Crimes usually aren't pretty, so it goes without saying crime scene photos can be disturbing. The images of dead bodies, pools of blood, and murderers on rampages act as both haunting reminders of our mortality and the savage capabilities of human depravity.
Not all photos of crimes scenes are modern - some date back to the 1930s, showing that no matter how much society advances, gruesome crime still occurs. Photographs, as opposed to live video, only capture a singular moment in time, leaving the viewer to dwell upon the horrific details frozen before them.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Black Dahlia Murder
'The Most Beautiful Suicide' Of Evelyn McHale
William J. Gaynor's Shooting
Manson Family Murders: Sharon Tate Murder Scene
The Calico Kidnapping Polaroid