Now matter how brave you think you are, these true scary stories are guaranteed to shake you to your core.
We hold both a fascination and horror for the true scary stories that plague our history as well as our everyday lives.
Indeed, sometimes the most disturbing tales we encounter are not works from novels and movies but real events. From sightings of the otherworldly to terrifying events of the past, these creepy stories will send chills down your spine.
Perhaps Mark Twain put it best when he said: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Take a look at nine of the creepiest stories that are entirely true — and are even more terrifying because of it.
The Scary True Story Of The Unexplained ‘Numbers Stations’
At the height of the Cold War, when radio was still a top medium for getting news and information, many listeners accidentally heard unnerving programming. These creepy broadcasts would typically begin with a strange melody or several beeps and were followed by the voice of a woman or child reciting random numbers.
These transmissions played routinely and lasted for several minutes on mysterious “numbers stations.”
The discovery of these strange numbers stations quickly gained attention among those who were unfortunate to find their dials stuck on the secretive broadcasts. It also spawned a fringe group of radio listeners dedicated to solving the mystery of who was sending these broadcasts — and why.
Each numbers station they discovered was given a name depending on the nature of its broadcast. Among the most well-known were the Nancy Adam Susan, The Gong Station, and The Lincolnshire Poacher. They were all uniquely bizarre in their own way, spurring a number of creepy stories about who could possibly be behind them.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that amateur sleuths tracking these numbers stations hypothesized that the mysterious broadcasts were actually coded messages in espionage operations across the globe. The idea has been supported by figures like Rupert Allason, an author who specializes in espionage and writes under the pen name Nigel West.
“Nobody has found a more convenient and expedient way of communicating with an agent,” Allason said. “Their sole purpose is for intelligence agencies to communicate with their agents in denied areas — a territory where it is difficult to use a consensual form of communications.”
Remarkably, these shortwaves of alleged coded messages can still be found on the radio today, so long as one is diligent enough to search for them. Espionage tactics may seem like the most plausible explanation for these ghostly signals but the true intent of some of these numbers stations have never been cracked.
One station known as The Buzzer has been sending out mysterious broadcasts since the Cold War. It features two buzzes at the top of every hour followed by a monotonous drone between every 21st and 34th minute during daylight hours. A voice follows, reading a string of numbers, words, or names in Russian like “Anna, Nikolai, Ivan, Tatyana, Roman.”
It was initially believed that the broadcast was set up by Soviet Union authorities. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union the strange radio broadcast only became more active. To this day, nobody claims to know who started it, what it’s about, or why the broadcast continues.
The station joins other similarly inexplicable radio broadcasts like The Pip and the Squeaky Wheel which have captured the imagination of followers across the globe. The effectiveness of sound in creating terror is no more evident than how the true scary story of these strange radio signals has fascinated the world.