A picture is worth a thousand words. Some of those pictures' words are really spooky. These thirteen photos may be chilling to look at, but they become endlessly more terrifying once you know the spine-tingling stories behind them.
Regina Kay Walters
The fear in the eyes of this girl is real. This picture was taken by Robert Ben Rhoades, a serial killer. Fourteen-year-old Regina Kay Walters, pictured here in the last known photograph taken of her, was one of several women Rhoades kidnapped and kept in an 18-wheeler with a torture chamber in the back. He cut off her hair and made her wear a black dress and heels before he killed her.
The Russian Famine
via: Alpha History
In 1921-1922, a devastating famine befell the people of Russia. Years of warfare combined with natural causes left millions of people without food. Before the Great Famine ended, at least five million Russians died of starvation and disease.
Rumors of murder, cannibalism, and an underground human flesh trade became rampant during this time. The extent of cannibalism during this time is unknown, but historians have verified some accounts. Pictured here are suspected cannibals and the body parts that were found in their home.
Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos
via: Something Wicked
Carl Tanzler was a German-born doctor at the United States Marine Hospital in Key West, Florida in the early 20th century. He’s most well-known for the obsession he developed for a Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena “Helen” Milagro de Hoyos. Tanzler, who considered de Hoyos a great beauty, tried to treat her disease to no avail. She died at her parents’ home in 1931.
Tanzler paid for her funeral and visited her mausoleum almost every night. But that wasn’t enough. One night in April 1933, Tanzler snuck through the cemetery and removed de Hoyos’ body from her mausoleum. He brought her home, kept her bones together with wire hangers, replaced her rotting flesh with waxed silk cloth and made a wig out of her hair. He stuffed her with rags to make sure she kept her form, and he dressed her in nice outfits.
He also kept her body in his bed…
…for seven years.
He would have kept her longer, but he was found out by de Hoyos’ sister.
This may look like a goofy photo of two kids who encountered too much static, but the truth is much more sinister. The two McQuilken brothers, Michael (right, 18) and Sean, 12, had no idea that they were about to be struck by lightning when this photo was taken in 1975.
They were climbing Moro Rock in California’s Sequoia National Park and thought it was funny when their hair stood on end. Moments later, a bolt of lightning hit almost exactly where they stood. Sean was one of three people directly hit — he suffered third-degree burns to his back and elbows, but he was much luckier than another hiker, who died from the electric shock.
Yes, this is a high school class photo of a bunch of ’90s kids. But if you look closely, in the top left corner, you’ll see Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold wearing sunglasses and pointing their fingers like guns at the camera.
This is the Columbine High School class of ’99. Months after this photo was taken, Harris and Klebold would commit one of the most heinous and highly publicized school shootings in United States history.