The Red Ghost

No, not the comic book character. This urban legend stems from the United States Camel Corps. Many US citizens and military officials were vying for the usage of camels as military beast of burden. Finally, in the mid-1800s, the military imported 33 camels and the operation was considered to be a success. However, with the start of the Civil War, most of the camels were sold to private owners or escaped out into the deserts of the American southwest. For decades to come, feral camels had been spotted in the area with the last sighting occurring in Texas in 1941.

But in the 1880s, sightings of the Red Ghost started. Several people got trampled by the mysterious lone camel which appeared to have a rider. No one knows who the rider was but there was obviously a skeleton tethered to the back of the camel, still attached to the saddle.

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Body Farms

These forensics student labs are the mac-daddies of creepy America. They are associated with several universities, including the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Carolina University, Sam Houston University, and Southern Illinois University. The largest of these university body farms is the 26-acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility on Freeman Ranch that is run by Texas State University.

These facilities, while morbid and not for the light-hearted, are very valuable for the controlled ability to study and understand decomposing human corpses. All the time, these facilities help develop new and innovative methods of extracting information like time of death and death circumstances. These facilities are disturbing but invaluable.

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