Train track selfie
The picture above is a selfie of Essa Ricker and Kelsea Webster, both 15, and Kelsea’s little sister, Savannah, 13 years old. While the trio was passing through Utah’s Spanish Fork Canyon, they stopped by the train tracks for a quick selfie. What they didn’t notice was a train coming towards them, its headlights visible on the top right side of the photo.
"Standing right by a train ahaha this is awesome!!!!" posted Savannah on Facebook as the train's steel wheels banged along the track's steel rail.
"They were in their own little world," recalled John Anderson, train conductor inside the eastbound Union Pacific train locomotive. Engineer Michael Anderson (no relation to John) blasted the train horn to get the girls' attention. No response. Not even a flinch.
Trains traveling at 55 mph can take more than a mile to come to a complete stop after the emergency brakes are applied. A rush of panic, confusion and fear filled the locomotive as the train raced toward the girls at approximately 39 miles mph.
According to the conductor they had about 12 seconds to warn the girls after which they disappeared. When the train finally stopped about a quarter mile down the track John Anderson raced back. The first girl he saw had no pulse and it was clear a second girl was no longer alive. John heard 13-year-old Savannah near the railroad crossing. She was hurt and agitated, but alive.
"I told her everything would be OK and she relaxed a little," said John, who held Savannah's hand until paramedics arrived. "I hoped she would make it and for some reason I really thought she would."
However doctors in a Salt Lake City-area hospital discovered Savannah had more than a dozen broken bones, internal bleeding, blood clots and a severe brain injury. The 13-year-old's injuries were too great and she died three days after the accident.
Genie the feral child
This is a girl named Genie though that's not her real name. She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation in American history. When she was a baby her father concluded that she was severely mentally retarded, a view which intensified as she got older, causing him to dislike her and withhold care and attention.
At approximately the time she reached the age of 20 months he decided to keep her as socially isolated as possible as a result of this belief, so from that time until she reached the age of 13 years and 7 months, he kept her locked alone in a room. During this time he almost always kept her strapped to a child's toilet or bound her in a crib with her arms and legs completely immobilized, forbade anyone from interacting with her, provided her with almost no stimulation of any kind, and left her severely malnourished. The extent of her isolation prevented her from being exposed to any significant amount of speech, and as a result she did not acquire language during childhood.
Genie was discovered by Los Angeles Authorities on November 4th, 1970. When she was taken away by authorities, their examinations revealed that she had underdeveloped muscles and bone structure. She had developed a kind of "bunny walk" in which she held her hands up in front, like paws. She was almost entirely silent. The few words she knew were negative ("stop it" or "no more"). At the time, no one really knew what to dowith her. Genie was initially moved out of the hospital to the home of psychologist David Rigler, with his wife and children. She lived there for four years before becoming a ward of the state.
Sources say Genie lives in an adult care home in California nowadays where she'll turn 60 this year. Reports say she's fairly happy and mostly communicates through sign language. For Genie's sake a lot of information about her is deemed confidential by California's department of social services.
The Capuchin Catacombs
The practice of mummification is an ancient tradition that has taken hold particularly in Sicily. The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo are the highest expression of this tradition, because of the huge number of preserved human housed in them.
It shows a macabre spectacle that brings out the uses, customs and traditions of the Palermo society from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
A place so evocative that it did not remain insensitive to its visiters. Ippolito Pindemonte, an Italian poet, visited the Catacombs of the Capuchins on November 2, 1777 and wrote in the verses of his "Sepolcri":
"Death looks at them and it seems to have missed all shots."
The Moors Murders (thanks leeono for the suggestion!)
This photo depicts Myra Hindley; girlfriend of Ian Brady. Together they had kidnapped, raped and murdered 5 children, one of which has never been found. The victims were aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans—at least four of whom were sexually assaulted. The murders are named the Moors Murders because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor; a third grave was discovered on the moor in 1987, more than 20 years after Brady and Hindley's trial in 1966. The body of a fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also suspected to be buried there, but despite repeated searches it remains undiscovered.
Police obtained this photograph depicting Myra Hindley, dubbed ‘’the most evil woman in Britain’’, and noticed something unusual. Myra appears to have chosen this spot precisely for this picture, so the police thought it was a grave. They managed to find this spot on the Saddleworth Moor, in England. Upon digging, they found it was the grave of John Kilbride; a 12 year-old missing boy.
