Edwin was widely considered to be one of the better actors of his time. Some even called him the best overall. With a healthy, theatrical love for Shakespeare plays, he found any chance he could to get involved in one, a contestant among critics to be the finest Hamlet that there ever was, and ever will be.
After being selected out of a few other popular performers for a role, as well as to visit his sister, he eagerly awaited at the train station. It was loud and populated with people, the air being filled with the noise and chatter among the others there. The day was chilly and filled with rainfall, making the station having an almost white noise sound around it.
When the train finally arrived, the crowd was all too anxious to get on the train and hurdled towards it, pushing a young college student near the edge of the platform. He struggled to keep his footing and stumbled onto the tracks as he lost his balance.
Edwin, having witnessed this from the corner of his eye, yelled at the conductor to stop the train, but the man was unable to hear him over all the frantic noise, and it was already too late for him to do so. The train began to move and towards the young man who was now trapped between the carts.
After waiting for certain doom as the wheels began to turn before him, the man closed his eyes before suddenly being lifted and helped off the tracks quickly. The scholar recognized Edwin and called him out by name as he was lifted from the train tracks, the carts passing by as he was saved from death, lifted by the collar of his shirt. They looked at each other briefly, silent, before the schoolboy thanked him.
After saving his life, after a quiet moment, Edwin introduced himself to the boy, who in turn revealed that his name was Robert. They would never see each other again. In a manner of a few weeks after the incident, the President of the United States was murdered in the White House in an event that shocked the world and nation.
The actor was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated the student’s father, Abraham Lincoln.
34 Comments on 'An Odd Occurrence at the Train Tracks'
While this story encouraged me to go read up on the actual events, I did not find it creepy by any means, simply a fascinating coincidence. Additionally, unfortunately, it’s really poorly written, which was the primary reason why I went elsewhere to learn the details of the actual incident.
You had a pretty good premise, but I feel the story would have ended better if there was a closer connection between the two, instead of just, a person of a person. This story didn’t give me that feeling of “Oh, my goodness…” that usual stories of this genre give me.
jesus christ, was the student 99 years old?
I really liked your version of this story actually. I guess some people didn’t get the memo that this really happened. Good work.
Awesome and mostly historical, minus the fact the Lincoln was murdered in the Ford Theatre, not in the White House.
That’s so incoherent.
the wording made this a little confusing so I also went elsewhere to read up on details. This isn’t really scary but rather a freak coincidence.
Didn’t really like it not creepy like what Alek said
I enjoyed the short, sweet, and to the point story.
i love it 9/10
This is very interesting and made me look at some American history books and online things. I find this fascinating. Though i do not find this creepy at all, i do find the twist quite interesting.
The fact that this actually happened makes this a great story. I like it.
I don’t get it.
Not so creepy just one of lifes coincidences.
The only reason I enjoyed this was because it actually happened. Not something for Creepypasta though.
He wasn’t killed in the white house. He was killed inside of a theater.
Very good, even though it’s not really creepy. The last sentence confused me on who was who, though. This story is also a nice departure of the other creepypastas, witch is a good thing, since you can have a nice calm story that is actually quite sweet.
wow not creepy but still cool
Very confusing. I had to read the last sentence at least six times before understanding. Not very creepy but IF related to historical facts, is rather interesting. If the style of writing is changed and words flow off the tongue like liquid this should be easier to read. For future reference, read the writing out loud before posting, you’ll be able to improve your writing better that way.
i give it 6/10
OK now i get it
Huh, well what do ya know, John Wilkes Boothe’s brother saved Lincoln’s son. Not a scary pasta, but that’s pretty cool.
Ok, so I didn’t really like this one all too much, and don’t see why it was approved. Honestly. Lincoln wasn’t assassinated on the White House, and overall, it’s just not scary or creepy. Nice story and nice writing, but this story doesn’t belong on this site. Just my opinion. 3/10
Well, wasn’t Lincoln killed in a theater?
im sooo confused 6-9
i was slightly confused at the end, but mostly because i don’t know my history very well. It didn’t interest me as much as others, i’m sorry that i couldn’t understand it more. I would advise you to maybe add more detail so that more people could understand it (like me) and improve the style of writing. But overall decent. Keep up the good work! 🙂
I hate Eminems
How is this creepy
Performers were selected to visit your sister?
I find this story really interesting because what would have happened if Edwin did and would john wilkes booth have killed the president or would he have let him live.
Good story, and nice writing.. but as a history major and a published author I find this historically inaccurate. Although your writing is as original as it can be, it doesn’t belong on Creeypasta and is not creepy or scary in anyway.
Not creepy, but interesting. 2 out of 5.
This is a really interesting story 🙂 really enjoyed it