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Creepy Images With Even More Disturbing Backstories

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From notorious fiends looking normal to images that depict the dark side of humanity, these pictures might be unnerving and odd on their own, but the backstory behind the images make them that much worse. Here is a small sampling of unnerving photos made worse by their backstories. 

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    Blanche Monnier

    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Posted by u/mujapie89:

    Blanche Monnier was a French socialite who was locked in an attic by her mother for 25 years without sunlight. When discovered she was covered in old food and feces, with bugs all around the bed and floor, weighing barely 25 kilograms (55 lb)

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    'Murderous Mary'

    Photo: Unknown author / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Mary was a circus elephant who was left in the untrained hands of an under keeper named Walter "Red" Elridge, who was believed to have abused the circus performer. While under his "care," she trampled the man to death. In response on Sept. 13, 1916, Mary was hung for her crimes.

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    American Buffalo Skulls

    Photo: Unknown/Chick Bowen / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Posted by u/WeeHootieMctoo:

    If you ever wondered how the American buffalo could go from 30,000,000 to 300 in 50 years, pictures like this may give some idea.

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    The Lawson Family

    Photo: Unknown author / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Posted by u/WeeHootieMctoo:

    The Lawson family in 1929, taken days before Christmas when Charlie Lawson, the father (second from top right) murdered eveyone in the picture, including himself, with a shotgun.

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