Though they're often made to look incredibly entertaining on television shows and in movies, crime scenes are absolutely horrible in real life. In fact, most people who have to involve themselves with the gore of violent crime only do so out of necessity - not morbid curiosity. While onlookers and gawkers tend to flock to car accidents and other such regrettable incidents, when they actually see the scene, they're terrified. Some are even repulsed to be so close to death as it's a constant reminder of their own mortality.
Crime scene photographers must not only witness this type of morbidity, they have to immortalize it as well. For them, it can be incredibly difficult to ever forget the brutality of their shoots. Reddit asked a few of these photographers to share the raw renditions of their trade. To read them is to be truly haunted.
A Jealous Mistress Completely Cleaved One Family Apart
"The worst was a woman who was chased through her house by her husband's jealous mistress who was armed with a cleaver.
There was a series of pics showing deep gashes in the back and side of her head. The last picture was by far the most terrifying. It was a close up of her face with a chunk missing from the right corner of her forehead and her eyes are wide open, staring vacantly into the camera. For a week or so I saw that face when I closed my eyes when I tried to go to sleep."
One Victim Was Intent On His Own Demise
"A few examples come to mind; the first is due to the amount of skill involved. An individual decided to commit suicide by firing both a .308 and a .30-06 rifle into his head at the same time. The photo of the crime scene showed not much more than a truncated neck with a good deal of tissue on the surrounding walls."
Elevator Surfing Wasn't As Fun As It Sounded
"Another I recall because the sheer stupidity involved. A college student engaged in what is called 'elevator surfing' in his high rise dorm building. His head became caught in the mechanism of the elevator while he was riding on top of the car and was twisted around a few times... You could clearly see that his face was very discolored from asphyxiation. The accompanying report indicated that he probably retained consciousness for several minutes after the incident."
There Was A Trail Of Blood And Feces
"I get a call on the alert phone. It's the base police. They ask me to report to building XXX whatever... I walk downstairs and find the on-scene commander. He tells me to follow him.
As we near the entrance to the dayroom (lounge area) I see a blood trail and start snapping shots. We keep walking... I am now inside. We open the door and there's feces and blood... EVERYWHERE. On the phone, on the pool table, on the TV...
All of a sudden I hear a cop say 'found the probe.' Not words I want to hear when I see blood and poo. I turn around to see this cop holding a billiard cue with the tiny end covered in blood and poop dripping down the handle.
We never found the bleeder."