10 Innocent Photos with Creepy Backstories – Part 2

Photos only provide a single frame in the timeline of someone’s life. A lot of pictures are intentionally shot creepy by the photographer. But really makes a photo creepy? Is it the photo itself or the bizarre story behind the photos? Today let’s unravel 10 photos that look totally normal at first glance, but the story behind them is what will make your hair stand on end.

1Jolee Callan

The story behind this photo is scary because of how normal it seems. This was the last picture taken of 18-year-old Jolee Callan before her boyfriend shot her twice in the head and pushed her body off the same cliff in the photo. Loren Bunner had only recently been dumped by his 18-year-old girlfriend, Jolee Callan, when he invited her to go hiking the Pinhoti Trail, Alabama, with him in August 2017.

He shared several photos of Jolee riding in his car, and looking out from the trail during the hike. It would be the last time anyone would see her alive. Hauntingly, she had texted a friend before the hike saying:  ‘If something happens to me, you’ll know who I was with.’ Jolee was shot twice, once in the back of the head and then again between the eyes, before being pushed backpack and all over a sheer 12 meter ledge.


2Omayra Sanchez Garzon

The above photo is of Omayra Sánchez Garzón. She was a 13-year-old Colombian girl who was killed in Tolima, Colombia by the 1985 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Volcanic debris mixed with ice to form massive landslides that rushed into the river valleys below the mountain, killing nearly 23,000 people and destroying 14 villages.

After a landslide demolished her home, Sánchez was pinned beneath the debris of her house, where she remained trapped in water for three days. Her plight was documented as she descended from calmness into agony. Her courage and dignity touched journalists and relief workers, who put great efforts into comforting her. After 60 hours of struggling, she died, likely as a result of either gangrene or hypothermia.


3Students

Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon were Dutch students who disappeared shortly after April 1, 2014, while hiking in Panama. A few weeks later their remains were found, just bone fragments and a few of their equipment. There was a camera along with their belongings. The camera contained photos from April 1 suggesting that the women had taken a trail and wandered into some wilderness hours before their first attempt to reach 911, but with no sign of anything unusual. On April 8, 90 flash photos were taken between 01:00 and 04:00, apparently deep in the jungle and in near-complete darkness. A few photos show that they were possibly near a river or a ravine. Some show a twig with plastic bags and candy wrappers on top of a rock, another shows what looks like toilet paper and a mirror on another rock, and another shows the back of Kremers’s head with what looks like blood by her temple.

Two months later, closer to where the backpack was discovered, a pelvis and a boot with a foot inside were found. Soon at least 33 widely scattered bones were discovered along the same river bank. DNA testing confirmed they belonged to Froon and Kremers. Froon’s bones still had some skin attached to them, but Kremers’s bones appeared to have been bleached. What really happened to them is still unclear. What’s creepy is that when those last photos were taken, the girls (or girl) were cold, alone and scared trapped in a forest at night.


4Elephant’s Foot

This picture looks like a typical photo from an abandoned building, but it’s not. The person is photographing the Chernobyl monster. A monster was born during the Chernobyl disaster. Lurking in the depths of the reactor ruins, this monster was one of the most dangerous things in the world. In the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, spending 300 seconds in its presence would bring certain death. Even today, it radiates heat and death, though its power has weakened.

After the nuclear fires were finally controlled that day, workers scrambled to contain the invisible dangers of the failed Chernobyl core. The concrete beneath the reactor was steaming hot, and was breached by solidified lava and spectacular unknown crystalline forms termed “chernobylites”.  With the help of a remote camera, an intensely radioactive mass was found in the basement of Unit 4, more than two meters wide and weighing hundreds of tons, which they called “the Elephant’s Foot” for its wrinkled appearance.

It was 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. In 1986 the radiation level on the ”Elephant’s Foot” was measured at 10,000 roentgens per hour, and 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 the body cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. At 300 seconds you would have two days to live.


5The Porco Case

These pictures look like a son escorting his mother, but there is something very sinister behind this image. The man in the photos is Christopher Porco who was convicted in 2006 of second-degree murder in the death of his father, Peter Porco, and second-degree attempted murder in the severe wounding and disfigurement of his mother, Joan Porco, in Bethlehem, New York.

This is Mr. and Mrs. Porco. During the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004, their son Chris Porco brutally butchered them with an ax while they slept and were left for dead.

Mr. Porco sustained 16 heavy blows to the head with an ax which penetrated his skull and took off his jaw. Despite his injuries, Peter Porco got up in the morning and began his day like nothing ever happened. He was completely unaware he was suffering from profound shock or that his wife was bleeding to death in his bed, probably due to brain injury.

