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FOR READERS AGED 15+ - some of this content may be disturbing for younger readers.
The Dog Boy:
You’ve all heard of werewolves, and whilst they are of course fictitious, this is one story that shares a chilling relation to the creatures of mythology. In 1954 a boy named Gerald Bettis was born in Quitman, Arkansas. From birth he had cruel tendencies and was said to capture and mutilate wild animals, and these tendencies only grew with his age as he was said to have killed his aging father who was found dead in their family home in 1981. The newspapers claimed it was a natural death but rumours around town stated otherwise. He turned his attention to the mother who he kept locked in the house until she was saved by Adult Protection Services! She testified against him in court and Gerald was sent to prison where he died a few years later. Here comes the dog part: the boy’s spirit was so evil that it is said by may townsfolk and visitors to still haunt the old family home and local area. The ghost walks slightly hunched and is ragged and almost wolf like. Talk about a troublesome kid!
Charlie No Face:
Not the greatest nickname I’ve ever heard! This urban legend dates a century back to an old abandoned train tunnel in Pittsburgh. According to the legend, an individual (Charlie No Face) would wander around the abandoned train tunnel at night, causing electricity spasms and short-circuits. Daring individuals who ventured in to the tunnels would try and find him! This is how it was discovered, that in fact Charlie was a real person, and his name was actually Raymond Robinson who had suffered severe facial burns after an accident with some electrical cables. He turned out to be a nice guy and was only wandering around secluded areas at night because he was ashamed of his appearance. Apparently he was actually quite a nice guy!
Alligators in the sewers:
Alarming to hear, the old tales of alligators living in the sewers is actually true, at least in several locations in North America. The story talks often of NYC where cops did find a small alligator but nothing like the swarms said to be wandering down there. Flordia, on the other hand, has reported multiple fully grown gators which isn’t surprising given the huge spread of the everglades, which is absolutely full of crocodiles, able to access the sewers underwater. Gator swarms or colonies are thankfully untrue as they couldn’t survive long enough to breed in the sewers given the unusual climate for them, particularly in winter.
Polybius was a video game, but this is one you wouldn't want to play! According to the legend, Polybius was available to play for just a month in Oregon back in 1981. The game was designed like a drug, giving hallucinations and nightmares to players. It was part of a government experiment and officers would come to the arcade machine at night to retrieve findings and data from the players. Whilst none of this was proven true, there was a video game around the time called Tempest which did cause some epileptic fits which the whole idea could be based around.
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