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Home > Horror Stories > Scary > The Gloomy Sunday
The Gloomy Sunday
By: Anonymous Story Submission

There is this song called “Gloomy Sunday”. The history of this song is legendary…..one of the most creepiest things that have ever happened. More than 100 people have committed suicide for no reason after listening to this song. The suicides happened for no reason. If you are depressed, please please please, don’t read this story.

It’s a theory that if anyone listens to this song, he or she will immediately commit suicide afterwards, the composer himself, his wife, and hundreds of other people committed suicide right after listening to this song. Here goes the story :

1) In February of 1936, Budapest Police were investigating the suicide of a local shoemaker, Joseph Keller. The investigation showed that Keller had left a suicide note in which he quoted the lyrics of a recent popular song. The song was “Gloomy Sunday”. The fact that a man chose to quote the lyrics of a little-known song may not seem very strange. However, the fact that over the years, this song has been directly associated with the deaths of over 100 people is quite strange indeed. Following the event described above, seventeen additional people took their own lives. In each case, “Gloomy Sunday” was closely connected with the circumstances surrounding the suicide.

2) Among those included are two people who shot themselves while listening to a gypsy band playing the tune.

3) Several others drowned themselves in the Danube while clutching the sheet music of “Gloomy Sunday”.

4) One gentleman reportedly walked out of a nightclub and blew his brains out after having requested the band to play “The Suicide Song”. The adverse effect of “Gloomy Sunday” was becoming so great that the Budapest Police thought it best to ban the song. However, the suppression of “Gloomy Sunday” was not restricted to Budapest, nor was its seemingly evil effects.

5) In Berlin, a young shopkeeper hung herself. Beneath her feet lay a copy of “Gloomy Sunday”.

6) In New York, a pretty typist gassed herself leaving a request that “Gloomy Sunday” should be played at her funeral.

7) One 80 year old man jumped to his death from a seventh story window followed by the wailing strains of “Gloomy Sunday”

8) In contrast to this, a 14 year old girl drowned herself while clutching a copy of “The Suicide Song”.

9) Perhaps the strongest of all was the case of an errand boy in Rome, who, having heard a beggar humming the tune, parked his cycle, walked over to the beggar, gave him all his money, and then sought his death in the waters beneath a nearby bridge. As the death toll climbed, the B.B.C. felt it necesssary to suppress the song, and the U.S. network quickly followed suit. A French station even brought in psychic experts to study the effects of “Gloomy Sunday” but had no effect on the ever climbing death rate. The composer, Rezs? Seress, who in 1933 wrote “Gloomy Sunday”, was as bewildered as the rest of the world. Although he wrote the song on the breakup of his own romance, he never dreamed of the results which would follow.

10) Within the week of publishing “Gloomy Sunday” became a best seller, Seress contacted his ex-lover and made plans for a reunion. The next day the girl took her life through the use of poison. By her side was a piece of paper containing two words: “Gloomy Sunday”. When questioned as to just what he had in mind when he wrote the song, Seress replied, “I stand in the midst of this deadly success as an accused man. This fatal fame hurts me. I cried all of the disappointments of my heart into this song, and it seems that others with feelings like mine have found their own hurt in it.” As the months went by and the excitement died down, the B.B.C. agreed to release “Gloomy Sunday”, but only as an instrumental. This version was later made into a record.

11) A London policemen heard this particular arrangement being repeatedly and endlessly played in a nearby apartment. He considered this to be worthy of investigation. Upon entering the apartment, he found an automatic phonograph playing and replaying the tune. Next to it was a woman, dead from an overdose of barbiturates. It was this incident which prompted the B.B.C. to reimpose its ban on the song. To this day it has not been lifted. As a final note, “Gloomy Sunday” was introduced to the U.S. market in 1936. They were noticeably affected while making the record. It took twenty-one takes to turn out a record good enough to publish. Few people who have ever listened to the melody and lyrics fail to confess that it has a horribly depressing effect.

12) Finally, it is not surprising to note that Rezs? Seress, the composer of “Gloomy Sunday”, committed suicide in 1968.

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