5 Scary Stories to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

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1. HAUNTED PLACES, Glamis Castle

Earl Beardie loved playing cards. He would play until doomsday, with the devil himself. Legend says that a bet with a mysterious stranger cost him his soul. The Earl supposedly returned to his room drunk one night and demanded someone play him in cards. If not, he would play the devil himself. A hooded man showed up and played with him. After that, the Earl was never seen again.

 The Grey Lady is known to haunt the castle halls.

The Grey Lady is known to haunt the castle halls.

2. KINGPINS, Richard Kuklinksi AKA the Iceman Killer

He killed over a hundred people before the police had even heard his name. So when the Mafia needed a body to drop without getting their hands dirty, there was only one man to call. Richard Kuklinski was quick, vicious, and utterly invisible. 

 Richard Kuklinski was the family man next door. Unbeknownst to his family, he was living a double life as the Iceman Killer.

Richard Kuklinski was the family man next door. Unbeknownst to his family, he was living a double life as the Iceman Killer.

3. FEMALE CRIMINALS, Ma Barker 

Kate Barker, better known as Ma Barker was a ruthless crime matriarch until her death in 1935. During the “public enemy era,” she mothered several criminals who ran what was called the Barker Gang.

 Portrait of Kate Barker aka Ma Barker.

Portrait of Kate Barker aka Ma Barker.

4. HOSTAGE, The Dos Palmas Kidnappings 

The Burnhams were United States Protestant missionaries in the Philippines with New Tribes Mission for 17 years from 1986. The couple was among a larger group kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group, an Islamist separatist terrorist group operating in the southern Philippines, on May 27, 2001.

 Martin and Gracia Burnham

Martin and Gracia Burnham


5. SERIAL KILLERS, Ottis Toole 

He was either one of the most prolific killers of all time, or a compliant interviewee taken advantage of by the police to clear their cold case files. Which story will you believe?

 Ottis Toole

Ottis Toole