In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux were penniless and on the verge of eviction. The mother sold her five children (including the newborn she was carrying at the time) to different homes within two years of that photograph. Just a few years ago, the children found each other and shared their sad stories.
The Russian famine of 1921-22 left millions without food. At least five million Russians died of starvation and disease. As it worsened, accounts of cannibalism, murder and blackmarket trade of human flesh began. Historians have verified some stories. One woman refused to let her husband's dead body go because she was eating the meat. Parents and siblings ate dead children. This image includes suspected cannibals of that time.
This is a before (left) and after (right) shot of a strange and brutal case of the lovely Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. Maria was a sick young woman whose doctor fell in love with her. Carl Tanzler was a German radiologist who worked at the US Marine Hospital in Key West, Florida. He developed an obsession over his patient. In 1933, two years after her death, he removed her body from its grave. He lived with her corpse for seven years. The "after" shot is Maria's corpse wearing a wax-made death mask.
In 2015, a 21-year-old man attacked members of a school in Sweden. He stabbed two teachers and two students. Before continuing his sword attack, he stopped to pose for pictures with students. The girl who took the picture told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladetthat they believed it to be a Halloween prank.
On November 13, 1985, 23,000 people died due to a volcanic eruption in Columbia. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano caused a landslide of mud and debris that wiped out an entire town. The 13-year-old girl in the picture was photographed just hours before her death. After three days of being trapped beneath debris of her own house, photojournalist Frank Fournier took the photo. On her final night alive, and after holding on for 60 hours, she began to hallucinate. Her face swelled, her eyes turned dark red, and her hands became white.
In 1947, this married couple took their two kids to the Hansen Dam for a Sunday picnic. Their children Raymond, 9, and Patricia, 6, wandered off and disappeared. They searched for hours and still found nothing. The next morning the Chief Lifeguard F.M. Cox found Patricia's body in the reservoir and brought it ashore. Hours later Raymond's lifeless body was discovered. Paul Calvert, staff photographer of the LA Times, photographed Mrs. Thomas walking away from her drowned six-year-old daughter.
A Congolese father sits staring at the severed hand and foot of his five-year-old daughter in 1904. She was killed and allegedly eaten by the members of Anglo-Belgian India Rubber Company militia. Photographer Alice Steeley Harris took this of Nsala as he sat in grief. His daughter, Boali, was killed along with his wife because of his failure to meet the rubber collection quota.
The Einsatzgruppen were Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary death squads of Nazi Germany who were responsible for mass killings. Weiesenthal Centre's top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, revealed the names of 76 men and four women who were a part of the Einsatzgruppen. The US Holocaust Memorial museum reports that this group killed more than a million Soviet Jews and tens of thousands of others by the spring of 1943. This picture shows a Einsatzgruppe D soldier ready to shoot a Jew. He is kneeling in a mass grave in Vinnitsa, Soviet Union in 1942.
Judith Dull was an aspiring model who was killed by "The Glamour Girl Killer" Harvey Glatman. Glatman moved to Los Angeles and posed as a professional photographer in order to lure girls into his hotel room. He would then tie them up, photograph them and eventually kill them. 19-year-old Judy was divorced and in a custody battle over her 14-month-old daughter. When she agreed to do the job for $50, she never knew it would be her last. Judy's body was found about 160 feet off of a highway four miles west of Indio.
On November 18, 1978 Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones convinced all members in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit suicide. The "revolutionary suicide" was done by drinking poisoned punch. 918 people died that day.
This picture was taken of Regina Kay by her killer, Robert Ben Rhoades. He was a truck driver who would pick up hitchhikers, prostitutes and runaways to torture, rape and sometimes kill them. Just like Regina's case, Rhoades would cut off his female victims' hair, shave them and then photograph them. Regina's body was found in a barn in Illinois. In 1992 Rhoades admitted to her murder and was sentenced to life without parole.
Photography student Robert Wiles rushed to the scene of this suicide to photograph Evelyn McHale. Not much is known about her personal life. Just before the 23-year-old left this world, she wrote a letter, but crossed out this portion: "My fiancé asked me to marry him in June. I don't think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me."
This story begins in 2005 on New Year's Day. On a cold foggy night, a girl named Masha went out with a group of friends. The friends wandered into the Odessa catacombs. Eventually her friends left the catacombs, leaving her behind. Masha never made it out alive. Four months later, a body was found in the catacombs. Kostya Pugovkin took the body out himself, two years later. A DNA test was ordered, but wasn't a match with Masha's. No one knows what happened to her, and no one can confirm who the body in the picture is.