Creepy security footage crops up on YouTube and other video sites all the time, primarily because it's easy to fake. With its grainy, low-quality resolution, objects and people can be 'shopped into the clips and made to look authentic. However, genuine examples of creepy security camera footage are out there, videos that, even if staged in some way, are not instances of post-production effects and trickery. Let's take a look at the most horrifying, unsettling, and creepy camera footage clips taken from CCTV and other home-security devices.
The Infamous Miami Cannibal Attack
Originally believed to be a the fault of "bath salts" or another drug-related incident, this footage hit the Internet in May 2012 and caused a bit of a stir, as it purported to show a "zombie" attack happening on the streets of Miami, Florida. Now that drugs have been ruled out, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what sparked this gruesome attack.
What Happened to Elisa Lam?
The body of Eliza Lam, a 21-year-old college student, was discovered floating in a rooftop water tank at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on February 19, 2013. The cause of death was later determined to be accidental drowning, and no illegal substances were found in Lam's system.However, it is clear from the above security footage - captured on the evening of her death - that something is amiss. Lam appears disoriented and frightened, and appears to converse with someone who isn't there. The exact details of her demise, namely how and why she found herself inside the Cecil's water tank, are still a mystery.
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Twin Sisters Repeatedly Run Out Into Traffic
Twin sisters Sabina and Ursula Eriksson were caught on both CCTV cameras and, by pure happenstance, by a camera crew filming an episode of the BBC series Traffic Cops, running across the busy M6 highway in May 2008. They were repeatedly struck by oncoming traffic, and Ursula even fell under the wheels of a large truck - though remarkably, neither women died from their injuries. Witnesses later described their strength and resolve as "superhuman."
Apparently, the twins suffered a rare form of shared psychosis, in which the mental health of one sister influenced the other's sanity. In this case, it was Sabina who heard voices and experienced delusions, and while investigators were baffled by the Eriksson's behavior, it appears that Ursula shared in her sister's madness.
But the story doesn't end there. Ursula's legs were crushed, and thus she had to be hospitalized, while Sabina was briefly (and somewhat inexplicably) detained and released. Later that same evening, Sabina met a man, Glen Hollinshead on the street, asking him for directions. He took pity on her and her situation, and invited her to stay at his home. Not long after arriving at his house, Sabina stabbed Hollinshead five times with a kitchen knife, then fled. She was later apprehended by police and sentenced to five years in prison.
The Mysterious Clowns of Springfield
Not to be confused with The Simpsons' tired old TV personality Krusty, these clowns made a string of appearances around the township of Springfield in Jacksonville, Florida, in October 2014. Note the month here (and the decorations on the porches in the video): is this merely an instance of early Halloween pranking, or is something far more sinister happening? Regardless, these evil clowns doing evil things before the camera makes for some particularly hair-raising footage.