Come on, admit it, it scares you to think of running into weird locals in some backwater roadway or small town, maybe a stretch of the desert while driving alone, but sometimes those weirdos are your very own neighbors!
LeLeyon: Misanthropic Wanderer
Some countries know how to have a legend. Switzerland is definitely one of them. This photo above supposedly is the first picture taken of LeLeyon in his 10 year reign of terror.
This cryptic figure wears a military uniform, a thick clock, and an antique gas mask covering his face.
He's been reported to wander the woodlands in a certain area, walking the same route over and over again. Someone recently sneaked up on him and got a photo. LeLeyon stared the person down, turned, and walked off.
Many local families will not go in the woods, parents tuck their children away and women avoid the country roads.
Locals hope to find a way to speak with him/her and ask not to be so threatening, but legends are passed around of a person afraid of the apocalypse, someone horribly disfigured, or simply mentally ill.
The Bloody Benders: Neighbor Murderers
In the small town of Cherryvale, Kansas in the 1870s, a German family, the Benders, built an inn to house travelers. Unknowingly, the traveler would enter, sit down at the table, seated with his back to a canvas curtain. The young attractive Bender woman, Katie, would keep his attention while one of the Bender men attacked him with a hammer from behind. They would then, slit his throat, take his money and possessions and toss his body down a trapdoor under the house. Later, they would go back and bury him in the orchard. Katie hung posters in town announcing she was a healer and could cure all kinds of illnesses, as well as talk with the dead. When all was said and done, the family had murdered 11 people. They even murdered a man and buried his daughter alive with his mutilated body! It took a prominent doctor going missing for people to start to cast an eye at the Bender family.
The family fled and it was never solved as to where they went or what became of them. Many years later, two women were taken to Kansas who were thought to be two Bender women, but there was no way to prove they were. In fact, the family was actually not a family - they were just criminals who posed as a family.
The Leatherman: Creepy Hobo
Since 1862, there have been reports of a wandering hobo who traveled an 365-mile circle from Connecticut to the Hudson River. He spoke only in grunts and gestures and wore a crude suit stitched together of leather. He slept mostly in caves. Many claim he's still wandering today. He followed this lengthy repeatable circuit in precisely 34 days. When trekking back his history, he actually began his journey in France in the 1820s. He wanted to win the hand of a young woman and was told he must excel at leather work or leave the country all together. In his shame at failure, he went missing. Many years later in 1862, this man in Connecticut showed up matching his description. He had a very strong constitution, but in the 1880s, he passed away in one of his caves. The caves still stand in the woods on the Mattatuck Trail in Watertown, Connecticut.
Peruvian Fat Collecting Gang
No, I did not make this one up! In Peru the cops caught a band of freaks who were stealing people, gutting them like deer and draining them of body fat to sell for cosmetic use. The liquid fat was worth $60,000 a gallon.
For hundreds of years in the St. Lucia mountains in California the citizens have caught sight of very tall (sometimes 10-feet) caped figures. Sometimes the figures have a hat and are seen usually in the afternoon, even perched atop a mountain. When the Spanish arrived to the area in the 1700s they referred to these apparitions as Vigalantes Obscuros, or "dark watchers."
Neighbors With Weird Houses
Forget crabgrass, imagine living next door to these -
Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA
Coral Castle in Homestead, FL
Shangri-La in Hightowers, NC
The Peterson Rock Gardens in Redmond, OR
Prairie Moon Garden in Fountain City, WI
Salvation Mountain, San Diego, CA
The Forevertron in South-Central Wisconsin
-okay, okay, I admit I'd like to live next door to this huge steampunk dream, mostly because no one would mess with my house, thinking it was guarded by a missile system.
Movies To Watch
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Hills Have Eyes
For those of us in the suburbs, the Klopeks are the ultimate test.