The camera can capture incredible joy as well as excruciating pain. The photos collected here are truly chilling and will stir you to your core. If #9 doesn’t break your heart you need to check your pulse.
A photo before murder
This terrifying photo of Regina Kay Walters was taken by the man who would brutally murder her just moments later. Walters had run away from home and had been picked up by mass killer Robert Rhoades.
Rhoades imprisoned Regina, cut her hair, and forced her to wear the dress you see in the photo. He then took her to an abandoned barn, took a few last sick snapshots, and then murdered her.
Every parent’s nightmare
A fatal and fiery last photo
This remarkable photo was taken by Specialist Hilda Clayton at the moment of her death. Clayton was a combat photographer for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan who died during a training exercise.
The photo shows the exact instant that a mortar tube accidentally exploded, spraying Clayton and other soldiers with shrapnel and debris. Behind the lens of the camera was Clayton, capturing the last instant of her life. Clayton died at the age of 22, but her camera survived long enough for this haunting image to be retrieved.
A Buddhist monk in flames
In this Pulitzer Prize winning photo from 1963, the Buddhist Monk Thich Quang is captured burning himself to death outside the Cambodian embassy in Saigon, Vietnam.
Quang was protesting the brutal persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. His act, and this photo, brought worldwide attention to the issue.
The personal anguish of war
A dead Vietnamese soldier lies beside a photo of his wife and other personal memories following the Tet Offensive in 1968. More than 14,000 soldiers lost their lives during the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War.
A stunt gone terribly wrong
A real ghost?
This creepy photo of a boy peering over a bannister was taken in 1976 during an investigation of Amityville house. Investigators were certain that no children were near the house when this photo was taken.
A pioneering African American student
The incredibly brave Dorothy Counts was one of the first African American students admitted to an all white high school in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Maimed at the zoo
In 2009 a depressed woman named Mandy K jumped into the polar bear den at the Berlin Zoo in what may have been a suicide attempt. She was savagely mauled by the bear, but amazingly recovered from her injuries.
The moment before execution
This heartbreaking photo captures the moment before death for six Polish resistance fighters. In 1939 Germany invaded Poland. In what has come to be known as the Bloody Sunday Massacre, Nazis murdered more than 14% of the population of the city of Broomberg.
The photo reveals the wide range of emotions just before a brutal death.
A Syrian refugee boy drowns
This heartbreaking photo was recently shot during the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. It shows the drowned body of Alan Kurdi, a young boy who washed up on the shores of Turkey after trying to flee the civil war in Syria.
Sadly, despite international outrage, the photo has done nothing to change the brutality of Syria’s ongoing war.
A grief-stricken soldier returns home
At the conclusion of World War II, this German soldier returned to his home only to find that his wife and children, who had sustained him throughout the long war, had been killed. He collapsed with grief on the spot.
Creepy ventriloquist dummy
Ventriloquism was huge back in the day – seems like every act had one. But some of those dummies are downright scary!