They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but you’re going to find many of the scary pictures below downright disturbing and unbelievable. Because of their mysterious nature and circumstances surrounding them, these pictures made their way into news headlines. Some of them circulated around the internet because they were associated with something that defies a human’s imagination. A few of the pictures are morbid and will definitely freak you out. Check out the gallery of creepy pictures with horrifying backstories linked to them.
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1. Photo taken 2 weeks before the Columbine High school massacre shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the students responsible for the shooting.
On April 20, 1999, Harris, 18, and Klebold, 17, went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They claimed the lives of 12 students and 1 teacher and wounded more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. Prior to the attack, the pair made home videos detailing their plans on executing the killing spree and apologizing to their parents.
2. The Beast of Jersey – A real-life monster and notorious sex offender who was a nightmare to the Island of Jersey in the British Channel for a period of eleven years.
Edward John Louis Paisnel perpetrated a decade-long reign of loathsome terror upon unsuspecting innocents. From 1960 to 1971, he disguised himself in a woman’s black wig atop a chillingly disfigured rubber mask, entered homes at night and preyed on small children. He worshiped Satan and on the night of a full moon, he turned into the ultimate Boogeyman. At day, he disguised himself as an exemplary human who along with his wife, adopted orphan children and looked after them. Paisnel was finally caught and convicted on 13 counts of assault, rape and sodomy, and sentenced to 30 years in prison in December 1971. He eventually died in 1994 on the Isle of Wight.
3. Husband posing with his wife, two days after her death.
The woman in the picture is actually dead. There are no reports indicating the cause of her death but her husband took a picture of his well dressed wife, two days after she passed away. In the 19th and early 20th century, taking photos with deceased loved ones was a normal part of American and European culture.
4. The eyes of madness.
The picture of a shell-shocked soldier in a trench, shows the face of a man who has seen death and destruction up close during WWI. In September of 1916, amid the Battle of Flers-Courcelette during the Somme Offensive, the soldier’s face was captured in this photo. His eyes clearly convey the madness of the war. From hearing and seeing the deaths surrounding him, the man appears to have gone insane. The term “shell shock” was coined by the soldiers themselves. It refers to the inability of a soldier to fight back after facing the harshest of conditions in a battlefield.
5. Anneliese Michel – A woman who underwent a total of 67 Catholic exorcism sessions.
Born in Germany on September 21, 1952, Anneliese Michel was a young girl with a stunning smile. She grew up as an only child in an extremely religious Catholic family. At the age of 16, Annaliese was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy by a neurologist. He prescribed her medications for the epilepsy, in hopes of helping her lead a normal life. By the age of 23, she started to lose weight, bruises started appearing all around her body and she appeared deranged. She was convinced that her condition was due to the possession of demons in her body. Her parents approached a bishop, who gave permission to conduct an exorcism on her.
She eventually refused to eat or get any type of medical help. On July 1, 1976, Anneliese Michel died of dehydration and malnutrition, weighing only 68 pounds. Within a period of ten months, she underwent 67 exorcisms. Her death was considered a negligent homicide and her parents, along with the priests, were sentenced to six months in jail (reduced to three years of probation) and a fine.
6. The photo of an alleged sex offender named “Brian Peppers” looks unreal.
Brian Peppers, then 34, was listed in Ohio’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration for “unwilling sexual contact with one who is not one’s spouse”. Convicted in 1998, in Lucas County, Ohio, Peppers was was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 5-years probation.