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Seemingly Normal Pictures With Unsettling Backstories

April 27, 2020 46.0k votes 8.4k voters 443.3k views18 items

List RulesVote up the innocent images with unnerving backstories.

From notorious murderers sitting courtside at an NBA game to a photograph takes just seconds before mortal peril, these images might look innocent, but they each have a truly unsettling backstory. Here is a look at a few normal pictures with terrible backstories. Vote up the images that cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. 

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    Background Check

    Background Check is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Seemingly Normal Pictures With Unsettling Backstories
    Photo: u/itsdrummerjake / Reddit

    Posted by Redditor /u/itsdrummerjake:

    My friends and I found a 22-year-old girl, face down in the mud, both legs broken with compound fractures. She had no cell phone, no water, no food, and nothing to keep her warm. Her friend was dead.

    Before we found the hiker, we were climbing rocks in the area and taking pictures. We didn't even know the poor girl was in the background of these photos! Look towards to right side of the frame in the background.

    Super unsettling?
  • 6

    Mall Santa Bruce McArthur

    Posted by Redditor /u/grumpyhoser:

    The man dressed as Santa Claus in the picture is Bruce McArthur. He was a landscaper for most of the year, and worked as the Agincourt Mall Santa during the holiday season
    Between 2010-2017 he would lure men to meet up via a dating app, murder them, and spread their remains among planters' boxes at properties he managed. He was found guilty of 8 counts of first degree murder and is serving life in prison.

    Click here for image.

    Super unsettling?
  • 7

    Mount St. Helens Eruption

    Mount St. Helens Eruption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Seemingly Normal Pictures With Unsettling Backstories
    Photo: Harry Glicken / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Posted by Redditor /u/Try_Another_NO:

    The last photograph of David A. Johnston, taken by Henry Glicken as he left the Coldwater II Observatory. 13 hours later, Johnston was killed there in the Mount St. Helens eruption.

    Super unsettling?
  • 8

    BTK Killer

    Posted by Redditor /u/CulturalAerie2:

    I remember an earlier thread with this topic and this was one of the most memorable.

    It looks like just an ordinary photo of a father happy to see his daughter graduate. However, the guy on the left is Dennis Rader, AKA the BTK Killer, who killed 10 people over the span of about 25 years, all the while being a beloved member of his community. He was a security system technician, a Cub Scout leader, a church president, a city worker, a happily married father of two... and a sadistic serial killer.

    The idea that pretty much any normal-looking person you see on the street could actually be a total psycho really heebs me out.

    Super unsettling?
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