Creepy Fact #10: The Brandlands

tumblr_ndvd18x3061tyfqs1o1_500HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEIRDOS! Here we are with the last creepy fact as we finally reached Halloween, the coolest day of the year. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this countdown as much as I loved writing all these creepy facts.

Halloween is the one night of the year where being scared is supposed to be good fun, however, amid all the harmless activities like trick-or-treating, sometimes genuinely frightening and disturbing things can happen and because they happened to take place on Halloween, the following mystery has an extra aura of creepiness, and it remains unsolved to this day. In 1982, 69-year-old Marvin Brandland lived with his wife, Ethel, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. On Halloween that year, the Brandlands were handing out candy to trick-or-treaters who came to their house. At one point, they answered the door and were surprised to see a man wearing a mask. He said, “Trick-or-treat. Give me your money or I’ll shoot.” The Brandlands thought someone was playing a Halloween prank and tried to remove the man’s mask, but he wouldn’t let them. Instead, the masked man entered the house and pulled out a gun. He demanded that the couple bring him down to the basement and give him all the money they had stashed in their safe.

The Brandlands became suspicious since very few people knew they even had a safe in their basement. For this reason, Marvin was still convinced that a friend or family member was simply playing a Halloween trick on them. When the masked man led the Brandlands through the kitchen toward the basement, Marvin made a grab for the gun. The intruder wound up shooting Marvin in the throat before fleeing the house and inexplicably leaving his mask behind. Ethel was so traumatized by her husband’s death that she died only a few months later. Over the years, an acquaintance of the Brandland family had allegedly bragged about committing the murder, so DNA testing was performed on the mask. However, there wasn’t enough usable material for an adequate test, so there is still no evidence to charge this suspect and Marvin Brandland’s murder officially remains unsolved.

So, have a nice night peeps! Here a recap of the previous facts, in case you might have missed one:

CREEPY FACT #1: MERCY BROWN VAMPIRE INCIDENT

CREEPY FACT #2: ZOMBIE SYNDROME

CREEPY FACT #3: NECROPANTS

CREEPY FACT #4: FEATHER DEATH CROWN

CREEPY FACT #5: BLACK CAT OF KILLAKEE

CREEPY FACT #6: “VICTORIAN” SKITTLES

CREEPY FACT #7: HAIRY HANDS

CREEPY FACT #8: HITOBASHIRA

CREEPY FACT #9: BURIED ALIVE

Elle. x

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