You know how sometimes, you witness something so strangely random you think no one will ever believe you when you tell them what happened? Well, here are people who’ve actually been able to document those unbelievable moments and post them online!
It remains a mystery whether or not the photo was real or fake. The guy survived the selfie. But really, who would be that careless with their life?
Jared Michael did not necessarily think this plan through. In an attempt to get a selfie standing in front of a moving train, he put himself directly into harm’s way. He decided to position himself on the tracks, directly into the path of the moving train. However, Jared should be thanking his lucky stars for what happened next…
Jared Michael is counted as one of the lucky ones in this compilation. The train conductor saw Jared ahead of time. He was, in fact, able to stick his foot out of the running train and kick Jared away from the train tracks. Such moments are when you learn valuable life lessons.
The train in the photo moves next to the routes of Peru Rail, which travel from Cusco (and other small destinations) to Machu Picchu. Luckily for the survivor, the train moves at an extremely low pace and that is the reason the train conductor was able to save the guy.
In this photo, you can see 15-year-old Gary Slok and his mother headed for a vacation. Only three hours after this cheerful photo, their airplane, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, was struck by a missile. All 296 travelers and crew members were killed. It was not the holiday Gary and his mom were looking forward to.
This horrific incident took place on July 17th, 2014, as the plane was crossing the skies of the eastern region of Ukraine.
The Wedding That Was Just Not Meant to Be
The bride to be, Collette Moreno (left), and her best friend, Ashley Theobald (right) were heading to Missouri for Moreno’s bachelorette party when they took this picture. Unfortunately, just minutes after this photo was taken they got in a horrible car accident which Moreno didn’t survive the collision.
Collette was taken to a hospital in California where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. Theobald was driving the car and during her attempt to pass another car, she crashed into it. They never made it to the wedding.
Calm After the Storm
This is photograph was taken after September 11th, 2001. This image is not only a reminder of the September 11th attack but can also symbolize the strength of the American people that helps them to endure tough times.
The 9/11 attacks claimed around 3000 lives and left more than 6000 injured. Al-Qaeda was the terrorist group behind the attack. Besides the lost lives, there was property damage amounting to over $10 billion.
A Cloud of Ashes
On May 18th, 1980, Jim Hobson (19 years old) and his pals were water skiing at Saddle Dam Park. There were not aware that Mt. St. Helens was going to erupt nearby. The upsurge ensued after many earthquakes in succession around the region and is believed to the most destructive volcanic outbreak in 100 years. Luckily, the lads escaped unhurt from the accident and even carried on skiing while gazing at the eruption awe-struck; the boys were not harmed, but 57 people were killed during that calamity.
Jim Hobson along with his friends – Dave Pritchard, Ralph Morgan, and Robert Morgan – were camping at Saddle Dam Park’s Yale Reservoir when they witnessed the eruption.
Oblivious to Approaching Danger
Essa Ricker, Kelsea Webster, and Savannah Webster were busy taking selfies in the vicinity of a train route in Utah’s Spanish Fork Canyon. The threesome was so caught up attempting to take a picture near a running train that they failed to notice the other train coming from the opposite direction. Regardless of the conductors blowing the train’s horn, the ladies seemed unaware and were hit head-on, resulting in their death.
It was reported that the girls did not hear the horns of the oncoming train because the vehicle’s headlights formed a halo in their last selfie.
The Fatal Selfie
Several people have gone crazy extents to snap a wild selfie and at times it goes all wrong. Anna Ursu, 18 years old, from Romania, caught fire after she unintentionally contacted a live wire while attempting to take a selfie atop a train. The above cables transmitted 27,000 volts into Anna. Later, at the hospital, she succumbed to her burns that covered half her body.
Anna was accompanied by her friend on top of the train who came in contact with the electric field. Her friend fell off the train due to the current’s strong force and was taken to St Maria Hospital for recovery.
Last Smile Before the Catastrophic Flight
Anna Sergeeva was a 25-year-old beautician, heading for a holiday. She reserved a last-minute trip to the town of Rostov-on-Don, a place where she had resided before moving to UAE for employment in the beauty industry. The picture here is a selfie Anna took prior to the flight taking off. Sadly, it was to be her final one. Flight FZ981 hurtled in South Russia slaying all 62 travelers and crew executives on board.