Jerad and Amanda Miller
The picture above was uploaded via BitStrips onto Facebook by Amanda Miller. Amanda and her husband Jerad held extreme anti-gouvernement views and were selfcalled freedom fighters. Later on June 8, 2014, the Millers went to a CiCi's Pizza restaurant on foot at 11:22 a.m., finding Las Vegas police officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck, who were eating at the restaurant on their lunch break. After they entered the restaurant Jerad Miller fatally shot Soldo in the back of the head then shot Beck in the throat. Both Millers then killed Beck by shooting him multiple times after he attempted to fire back. Afterwards, they dragged the officers' bodies out of their booth and covered Beck with a yellow Gadsden flag and a swastika. They also pinned a note on Soldo's body, which read: "This is the beginning of the revolution." They also stole both officers' guns and ammunition. Also, during the restaurant shooting, the Millers loudly declared to other patrons that it was the start of "a revolution".
The two then fled to a nearby Walmart, where Jerad fired a shot at the ceiling and ordered shoppers to leave. Joseph Wilcox, who was carrying a concealed weapon, drew his weapon and confronted Jerad, but passed Amanda as he did so, not realizing that she was armed and Jerad's accomplice; Amanda shot and killed Wilcox. Police later responded to 9-1-1 calls and arrived at the Walmart, engaging the Millers in a gunfight, during which Amanda was wounded. The Millers moved toward the back of the store, where they tried to protect themselves from gunfire using several items from the store as a barricade. Police eventually shot and killed Jerad, while Amanda shot and critically wounded herself in the head. She was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where she died.
An investigation later recovered a 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P handgun, a .38-caliber Ruger revolver, the two handguns stolen from Officers Soldo and Beck, a Winchester 1300 shotgun, 200 rounds of ammunition, knives, and survival items from both Millers' backpacks. During a search at the Millers' apartment, papers that detailed plans to "take over a courthouse and execute public officials" were found.
The couple published several manifestos / video blogs on Youtube, detailing their views on the world. It’s pretty harrowing stuff.
Someone made a compilation of all 15 parts. You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWFYHN9P7a0 (1:22:37)
A crowd gathering to witness the killing of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two victims of the lynch law Marion, Indiana, 7th of August 1930. Lynching back then were treated as social gatherings. Reports indicate that in between 1882 and 1930 in just the 10 southern U.S. states about 2.500 black people were lynched, sometimes for the most trivial reasons. That is an average of nearly one hanging every week.
The Green Man
If you grew up in or around Pittsburgh, there's a good chance you heard the story of the Green Man (or Charlie No-Face as it was also called) when you were growing up. The Green Man was said to wander dark alleys and lonely country lanes at night. The story went that he lost his face foolishly playing near power lines, which caused him to become horrible disfigured and have a glowing green skin due to the infection of the skin not healing properly. Sounds like your typical urban legend or a story parents tell their children to warn them about the dangers of electricity.
Except the story is true. ‘’The Green Man’’’s real name was Raymond Robinson. On a summer day in 1919 nine year old Raymond and his friends played around on a local electrified trolley bridge. A boy had died on the bridge a year earlier, and while according to the story the kids knew this, they decided to go there anyway.
As he climbed the electrified bridge, Raymond got a dose of 1,200 volts(!) through him, which scorched his face like a blowtorch. His eyes were cooked in their sockets, his nose was burnt off, and his right arm was destroyed up to the elbow. Despite his injuries, Raymond survived the ordeal, though he was scarred for life.
Robinson lived in Koppel and spent his days at home with relatives, making doormats, wallets, and belts to sell. Because of his appearance, he rarely ventured out during the day. However, at night, he went for long walks on a quiet stretch of State Route 351, feeling his way along with a walking stick. Groups of locals regularly gathered to search for him walking along the road. Robinson usually hid from his curious neighbors, but would sometimes exchange a short conversation or a photograph for beer or cigarettes. Some people were friendly, others cruel, but none of his encounters deterred Robinson from his nightly walks. He was struck by cars more than once. He stopped his walks during the last years of his life, and retired to the Beaver County Geriatric Center, where he died in 1985 at the age of 74.
Through several generations, Robinson's story has been passed on so many times that his name and his real history have been overshadowed by the ghost story that grew out of them.
She's gotta be the one
The video above is footage shot by Brian Lee Draper. Along with his buddy Torey Michael Adamcik they planned on murdering one of their classmates just for the fun of it. They both wanted to be prolific murderers and chose their classmate Cassie only because they knew she’d be alone that night. The footage shows them up until the murder and right after. The murder itself is not shown. On the footage you can see both boys getting excited and even horny at the thought of killing another human being.
When the police were investigating the murder it didn’t take them long to find out who was behind it. One of the killers led the police to where they buried all the evidence. Both boys are currently serving a life sentence without the possiblity of parole.
"Sorry Cassie's family but... she's gotta be the one".