1970. A young stowaway, Keith Sapsford, 14 years old, falling 200 feet to his death from a Japan Airlines jet airliner taking off from Sydney, Australia, and bound for Tokyo. Photo was taken by Sydney amateur photographer John Gilpin. The boy had run away from a "boys' town" in Sydney Saturday to see the world. He apparently stowed away in the wheel housing of the airliner several hours before the plane took off. When the door of the wheel housing was opened after takeoff so the wheel could be retracted, the boy fell to his death.
This is a picture of the remains of Vladimir Komarov, a close personal friend of first man in space, **** Gagarin. Komarov was also a cosmonaut, and was selected to fly the Soyuz 1 mission, which was intended to reach the moon. Before launch, Gagarin inspected the craft, and found no less than 203 structural problems with the craft. Even still, Soviet command would not call off the launch, and Komarov would not back out of the mission, because that would mean Gagarin would replace him, and he did not want his friend to die.
Gagarin (left) and Komarov, two friends on a hunting trip
As soon as Soyuz 1 launched, everything went wrong. The automatic stabilizers failed, the manuals ones only partially worked, the orientation instruments froze, and the solar panels didn't work. The mission was aborted, and Komarov was ordered to return to Earth. However, his parachutes tangled, and he fell virtually unimpeded, the capsule striking the ground at 89 mph.
During the entire descent, US listening posts recorded the transmissions between Komarov and ground control. They reported hearing Komarov crying in rage as he hurtled to Earth, cursing the engineers and Soviet commanders who killed him.
The audio logs of Komarov's last words can be found on Youtube, but the audio quality is terrible and it's all in Russian, so I didn't feel the need to post it here. If you want to check it out though, here's a link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z_m7onLw74
Cooper family photograph
This is probably one of the most well known ‘’disturbing real photographs’’ you can find on the internet. The photograph shows the Cooper family sitting around a table, just days after they had moved into their new family house in Texas. What the family was unaware of is that when the photograph was developed, the image of what appears to be a falling body emerged in the left hand side of the room.
The story behind this photograph differs a bit. In certain versions the falling body was seen when the photograph was being developed and that it wasn’t there when the photograph was taken (aka the body is a ghost). A different version is that at the exact moment the photograph was taken a real body of the previous tenant fell through the ceiling into the living room, scaring the family.
The picture has been debunked by several sites by now. This particular version of the photograph (with the body) can be traced back on the internet somewhere in 2009, appearing on ligotti.net, a fansite of writer Thomas Ligotti. Since then it’s spread around the internet as a popular urban myth. Some claim that the original photo has been tampered with. The falling body upside down strikes a resemblance to a ballet dancer. Also the lighting and shadow of the body don’t line up with the shadow of the people in the photograph.
So is it a fake photo? You could make a strong case for it in my opinion. It remains a disturbing photograph nonetheless in my opinion, and if it’s real, it's a horrifying story. The source of the original photograph without the body is unknown.
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TV live suicide (again watch at your own risk)
Robert Budd Dwyer (November 21, 1939 -- January 22, 1987) was an American politician in the state of Pennsylvania. He served from 1971 to 1981 as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the state's 50th district. He served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, 1981, to January 22, 1987; on that day, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he took his own life in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber pistol. Dwyer's suicide was also broadcast to a wide television audience across the state of Pennsylvania.
In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding. Many accounting firms competed for a multimillion-dollar contract to determine compensation to each employee. In 1986, Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe from a California firm trying to gain the contract. Throughout his trial and after his conviction, he maintained that he was innocent of the charge and that he had been framed. Dwyer was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987, the day after his death.
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Mickey Mouse fan club meeting (1930)
Eerie screams at night: Is Bigfoot real? (might need to turn up your volume)
Now before you skip this one, no, I don’t believe Bigfoot is real. The guy in the video may do, but you can just ignore that. It's the description I found by the video that makes it spooky:
‘’This video comes to us from the Umatilla Reservation, in Oregon and was uploaded by Youtuber Cor Sams. Screams erupt from the woods in the pitch black cover of nightfall. They persist for about 4 minutes into the video, where the videographer claims they were getting closer. The screams are eerily inhuman, but following several gunshots that rang out from the darkness, they were abruptly silenced.’’ (the gunshot takes place around 02:40)
While the person in the video suggests it may be related to Bigfoot, a more plausible explanation is that it’s an animal, something like a coyote or fox, which may or may not have been in pain (with the gunshot being it being put down). Still hearing that sound, which kind of sound like human screaming or laughter, in the middle of the night and abrupty stopping after hearing a gunshot makes it all a little spooky.
