The clichéd saying that a picture is worth a thousand words couldn’t be truer about these pictures. They capture shocking and disturbing moments in human history and since they’ve found their way to the digital age, they will probably be around until people don’t use the internet anymore. They are stark reminders of the vulnerability of life and the depth of human tragedy.
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10. The Ghost of Mary Lee
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, located in Louisville, Kentucky, was opened in 1910. Originally, it was only supposed to house 40 to 50 patients suffering from tuberculosis, but then the United States was hit with a TB pandemic that was spreading across the world and the hospital was expanded to house more patients. With so many patients suffering from the fatal disease, a lot of people never left the hospital alive. Between 1924 and 1961, approximately 6,000 people died in the sanatorium. One of the more interesting aspects of the sanatorium is the “body chute.” It is a 485 foot long tunnel that is on a 45 degree angle and once someone died, their body was put down the chute. The sanatorium was shut down in 1961 after the cure for TB was found, and it has been abandoned ever since.
In 2005, a paranormal researcher was visiting the abandoned buildings and snapped this picture. On the right hand side of the picture in the hallway, there appears to be the ghost of a young girl. The researcher believes that it is the spirit of a nurse named Mary Lee, who is pictured on the left. According to the story, Mary Lee had a relationship with one of the doctors and she found herself pregnant. She was unwed, and out of shame, she hanged herself in room 502. Unfortunately, her body wasn’t found for some time. Also, according to the story, another nurse leapt to her death from room 502, but she was not identified.
9. Columbine Senior Class Picture
At first glance, this looks like a typical class picture from the late 1990s. What is actually so eerie about this large group of smiling students is that this is the 1999 senior class photo from Columbine High School. This was the second of two photos taken of the students. The first one was just a normal picture, and for the second picture they were allowed to act a bit more silly and wild. If you look to the top left hand corner (or the insert picture above), you’ll see 17-year-old Dylan Klebold and 17-year-old Eric Harris, along with their friend, Brooks Brown, and they are pretending to aim guns at the camera.
This photo was taken in the spring of 1999, just weeks before the April 20th mass murder.
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7. Starvation in the Sudan
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5. The Fire Escape Collapse
4. Regina Walters’ Last Picture
3. Keith Sapsford
2. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
1. Dennis Rader