From a real photo discovered on a lost man’s camera to a chilling photo of the Amityville children, we take a look at these real photos that have very disturbing backstories.
6. Smiling Serial Killer
The man in this photo with the charismatic smile and dish cloth over his shoulder was once described as ‘the very definition of heartless evil.’ It is none other than notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy.
Bundy was jailed for the first time in 1975 for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault. He then became a suspect in several unsolved homicides in multiple states. While facing murder charges in Colorado, Bundy managed to escape, committing three more murders before he was caught again in Florida in 1978.
Bundy eventually confessed to committing 30 homicides between 1974 and 1978, shortly before his execution on 24th January, 1989.
Despite the confession, many think that his victim count was probably a lot higher. Some even suggesting that it may have actually been in excess of one hundred.
The woman also pictured in the photo is believed to have been a neighbor of Bundy’s who at the time, would have had no idea how close she had actually come to such a cold blooded killer.
5. Criminals Escape Haunted House
This photo supposedly shows the footprints of criminals who made a hasty escape from a haunted house.
The person who posted the picture online claims that their father received a phone call from a man named Arthur who lived next to the family’s Summer house. Arthur said that during the night, he had seen two people lurking around the house but they had ran off before he had a chance to investigate.
In the morning, he found two sets of footprints leading to a broken window. He decided to enter the house to take a closer look. Inside there were even more footprints. Some of which lead to another broken window indicating that whoever was in the house had left very suddenly.
Some time later, the poster’s father and brother went to the house to see if anything had been stolen. Once inside, they saw that the footprints went in two separate directions. One set lead to where the family kept some old silverware while the others lead to a two hundred year old fiddle that was hanging on the wall.
The tracks seemed to meet in the middle of the living room where the silverware and fiddle were found lying on the floor. Then, just as Arthur had suggested, the footprints lead to a different window where the burglars had made a hasty exit.
About two weeks later, the family was contacted by two men who claimed to have been plagued by terrible nightmares ever since they had broken into the old house. They pleaded for forgiveness and offered to pay for any damages that they had caused.
While the family never found out exactly what had scared the men into leaving the house so quickly, they had always suspected that the house was haunted.
After the break in, the house was sold twice. Each time the new owners complained of strange happenings. Disembodied voices, cold spots and objects seemingly moving on their own.
Thinking that the resident spirits were not happy with the new owners, the poster’s uncle decided to buy the house back and it is now once again, in the possession of the family.
4. Lost in the Wilderness
In April, 1992, Chris McCandless hitchhiked his way to the small town of Healy, Alaska. Then, with little equipment or food, he began a trek along an old mining road known as the Stampede Trail.
It was McCandless’ dream to disappear into the wilderness and live simply off the land, however it wasn’t long before things started to turn bad. In September, just six months after he started his adventure, a hunter found his body in an abandoned bus that was used as a shelter along the rugged and isolated trail.
This photo, which seemingly shows McCandless in good spirits was found undeveloped on his camera and is one of the last known photographs of the adventurer.
Along with several pictures, a journal was discovered that detailed McCandless’ time in the wilderness. In July, he mentioned that he tried heading back to civilization but was forced to abandon his plans as the Teklanika River had swollen, blocking his only escape route. On the 30th July, his journal entry read ‘EXTREMELY WEAK. FAULT OF POT[ATO] SEED. MUCH TROUBLE JUST TO STAND UP. STARVING. GREAT JEOPARDY.
While most believe that McCandless simply starved to death, some have suggested that poisoning from local plants may have contributed to his demise.
His final journal entry was made on day 107. It simply read ‘Beautiful Blue Berries.’ After that, the next six entries contained no words, only slashes.
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