From the beginning, stories of things that were so strange that they could only be "paranormal" – "beyond the normal" – were popular. They give back a "what if" to a world that so often claims to be perfectly explainable. They can be creepy, exciting and fun. This should be a warning because real life is often just not that way. Yes, there are paranormal secrets that could actually lead to new discoveries about science, the world, and ourselves. But many are really just entertainment, created by people who were interested in attention and money rather than really paranormal things.
See also: 10 Paranormal Events Related to Mass Tragedies
0 Magic Bullets  Charles Fort is famous for four books he wrote in the early 1900s called " damn data "collected … things that are usually called" paranormal "today. But that doesn't mean, of course, that everything he printed was truthful. In Fort & # 39; s book "Wild Talents" from 1932, he presents examples of people found shot without bullet holes in their clothing, a somewhat confusing problem. Fort & # 39; s most important example of such a situation is the death of Captain Colvocoresses in 1872 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, which Fort simply covers: "Shot through the heart – clothes without perforation."
In reality, most were Colvocoresses dresses very perforated … but in a newspaper article – the one Fort claims to be the source of the story – it was mentioned that the front of Colvocoresses' jacket was not hit by the bullet as if the gun were firing was in the jacket. While Fort used this detail to claim that none of the garments were perforated, the insurance companies involved assumed that Colvocoresses had shot himself and kept his jacket open. It seems that Colvocoresses – who had a large family and no career prospects – have recently taken out some ridiculously large insurance policies for their own lives and may have caused a suicide that looks like murder! 
9 One for the Explorer’s Club
In the 1950s and 1960s, Ivan T. Sanderson was THE expert for the so-called "Abominable Snowman" or "Yeti", the hairy wildman of the Himalayas , a topic that has become extremely popular in recent years. Magazines and newspapers. When Sanderson reported that in 1902 a group of soldiers investigating the disappearance of workers working on a telegraph line instead discovered and shot a yeti in the Jelep-La pass on the Tibet-India border, people were amazed. The animal was ten feet tall, covered with hair everywhere except on the face and had "long yellow fangs" … and unfortunately it seems to have been lost when it was shipped to England.
Unfortunately, Yeti fans in this case do not mention the official reports about the lining up of the telegraph line, which were written independently of the men present, at any of these events. The story seems to have been invented in 1957; and Sanderson picked it up and added claims to have seen "government reports" to make the story sound more authentic. 
8 A Real Scorcher
According to many paranormal researchers, April 7, 1938 was a particularly strange event day. In Upton-by-Chester, England, George Turner drove down a quiet street. At sea helmsman John Greeley steered the SS Ulrich. In Denmark, 18-year-old Willem Ten Bruik drove through the countryside. And then all three went up in flames for no apparent reason. Turner's car was discovered overturned in a ditch; Sailors hurried to the pilot's house when the SS Ulrich started to stumble just to find Greeley on fire; and Ten Bruik was discovered burned beyond recognition in his car. Strangely, the damage from the flames was in any case limited to the human victims, so the vehicles were not burned. All experts agreed: everyone was an example of spontaneous human combustion … but nobody could guess why all three died on the same day and apparently at the same time!
Fortunately, for those of you who are concerned about spontaneous human combustion, there has never been a George Turner, Willem Ten Bruik, or John Greeley; and there was never a ship called "SS Ulrich". The whole story seems to have been cobbled together from various misreported details and then presented as a truly mysterious example of supernatural self-ignition death … but every story fell apart when examined. 
7 Deja Vu… in Green
In 1965, the author John Macklin reported about a really strange event. One for which he, he assured readers, saw documents, reports and testimonies that would have proven the occurrence of the event. In August 1887, Macklin said, two children – a boy and a girl – were discovered in a shallow cave near the Spanish village of Banjos. The children did not speak Spanish, wore clothes that appeared to be made of a metallic fabric, and had green skin.
Although the locals tried to take care of the children, the boy fell ill and died soon after the discovery. The girl lived five years after her discovery, and her skin gradually became normal. After learning enough Spanish, she said that she and her brother had come from a country without sun. that everyone had green skin there; and they lived in constant twilight. She could never explain how she and her brother had somehow traveled to where they had been discovered from their own country.
But Macklin's story was just a retelling of a truly mysterious event that took place in Woolpit, England in the 13th century. The author only changed the time and location of events to create a "new" paranormal report. Ironically, some later "researchers" claimed that Macklin's story proved that the Woolpit story must have happened because there were so many similarities! However, the Woolpit event was unique; and it remains a mystery to this day. 