Christine Chubbuck’s live suicide
30 year old Christine Chubbuck's was not only an up and coming reporter, but also a depressed woman. She was also very disappointed in the news only wanting to see blood and guts on the air instead of uplifting stories. So on July 15th in 1974 while she was doing a piece on a shooting that had occurred in a near by restaurant, when the tapes for that shooting did not work, Christine looked straight into the camera and nodded saying "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide." and took her gun out and shot herself behind the right ear.
Where, surprisingly, a police officer had told her where to shoot if one wanted to commit suicide. She is known for the first suicide on live television, and the tape was withheld because her family ordered it.
In 2016 the story was made into a movie, directed by Antonio Campos and starring Rebecca Hall.
Brandon Lawson 911 Phone Call, 2013
Brandon Lawson, 26 years old, inexplicably went missing during a frantic 911 phone call approximately 12:45 AM, on August 8th 2013. His last known location was south of Bronte, Texas near a rest stop on US 277. The only clues left behind were this phone call, a call to his brother and girlfriend, and his abandoned truck that had run out of gas and was parked haphazardly on the side of the road completely intact. There were also a series of pings from his cell phone to nearby towers. His slurred and incoherent rambling and thick Texan accent make this 911 phone call a point of continuous discussion as to what he's actually saying and describing leading up to his disappearance. It is theorized that he may have ran into someone on the side of the street, or after having run out of gas he may have approached people and saw something he shouldn't have. Some believe that another person may have been with him or caught him during the phone call, and at one point audibly interjects during the conversation. Nobody knows for sure what happened. His body was never found. Crucial clues may be in his 911 call, but its almost impossible to understand him. His words are just slightly unintelligible Here is a transcript of what is believed he might be saying:
Operator: 911 emergency?
Brandon: Yes, I'm in the middle of a field. (inaudible) Right here going towards Abilene on Bronte side. My truck ran out of gas. There's one car here. I got chased into the woods. - Heavy sighing - Please hurry.
Operator: Okay, run that by me one more time?
Brandon: When I was talking to 'em, I suddenly ran into them.
Operator: Ah, you ran into them. Okay.
Brandon: Yes, the first guy.
Operator: Do you need an ambulance?
Brandon: (possible second person interjecting with "yes" or could be a loud sigh) No, I need the cops.
Operator: Okay. Is anybody hurt? Hello?
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Brenda Holmes has released harrowing footage which shows the moment her motorcyclist son being killed instantly in a 97mph crash.
David Holmes, 38 years old, was killed in June 2013 when a car turned into his path on the A47 in Honingham, Norfolk, where the speed limit is 60mph. The devastating moment was captured on the camera which he wore on his crash helmet. Mr Holmes's last word, uttered seconds before impact, was 'whoa'. His mother Brenda, 62, has decided to release the footage in a bid to stop others going through the same agony of losing a family member. The retired nurse wants both motorcyclists and drivers to be more aware of each other on the roads, to stop more crashes like this taking place.
She said that the driver - who has since admitted causing death by careless driving - did not see the motorcyclist, but that Mr Holmes, who was driving nearly 40mph over the speed limit, also did not have time to take 'evasive action'. She said: 'I want to be involved in this campaign because I feel something positive can come out of his loss.'
The photo above was taken by 20 year old Chinese girl Jojo Tasai after her boyfried dumped her. She got dumped because the mother of the boyfriend disapproved their relationship. Not being able to live with the heartbreak, Jojo decided to end her own life. Before killing herself, she made one final post on Instagram:
‘’ “It’s been 12 days since the break up. I’ve gone out, had meals and watched movies with all sorts of guys, some of whom were more handsome than you are. Others are richer than you. I say this only to prove that it isn’t that I can’t find guys better than you. It’s just that my heart is unable to accept anyone else. Every time I go out with them, I end up crying. I force myself to smile, I tell myself ‘the most important thing is to be happy.’ In the end I can’t change my heart.
“Life has been so miserable these past few days. I want to forget all of this, to control my mood and not be crying painfully late at night every night, but I can’t do it, there’s nothing I can do. All of this is too unfair to me, I can’t bear it. I don’t understand why did you give me so many promises? All of it was a lie. In my life, I haven’t done any [seriously] bad things, so why subject me to this kind of torment?
I cannot forget it, unless I die. I never thought that you would deceive me, but I still can't stop loving you. After I'm dead, I will haunt you day and night. I will never be apart from you again.’’
