10 Haunting Photos With Even More Disturbing Backstories

These spooky pictures have disturbing backstories...

1. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux


In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux were poor and on the verge of eviction. The mother sold her five children to separate homes within two years of that photograph. Just a few years ago, the children found each other and told their sad stories.

2. The Great Famine


The Russian famine of 1921-22 left millions without food. At least 5 million Russians died of hunger and disease. As it worsened, accounts of cannibalism, murder and black market trade of human flesh started.

Historians have confirmed 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 photo includes presumed cannibals of that time.

3. Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos


This is a before and after picture of an odd and brutal case of the lovely Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. Maria was a sick young lady whose doctor fell in love with her. Carl Tanzler was a German radiologist who operated at the US Marine Hospital in Key West, Florida.

He developed an infatuation 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 cadaver wearing a wax-made death mask.

4. The Swedish School Killer


In 2015, a 21-year-old man attacked members of a school in Sweden. He stabbed two teachers and two students. Before resuming his sword attack, he stopped to pose for pictures with students. The girl who took the picture stated that they believed it was a Halloween prank.

5. Omayra Sánchez


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 took out an entire town. The 13-year-old girl in the photo was photographed just hours before her death.

After 3 days of being trapped beneath the debris of her own house, photojournalist Frank Fournier took the picture. On her final night alive, and after holding on for over 60 hours, she started to hallucinate. Her face swelled, her eyes turned dark red, and her hands turned white.

6. Mr. And Mrs. Thomas


In 1947, this married couple took their two kids to the Hansen Dam for a Sunday cookout. Their children Raymond, 9, and Patricia, 6, roamed off and vanished. They hunted 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 found. Paul Calvert, the staff photographer for the LA Times, photographed Mrs. Thomas walking away from her drowned six-year-old daughter.

7. Nsala And Boali


A Congolese father sits staring at the severed foot and hand of his five-year-old daughter in 1904. She was killed and supposedly eaten by the members of Anglo-Belgian India Rubber Company militia. Photographer Alice Steeley Harris took this of Nsala as he sat in misery. His daughter, Boali, was murdered along with his wife because of his failure to meet the rubber collection quota.

8. The Einsatzgruppen


The Einsatzgruppen were Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary death squads of Nazi Germany who were responsible for mass killings. Wiesenthal Centre’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, announced the names of 76 men and 4 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 an Einsatzgruppe D soldier waiting to shoot a Jew. He is kneeling in a mass grave in Vinnitsa, the Soviet Union in 1942.

9. Judith Dull


Judith Dull was a striving model who was killed by “The Glamour Girl Killer” Harvey Glatman. Glatman relocated 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 ultimately kill them.

19-year-old Judy was divorced and in a custody battle over her 14-month-old daughter. When she accepted to do the job for $50, she never knew it would be her last. Judy’s body was found about 160ft off of a highway 4 miles west of Indio.

10. The Jonestown Massacre


On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones persuaded all of the members in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit suicide. The “revolutionary suicide” was done by drinking poisoned punch. 918 people died in total that day.