History has all kinds of mysteries, some we still can’t explain to this day. We get some of our horror movie ideas from things that happened back in the day that remain mysterious. Where do these mysterious things come from? We don’t know, and we may never know; that’s what makes these stories so creepy. Some of these mysteries have puzzled scientists and experts for years: unsolved murders and strange happenings that have left more questions than we can answer. Some of these weird happenings have been brought to our attention because of old black and white pictures - pictures that seem too creepy because they can’t be explained. The fact that there are pictures with no explanations can leave you feeling creepy enough already.
There is the question of whether a picture can be fake or not, and that question can always be there. But that’s not always the case. In order to fake some of these pictures, it would have taken an awful lot of expertise, as well as fine techniques, to pull off these images. In many cases, it would not have been possible to achieve that kind of manipulation back when the pictures were taken; they just didn’t have the technology. That's why these pictures are much creepier to us: we don’t understand the images and that scares the sh!t out of us. Take a look that these historical pictures, and then try to go to sleep easily tonight. I guarantee you will have trouble doing so.
15 The Kidnapping
A sad story about a girl gone missing and never heard from again... The picture is of a teenage girl named Tara Calico who was off to meet her boyfriend on her bike when she went missing. After her daughter never returned home, the mother went and looked for her daughter and found her cassette player on the side of the road. A search party was immediately sent out to look for the missing girl. She was never found, and after months of searching, they came across a Polaroid picture of two girls tied up in the trunk of a car. The creepy part was that the Polaroid was just found randomly in a supermarket parking lot. “It obviously is two kids with terror written all over them. It’s kind of a bad time when you have to look at something like that…. No one knows for sure if it [the picture] was a setup. Some people think it was a staged photograph, but it was a real look of fear to me,” said the detective.
14 I Feel Pretty
This horrifying image is something that leaves a lot to the imagination. There is literally no story behind the picture; it was just something horrific that someone stumbled upon in an abandoned house in New York. It looks like either a scene of murder or a great idea for a horror movie. It’s a shocking image, but again, one that is left to the imagination. There was no body found, so the explanation of where all the blood came from is a mystery -- a scary image that really makes you wonder. Another question is: who was the person that found the message and what were they doing in the abandoned house in the first place? If I saw something that terrifying, I don’t know if I would have stayed there long enough to take a picture. Let’s all raise our hands in agreement.
13 Missing Child
Our history is filled with missing children and horrifying circumstances through which a child has disappeared. In the case of this picture, you can only imagine what happened to this missing child. The faces remind me of the masks that the killers wore in the movie Strangers. It’s terrifying to think about the terror the child must have felt in the hands of these lunatics. As the story goes, on April 13, 1984, the boy in the picture disappeared and was never heard from again. The case is still open in South Carolina to this day because the boy was never found. The creepy part comes from the photo, which was discovered in a parking lot. Why these men felt the need to take a picture and leave it behind is one of many unanswered questions, but the whole look of it is terrifying.
12 Mental Health
These days, we have lots of things available to people who deal with mental health issues. We have medication, therapy, and treatment centers. These days, the sky's the limit when it comes to the kind of care you can get to live a healthy and balanced life. In the 1800s, however, they weren’t as advanced as we are today, and many of their practices could certainly be considered inhumane. The picture shows a woman who has been restrained to a wall and was left to just hang there. Thankfully, her feet are on the floor, but it’s quite odd that she's in the position of a crucifixion as if they thought mental illness had something to do with demonic activity. This was the way in which they treated mental illness in Germany. The picture turns my stomach when I think about how many people suffered back then due to ignorance.
11 Dwyer's Suicide
This is the last photo taken of R. Budd Dwyer, who had been charged and convicted of taking bribes while in the position of State Treasurer. He maintained his innocence throughout the trial but was convicted anyway. One of the witnesses later recanted his testimony stating that he had lied about knowing that Dwyer had taken a bribe. That was too late, of course, because the day after his conviction, Dwyer held a press conference in which he committed suicide by shooting himself in front of video cameras and photographers. It’s hard to imagine what was going through Dwyer’s head that made him publicly commit suicide, but maybe he was trying to make a point about his innocence: he couldn’t live with the fact that he was convicted. It was a gruesome scene for anyone to witness, and staring at this picture gives you an eerie feeling.
10 Class Project
It must be hard going through medical school and having to work on corpses in order to get the experience you need to become a doctor. It’s just something that you have to accept as a medical student. Most people who go into the field, however, have strong stomachs and don’t worry about things like that. In the 1900s, things were a little more barbaric, and we certainly managed to find some creepy pictures from that era. This picture is dated 1901, and it shows three med students working on a project. For whatever reason, they thought it was a good idea to take a picture with their class project, and we have what looks to be a gruesome corpse. This is definitely not trick photography; we get the creepy image in full view. But I guess you have to be proud of your work.
9 An Unexplained Girl
This lonely grave has no name, and the story itself is very mysterious. In 1933, a girl arrived in Willoughby, Ohio, and no one had any idea who she was or where she came from. She arrived by Greyhound bus and stayed the night at a boarding house. She met a lot of people and made the decision to go to New York. She decided to take a train the next day, and when she got to the train station, she saw the train to New York arriving. Suddenly, she started running to the train, leaving her luggage behind. She was hit by the train and killed instantly. No one could explain her death in any way. Was it an accident? If so, then why leave her luggage behind when she ran for the train? Was it a suicide? That’s the most likely answer, but no one understood why the girl in the blue dress did that. She only had a ticket to Pennsylvania and 90 cents in her pocket.
