The Horrifying Homecoming

Claim: A soldier returning from deployment discovers his wife has died during his absence, and their children have starved to death. Origins: This harrowing tale of a father’s anguished discovery travels in military circles, where it serves to express one of the greatest fears experienced by those...

Fallen Like Leaves

Origins: What might appear to be naught but a cautionary tale extolling the importance of never assuming a pile of leaves doesn’t contain a playful tot or two is in fact a fairly accurate account of an actual tragedy. On the afternoon of 3 November 2004, in the town of Methuen, MA, 10-year-old Natalie...