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 bizarre 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.
Originally believed to be 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" incident happening on the streets of Miami, Florida. In actuality, it depicted 31-year-old Rudy Eugene accosting a homeless man, Ronald Poppo, in a frenzy. Eugene chewed part of Poppo's face and was eventually taken down by police.
Now that substances have been ruled out, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what sparked this gruesome event.
The body of Elisa 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. No substances were found in Lam's system, and medical examiners believed she inadvertently drowned in the tank. However, it is clear from the above security footage - captured on the evening of February 19 - that something is amiss. Lam appears disoriented and frightened, and she 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 Hotel's water tank, are still a mystery. There are many theories as to what happened to Lam, although her case wasn't the first instance of something sinister transpiring at the infamous Cecil Hotel.
In May 2008, twin sisters Sabina and Ursula Eriksson were running across the busy M6 highway. Their actions were caught on both CCTV cameras and, by pure happenstance, by a camera crew filming an episode of the BBC series Traffic Cops. They were repeatedly struck by oncoming traffic, and Ursula even deliberately went under the wheels of a large truck - though remarkably, the impact fell neither woman. Witnesses later described their strength and resolve as "super human."
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 Erikssons' behavior, it appears that Ursula shared in her sister's madness.
But the story doesn't end there. Ursula needed immediate medical attention, while Sabina was briefly detained and then released. Later that same evening, Sabina met a man on the street, named Glen Hollinshead, and asked him for directions. Taking pity on her and her situation, Hollinshead invited her to stay at his home. Not long after arriving, Sabina charged at Hollinshead with a kitchen knife, then fled. She was later apprehended by police and sentenced to five years in prison.
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.