10 Disturbing And Emotional Photos Of People Taken Before Tragedy Struck

Death is an inevitable part of life and it’s the one thing we are absolutely sure of. Throughout the last millennia, the last words spoken by people before a tragedy has been given high importance and significance. Their words leave a final mark and it’s something for their loved ones to hold on to forever. Today, with the growth in science and technology, it’s hard not to capture someone’s final moments in life. Most of the occurrences involve celebrities, since they have a camera focusing on them 24/7. While in other cases, the person becomes the victim when trying to take pictures of themselves. The list shown here takes a look at 10 of the most haunting pictures taken of the victims before tragedy struck.




WARNING: The list provided here may contain sensitive content. Some viewers may find it to be upsetting. Viewer discretion is advised.

1. August 1, 1943, St. Louis Mayor William Becker and other dignitaries boarding a glider. The glider crashed and killed everyone onboard.

Tragedy struck William D. Becker and his associates
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One of the worst tragedies in the history of St. Louis took place on August 1, 1943, with the mayor and several others plunging to their deaths at Lambert Field. While in flight, a bolt connecting the wing malfunctioned and caused the wing to shear off. The out of control glider plummeted about 2,000 feet to the ground in front of thousands of stunned onlookers.

2. Mayinga N’Seka, a nurse in Zaïre, and her colleagues, during the first outbreak of Ebola in 1976; a few days before she succumbed to the virus.

Maying N'Seka
Wikimedia/Public Domain

The photograph shows two nurses standing alongside their fellow nurse Mayinga N’Seka. The picture was taken during the 1976 epidemic in Zaïre, the first known outbreak of Ebola. N’Seka was caring for a nun who flew back from the Yambuku Mission Hospital, where the initial outbreak began. The nun was being treated at the Kinshasa hospital, where N’Seka contracted the deadly virus. A few days later, N’Seka succumbed to the virus. A total of 318 cases were reported during the epidemic with an 88% mortality rate.

3. Carl Williams, an Australian convicted murderer and drug trafficker from the state of Victoria.

Carl Williams
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Carl Williams was an Australian convict who was charged with drug trafficking, murder and other gang related killings in Melbourne. For ordering the murders of three innocent people, he was serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole for 35 years. The photo was taken on April 19, 2010 inside the prison where Williams was serving time. The CCTV image shows Williams sitting down reading a newspaper, unaware of the lurking convict behind him. The man behind him was Matthew Charles Johnson, who shortly after the image was captured, beat Williams to death using the stem of an exercise bike.




4. Pacific Southwest Airlines flight after colliding with another aircraft in 1978.

Pacific Southwest Airlines
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In 1978, a Cessna airplane and PSA Flight 182 collided mid-air as the airliner was approaching San Diego. The small plane was destroyed on impact and left the Boeing 727 plunging onto the ground. The Boeing 727 crashed in North Park, destroying 22 homes and killing all 135 onboard. The crash also claimed the lives of seven who were on the ground.

5. Andrey Retrovsky, seconds before falling to his death.

Andrey Retrovsky
Image Source: YouTube

17 year old Andrey Retrovsky was addicted to posing for photos in dangerous situations. His photos usually contained locations such as ledges of buildings or hanging off the edges. The addiction ultimately claimed the life of the 17 year old Russian when he accidentally fell from the roof of a nine-storey building. Even though he secured himself with a rope, the system malfunctioned and caused him to plunge into the ground.

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