''I never thought you would deceive me.''
She set fire to her own apartment, stepped out the window and posted one final picture before jumping out the window.
Death by a thousand cuts (Exhibition of strangled Chinese malefactors, c. 1907)
Known as Ling Chi, it has also been called death by a thousand cuts, slow slicing, the lingering death or the slow process and was a way of punishing criminals for their crimes. Although officially abolished in China in 1905, the image above was taken in 1910, so Ling Chi clearly still went on afterwards.
The condemned was tied naked to a post, often publicly, and their flesh gradually cut away with small slices from a knife until they died of blood loss or shock. Occasionally the victims were given opium to stop them from fainting or perhaps (a small possibility) as an act of mercy.
The Mothman (thanks alexlife for the suggestion!)
Point Pleasant West Virginia 1966. A quiet place near the Ohio river with nothing special going on, except for a giant statue of what is called the Mothman in the center of town. It is this place where the first sightings of the Mothman took place, now over 50 years ago.
On the night of November 15 1966 two young couples were out by an area called the TNT by locals, a former military munitions story area which was turned into wildlife sanctuary. The place was also a popular spot for youth to hang out. When the four kids left the place they came across a strange creature. It had wings that spanned over 10 foot long and glowing red eyes the size of baseballs.
The kids, frightened by the sight, drove back to town. On their way back, they could see the creature following them. No matter how hard they drove, the creature was able to keep up, reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. It was only when they reached the town, a lit area, did the creature turn away and flew off. The kids went to the police station to report what they just saw but the officers on duty had a hard time taking them seriously, until more reports came in of the same sighting.
The police received over 100 reports of eyewitnesses, all claiming they saw the now dubbed Mothman. Nobody ever got hurt by the Mothman, but that’s because it was believed it wasn’t as much a monster as it was a prophet of doom, kind of like the Grim Reaper. One of the reports state that the Mothman had been sighted at the main bridge of Point Pleasant. A week later, on December 15 1967, the bridge had collapsed, killing 46 people. Like the Grim Reaper, people see the Mothman as a warning of bad things to happen.
The odd thing is that after the collapse of the bridge, the Mothman wasn’t seen again.
Was the Mothman real? Opinions differ, even after all this time. Some believe it had something to do with the TNT place and that the government may be involved. Other people believe the creature to be a giant bird, like sandhill cranes, a barrel owl or albino owl, which can be really big from up close. Those are known to be native in the West Virgina region.
A more farfetched explanation is given by John A. Keel, author of the book ‘’The Mothman Prophecies’’ (later made into a movie starring Richard Gere). Keel claims that the Mothman sightings were related to the UFO sightings. The TNT area would function as some sort of portal between our world and the world of Mothman.
A statue of the infamous Mothman in the center of town of Point Pleasant
Is anything true of this urban myth? In my opinion, no. The most evidence points to the Mothman being a giant bird of some sort, which can be pretty big up close with the glowing red eyes being caused by the ‘’red eye’’-effect, caused from the reflection of light from flashlights or other bright light sources. But I guess we’ll never know for certain.
Until this day Point Pleasant has a special annual celebration day for the Mothman where the myth gets commemorated.
2015 Rochelle EF4, The one where Clem Schultz survives a tornado
April 15th, 2015, a tornado outbreak ignites across the Midwest. A 700 yard wide tornado streaked across 30 miles of upstate Illinois, impacting the towns of Fairdale and Rochelle with high end EF-4 intensity. As the warnings were issued, Clem Schultz went up to a second story bedroom to retrieve lanterns, anticipating power outages. That’s when he saw the enormous funnel outside his window. Thinking it was headed south, away from his neighborhood, he decided to film it with his cell phone instead of seeking shelter.
Then suddenly it began to overtake his neighbor’s house. Clem, who was 80 years old(!) at the time, couldn’t react fast enough and was caught in the worst possible place to be during a tornado… a perimeter, second story bedroom right next to a window. The tornado obliterated his house. When rescuers pulled him from the wreckage, they warned him not to look down… Geri, his wife, was in the kitchen at the time. She became one of two victims of the storm. The Rochelle tornado was rated a high-end EF-4, with only small technical details preventing a higher rating. Nevertheless, it still boasted 200mph winds.
In the video you can see the immense power a tornado harnesses and how devasting nature can be. What's eerie is that Mr. Shultz didn't say a word or even scream while this was happening. Frozen by fear? Silently accepting his fate? Who knows.