14 Creepy Photos With Disturbing Backstories

September 29, 2015 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

1. Travis Alexander

2. Travis Alexander

This is the last photo of Travis Alexander taken moments before Jodi Arias murdered him. She showed up, they fooled around, hopped in the shower where she took a bunch of photos of him. She snapped this photo and then killed him right after. On June 9, 2008, Alexander’s body was discovered by his friends in a shower at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Alexander had sustained 27 to 29 stab wounds, and had his throat slit and suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

 

2. Evelyn McHale

1. Evelyn McHale

On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. “He is much better off without me I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody.” She then went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building and jumped. In her desperate determination, she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street, photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death, Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure. The serenity of McHale’s body amidst the crumpled wreckage it caused is astounding.

 

 

3. Chris McCandless

3. Chris McCandless

This picture is Chris McCandless’ final self taken photo after venturing into the Alaskan wilderness. He’s the inspiration for the film Into the Wild. Soon after this photo was taken he was found dead in an abandoned camper, starved to death and a skeletal appearance and crazed grin on his face.

 

4. Heaven’s Gate Cult

4. Heaven's Gate Cult

March 26, 1997 brought the grizzly discovery that 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult had committed mass suicide, believing their souls would be transported to a spaceship trailing the Hale-Bopp comet. They were all wearing the same thing, including a specific model of Nike athletic shoes. Heaven’s Gate – a group led by a man who called himself ‘Do’ and believed he was a descendant of Jesus Christ, brought the bizarre, delusional world of UFO-related cults to the attention of the outside world. The founder of the cult, Marshall Applewhite, told his followers that the world was due to be ‘wiped clean’ by the alien founders and that they needed to leave the earth.

 

5. Blanche Monnier

5. Blanche Monnier

Blanche Monnier, a French woman who was kept hostage for 24 years in a locked, covered room where she was forced to live in her own waste. She was rescued in 1901, after the police received a letter detailing how a lady was being held hostage in France. They went to the home and discovered an anorexic Blanche Monnier lying in a pool of excrement and trash on a couch in an upstairs room. The 55-pound, 49-year old Blanche was hiding under the sheets, terrified. She had not seen sunlight in 24 years.

 

6. Saylor Guilliams; Brenden Vega

6. Saylor Guilliams; Brenden Vega

Two 22-year old friends, Saylor Guilliams and Brenden Vega, went hiking together in March of this year in Santa Barbara County, California. The path they had chosen wasn’t very well-lit and the two had fallen and injured themselves repeatedly. When hours of cries for help proved unsuccessful, Vega left his friend to go and seek assistance. Along the way the young man stumbled off a rocky cliff and fell to his death. The next day another set of hikers were in the area taking photos of their adventure. Unbeknownst to them, Guilliams can be seen in the background of the pictures (she has red curly hair), laying face down in the mud, unable to move with a broken arm, two broken ankles and several other compound fractures.

 

7. Reynaldo Dasga

7. Reynaldo Dasga

Philippine councillor Reynaldo Dagsa was celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family and gathering loved ones together for a photograph to commemorate the occasion. Little did he know his assassin would step into the frame of that picture a split second before squeezing the trigger that would end their life. The politician had helped get the shooter in the photo jailed for car theft. His accomplice can also be seen in the top right of the photo, just behind Dagsa’s wife, daughter and mother-in-law.

 



8. Tina Watson

8. Tina Watson

The photo was taken by Gary Stemper, of his wife in the foreground. The other two divers pictured are Tina Watson and a rescue diver. Tina and her husband Gabe, an Alabama couple, had chosen Australia for their honeymoon site to do some diving at the Great Barrier Reef. But this was a dive from which Tina would never surface alive. The husband’s story is that strong currents pulled her under, and upon swimming to her after her distress signal Tina knocked his mask loose, and by the time he recovered she was sinking too quickly. He surfaced for help, and also later claimed that an ear issue prevented him from diving deeper to retrieve her and that he hadn’t been properly trained for a situation like that. Conflicting statements by Watson led to an investigation, and Queensland prosecutors suggested that he turned off his wife’s air regulator and bear-hugged her until she lost consciousness, then turned it back on and resurfaced.