The investigating agencies concluded that the crash happened due to technical difficulties, human error, and rough weather conditions on the day of the flight.
John Lennon's Infamous Death
Seen here is the renowned Beatle member, John Lennon, as he gives autographs to fans out of his New York City apartment building. The other man besides John is Mark David Chapman, who fired shots and murdered the icon only a few minutes after this photo was taken. It is considered one of the most unforgettable assassinations in history.
John Lennon was assassinated on 8th December 1980, after he returned home from Record Plant Studio accompanied by his wife, Yoko Ono.
David Sanders was a pupil at Columbine High School at the time of the Columbine shooting. The 1999 mass shooting was executed by two troubled senior students. Sanders is seen in a still photo here as he alerts fellow students that there are armed men running amok. Promptly after this photo was taken, he rushed into the halls where he was shot at by the psychopaths.
This tragic incident took place on April 20th, 1999 at Columbine in Jefferson County. Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold were the killers who murdered 13 people and injured 24 others.
The Mysterious Tale of Amelia Earhart
During 2017, a picture was found inside the National Archives. This specific photograph holds significance because it shows lost aviator, Amelia Earhart, and seemingly, suggests that it was snapped after the collision. This indicates that she primarily must have survived the accident, her fate remains unknown as she was not seen alive again by the ones searching for her. The image, though captivating, does not hold answers to her disappearance.
Amelia Earhart is most popularly known to be the first female aviation pilot to traverse solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For this feat, she was awarded the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. She was declared dead in absentia after she disappeared on July 2nd, 1937 at the age of 41.
The Combat Photographer's Killer Shot
Life as a combat photojournalist entails endangering your life every day. Army Veteran Hilda Clayton was on duty in Afghanistan, reporting a live-fire training session during July 2013. Though something misfired during the program and a mortar tube detonated unexpectedly. Clayton was killed only seconds post snapping this picture, together with four warriors of the Afghan National Army.
Hilda was from Puerto Rico and was only 22 years of age when she was killed during the mortar explosion.
The Attack That Targeted the LGBT Community
A queer hangout in Orlando, Florida was invaded on June 12th, 2016, by Omar Mateen, who fired gunshots at the guests. The shoot-out became the ghastliest mass shooting by a sole shooter and the bloodiest incident against the LGBT community. The shooting went on for three hours, as Mateen mercilessly executed the victims armed with a Sig Sauer MCFX gun and a Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic gun that can shoot 17 rounds. The survivors were kept as hostages through the confrontation with the police. Minutes before, and during the assault, victims snapped pictures and messaged their loved ones. Amanda Alvera was a victim of the violent act. She filmed videos and put them on Snapchat when the initial shots were being fired. When officials first retorted to the ghastly scene, they screamed out this poignant line, “If you’re alive, raise your hand.”
Omar Mateen was killed by police forces after he killed 49 people and wounded 53 others during his killing spree.
The Devastating Ferry Accident
Over 300 persons, the majority of them were high school pupils, died as a result of the sinking of the Sewol ferry on April 16th, 2014. The ferry was found to be overfull and architecturally flawed. Prior to the boat overturning and sinking, the pupils filmed videos and messaged their parents. The crew had guided the worried students to remain in their rooms while they were packed with water. Some were kidding around, unaware of how grave the situation was becoming. Here is an image from a video that a pupil was taking when the ferry was already full of water.
The government was held responsible for South Korea’s boat tragedy that was one of the most traumatic maritime accidents of all time. Lack of security measures and poor rescue work were the reasons given.
The Plane Crash That Took the Whole Team
It was quite a tragedy for the sports community during November 2016. A Brazilian-based football team, Atletico Chapecoense, was going to a championship match in Medellin, Colombia. They booked a chartered airplane and snapped this picture in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they were laid off, prior to embarking on their concluding flight. Many other team members eagerly posted their images on social media accounts prior to taking off. They would never be heard of again. The captain called the emergency room, stating electricity outage. Soon after, the airplane hurtled into the mountains, taking out 71 people. Initially, there were 6 survivors, but subsequently, one more player succumbed to injuries at the medical center.
This accident occurred as a result of extremely low fuel levels and delayed emergency landing. In all, the flight was poorly planned.
