driving force’s door and began pummeling the man. He was on high of him within the driver’s seat, punching down.”

“We have been shocked. After a short time, he obtained out of the truck and walked again, calmly end his dialog with us like nothing occurred. We noticed the truck draw back, so we predict the man lived. A number of years afterwards, extra rumors surfaced about him and it made sense that they have been true. Sooner or later, his arrest made worldwide headline information. He acquired a heavy sentence for a ton of various crimes. He seemingly will not ever be free, and his associates are nonetheless doing enterprise.”


22.“There have been rumors that there have been our bodies dumped right into a pond at a park. Seems it was true. They drained the pond to scrub it and located over 30 our bodies. I used to run proper subsequent to there for cross nation.”


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23.“There was a secret cult in one of many neighborhoods. Turned out to be NXIVM.”


24.And, on a lighter be aware: “There was an aged man who could possibly be seen strolling throughout city. Lengthy grey beard, normally seen in tattered garments. ‘Strolling Man’ or the ‘Silver Bullet’ have been nicknames for him. The rumor was that he was truly actually rich, however plenty of folks simply assumed he was homeless as a result of he was all the time strolling, carrying groceries or no matter. Effectively, a couple of 12 months earlier than he handed, it got here out that he was truly one of many wealthiest residents in our city, and he donated tens of millions to native youth applications and faculties. Seems he simply favored strolling rather a lot and positioned no worth on materials issues, like garments and automobiles.”


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