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.
Strange Woman, Strange Behavior
YouTube user Rainey Schuyler posted this odd footage, and summarized its content thusly:
"A woman walks out of the darkness on a cold & wet night. In the mountains, far from a busy road & no immediate neighbors."In total, the woman wanders around the property for over ten minutes (the above video has been condensed some). What is she looking for? Does she even know?
The Mysterious Disappearance of Lars Mittank
There are thick layers of intrigue surrounding the July 2014 disappearance of Lars Mittank, a German man on vacation in Bulgaria. In particular, this security camera footage taken from an airport just before Mittank seemingly vanished into thin air. Note how the man runs - as though for his life - away from the airport medical office, out the doors, and as far away as he can get.Mittank's mother reports the man had been behaving erratically and showing severe signs of paranoia just before disappearing.
Man Holds Toddler Hostage in Wal-Mart
This incident took place at a Wal-Mart in Midwest City, Oklahoma, in July 2013. The man snatched the young girl from her mother's shopping cart and held the child at knifepoint. Police evacuated the store, and began talking to the suspect, who showed clear signs of mental illness, quite possibly paranoid schizophrenia. It is also quite possible this man committed suicide-by-cop, but as he is now dead, his motives will forever remain unclear.
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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