The Deadly Air Disaster
On Jan 7, 2012, a hot air balloon hit a high voltage electricity chord and viciously burst into flames when trying to make a landing. It hurtled towards the north of New Zealand city, Carterton, executing 10 travelers along with the pilot. It was the deadliest air catastrophe to take place in New Zealand since the year 1963.
The accident occurred due to an error of judgment on the pilot’s part; he was found to be under the influence of cannabis at the time of the tragic event.
The Guitarist's Last Performance
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as “Dimebag Darrell”, was the song composer and guitar player of the metal group Pantera. During a show on December 8th, 2004, show, Marine Nathan Gale rushed to the stage and lethally shot Dimebag Darrell. He murdered three others as well. Fans performed CPR on the much-loved guitarist, but the damage had been done and he was declared dead on the arena.
Darrell was 38 years old when he was killed when performing on stage at Columbus in Ohio in the United States.
The Assassination That Sparked Controversy
On Nov 22nd, 1963, a convoy was ferrying President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and they were going to Dallas. This is the last photo snapped of JFK while he was living. He was hit by gunshots and murdered by assassin Harvey Lee Oswald, who was stationed at the school book archive building, after a couple of minutes.
As the motorcade was passing through Dealey Plaza, the President was murdered. Kennedy died from 2 gunshots in the upper part of his body. It was reported that Oswald acted on his own, but conspiracy theorists believe he had allies.
James Dean's Tragic Fate
This was the final picture snapped of renowned, Hollywood idol, James Dean. He is fleetingly seen at a Petrol pump along with his Porsche 550 Spyder in 1955. This image was taken a few hours prior to his deadly car collision in that same automobile. The wrecked car strangely vanished in 1960 from a shipment crate after being seen in a safe at a driving show.
The car accident occurred at Cholame, California, United States when Dean was 24 years of age.
The Assassination That Started WWI
Here is an image of Archduke Franz Ferland of the Austro-Hungarian throne with his spouse, Sophie, who was the Countess of Hohenberg. They are seen here in Sarajevo as on June 28th, 1914, moments prior to being slain. Their assassination resulted in Serbia’s ally partners to proclaim war on each other, triggering the start of World War 1.
Getty ImagesThe objective of the assassinations was to separate the South Slav provinces of Austria-Hungary so they could be integrated with Yugoslavia.
Engineering Students Face Adversity
In the year 2014, 24 engineering pupils from India were working by a Larji hydroelectric project, when surprisingly it discharged a large quantity of water upriver from them. This team photo was snapped before the flooding incident.
The students drowned on 8th June 2014 and were from V.N.R. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology of Hyderabad, located at the Beas River in India’s Himachal Pradesh state. Also, one tour operator was killed in the incident. Bihari Lal is the man who shot the video of the drowning episode.
On Their Way to the Top of the World
This image captures voyagers, George Mallory, and Sandy Irvine, as they attempted to ascend Mount Everest during 1924. Alas for them, this was their final picture prior to dying. It is not known until today, whether they managed to arrive at the highland’s apex before their deaths.
According to reports, the duo died because they were stuck in a cruel snowstorm and also, there was also a dip in barometric pressure around the peak of Mount Everest.
Inmate Quarrel Ends in Death
In the year 2010, an Australian man by the name of Carl Williams was in jail as part of his 35-year prison term for slaying three people and preparing to assassinate a fourth. During April in the same year, he was clobbered to death by another co-prisoner, who utilized a metal plate from an exercise bike. This surveillance image captures one of William’s final moments of life.
Carl Williams’ killer was Matthew Charles Johnson. At HM Prison Barwon in Geelong in Victoria in Australia, on April 24th, 2010, the incident took place. Carl died on 19th April 2010, at the age of 39.
Tragedy on the Movie Set
Through the 1982 shooting of Twilight Zone: The Movie, an untoward helicopter mishap lead to the death of Vic Morrow and two adolescent actors six more injured. The whole scene was shot on camera and resulted in a revamp of the movie interest legislation. This image captures the moment right before Morrow was executed. Film Director John Landis and many other executives of the production squad incorporating explosives expert Paul Stewart were sued on murder counts. They were later freed. The actors’ family members had an out-of-court settlement amounting to millions of dollars from civil suit proceedings.
