The Tape

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During the summer of 1983, in a quiet town near Minneapolis, Minnesota, the charred body of a woman was found inside the kitchen stove of a small farmhouse. A video camera was also found in the kitchen, standing on a tripod and pointing at the oven. No tape was found inside the camera at the time.

Although the scene was originally labeled as a homicide by police, an unmarked VHS tape was later discovered at the bottom of the farm’s well (which had apparently dried up earlier that year).

Despite its worn condition, and the fact that it contained no audio, police were still able to view the contents of the tape. It depicted a woman recording herself in front of a video camera (seemingly using the same camera the police found in the kitchen). After positioning the camera to include both her and her kitchen stove in the image, the tape then showed her turning on the oven, opening the door, crawling inside, and then closing the door behind her. Eight minutes into the video, the oven could be seen shaking violently, after which point thick black smoke could be seen emanating from it. For the remaining 45 minutes of video, until the batteries in the camera died, it remained in its stationary position.

To avoid disturbing the local community, police never released any information about the tape, or even the fact that it was found. Police were also not able to determine who put the tape in the well, or why the height and stature of the woman in the video didn’t come close to matching the body they’d found in the oven.

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  • Commented on May 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Hanzel and Grettel came to mind XD
    Quite tasty! =]

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  • Commented on May 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I’m so confused…but a tasty pasta!

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  • Commented on June 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I am gong to take a guess woman who move into the house become possessed or haunted and end up committing suicide in the oven hence the tape mysteriously ending up in a well and the different woman if i’m wrong can someone explain?

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  • Commented on September 3, 2013 at 2:07 am

    This story is scary. Not in the sense that it is bloody and “Scary”, but because it is the unknown, something you can’t explain. That is the only thing to fear.

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  • Commented on September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Ooooh good story. Short but very effective. People fear what hey don’t know or understand. 8/10

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  • Commented on November 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    WOAH. Way to go, :)

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  • Commented on March 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I read about that in the news, uh, I think they thought that it was a different house. But it is scary shit.

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  • Commented on November 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Fairly creepy, mostly due to us (me?) not knowing the whole story, leaving our/my imagination to wander.

    To me, this sounds a lot like one of those haunted object stories. I can see… The lady finds a tape (the one that ended up in the well) somewhere, maybe mixed in with some stuff she bought at a garage sale or something, and decided to watch it. It then compels/urges her to reenact the same thing, which she tries to resist (probably tossing the tape down the well in the process) but is unable to in the end. I can see *her* tape now ending up in some other poor sap’s hands, to perpetuate the horror.

    Just my interpretation. :)

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