Coincidence or not, a mobile phone company got spooked enough by a certain phone number that they’ve discontinued it. The cell phone number 0888 888 888 was issued to three people in a ten-year period, all of whom died while having it.
The first was the owner of the cell phone company himself, who died of cancer in his late forties back in 2001. Many believed he was slowly being poisoned by a competitor for years up until his death.
The next person, who inherited the number a couple of years later in 2003, was gunned down while checking on his million-dollar drug-smuggling empire.
The last victim was an estate agent who was secretly running a massive cocaine operation. He was assassinated after acquiring the cell phone number in 2005.
While the deaths were investigated, the number was periodically kept dormant by law enforcement. But it seemed that whenever it was brought out of retirement and re-assigned, a death soon followed. After the third death in ten years, the cell phone company suspended the number for good, but gave no comment on the persistent superstition that it was “death’s number.”
The Enfield Horror
Enfield, Illinois, 1973. Henry McDaniel and his wife arrive home after an evening out and are greeted by their two young children. Lil and Henry Jr. were rightly terrified to report to their parents that a strange “thing” had tried to get through the front door.
Chalking it up to the overactive imaginations of children, the McDaniels thought little of it. But later that night, after they’d settled in, Henry Sr. was disrupted by a strange scratching at the front door. When he opened it, to his horror, something stared back at him that he recalled “had three legs on it, a short body, two little short arms, and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It stood four-and-a-half-feet tall and was grayish-colored. It was trying to get into the house!”
He ran for his pistol, shot at the “thing” and after it bounded across the yard, he called the police.
They were dubious, despite the fact that just a half-hour before being called to the McDaniel’s home, they’d received a report of a child in the neighborhood being attacked by some creature of similar description while playing in his backyard.
Henry Sr. saw the “thing” again several nights later, and when he called the cops again they began to threaten him with incarceration if he kept blabbing about it all over town. McDaniel’s silence didn’t do much to stop the legend from spreading, and soon “monster hunters” swarmed Enfield, scouring the woods at night for the thing that would be called The Enfield Horror.
Cryptozoologists have continued to investigate the creature, some even claiming to have recorded its screams on tape. But no explanation has ever been found.