6 The Final Getaway
In November 1856, John Wilhelm Gebhard was hanged for a murder he had insisted on that he had not committed. Gebhard claimed to be innocent to the end, and finally declared that no grave could ever hold his body even though he was going to die. He was buried near the prison in a three meter deep tomb, and a pile of stones was built over the site. The governor was also concerned that attempts had been made to exhume Gebhard's body in order to bury it again on a dedicated site. So he sealed the coffin with his official seal and ordered armed guards to guard the grave day and night for three months after the execution.
But the real murderer was only discovered six weeks later; and this person had also been the main witness against Gebhard in the trial! Apparently there had been a serious judicial error, and the governor and the prison quickly tried to remedy the situation. Gebhard's name was clarified and his mother received a lifelong pension, and Gebhard's body was ordered to be exhumed and properly buried in a cemetery. The grave was opened and the seals checked and confirmed that they were intact … but the coffin was empty. John Gebhard's body was never found.
The story of John Gebhard's paranormal escape from the grave is actually based on facts. There really was a man named John Wilhelm Louis Gebhard who was hanged for a murder he hadn't committed … but that Gebhard died in 1822 and his body definitely didn't go away. However, the story of his death served as the starting point for the inventive – and false – legend of the vanishing corpse. 
5 Dufferin's Warning
A story is often told about Lord Dufferin [1826-1902]. a very successful English diplomat who was publicly known and popular. Dufferin and his wife stayed with a friend in Ireland on vacation. One night Dufferin saw a strange man carrying a coffin through the garden of the house. The man raised his head and looked directly at Dufferin in his upper window. The man's face was so indescribably ugly that Dufferin was beaten, unable to look away or respond. The strange man soon disappeared into the depths of the night, but Dufferin left a terrible memory of the man's face.
Years later, Lord Dufferin, now England's ambassador to France, was at the Grand Hotel in Paris for a diplomatic reception, waiting for the elevator. When the elevator opened, however, he immediately stepped back … the elevator operator was clearly the same man who had scared him for so long! Instead of entering the elevator, Dufferin went to the front desk and asked what they knew about the stranger when the elevator doors were closed. But before Dufferin could ask, the elevator rushed down the shaft. A catastrophic failure of the lift destroyed and destroyed everyone on board in no time. The strange, ugly man the hotel couldn't identify or explain had saved Dufferin's life by keeping him away from the deadly elevator!
It's a creepy and satisfying story because it's a great story … but there is a big problem. In Lord Dufferin's lifetime there was only one known elevator failure in Paris, in which people died. This occurred on February 24, 1878 in the Grand Hotel. Only three people were involved, the elevator operator and two passengers. Everyone died, but none was maimed because it was the shock of the impact that killed them. And no contemporary reports on the matter mention any kind of official function at the hotel at the same time, nor does Lord Dufferin. 
4 Heaven Help Us
In 2001, an inspiring story finally found that spread through email. It's a way to Facebook and other social media. Apparently Diane, a young Christian university student for the summer, went home after dark. However, when she took a shortcut into the alley, she saw a man at the other end, as if waiting for her to come closer. She prayed to God anxiously to protect her from harm … and a calming, warm feeling surrounded her and she no longer felt like she was going alone. When she got to the end of the alley, she went straight past the man who didn't bother her.
The next day, the newspapers reported that a young girl had been raped in the same alley only twenty minutes after Diane, although she had passed. The concerned Diane turned to the police and was asked to look at a number of suspects. and surely one of them was the man she had seen at the end of the alley. When it was pointed out, he fully admitted; and when asked why he had let Diane go, he replied, "Because she was not alone. She had two great men who walked away from her on both sides."
The story has since often been used as evidence of that Heavenly Protection was reprinted, ignoring the fact that it was initially presented anonymously in an email, and that the city did so is never identified, and under these circumstances someone might argue that there is no evidence that it did happened, but also no evidence that this is not the case – unless there is evidence that the story is from a different location and did not have to be done the first time with angels.
1938 explained a woman who was only identified as Ms. D, in an article in & # 39; Folklore & # 39; magazine, that her mother often walks between the neighboring villages of Scunthrope and Crosby in Lincolnshire, England One night when Mrs. D.'s mother took this walk, she realized that she was accompanied by a very large black dog that she had never seen before. The friendly animal was walking up and down next to her. This turned out to be very helpful because when Mrs. D.'s mother passed some helpers, she heard them discuss what they would have done to her if "this [insert bad word here] dog had not been with her. As soon as she got home, she called her husband to meet the wonderful dog who had saved her. only the animal was gone. Jump forward 63 years, make the dog a pair of angels, and you've got Diane's story. 
