Everyone loves an urban myth. The idea that something spooky happened at the local library or that you could make your own diamonds in the microwave is amazing, but sometimes, these fantastic tales really do turn out to be true.
Let’s face it – most of the time, urban myths don’t stand up to any kind of scrutiny. However, with so many urban myths out there, statistically it makes sense that they can’t all be made up…
Let’s take a look at 7 of the best urban myths that turned out to be totally real:
1. The hidden murderer
Ever heard of the urban myth that says a killer managed to live in a family’s house for weeks without them knowing? The legend says that things went missing in the house and nobody knew where they were going – and days later, they would suddenly re-appear. That has to be pretty scary, and could easily fool people into thinking ghosts exist. But does the story, which suggests the hidden man eventually murdered the family, really have any basis in truth?
Turns out it does.
Around March 1922 in a German farm called Hinterkaifeck, a man named Andreas Gruber began noticing that strange things were happening on his property. He’d see footprints he didn’t recognize, keep losing keys and notice objects he didn’t remember buying showing up. Eventually, he began hearing footsteps in the attic. In the end, he and his family were murdered by an unknown assailant who had secretly been living in the attic for weeks.