You might not think these surprisingly scary pictures are creepy at first glance, but once you learn about their backstories, you'll find out they actually document some pretty creepy moments. Whether they're historical pictures that we later learn to have chilling backstories, or more modern photos that look totally normal but come with scary backstories, all the photos below will creep you out, once you learn what was really going on behind the lens.
These scary historical photos show everything from serial killers dressed as their innocent alter egos, people unwittingly posed with their killers, and people captured moments before a great tragedy. There's even a picture of some teenagers, snapped just after one of them murdered his own parents.Which of these normal pictures with scary backstories creep you out the most? Read on to learn the truth behind these images and vote up the ones that give you the creeps the most.
The "Shadows" of Hiroshima Victims
While this looks like strange shadows on walls and steps, they aren't exactly shadows. These are the carbon imprints of people and objects that were permanently seared into the concrete at the moment of the Hiroshima bombing.
Regina Kay Walters, Photographed by Her Kidnapper
This is Regina Kay Walters. In this photo, she has her hands up, as if she didn't want to be photographed. The reality is that this photo was taken by Robert Ben Rhoades, who had kidnapped her, and would later murder her.
Family Portrait with Their Assassin
Manila city councilman Reynaldo Dagsa was taking a New Year's Eve photo of his family. When he snapped the shot, he didn't notice the man on the left, aiming a gun at him; he was murdered where he stood. The killer was Michael Gonzalez, whom Dagsa had previous sent away to prison for stealing cars.
The Last-Known Photo of James Bulger
This security camera shot shows what looks to be a couple of young boys escorting an even younger kid. This happens to be the last-known picture of James Bulger, a three-year old who was abducted from a mall. Later, the two 10-year old boys would torture and murder Bulger. The boys were convicted of murder and became the youngest convicted murderers of the 20th century.