5. Unassuming Smiles
This photo was taken during World War II. By the looks on the boys faces conflict seems to be the last thing on their mind. The truth is that this moment spent patting a puppy with friends was probably a welcome distraction for what was to come. The boy in the middle is 17 year old Yukio Araki and he was killed the following day.
Araki was one of the youngest kamikaze pilots of World War II. He met his end when he flew his twin engined Tachikawa Ki-54 training aircraft into the USS Braine on May 27th, 1945, killing 66 of its crew.
In accordance with the custom of the kamikaze pilots, Araki clipped his fingernails and cut off a lock of his hair prior to the mission. They were sent to his parents along with a note that read: ‘Please find pleasure in your desire for my loyalty to the emperor and devotion to parents. I have no regrets. I just go forward on my path.’
4. The Sad Clown
This photo was taken on 6th July, 1944. The clown, seen to the right of the image, is Weary Willie a famous character played by circus performer Emmett Kelly. He is carrying a bucket of water in one hand as he heads towards a fire.
One of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States, The Hartford circus fire occurred during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As many as 8000 people were on hand to see the show when a fire broke out near the entrance to the big top 20 minutes into the performance. The flames spread quickly, engulfing the tent roof which was treated with paraffin wax and gasoline – a common waterproofing method at the time.
The fire killed 167 people, most of whom were women and children. Kelly, through his quick thinking managed to save many of the spectators by lifting up the side of the tent and guiding them outside to safety.
3. Unholy Ceremony
This is a photo taken outside the Field Marshals’ Hall in Munich, Germany sometime after 1933. The men lined up in the foreground are members of the infamous SS paramilitary unit taking their oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler.
The SS and its subdivisions were responsible for policing the German people, enforcing Nazi ideology and running the concentration and extermination camps where an estimated 5.5 to 6 million Jews along with millions of other victims were killed.
At the time, all citizens that passed by the Field Marshals’ Hall were expected to salute but those that wanted to bypass the monument could take a nearby street that became known as ‘shirker’s lane’.
2. The Dating Game
This is a still taken from an episode of The Dating Game in 1978. The smiling couple are bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw and Rodney Alcala, the man who beat the other contestants to win a date with Bradshaw. After the show, despite the initial on camera smiles, Bradshaw decided not to go out with Alcala saying that she found him ‘creepy’. Breaking her date with Alcala may have actually saved her life.
Alcala was accepted to appear on The Dating Game despite being a convicted rapist and registered sex offender. Unbeknownst to all, the extent of his crimes were far worse. Rodney Alcala was actually in the middle of a murder spree.
It wasn’t until Alcala was arrested the following year and found guilty of the murder of 12 year old Robin Samsoe that the horrific truth finally came out.
After an extensive investigation, Alcala was officially charged with 7 counts of murder committed between 1971 and 1979. However, one homicide investigator familiar with the evidence speculated that the majority of his murders may have gone unsolved. He estimated that Alcala may have killed as many as 50 women while others have claimed his murder count may have been as high as 130.
1. Tragic Twist
Joe Villapiano was out hiking with his girlfriend Nicole Gergen and brother-in-law Peter Biava when he took this photo of the surrounding bushland. Unbeknownst to Villapiano at the time, he had also photographed another hiker – one barely conscious and clinging to life.
The previous day, 22 year old Saylor Guilliams had fallen, fracturing her leg. Her friend Brendan Vega, who was with her at the time, tried to carry her. He also fell, breaking his elbow and breaking Guilliams’ ankle. Unable to move, Guilliams lay there while Vega went for help.
By the time the hikers came through the following day, Guilliams was almost unconscious, in pain and exhausted from yelling.
It wasn’t until Villapiano’s girlfriend, Nicole Gergen noticed Guilliams’ red hair that they knew someone was down there. Gergen, a fourth-year resident in pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island could see Guilliams was badly injured and needed immediate medical attention. The group managed to call for help and Guilliams was airlifted to Cottage hospital in Southern California.
Two days after being rescued, Guilliams received the terrible news that her friend Brendan Vega had been found dead. It was thought he fell while attempting to get help.
That was 10 real photos that are hiding a dark secret. Can you think of any photos you have seen that seem innocent at first glance but are hiding something sinister? Let us know!