One of the biggest news stories of 2012 has been the so-called Miami Zombie attack, where one man—theorized to be on bath salts—attacked a homeless man and gnawed on his face. But lots of other terrifying things happened all over the world this year that didn’t get nearly so much coverage. Macabre Black Market In Thailand, a British citizen, Chow Hok Kuen, was caught attempting to smuggle something very horrifying into Taiwan: six dried human fetuses covered in gold leaf, tattoos, and spiritual adornments. Authorities were unable to determine the exact source of the fetuses. Ryan Hart, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan, lived out a real-life urban legend when he found a severed finger in his Arby’s roast beef sandwich. According to the restaurant, a female employee had cut off her finger while slicing roast beef and neglected to immediately tell anyone. Other employees had unknowingly packaged the order and served it to Hart. The Family Cook A Los Angeles restaurant chef, currently on trial for his wife’s murder, admitted to police in a taped interview that he had not only killed her, but also disposed of her body in a very gruesome manner. On the tape played for jurors, David Viens told police that the reason they had been unable to find his wife’s remains was because he had boiled her corpse in a 55-gallon drum of water, leaving only her skull behind.
Death At A Funeral A 2-year-old boy who tragically succumbed to pneumonia in Belem, Brazil terrified his family when, one hour before his funeral, he sat up and asked his father for a glass of water. The boy, who had been dead since the day before, hadn’t shown any other signs of life during his wake or funeral preparations. Sadly, when the boy laid back down again, the family was unable to rouse him a second time—so medical officials had to declare him dead once again. They were unable to explain his mysterious reanimation, and the child was buried later that evening. Special Delivery Ottawa, Canada police were baffled when a human foot was delivered to the Conservative party headquarters in a blood-spattered package. Weirder still, a few hours later, a severed hand was found in a similar container at a mail sorting facility, though its destination was never officially stated. As if that weren’t enough, however, Montreal police also reported a strange case of human remains. A suitcase containing a human torso was found outside an apartment building the same day. Although a connection between the three parts was suspected, no official link has been acknowledged. Night School A literacy teacher in St.
Petersburg, FL was jailed after she was caught encouraging teenagers to cut and burn themselves as part of a nighttime exorcism ritual conducted at the St. According to police, the teacher instructed the students to cut themselves to drive demons out of their bodies, and then to cauterize the wounds, using heated keys or even perfume as a makeshift fuel, to keep them from returning. The true motive behind the ritual is unknown. Throughout 2012, a series of bizarre horse murders have been occurring in the English countryside. In January, a 2-year-old stallion was found dead, with his eyes, teeth, and genitals mutilated. No link has been made between the three cases, although locals in each instance claim that black magic or Satanism is somehow involved. Neighborhood Hot Spot If asked to list places in the world that might have secret nuclear reactors holding weapons-grade Uranium, you’d probably name countries like North Korea or Iran. One place you’d be neglecting, however, is the Eastman Kodak plant in Rochester, New York, a city with a population of more than 200,000 people. Local and state governments were unaware that the reactor existed—until it came out after the company went bankrupt early in 2012.
Ritual of Horror An apparent drug-fueled ritual in Mexico ended with a 5-year-old boy severely wounded. According to authorities, the participants held the ceremony because they believed that a large earthquake would soon bring about the end of the world. After ingesting unspecified drugs and reciting a group prayer, the boy’s own mother gouging her son’s eyes out at the climax of the ritual. In the end, eight people were arrested by police—several of them members of the boy’s family. Take That, Officers In Hackensack, New Jersey, police were called to the home of a man threatening himself with a knife. When they arrived, they found Wayne Carter, a mentally ill man who had been unable to receive proper treatment and was living in a room in his brother’s home. Despite a self-inflicted partial disembowelment, Carter survived. Postal Service sorting facility in Orlando, Florida, employees discovered a mysterious package leaking a brown, sticky chemical and covered in tubes and wires. According to its return address, the parcel came from Yemen. Jeffrey Lill, the shift supervisor, had the facility evacuated and moved the package to a hazardous materials zone.
Soon after, Lill became sick, suffering from fatigue, tremors, and neurological issues, all consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. The Postal Service, however, claims the events never happened and that no such package ever existed. Even after other employees and documents confirmed Lill’s story, the Postal Service still denies the incident. Doctors have so far been unable to determine Lill’s exact illness. Initially, it was unknown if the lungs came from a human or animal, or if they were even lungs at all. The type of animal the lungs belonged to and how they ended up on the sidewalk in the middle of the day were never determined. Nails for Hair Memphis resident Shanyna Isom was given steroids for an allergy attack in 2009, a totally standard treatment. For the last three years, however, her body has undergone one of the strangest allergic reactions in medical history. All of the hair follicles on Isom’s body have begun to create 12 times the normal amount of skin cells.