The Story Behind This Abandoned Maryland House Sent Chills Right Up My Spine
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This is not a story for the faint of heart. This abandoned home in Baltimore, Maryland, was the site of a gruesome and horrifying murder back in 1983 on Christmas Day. The house has since been left to fall into disrepair. A brave urban explorer decided to enter the forgotten home recently to capture the echoes of the murder still lingering from more than 30 years prior. The story of the murder begins early on that fateful Christmas Day in 1983. A young family was celebrating the joyous season just as many others were, except for Stephen Craig Johnson. The supposedly loving and devoted husband and father had a long history of substance abuse, struggling that very day with what sadly had very horrific consequences. The records from the court case describe in very lurid detail what led up to the murder and how it happened. During the day Stephen began acting strangely, though his wife seemed not to notice. He told her he could call Ronald Reagan if he wanted to and that his heart was beating very quickly.
After this, things happened so quickly that there was barely time to respond. Mrs. Johnson said that Stephen was suddenly in the nursery and was squeezing the baby, saying that he was Jesus Christ and needed to die for everyone’s sins. Mrs. Johnson rushed to save the child and did everything she could to get her delusional husband to give him up, but after he went into the kitchen for a knife and stabbed her in the back, she ran out to get help. Finally, the police came and found Stephen holding the limp body of his tiny son. He had stabbed his infant baby and decapitated him. Stephen was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, possession of marijuana, and possession of cocaine. Since that horrific event, the house has been empty and left to fall into ruin. Most people probably want to steer clear of the home to protect themselves from the horror that happened. Recently, however, urban explorer Dan Bell bravely walked through the dilapidated home with his video camera. When he first walks in, it is very clear that the house has been left for many years. There is paint and plaster peeling off the walls and the floor is covered in debris and garbage. The ceiling in the kitchen is hanging from above, barely attached. There is hanging and molded wood everywhere. As Bell gets closer to the bathroom, you can see that the bathtub is full of dark, brownish black water. It looks like something out of a horror movie. The video cuts to Bell standing in a bedroom. He picks up a piece of torn notebook paper with a drawing of a woman and a note that says something about the home being evil. The video gets even creepier as he descends the filthy staircase to the dark basement. He continues his walk through the house, finding abandoned papers, furniture, and more. Finally, he passes what looks and sounds like hundreds of flies in the attic. There are forgotten shoes, clothes, and papers scattered everywhere. The last thing his camera pans to is what looks like a stuffed vulture, sitting completely still in a corner of the attic. Suddenly, it blinks and you realize that it is very much alive. Some say the home is filled with evil. If you feel brave, watch the video here and see what you think.
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