Category: Strange Tales

The Strange Case of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B Cumpston

In early December 1873, a very strange event took place in Bristol, England. On December 8th, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B Cumpston traveled to Bristol for a brief vacation. They checked into a quaint hotel, thinking that they would have a restful holiday, but what took place was a bizarre occurrence that frightened and confused them so much that they were arrested for disorderly conduct. Early that evening the Cumpstons heard unusual noises emanating from […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe

On December 9th, 1531, 57 year old Juan Diego was on his way to church in Tenochtitlan, Mexico when he suddenly heard music near Tepeyac Hill. At first he thought that it was bird song, but before long Diego wondered if he was actually hearing a heavenly chorus. Soon, the music faded away and instead, Diego began to her the voice of a woman, calling his name from the top of Tepeyac Hill. Diego made […]

Dancing Plague

The outbreak began in July 1518 when a woman, Mrs. Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg.  This lasted somewhere between four and six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers, predominantly female. Some of these people would die from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion.  One report indicates that for a period, the plague killed around fifteen people per day. However, the […]

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. It was his guitar-playing ability for which he is most remembered, and is still considered to be amongst the greatest guitarists of all-time. Strangely, playing the guitar was not a skill which he was ever known for as a child. The story goes that, although he played it avidly in high school, he was not reported as having any real talent for it. However, at the age […]

Maria

My husband and I live in a small, unincorporated town on the outskirts of a bigger city. Although we are almost 50 years old, we are 30 to 40 years younger than any of our near neighbors. Most of them have grandchildren who visit regularly, and drive them wherever they need to go. Not so for the man I usually just called “Professor.” His wife, Elena, died 12 years ago. I only knew her briefly, […]

Photographic Memories

I grew up in New Mexico and was always very into the outdoors, hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc. One summer when I was 19 I went on a 4 day/3 night camping trip near my parents’ house on my own. Might sound weird but I had been to this area many times and it was quite safe. Anyway I brought my camera and took lots of pictures. When I came back and developed my film, […]

Great Aunt Buried Alive

My grandma (born in 1905) once told me a story about when she was a kid, probably around 1912 or so. One of her great-aunts died at home. It was a rural community so they didn’t bother to get a doctor in, and in the tradition of the time the body was laid out at the house to let relatives pay their respects. Normally you’d have to worry about the body beginning to decompose, but […]