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This isn’t a movie, this stuff actually happened and it’s creepy as hell.

This photo taken by Robert C. Wiles was published as a full-page image in the May 12th, 1947 issue of Life Magazine with the caption: “At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier, her falling body punched into the top of a car”. Evelyn McHale is probably the most famous Empire State Building suicide victim. The young and beautiful Evelyn leaped from the 86th-floor observatory in 1947 and landed on the roof of a United Nations limousine parked on the street below. Her calmly elegant demeanor, her legs crossed at the ankles, the way the car’s metal folded like sheets and framed her head and arms—perhaps these were the reasons that McHale’s death was given its title as “the most beautiful suicide.” When she died, she was still wearing her pearls and white gloves.

This photo was taken in front of the Genesee Hotel that stood on the corner of Genesee and Pearl Streets in downtown Buffalo (more on the building a little later on).  It shows a woman named Mary Miller falling to her death after jumping from an eighth story window.  Captured just a fraction of a second before Miller’s violent end, the photo made headlines and became well-known nationally after it was reprinted in Life magazine a few weeks after the incident.

The mummified heart of Auguste Delagrange,a purported Vampire. After being accused of killing over 40 people at the turn of the last century,he was finally killed in 1912. They even pierced his heart with a stake.

Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was cheerful and without a care when he first met photographer Alfed Eisenstaedt in September 1933, but when he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish, his expression turned cold and chilling.

This Australian diver never thought he would capture the lifeless body of Tina Watson behind him. Tina Watson, a 26-year-old American from Helena, Alabama was scuba diving on her honeymoon with her new husband David Gabriel Watson when he drowned her. The coroner’s report found “that Watson likely killed his 26-year-old wife by turning off her air supply and holding her in an “underwater bear hug” until she was dead”.

A Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Budd Dwyer called a news conference in  in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg before he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver. Reporters were led to believe that they were there to see Dwyer announce his resignation from office. Instead, Dwyer gave his three staffers each an envelope, one containing a suicide note for his wife, an organ donor card and a letter addressed to then-Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey and then proceeded to pull the gun out of the envelope, opened his mouth and pulled the trigger.

The “Elephant’s Foot” is a solid mass made of melted nuclear fuel mixed with lots and lots of concrete, sand, and core sealing material that the fuel had melted through. It is located in a basement area under the original location of the core. In 1986 the radiation level on the ”Elephants Foot” was measured at 10,000 roentgens per hour, anyone who approached would have received a fatal dose in under a minute. After just 30 seconds of exposure, dizziness and fatigue will find you a week later. Two minutes of exposure and your cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. 300 seconds and you have two days to live.

Following an anonymous tip, police enter a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, an exclusive suburb of San Diego, California, and discover 39 victims of a mass suicide. The deceased–21 women and 18 men of varying ages–were all found lying peaceably in matching dark clothes and Nike sneakers and had no noticeable signs of blood or trauma. It was later revealed that the men and women were members of the “Heaven’s Gate” religious cult, whose leaders preached that suicide would allow them to leave their bodily “containers” and enter an alien spacecraft hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed about 250.000 people and became the most dreadful slaughter of civilians in modern history. But while the bombs vaporized people in a matter of moments, the weapons also etched a permanent memory of those who were killed. Nuclear shadows became imprinted on the grounds where people stood when the dead bodies acted as a form of nuclear sunblock.

In December 1966, the remains of the body of 92-year-old Dr. J. Irvin­g Bentley was discovered in his Pennsylvania home by a meter reader.  Dr. Bentley’s leg and slippered foot were found while the rest of his body had been burned to ashes from an internal chemical reaction.  It used to be believed in some circles that Bentley’s death was caused by spontaneous human combustion, but in recent years science has determined that the victims probably died near an open flame in an enclosed area, subjecting them to something called a “slow wick effect” where the body burns slowly over several hours, finally reducing to ash — the fire, contained by the enclosed space and the lack of oxygen, doesn’t spread.

A photo of Loana aka the “Bloodthirster.” She was believed to have died in 1909 due to drinking her own blood. The 27-year-old spent two days drinking continually from a Communion Glass and her cause of death was ruled “ritual suicide” by “purposeful ingesting of large quantities of her own blood.”

Thousands of disturbed children were cared for after being liberated from the Warsaw Nazi concentration camps. Captioned with “children’s wounds are not all outward”, this photo shows Polish girl named Tereska who was asked to make a picture of her home. She produced this representation of her confused mind.

“Jonestown” was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project formed by the Peoples Temple, an American religious organization under the leadership of Jim Jones, in north western Guyana. Formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the mid-1950s, Jonestown was formed as a socialist utopia. Alas in 1978, Jim Jones lead hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune. 909 people ingested a poison-laced punch, a third of those being children.

A freelance photographer captured the image Monday after someone shoved the man, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han, from a subway platform near Times Square. Seconds after photographer R. Umar Abbasi captured the images, the train fatally struck Ki. He died at a New York Hospital, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

Mohammad Al Chaar (16) was killed in the car bomb explosion. Friends said Shaar was out in downtown celebrating the end of the school semester, having coffee with his buddies at a Starbucks before strolling through downtown to the Starco building. There, the group of friends in Beirut, Lebanon snapped this selfie before a car bomb explosion that would occur moments after.

This is the corpse of a woman who became lost in The Odessa Catacombs in Ukraine and wandered in the pitch blackness until she died.  She was missing for over two years before he body was found.

 

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  • Shane

    I am not judging the photographer, because I am sure the event was very circumstantial, but you would think that the first reaction to a man pushed onto a subway track would be to pull him up, not take a picture. Just saying.