Tragedy often strikes when least expected, and sometimes only pictures can capture the startling horror. Unlike the morbid photos killers take of their victims, the vast majority of pre-tragedy photos never hint at carnage and confusion. Instead, these images possess an eerie otherness, as if they are tensed in preparation for the disasters to come.
Some pictures taken before disasters may even seem pleasant or harmless in appearance, like normal-looking photos with terrifying backstories. The more haunting pictures immortalize some unlucky subjects right before death. In fact, Robert Overacker was captured on film right before his tragic Niagara Falls demise.
As a forewarning, these photos show some rather upsetting content, so proceed with caution. You might be surprised, though, to see how life looks right before tragedy strikes.