Graveyard Shift Haunting Photos Taken Moments Before Tragedy Struck  

Mick Jacobs
412.1k views 14 items

Tragedy often strikes when least expected, and sometimes only pictures can capture the startling horror. Unlike the morbid photos taken of 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 such events 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 their passings - like daredevil Robert Overacker, who went over Niagra Falls in a stunt that took his life. Although not all who perished on this list were daredevils. Many were regular, everyday people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Pavel Kashin Performs A Stunt Shortly Before Falling Off Of A Building, 2013

Pavel Kashin Performs A Stunt ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Haunting Photos Taken Moments Before Tragedy Struck
Photo:  Parkour Facebook/Fair Use

Robert Overacker's Parachute Fails To Deploy At Niagara Falls, 1995

Robert Overacker's Parachute F... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Haunting Photos Taken Moments Before Tragedy Struck
Photo:  Buffalo News/Fair Use

Sean And Michael McQuilken Pose Before Being Struck By Lightning, 1975

Sean And Michael McQuilken Pos... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Haunting Photos Taken Moments Before Tragedy Struck
Photo: Michael McQuilken (1975)/via The Times/Fair Use

William Sanders Alerts Columbine High School Before His Demise, 1999

William Sanders Alerts Columbi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Haunting Photos Taken Moments Before Tragedy Struck
Photo:  Columbine Valley Police Department /via A Columbine Site/Fair Use