The photo was taken at a place called Indian Dunes, which is near Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, United States. The two child actors who were killed due to the accident were Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shinn Chen, who were 7 years old and 6 years old respectively.
Calamity at the Grand Canyon
Through the 1982 shooting of Twilight Zone: The Movie, an untoward helicopter mishap lead to the death of Vic Morrow and two adolescent actors. Six more additional helicopter farers were bruised. The whole scene was shot on camera and resulted in a revamp of the movie interest legislation. This image captures the moment right before Morrow was executed. Film Director John Landis and many other executives of the production squad incorporating explosives expert Paul Stewart were sued on murder counts. They were later freed. The actors’ family members had an out-of-court settlement amounting to millions of dollars from civil suit proceedings.
A tourist named Colleen Burns of Orlando was visiting the Grand Canyon with friends in 2016. She moved to the side of a trail to allow another hiker to pass, slipped and plummeted 400 feet to her death. Burns had posted this happy photo to Instagram just hours before her fatal accident.
Reckless Behavior Leads to Car Crash
There are many appalling selfies in this compilation. In this image, 32 years old Courtney Ann Sanford, smirks as she faces the camera in a selfie she put up on Facebook when driving. Preoccupied, she bridged the median and died in a dreadful car mishap. The slogan posted along with this image? “The happy song makes me HAPPY!”
On April 24, 2014, Courtney died when her car collided with a truck. Consequently, her car hit a tree and caught fire. At the time of her death, she was employed with Maxim Health Care Services.
The Last Time With Their Father
Sep 10th, 2001: James Joseph Kelly and his two sons went for a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. The game was called off due to heavy rains, but the three enjoyed themselves even then. Terribly, Kelly died the following day on in the terror acts on the World Trade Center.
James Joseph Kelly was employed as a Bond Broker with Cantor Fitzgerald and was stationed at the 105th floor of the World Trade Center.
Caught In a War
In this picture, we can see a regular, joyful gang of friends as they are hanging out in metropolitan Beirut. But, the tragedy that hit soon after taking this photo is hard to believe. A couple of minutes afterward, a bomb went off among the mob and slew the 16-year old teenager sporting a red-colored hoodie, Mohammed Shaar.
Mohammad was 16 years and of Lebanese origin when he died due to a car bomb that led to the killing of a renowned politician.
Their Last Selfie
In this poignant 2012 image, the Latin-American pop icon, Jenni Rivera, is captured playing it up for the camera aboard a flight, surrounded by her lawyer, press representative, cosmetologist, and fashion designer. Soon after this joyful image was put up on Instagram, the aircraft hurtled. No one on the flight survived the crash.
Jenni Rivera was reportedly murdered as per the orders of Drug Lord, El Chapo, as the singer was prohibited to stage a performance in Monterrey, Mexico, where she gave her last performance before dying.
The Devastating Death of the Princess of Wales
On Aug 31st, 1997, Princess Diana died in a car collision as her driver attempted to dodge unyielding celebrity photographers. The mishap also gravely bruised her boyfriend Dodi Fayed along with the car’s driver, Henri Paul. The whole world was shocked by the heartbreaking news. This is the final image of Diana prior to the wreckage, as she is seen looking behind and away from the camera’s lens.
Many people dubbed Princess Diana’s death to be murder as there were many reports that suggested the same. It was believed that she was pregnant with Dodi’s child at the time of her death.
Facebook Live Suicide
In the year 2013, Gabriela Hernández Guerra was torn about the breakup of an internet-based relationship. In her misery, she put up this perturbing image of hers with the message “ Goodbye to all, I don’t have anything now, I don’t have anything. Julio, I love you, never forget it. I am leaving with a smile because you made me very happy while this lasted. To my family, I ask for your forgiveness. Love, Gabi”. Thereafter, she ended her life.
In Mexico, on 8th Nov 2013, Gabriela committed suicide following her split from her boyfriend, who resided in a different country.
Last Embrace at the Face of Death
During 2013, a fire started atop a wind energy facility – 67-meter in length - in Holland. Alas, two engineers, aged 19 and 21 years old, were confined at the crest. This tear-jerking image captures them hugging as they anticipate their unfortunate deaths. Two of their colleagues escaped the catastrophic event.
