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Jacoby Bancroft
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Even though you can find a lot on the World Wide Web, you still can't find everything. There exists a genre of videos and recordings known only as Lost Media - videos deemed too inappropriate or too disturbing for the public eye. Though many have tried to seek out the Lost Media listed below, they've proven too difficult to track down. Check out this list of the most disturbing Lost Media of all time, but be warned - a lot of these are highly NSFW. 

**WARNING: Many of these videos contain disturbing content.**
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A Reporter's On-Air Suicide Video

A Reporter's On-Air Suicid... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Holy Grails of Lost Media
Photo: BRAYDAWG/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: attempted suicide."

Those are the chilling final words of Christine Chubbuck, a news reporter who committed suicide live on-air. After she went off-book with her lines, she pulled a revolver and shot herself behind her right ear. The camera then went quickly to black. She was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead 14 hours later.

It was the broadcast that shocked the world, but even though it was a live broadcast, you won't have much luck finding any video of the incident. Most bootlegs have been confiscated and destroyed, as well as the master tape, which authorities turned over to Chubbuck's family, who destroyed it. 
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The Armin Meiwes Cannibalism Tape

The Armin Meiwes Cannibalism T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Holy Grails of Lost Media
Photo: Newtown grafitti/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

It was a match made in heaven. Back in 2001, Armin Meiwes and Bernd Brandes met up to indulge in an extremely gruesome fetish. Meiwes wanted to eat a person and Brandes wanted someone to eat him. In a completely consensual arrangement, Meiwes first chopped off Brandes's penis and tried to eat it raw, but it was too chewy. He then tried to cook it, but it ended up burning, so he fed it to his dog. After that ordeal, Meiwes killed Brandes, hung the body, and slowly started to dismantle it.

Meiwes recorded the entire thing on a video camera. When Meiwes was arrested, the video was shown to the jury and a few of them needed therapy afterwards. The video is, of course, not publicly available, though supposedly there are some screenshots that have leaked online (like this one, but warning: this image is extremely graphic and NSFW).

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The WWF Death Video

The WWF Death Video is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Holy Grails of Lost Media
Photo:  tpsdave/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

In 1999, tragedy struck during the WWF Over The Edge event, when wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death. A stunt where Hart was supposed to be lowered into the ring went horribly wrong. The harness that was holding him snapped and Hart plummeted 80 feet. The event wasn't recording live over pay-per-view, but cameras were rolling, and they managed to capture Hart's fateful fall.

The video is now rumored to sit in the WWE Archive with the instructions "never to destroy, view or duplicate." The closest thing available was the WWF announcement at the event informing the audience that Hart had died, but that too has been blocked on copyright grounds. 
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Sea World Killer Whale Death Footage

Sea World Killer Whale Death F... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Holy Grails of Lost Media
Photo:  Hans/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

On February 24th, 2010, Dawn Brancheau was tragically killed by Tillikum, the largest killer whale held in captivity at Sea World Orlando. It was during one of her shows, which Brancheau liked to record, meaning the whole incident was caught on tape.

Part of the attack was shown in the documentary Blackfish, but the film only included the part right before Tillikum dragged Brancheau into the water. The remaining footage has never been made public and it's unknown exactly who has it. Most likely, Sea World has either locked it away or destroyed it.