 

9. The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project

9. The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project

The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, led by the charismatic leader Jim Jones, had an astonishing 918 people take their own lives. It’s the largest mass suicide in history and a terrible reminder of the power of the cult of personality. Prior to September 11th, 2001, the act was the single largest loss of American life from a deliberate act, and some witnesses have characterized the event as a mass murder more so than a suicide. The incident that gave birth to the phrase “drinking the kool-aid”, a large vat of the drink (actually Flavor-aid) was mixed up containing valium and cyanide and members begin to ingest it via syringe, squirting in the mouths of children.

 

10. The Candy Man Victim

10. The Candy Man Victim

Dean Coril, infamously known as The Candy Man due to his penchant for handing out sweets to neighborhood children, is one of the most prolific serial killers in America history. Along with his two accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Henley, Coril raped, tortured and murdered a minimum of 28 boys between the years of 1970 – 1973. Coril was shot dead by Henley who is currently serving a 600-year sentence in prison for his role in the murders. In 2012 a filmmaker was granted permission to review his personal belongings, which had been dumped in an old school bus. Among them he found a Polaroid of a handcuffed young boy, lying on the floor, Coril’s toolbox of torture implements in the foreground. The stomach-churning image is made even more chilling by the fact that no one knows who the child is, and it may mean there are more victims of The Candyman that the police were unaware of.

 

11. Regina Kay Walters

11. Regina Kay Walters

This is a picture of Regina Kay Walters taken when she was 14 years old. Taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who was later discovered to be driving around the country in his 18 wheeler with a torture chamber in the back. He cut her hair and forced her to wear this black dress and black heels.

 

 

12. James Bulger

12. James Bulger

The toddler in the photo is James Bulger. He is being led away from his mother by one of the two 10-year-old boys who abducted and would later murder him. At the trial it was established that at this location, one of the boys threw blue Humbrol modelling paint, which they had shoplifted earlier, into Bulger’s left eye. They kicked and stomped on him, and threw bricks and stones at him. Batteries were placed in Bulger’s mouth. Police believed some batteries may have been also been inserted into his anus. Finally, a 22-pound iron bar, described in court as a railway fish plate, was dropped on him. Bulger suffered ten skull fractures as a result of the iron bar striking his head. Dr. Alan Williams, the case’s pathologist, stated that Bulger suffered so many injuries that none could be isolated as the fatal blow.

 

13. Tyler Hadley

13. Tyler Hadley

At 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, 17-year-old high school drop-out, Tyler Hadley, posted a notice on his Facebook page, letting all his friends know that there would be a party at his house that night. He decided the festivities would be a whole lot less fun if his parents were around. So Tyler decided to take care of that small inconvenience. Later that afternoon, Hadley attacked his parents with a framing hammer, beating Blake and Mary Jo Hadley about the head and torso until they were dead. Then he dragged their bodies into a bedroom, used books, files and towels to cover their bodies, and locked the door. Between 40 and 60 people showed up for the party that night.

 

14. Starving Girl in Sudan

14. Starving Girl in Sudan

In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, photographer Kevin Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Carter reported taking the picture, because it was his “job title”, and living. He was told not to touch the children for fear of transmitting disease.

He committed suicide three months after winning the Pulitzer Prize. Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. Hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask the fate of the girl. The paper reported that it was unknown whether she had managed to reach the feeding centre. In April 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. (I want everyone to know this isn’t my work, but I am sharing it)

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  • John

    Shame the photo used for number 6 is cropped so badly you can’t actually see the girl. If you google her name the full photo in higher definition is easy enough to find.

    • HarlequinWolf .

      I was wondering about that. I couldn’t see anything lol.

  • Tingle

    That kool-aid one is disturbing. Can’t believe people killed their own children. But no matter, there is genocide going on right now. What you might ask? All the abortions done in the name of “women’s health”.