5 Haunting Photos And The Stories Behind Them
By: Mars Salazar
Warning: Some photos might be disturbing. Please proceed with caution.
It’s not always the prettiest photographs that get remembered. Sometimes, it’s the haunting photos that remain firmly embedded in one’s mind. Here are some eerie images you won’t easily be able to get out of your mind.
PS: Sweet dreams!
The Genesee Hotel suicide
On May 7, 1942, Mary Miller checked in the Genesee Hotel, went to the women’s communal restroom on the eighth floor, and stepped out on the ledge through the window. She waved to the crowd then pushed herself into the busy street, much to the horror of the onlookers. I. Russel Sorgi, a photographer for the Buffalo Courier Express, “waited until the woman passed the second or third story” before masterfully clicking the shutter.
Hiroshima’s “nuclear shadows”
On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, flattening majority of the city and instantly killing over 70,000 people. The intense heat of the explosion vaporized thousands of living beings before they even knew what was happening, leaving haunting outlines behind them.
This security camera footage
Is it a modern-day version of The Exorcist? Nope, just a non-possessed woman whipping her hair back and forth. Blame it on the security camera’s wide-angle lens, which managed to capture her face and the top of her head as she shook her tresses out.
The West Kamokuna Lava Skylight
No, that’s not the entrance to hell—though it sure seems like it! This is a photo of Hawaii’s West Kamokuna Lava Skylight, taken on April 1, 1996. The “bodies” are actually different lava flows that have dripped into a hole leading to an underground lava tube. Despite the scientific explanation, it’s still one image we’d rather not see late at night.
Tereska drawing her home
This photo, taken in Warsaw, Poland by photographer David Seymour in 1948, depicts a young Polish girl in a special school for war-handicapped children. The girl, named Tereska, was asked to draw her home. Her distressing scrawl can be attributed to the suffering she and her family endured during World War II.
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