Unconfirmed reports suggested that a short circuit caused the fire that led to the deaths of the two trapped engineers on the wind turbine. Also, the lack of security measured triggered the incident, it was suggested.
The Pregnant Mother's Life Was Not Spared
Sharon Tate was a popular female actor and model during the 1960s. She along with her director spouse, Roman Polanski, were a fortnight from the delivery date of their first child when she was mercilessly killed by associates of the notorious “Manson Family” sect, as guided by Charles Manson. Four others were slain in the assault. This picture was taken a little before that doomed and ill-fated night.
The Tate Murders took the lives of 5 innocent people at the hands of four members of the Manson Family who invaded Sharon and Roman’s house at Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. Polanski was not in the house at the time of the murders as he was in Europe shooting a film.
The Daredevil's Fatal Failure
Circus celebrity and noted tight-rope walker, Karl Wallenda, was a real adventurer and often performed stunts without a safety net. During 1978, at the age of 73 years, he attempted to walk 121 feet over the ground level, amid two hotel buildings in Puerto Rico. Sadly, he was unable to accomplish his stunt. He fell off the rope and died. The mishap was filmed and the spectators were traumatized.
Karl Wallenda was Heartthrob Nik Wallenda’s great-grandfather. Karl fell to his death on March 22nd, 1978, in San Juan, Peurto Rico.
Motorcycle Ride Claims Life of Young Artists
Reggaeton musician Ramon Gonzalez, more popularly known to his fanbase as- Jadiel, died in Rochester, N.Y. while riding a motorbike. He was only 27 years old. This was the final picture that he posted on Instagram – suggesting that he was a safe rider who wore both a face shield and a helmet. Unfortunately, the protective gear was not enough to save him from the crash.
Ramon Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico and died as a result of a car colliding with his motorcycle on Route 104 in the vicinity of Rochester’s Maplewood Park.
Depression Took the Best of Him
Ian Curtis was the lyricist and vocalist for Joy Division, a popular punk orchestra during the end 1970s and beginning 1980s. Curtis suffered from depression and epileptic fits for a large part of his life, and his anguish was palpable in his compositions. Curtis is seen here with his newborn daughter Natalie, only a couple of days before he committed suicide at the tender age of 23 years.
Ian Curtis was found hanging in his Manchester kitchen on May 18, 1980.
Like a Scene From a Halloween Movie
This picture is simply spooky! We can see British pupil, Meredith Kercher, dressed in costume at a Halloween bash, near somebody sporting a blood-oozing mask. In the ensuing evening, she was mercilessly slain in a criminal act that was akin to a Halloween horror film set. Initially, her roommate Amanda Knox was detained for the felony. Subsequently, the inquisitors seized evidence that suggested 24-year old Rudy Guede murdered and sexually assaulted the victim, but several people thought American-based foreign exchange pupil, Amanda Knox, was the one responsible for the gruesome death.
Meredith died on 1st November 2007, aged 21 years, in Perugia, Italy. The blood-covered fingerprints found at the murder scene were of Rudy Guede and hence, she was prosecuted.
The Man Who Fell From Space
Russian astronaut, Vladimir Komarov, was the first Soviet citizen to venture into deep space on more than one occasion, and is the first person to die on a space expedition – he expired when the Soyuz 1 space vehicle hurtled after rebounding on April 24, 1967, due to a parachute malfunction. Nonetheless, because he died when the vehicle hit the ground, he is not believed to be the first human casualty in the infinite space. Here the burnt remains of Komarov are being scrutinized by Soviet executives through his open-casket funeral. Just a piece of his heel bone survived the collision.
A detailed account of the 1967 incident pertaining to Komarov’s death is provided in the book ‘Starman’ that was published in 2011. The book’s authors are Piers Bizony and Jamie Doran.
Don't Play With Guns
A youthful lad called Oscar Otero Aguilar was excessively drinking with his pals one night in 2014. He chose poorly when drunk and thought of taking a photo of himself clutching a gun to his head, meaning to post the selfie on Facebook as his profile photo. The gun was fired, leaving him dead promptly. The boy was only 21 years old. Here he is seen the night prior to his death.
Oscar did not notice that the gun was loaded when in a drunken state, and he shot himself while drinking at Medero, in the northern part of Mexico City.