3 Diderici's disappearance
In 1815 a criminal named Diderici spent his time in the Polish Vistula Mouth prison accepting the identity of his former employer; A very early identity thief! One day Diderici went for a walk in the prison courtyard, chained as part of a series of prisoners who were given all of their daily exercises. But something very strange happened. Diderici seemed to be slowly fading and becoming transparent, much to the alarm of the inmates and the guards who were watching. When the effect continued, Diderici soon became completely invisible … and then the bonds that had held him and attached to the other prisoners fell empty to the ground. The prisoner was never seen again and of course nobody knows what happened!
This particular legend is interesting in that most of it is actually true! There was a prisoner named Diderici who was serving a prison sentence in Vistula in Poland, and he was actually there because he assumed his master's identity. It actually disappeared … but not in the same interesting way as described above.
Diderici disappeared from prison sometime between 1812 and 1813. The prison itself formerly belonged to the Prussians, but had been conquered by the French. This was during the time when Napoleon was trying to take over Europe. Diderici had been sent as a French prisoner because he had pretended to be a senior officer. Due to an earlier attempt to escape, he had been forced to wear heavy iron shackles to stop another attempt.
In 1813 the prison was returned to the Prussians and then, during a normal check of the prisoners, Diderici was found to have written the word "missing" next to his name. In response to a question, the former commandant of the prison suspected that Diderici might have jumped or fallen off the ocean-facing wall … which sounds suspiciously as if the commandant hadn't guessed. In any case, Diderici was gone; but he didn't disappear from witnesses. 
2 A Smoking Problem
Peter Lyman Jones developed a smoking problem one day in October 1980 … and only for that one day.
Jones was He was sitting with his wife Barbara on the edge of the bed next to him when smoke rose from his arms. Both panicked and searched for fire in his body, but there was no … just smoke. There was no smell in the smoke, nor was Jones' skin hotter than it normally would be; but smoke rose on the skin of his arms for no apparent reason. And then it stopped just as suddenly.
It happened again later in the day when Jones was driving alone. He had both hands on the steering wheel and his sleeves rolled up. He could see that the smoke from his arms was pale blue-gray and had a metallic taste as it filled the interior of the car. Perhaps, understandably, Jones only mentioned this second incident to his wife months later. and the smoke never reappeared.
It is a strange story that first appeared in Larry Arnold's 1995 book on spontaneous human combustion, "Ablaze!" has been printed. And I mean appeared first; There is no known mention of the matter in a newspaper or magazine prior to Arnold's book. Arnold also neglects to mention which city the Jones lived in, and limits the area to "Central California" only.
What Arnold tells us about the couple is that Mr. Jones had "total hatred" of his wife's teenage daughter at the time of the event, and he has since mitigated that … it's strangely specific and also great practical as an example to prove Arnold's theory of a connection between strong emotions and spontaneous human combustion. The lack of previous records of the event and the lack of evidence that Peter Lyman Jones exists means that Arnold most likely wrote the story in a way that was in line with his theory. 
1 From the time
In June 1950, the morgue in New York received the body of a man who had been hit and killed by a car. Because of the contents of his bag, he was quickly identified as Rudolph Fentz … but that didn't help. Fentz was dressed from head to toe in roughly seventy years of outdated clothing, with a starched collar, buttoned shoes, and pipe hat. His pockets held about $ 70, not in bills but in banknotes, and none of the coins in his pocket were more recent than 1876.
His business cards gave the authorities his name and address on 5th Avenue; He also had a letter that was marked for delivery to the same address. But this address was a business, and no one there had ever heard of Rudolph Fentz. Nobody came to the morgue or the police to look for Fentz. According to the drivers, Fentz was standing in the middle of a busy street with a stunned look for the first time. He was hit when he suddenly tried to run to the curb in front of the cars.
The police eventually discovered something they didn't like. In fact, there had been a man named Rudolph Fentz in New York … According to very old police reports, he had mysteriously disappeared one night in 1876. Had Rudolph Fentz somehow traveled through time to die on a modern city street?
Although the story of Rudolph Fentz was told with fantastic details by many authors, many claim to have photos of Fentz, the story is simply not true. The events and details originally came from a short story by science fiction author Jack Finney [1911-1995] and were published in Collier & # 39; s Weekly in 1951. Someone must have liked the story, because shortly after it was published, the story of Fentz & # 39; Time Travel was extracted from it and became an often repeated "true" story in British paranormal literature that eventually appeared on several websites with fake photos.