Graveyard Shift Crime Scene Photographers Reveal The Worst Things They’ve Ever Had To Shoot  

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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


From Reddit user mesohungie:

"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


From Reddit user coprolite_hobbyist:

"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 Is Hardly As Fun As It Sounds


From Reddit user coprolite_hobbyist:

"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."

The Photo Negatives Were Almost As Bad As The Developed Work


From Reddit user vondelpark420:

"[I] used to develop crime scene photos for the local police departments nearby. A few photos have stayed etched in my mind, mostly car accidents, but the worst one was of a suicide. I could tell that it was going to be fairly bloody by the amount of green on the negative, but I wasn't really prepared for what I saw. This person must have put the gun in their mouth and blew the back of their head off..."