The Face Of Horror
This is rather sickening and presumably the most horrendous entry in this compilation. A 14-year old girl from Texas, Reginaina Kay Walters, was held captive by a psycho serial killer, who took pictures of her torturous ordeal. He ultimately assassinated the girl, after chopping off her hair and clothing her in a black-colored dress and heels. She is visibly petrified here. Apparently, her killer was identified as Robert Ben Rhoades, also known as ‘The Truck Serial Killer’, and is in prison to this day. He is believed to have slaughtered more than 50 women, though he only has three official victims.
Robert was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Regina in 1994 and given life imprisonment sans parole at Chester’s Menard Correctional Center in Illinois.
Politics Provoked Violence
Filipino-based politician Reynaldo Dagsa was killed on New Year’s Day of 2011. Here, you get to see that photographer literally seize a picture of the assassin when he took a picture of his family – including his mom, daughter, and spouse. The killer is seen pointing the gun at Dagsa. This image served as crucial evidence in the murder proceedings. Dagsa was just 35 years old when he died.
The assassin, who was identified as Arnel Buenaflor, fired the two shots that killed Dagsa. According to police sources, the suspect wanted revenge against Reynaldo for issuing his arrest orders a year earlier; and was out on bail when he committed the politician’s murder.
A Dangerous Profession
The Brazilian-based Formula One automobile race driver, Ayrton Senna, right before the collision that leads to his death in Italy in during 1994. He is recalled as one of the ace Formula One racers of all generations.
Ayrton Senna was the winner of three Formula One Championships for McLaren during the years 1988, 1990, and 1991. Also, he is considered to be one of the best Formula One drivers that the world has seen.
This impromptu picture was taken right before Biggie Small was hit by gunshots in a drive-by shooting incident at Los Angeles in California. He succumbed to his injuries an hour post the shoot-out.
Biggie Smalls was also known as the Notorious B.I.G. and is counted among one of the best rappers of all time.
The Infamous Hindenburg
During 1937, the German passenger airship called the Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed in New Jersey. 36 people were killed in the accident. This photo shows the airship a little before tragedy struck.
On May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg tragedy took place at Manchester Township in New Jersey in the United States. There were a total of 97 people onboard the aircraft.
Jet Ski Stunt at Niagara Falls
In the year 1995, as part of a righteous cause to spread consciousness for the site, Robert Overacker tried to jet ski across the Niagara Falls. He toppled over and died when his emergency parachute did not open. Herein, he is seen falling into the falls.
Robert was 39 years old at the time of his death that occurred on October 1st, 1995, in front of an audience of 3000 people.
The Lethal Night Club
The 1980s rock squad Great White hosted a reunion party at a nightspot called the Station in the year 2003. Sadly, the club was gutted in the fire, leaving 100 people dead. This picture, seemingly, shows a band member discerning the flares. It is known as one of the most fatal nightclub fires. Both - including Great White’s club owners and tour manager - were put on trial for the fatalities.
The band was playing their opening song ‘Desert Moon’ when the fire broke out. Within a minute, the combustible materials were charred and after 5 minutes, there was black smoke erupting from the club.
The Unsuccessful Take-Off
This photo is of the 2000 Air France Flight 4590 (en route to New York City from Paris) when a fire broke out during takeoff. All 109 passengers aboard were killed. Most of the travelers were heading to New York to take a cruise that was going to Ecuador. This was the sole fatal event ever for the Concorde aircraft. Post this accident, this kind of plane was withdrawn from operations.
On July 25th, 2000, the airplane went over debris when taking off, leading to the malfunctioning of the tires and fuel tank. Subsequently, the engine failed and the plane caught fire and crashed into a hotel near Gonesse.
Domestic Terrorist Caught On Surveillance
In this picture, you can see the local terrorist, Timothy McVeigh, with the rented out a truck that transported the explosives that killed 168 people in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in the commercial part of Oklahoma City. This surveillance image was taken just before the bombs exploded.
The explosion resulted in the deaths of 168 people, and 680 others were injured.
Celebration Followed By Tragedy
Groom, Martin Colquhoun, was left devastated after his beloved mother was killed in a car accident on her way home from his wedding. This was his last picture taken with her. What was supposed to be a joyous occasion to remember, will now mark the day this the unfortunate calamity happened.
