Anyone from a small town or tight-knit suburban neighbourhood will have that house on the end of the street with a dark story behind it.
The one they drive slowly past each time as they impart dramatic tales to their passengers of the terrors which once occurred behind the front door.
Sometimes it’s not entirely clear whether these stories are just urban legends cooked up by a gossipy neighbour at the street-wide Christmas party, but it makes for great storytelling, doesn’t it?
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This week, people have taken to Reddit to share the scandalous stories of their small towns – and some of them are truly chilling.
We also pooled some of our own stories from the Mamamia office and yikes.
Here are 15 of the juiciest we could dig up.
(Some of these definitely sound fit for a Netflix series we would binge in a weekend).
1. The missing wife
“Some lawyer’s wife went missing, there was a big search effort to find her including air force jets flying over the surrounding woods to find recently disturbed ground (indicating a possible burial).
“They couldn’t find her for days until finally a neighbour went to the media to point out the lawyer had remodelled the sitting area in his garden recently including pouring himself a nice big concrete slab right outside his back door the day before he reported his wife missing. Sure enough, they dug up that area and found her body.”
2. Dwindling population
“Five students and a teacher committed suicide all within a week of each other. The youngest was eight years old. All cases were unrelated and murders and suicides are very common in my town so our 5,000+ population keeps dropping.”
3. Unsolved murder
“There’s still an ‘unsolved’ murder in our town. The whole town and most of the next county knows who did it but no one will come forward.
“It was a terrible story- teenage girl vanished while in plain sight. There’s only one genuine suspect – it really was kinda a done deal but… no arrest.
“It’s a weird, weird place anyway. 1/100th uber wealthy, the rest poverty level. This suspect was from the 1/100th of the population, the whole family owned half the town for generations. Suspect ‘remains at large’ although he was mysteriously beaten up a few years ago. He’d walked into a bar and made a joke about the missing girl.
“Case was on one of the TV shows asking for help solving it, there were billboards put up by her family for years and it’s still a major source of scandal. Dirty secret indeed.”