By: David Lewandowski
Horror really isn’t scary once you grow up. Nowadays the sudden appearance of a monster, and loud noise that makes you jump, is the closest thing to “scary” that I experience. To me this isn’t horror; horror is being scared to the point that you have a fear within you for hours, days, even weeks after experiencing something. It’s a type of fear that tends to affect you both physically and emotionally every time the lights go out. That reaction is what some horror movies did to me as child, but is something I rarely feel nowadays.
The things that scare me now are the things that are far from paranormal, such as war. I would say the most prominent reason for this is obviously the wisdom and maturity that comes with age. The other is that “scary” things just aren’t realistic. When you realize the movie monsters are all actors, that Ghost Hunters is actually just people recording each other running around in the dark, and that for the most part creepy things that scare us don’t exist, you just don’t get scared anymore. However, I again stress…for the most part, these things don’t exist.
However, there is one paranormal story that sent chills up my spine years ago when I read about it, and to this day has never ceased to do so. The story is the most terrifying thing I have ever read, for one reason, it, like war, is 100% real. This true story, named after one of its Victims, took place in Russia in 1959 and is simply referred to as the Dyatlov Pass incident. It is the story of nine ski hikers in Russia, led by Igor Dyatlov. All the members were experienced ski hikers and had done numerous trips similar to the one in which this incident occurred, at the Ortoten mountain (Fun fact: Ortoten means – DO NOT GO HERE in the local Mansi tribe language). The skiers took off on their trip. After being ten days late to their destination, a large rescue team was sent out to search for them. What they uncovered still bothers me today.
The location of the discovered campsite was located slightly off course of the intended path to the top of the mountain. The team sent in to investigate the missing hikers determined the tent the nine had been sleeping in, had been cut from the inside out.
Footprints around the tent suggested the hikers had run outside barefoot or in socks. It is important to note, it was -30 degrees outside the tent… Furthermore no other prints or tracks of any kind were found to suggest something had attacked them. Five of the bodies were found initially, each victim had succumbed to hypothermia, all dying in separate areas from the camp. Although strange, it was not a cause for alarm. Then the other four bodies were found weeks later… These four victims had died of trauma instead of hypothermia. One victim had a severely fractured skull equivalent to an injury sustained in a car crash, two had collapsed rib cages, and the fourth was missing her tongue. Yet with the severity of the injuries, there was no bruising or blood found. Something inside the tent had caused the hikers to cut out of it in desperation, to where they apparently thought they had a better chance of survival in -30 degree weather with no clothes, than staying with whatever was in the tent.
The full story can be viewed at these links, both a Wikipedia summary and a video, enjoy!
- Click here for the Wikipedia summary. (Note: An avalanche theory was given but later proved improbable as no evidence of an avalanche was apparent, the bodies were found in separate locations, and it obviously doesn’t explain the missing tongue…)
- The beginning few minutes of this clip is a great descriptor, however towards the end of the show it gets kind of off topic and cheesy, simply because it was featured on Ancient Aliens and the show tried to make it appear as if aliens were responsible.)