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It’s no surprise that Halloween is one of the most popular holidays, what with all of the tricks and treats that accompany it’s arrival. However, it is always important to keep safety in the back of your mind. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the most terrifying crimes that have happened on Halloween in years’ past.

1. Father Poisons Son With Halloween Candy-1974

On Halloween Night in 1974, Ronald O’Bryan and his son, Timothy, returned home after finishing up with trick-or-treating. Ronald gave his son one final piece of candy before sending him to bed: a Pixy Stix. Soon after consuming the candy, Timothy passed away. The police discovered it was Ronald after he continuously changed his story about what had happened. When investigators dug deeper, they discovered that Ronald had committed this heinous act for a reason: he was broke and needed money, so he took out a life insurance policy on his son, hoping that his death would financially fix his situation.

Ronald O'Bryan at trial, via VICE

2. Boy Killed Over Egging Prank-1998

While driving with his girlfriend on Halloween, Karl Jackson was angered when a group of teens began throwing eggs at his car. When Jackson emerged from the car to confront them, one pulled a gun on him and shot him killing him instantly.

Karl Jackson and Mother via The New York Times

3. Two Girls Murder by Intruder-2004

As Halloween drew to a close, three friends, Leslie Mazzara, Adriane Insogna, and Lauren Meanza headed to bed. Unbeknownst to them, a man by the name of Eric Matthew Copple would break into the house that evening. While Meanza fled the scene when she heard a scream, Mazzara and Insogna were murdered at the hands of this man. He is currently serving a life sentence.

Copple and legal team, via Napa Valley Register

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