Some news stories just stick with you, either because of their horrific details or because the circumstances seem too fantastic to believe.

In the past 21 years, I've covered a lot of news stories in Maine, from the happy and hopeful, to the dark and deadly. Unfortunately, it's usually the latter form of news that we carry with us. Those stories impact your soul, touch your emotions, and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up on end. It took some time, but I found 20 stories that will make you nod your head and say, "I remember this one."

Here are some of the most bizarre and shocking stories of the past 21 years.

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