spooky news

Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed had apparently been dead since Monday with a single gunshot wound to one eye. He was slumped over a chair on the third-floor balcony of his apartment on Bora Bora Way, said cameraman Austin Raishbrook, who was on the scene Thursday when authorities were alerted to the body.

Neighbors told Raishbrook that they noticed the body Monday "but didn't bother calling authorities because it looked like a Halloween dummy," he said.

Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2009

The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road yesterday, state police said.

The body, suspended about 4.5 metres above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles.

State police spokesman Jeff Oldham and neighbours said people noticed the body at breakfast time but dismissed it as a holiday prank.

Associated Press, October 28, 2005

A bank robber in Loudoun County got into the Halloween spirit early when he slipped on a spooky mask, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from tellers at a BB&T Bank, authorities said.

"This time of year Halloween masks are more prevalent in bank robberies," said Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell.

The Washington Examiner, October 27, 2009

The weeks leading up to Halloween can be a scary time, even for black cats.

Some city pet shelters and adoption agencies ban black-cat adoptions this time of year—fearful the felines could be used for religious or sacrificial purposes by groups engaged in witchcraft and paranormal communication.

Antonia Kwalick at Hope Veterinary Clinic in Boerum Hill recently used her feline instincts to thwart a potentially scary situation. A woman came into the clinic, hoping to swap her two tabbies for two black kittens. Kwalick turned her away.

"She was a little too freaky, a little too out there," Kwalick said, adding that the clinic maintains a rigid screening process.

amNewYork, October 28, 2008

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