He used the bathroom and spent some time at the sink, spraying blood on walls and hand prints on doorways as he made his way through the house. Eventually, he made his way downstairs to the kitchen. He loaded the dishwasher, packed his lunch and even signed the checks to pay for his (killer) son’s parking tickets. There was evidence that Peter walked outside to get the newspaper and locked himself out of the house. He was cognitive enough to remember the hidden key under the potted plant and let himself back in. Finally, death took over and he fell face forward in the foyer leaving a macabre scene for police.

Joan Porco, however, survived and still maintains that her son is innocent of the charges. Chris Porco lived with his mom during the trial and walked her to court every day until he was convicted on all counts.


6Happy Father

It looks like just an ordinary photo of a father happy to see his daughter graduate. However, the guy on the left is Dennis Rader AKA the BTK Killer, who killed 10 people over the span of about 25 years, all the while being a beloved member of his community. He was a security system technician, a Cub Scout leader, a church president, a city worker, a happily married father of two and a sadistic serial killer.

Dennis Rader at his daughter Kerri’s wedding on July 26, 2003.

His kills were spread over 25 years because he took a break due to the person on his right. He stopped killing when he had kids to take care of and went back to it when they moved out. Being a security system technician, many of his clients booked him to install a security system in order to stop BTK from entering their homes, unaware that BTK himself was installing them. Once while he was at the Wichita courthouse to get his City Inspector Badge, Dennis Rader was given a tour of the war room for the BTK Killer who the police were investigating.


7Footprints

This photo captures the final footprints of a 4-year-old girl that drowned in the pond pictured. According to the coroner’s report, Naomi Grace Delgado fell into the pond in Northern Colorado around 5 p.m. and was found sometime later. The pond is situated a couple of steps down a sloped hill from a playground.

Parks and Recreation director of the area said that most bodies of water near parks, playgrounds and recreation areas are not fenced. He urged the public to not leave children unattended at parks or playgrounds, particularly those near water.


8Tereszka

This picture is of a girl named Tereszka who grew up in a Nazi concentration camp and lived in a “Home for Disturbed Children” after the war, where this photo was taken. This is what she drew when she was asked to draw “Home”. There’s something really disquieting, almost feral, about her facial expression as she draws this horrible, endless tunnel of chaotic lines. You can see how deranged the expression is when the two sides of her face are mirrored. Warning, this stuff always seems to freak people out.


9Regina Walters

The girl in this photo seems to be giving a bizarre pose but nothing else seems to be creepy. In reality, the story behind this photo is far more sinister. This is the picture of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters who along with her boyfriend was taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades.

Both of them were runaway teenagers from the Houston suburb of Pasadena, Texas, who were picked up by Rhoades. Her boyfriend was killed and disposed of while Walters was kept.

These photos were taken in an abandoned Illinois barn, where Rhoades killed Walters after cutting off her hair and making her wear a black dress and heels. Photos seized during a search of Rhoades’ home confirmed that he held Walters for a long time, based on the degree of hair growth and bruising. Rhoades was eventually captured and in 1994 he was convicted of the first-degree murder of Regina Kay Walters and sentenced to life without parole.

What’s even creepier about this case is that father of the serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades had killed himself in 1986 after he was charged with fondling a 14-year-old girl.


10Class Picture

Looks like a normal class picture and yeah it is a normal class picture. This is the class of 99′ from Columbine High School. If you look closely at the image, in the far top left corner some kids are pointing pretend guns at the camera. Two of them are Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who were the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, shortly after this photo was taken. They murdered 12 students and one teacher, injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then subsequently committed suicide.

In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved several improvised explosive devices, including tossing pipe bombs and carbon dioxide cartridges filled with gunpowder, Molotov cocktails, propane bombs placed in the cafeteria, car bombs, and bombs to divert firefighters. The pair hoped that, after setting off the cafeteria bombs at the busiest time of day, killing hundreds of students, they would shoot the fleeing survivors. Then as police, media and first responders came to the school, the car bombs would explode in the parking lot. This did not happen since the bombs in the cafeteria and cars failed to detonate. Their precise motives remain unclear, but the personal journals of the perpetrators document that they wished their actions to rival the Oklahoma City bombing.

1 COMMENT

  1. The Columbine shooters made their motives abundantly clear! Do not try to claim otherwise! They hated Christians, and targeted them. They believed in evolution, and targeted darker skinned people as a result of believing them to be “lesser”.
    You can find footage online confirming this.

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