Martin’s mom, Mary Baird, was killed as a result of her taxi being hit by a car that was escaping the police. Her killer was Steven Boonie who was speeding in the car that hit the taxi. The incident occurred in November 2015.
This amusing family picture of two brothers (Michael McQuilken, 18 years, on the right, and his brother, Sean, 12 years old, left ) was captured during a camping expedition in 1975, at California’s Sequoia National Park. The duo was hit by lightning right before the photo was taken and luckily, both stayed alive.
Tragically, the younger brother, Sean McQuilken, killed himself in the year 1989. Due to the electric jolt that hit him at such as young age, he suffered from neurological disorders that affected his brain. The elder brother was not afflicted as much as his brain was more developed than his younger sibling
When St. Louis Tragically Lost Its Mayor
William Becker served as the mayor during the years 1941-43. On the fateful day of August 1, 1943, he partook in a demo session for a new airplane. Right after take-off, the plane’s right wing came apart, and all ten passengers met their death. This photo features the crew before taking off.
The glider was being towed by a transport plane for a ride around the city. Promptly after the towing cable was released, the right wing of the plane tore apart and it dived 1500 feet down, resulting in the loss of 15 lives.
The Fatal Selfie
Xenia Ignatyeva, a 17-year-old girl, wished to take a theatrical selfie, and she achieved her goal. Immediately after this picture was taken, she lost her balance, plummeted, and died.
The girl is atop a railway bridge in the photo that was taken on 22nd April 2014; she was struck by 1500 volts during her attempts to clutch live wires after she slipped and fell post taking the selfie.
The First Outbreak
The initial Ebola epidemic, during 1976, led to the death of 280 persons. In this photo, the nurse -Mayinga N’Seka – was captured only days prior to her succumbing to the virus that she had helped eradicate.
Zaire, which is a sovereign state in Africa, witnessed the Ebola outbreak in the year 1976 that claimed Mayinga N’Seka’s life. The state is now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On Their Way to Space
During 1986, the NASA Space Vehicle satellite Challenger burst open only 73 seconds post being launched. All of the seven squad members died. In this photo, they are seen, elatedly, getting ready to board the vehicle only a few hours before.
In 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger broke apart just 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members were killed. Here they are as they joyfully prepare to board the craft just hours earlier.
An Abduction by Unimaginable Suspects
A naïve young lad named James Bulger was kidnapped, tormented and slain by two ten-year-old boys in England in the year 1993. Little James was abducted from a local shopping hub, his kidnapping was recorded in the surveillance cameras.
The boy was only 2 years old when abducted and kidnapped in February 1993. His murderers were Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.
Devastating Subway Accident
Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old father, and husband. He can be seen here only minutes before his premature death. The photo was taken after he was shoved in the face causing him to fall right in front of an approaching train in the subway of New York City. In this photo, we can visibly see this unfortunate man’s doomed fate.
Naeem Davis pushed Hanin in front of the approaching train as a result of a heated argument that ensued between them, in December 2012.
The Heroic Woman in Blue
In this photo you can see Moira Smith – an NYPD agent – can be seen taking a wounded man away from the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist assaults. After a couple of minutes, she entered the World Trade Center's south tower to assist in the evacuation process of other victims when the building crashed down. She was the only female NYPD executive to dies that tragic day. Also, she was the first police personnel to recount the attacks after seeing the first tower struck by the aircraft.
The woman needs to be applauded for her bravery; in the face of disaster, she showed tremendous courage. Hats off to her and others like her who risk their lives to save others!
A Man Takes His Life On-Air
Budd Dwyer was holding the post of the Treasurer of Pennsylvania in the 1980s. On January 22, 1987, he organized a press conference. Leaving everybody perplexed, he took out a .357 Magnum revolver and fired in the head. His self-slaughter was seen on television throughout the state. The picture was taken after Dwyer took out the gun.
Budd Dwyer was facing bribery charges and going to be sentenced on those counts on the subsequent day of his suicide – January 23rd, 1987.
Plane in Flames
This is the perturbing final image of the Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182. The star-crossed airplane crashed with another aircraft above San Diego on September 25th, 1978, at 9:00. All 137 travelers on board died, as well as 7 others on the ground. Twenty-homes were damaged due to the collision’s impact.