8 My Friend, Lisa
Lisa does not look friendly at all, and if I were to see my child draw this picture, I would probably pack us up and leave home. This has Amityville Horror written all over it. The thing in the picture does not look friendly in any way; not to mention, there is the question of all the red on the image. Is it blood? She states that mom and dad can’t see it and assumes it’s an imaginary friend, but I guarantee that after seeing this picture, they may have second thoughts about that. It looks like they may have a haunting going on at their home, and the child should be removed immediately. Talk about a creepy photo. What would you do in a similar situation? I would definitely be taking the kid to see someone just in case.
7 The Midnight Haunting
They say that ghosts are attracted to children because of their innocence. In fact, children often don’t even consider a ghost scary at first and even refer to it as a “friend.” Adults, of course, are different because we have preconceived notions of ghosts, and we don’t get to see them in the same way. Besides, ghosts probably know we can’t be fooled in the same way a child can. Plus, they want fresh souls. Hahaha, just kidding…well maybe. There is no explanation behind this picture. What should have been a beautiful picture of a baby ended up being something terrifying because of what appears in the photo. It could be fake; but how many horror movies are based on situations exactly like this one? It’s like the movie Mama, where a ghostly mother tries to take a real-life child to replace her dead ones.
6 Haunted Farm
Horror movies are often based on horrifying real-life situations where a haunting has gone terribly wrong. Are all spiritual entities evil? I don’t think so, but there's sure a lot of history to indicate that some are very evil. In this case, a family moved into a home that had a haunted barn, and the grandfather lost an arm in an “accident.” In the diary, there is an illustration of him outside of the barn without one of his arms. They couldn’t figure out why there were so many accidents happening around them. One day, there was a couple that moved into the home and found letters and the diary in the wall. Looking back on things now, it looks like the ghosts were harming the people that came into the barn. If you read the entries in the diary, they are chilling, to say the least.
5 A Brother's Love
When it comes to family, you can definitely understand what's going through the young boy’s head. It’s a terrible situation and something that probably scarred the kid for life. The child survived the bombing and carried his sibling with him, but the sibling did not survive, and you can see the boy carrying around the dead body. He had to take his sibling to be cremated to honor the rites for the dead. It's also amazing that the older brother isn't crying in the picture even though he has lost everything. It would be interesting to know how the boy fared growing up into an adult and whether or not he turned out okay. After such a tragedy, we can only hope that the boy was able to cope with so much loss. The photo, however, is still creepy because of the small corpse, but it’s a heartbreaking picture as well.
4 Victorian Women
Victorian women are known for entertaining guests in the most extravagant ways. They dress to the nines and have lavish parties for no reason at all. If you look back to that time, you can see the elaborate hats and gowns the women used to wear just like in this photo. Judging by the look on her face, however, this woman looks like she didn’t expect the guest who's peering over her shoulder. There is absolutely no explanation for this photo aside from the fact that it was taken in the 1860s, but it’s beyond bizarre and creepy. We’re not sure if they were posing with gag statutes or if this thing is real. Why would they pose with such grotesque things? If it is real, what the heck is it and what’s it doing so close to her? Could it be creepier?
3 The Pumpkin King
Maybe this is where Tim Burton got the idea for his Pumpkin King in A Nightmare Before Christmas; the similarities between this character in the photo and his is remarkable. I would have to think that Tim Burton took the look of the character of the Pumpkin King from this era. How else can the similarity be explained? Talk about a scary looking photo. In this picture, it looks like they are acting out a play for the theatre, or at least we hope they are. We don’t know what the creature is or what its intent is, but it's creepy, for sure. The picture was taken in 1865, during a century where all kinds of creepy things were happening. One would have to wonder what kind of demented minds were running things back then. This is just one of many creepy images from that time that will leave you awake at night wondering, "WTF?!"
2 The Murder of a Boy
This is about the tragic story of a little boy who walked away with two other boys older than he was only to be brutally murdered. The little boy was James Bulger, and he trusted the two boys thinking that they were leading him on an adventure. The creepy picture shows an image of the little boy being led away by one of the murderers. James’ body was found mutilated in a railway yard two days after he disappeared. The two boys were only ten years old, and they tortured James until he died. James had 42 injuries to his body, and all were so severe that the medical examiner couldn’t determine which one killed him. He had things shoved in his eyes and anus, and the boys used a 10kg iron bar to bash in his skull. The boy died a painful death, and the two boys were the youngest convicted murderers in English history.
1 Evelyn McHale
Many find the picture of Evelyn McHale to be poetic, even beautiful, as she laid there after jumping off of the Empire State Building -- but I find it creepy. I’m shocked that her body looked so good after such a fall; it’s almost like she’s sleeping. You would think that her body would be destroyed. Evelyn left her fiancé and left a note behind before taking the jump that ended her life. “He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody.” She jumped far enough that she ended up landing on a limousine that was parked on the street. The vehicle virtually imploded underneath her, and yet, you don’t even see any blood in the picture. She looks completely serene and at peace in the photo, which totally gives me the creeps.
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