They say any picture is worth a thousand words, but these pictures? They’re worth so much more. There’s no way that the people behind every flicks of the camera knew these pictures would one day hold such historic evidence. What they captured is truly shocking.
1. John Lennon and Mark David Chapman
This was one of the last known photos of John Lennon before he was killed. In the picture he is signing an autograph to an eager, psycho fan. Little did he know that fan was Mark David Chapman, the man who would eventually murder him. Leaving the message, “I’m sure the big part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.”
2. James Bulger
A missing child and a gruesome murder from two 10-year-old killers shocked a nation.
What starts off as a simple hunt for a missing child turns into something sinister when the little boy in this security camera photo has not been found for 2 days.
In this footage, the 5 year old boy, James Bulger, was soon abducted, murdered and left his body on the rail road. The police officers and investigators were shocked in disbelief that suspects needed to track down were two young boys, children themselves.
The boys were caught and became the youngest convicted murders of the 20th century.
3. A Family Portrait from the 19th Century
This is quite a haunting photograph of the dead taken in Victorian age. The reason why a lot of pictures from this period were so hazy was that the process for taking such photographs took a very long time so what you’re seeing are the people shifting positions. In this picture you’ll notice that the girl up front isn’t blurry. This is because she had died earlier that day.
4. John Wayne Gacy as Pogo the Killer Clown
Who would have thought that this generous, friendly and hard-working man, named John Wayne Gacy has a deep, dark, disturbing side that few had ever witnessed…
He later realized he was attracted to men, and experienced great turmoil over his sexuality.
Pogo the clown turned out to be a rapist and a serial murderer due to his charitable services in fundraising events, parades and children’s parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown”, a character he devised himself. While performing as Pogo during the day, Gacy murdered 33 young males and a series of killings throughout the 1970’s.
5. Travis Alexander
This dreamy looking photo was taken by this man’s girlfriend. It may look harmless and a little sentimental, but actually this is the last photo taken of Travis Alexander before the woman holding the camera stabbed and shot him to death.
Ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, aged 34, stabbed and slashed Alexander nearly 30 times, slit his throat so deeply, she nearly decapitated him and shot him in the forehead.
6. Not Your Ordinary Class Photo
Although, this may seem like your average late 90’s high school picture, take a closer look at the top left hand corner. You’ll notice two boys with mimed guns pointing at the camera.
Those were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado last April 20, 1999. They purposely chose athletes, minorities and Christians as their victims.
Killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and commit suicide.
7. Heaven’s Gate Mass Suicide
These are members of the Heaven’s Gate Cult who were convinced by their leader named Marshall Herf Applewhite, a mentally disturbed former music teacher, that the world was ending and they needed to commit suicide in order to be safely transported in some sort of ethereal space ship.
On March 19, Applewhite produced a videotape explaining why it was necessary to leave Earth. Days later, all 38 followers —21 women and 17 men ranging in age from 26 to 72—dressed identically in long-sleeved black shirts—with an arm patch reading “Heaven’s Gate Away Team”—and black sweat pants with new black-and-white Nike tennis shoes.
They each packed an overnight bag and put five dollars and change in their pockets. They ate pudding or applesauce laced with toxic Phenobarbital and vodka, and then lay face up on their beds and covered themselves with a purple shroud or plastic bag.
8. Bombing in Omagh
Just an ordinary day in the streets of Omagh, this particular photograph of a father and daughter bonding taken on August 15th, 1998 remained a bloody memory.
Moments before that red car beside them exploded, killing 29 people in a devised plot from an extreme group of the Irish Republican Army.
The bomb that devastated Omagh town centre in August 1998 was the biggest single atrocity in the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
9. Tyler Hadley
“Party at my house, hit me up! My parents won’t come home, I promise”. The 17-year-old, Tyler Hadley hammered both of his parents to death just to throw a huge party one Florida evening.
He spent 3 hours cleaning up the blood and hiding the bodies before inviting his friends over for a party and even took a selfie with his best friend after revealing his heinous behavior.
Evidence seized from the home hinted at some mental problems for the defendant, including a receipt for a mental health center and a bottle of an antidepressant medication. A fellow inmate has told the police that Hadley has signed jailhouse autographs, has called himself “hammer boy,” and says he has talked with the devil, according to the files released by prosecutors.
Authorities said the death penalty was not a sentencing option under law due to Hadley’s age at the time of the deaths.