This air crash was Pacific Southwest Airlines' first-ever deadly crash and occurred in spite of being handled by 5 well-trained pilots.
Mother Nature's Wrath
Destruction hit the Southeast Asian region on December 26, 2004, when a gigantic Tsunami battered the coast. 230,000 people died in the catastrophe. 31-year Deborah Garlick was vacationing in Thailand during that time and was one of the lives lost. Deborah’s guardians got this photo, not yet developed, on her camera, after reclaiming her possessions.
Apparently, an earthquake underneath the Indian Ocean was responsible for triggering the Tsunami that resulted in the killing of around a quarter of a million people from 13 different countries.
When the Need For Speed Goes Wrong
In this photo you can see the superstar, Paul Walker, entering into Porsche’s 2005 Carrera GT, which he ends up dying in only a minute later, in a car crash. Paul’s daughter, Meadow, tried to file an improper lawsuit against Porsche.
On November 30th, 2013, the car hit a pole and caught fire. However, the investigating officers deemed speeding as the true cause of the accident.
The Tragedy That Inspired the Classic Movie
This is the final photo taken of the ill-fated lavish ship Titanic prior to its sinking in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Over 1500 peoples died in the unfortunate nautical accident.
Due to a collision with an iceberg, the Titanic sank during the ship’s maiden journey from Southampton to New York City.
Jumped to His Doom
Russian stuntman Pavel Kashin is spotted here as he tries a backflip on the edge of a 16-story building. He loses his balance upon landing and is on the verge of plunging to his death in this image.
Pavel Kashin died in July 2013 after falling 200 feet while when the backflip in the photo. He was from St. Petersburg and was buried there as well. His best friends, Sasha Bitkov and Vladimir Lapik, took this photo.
The U.S. Figure Skater's Team Fatal Voyage
During 1961, a Boeing 707 airplane hurtled while going from New York City to Belgium. 73 people died in the catastrophic air crash. This crash, sadly, took the whole U.S. National figure skating team, which was on its way to the World Figure Skating Championships at Prague. The group seems happy to be heading to its destination.
The Sabena Flight 548 started from Idlewild International Airport and plunged at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Feb 15th, 1961. A total of 73 people were killed: 72 were onboard and 1 on the ground.
When Nature Attacks
A hiker – Darsh Patel – was killed by a bear when hiking around the woods in New Jersey in 2014. He could manage to take photos of this 300-pound creature seconds before it killed him. Patel’s phone was retrieved later on, with the beast’s teeth scratches on it.
This catastrophic event took place on Sep 21st, 2014, at West Milford’s Apshawa Preserve.
In 1970, Keith Sapsford – a 14-year old Australian male – was hiding in the wheel well of a flight traveling from Sydney to Japan. A novice photographer checking his camera’s lens, accidentally, snapped the young man free-falling to his death. He dived an approximate 200 feet until he touched the ground. Needless to say, he did not make it out alive.
On Feb 24th, 1970, this tragedy took place. John Gilpin captured the infamous photograph of the boy falling to his death.
In 2008, Travis Alexander – a salesman – was executed by Jodi Arias – his girlfriend. This photo was taken on the fateful day of his death, at 5:29 pm. Later that day, his lifeless body was found on the bathroom floor, shot and stabbed. It is believed, only moments after taking this photo, he was murdered.
This tragedy took place on June 4th, 2008 at Travis’ home in Mesa in Arizona in Texas.
Oblivious to What Was Coming
In this picture that a loving father took of his family – including his wife and 4-year old daughter – as they were off on a vacation. All are smiling, they had no idea that the MH17 airplane they boarded will be shot down above Ukraine, all aboard would die. Researchers believe that the passengers were alive and conscious of their situation throughout the 4-5 minutes the plane dove from 33,000 feet.
The crash caused the deaths of 283 passengers along with 15 crew members on board. It occurred on 17th July 2014. The flight was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The humongous, flowy blue skirt sure caught the eye of that monkey, it even distracted him from his meal. Maybe he was wondering whether the outfit would serve him as some sort of an umbrella. Or maybe he could use it as a shelter?
We wonder whether the girl was aware of the lurking monkey peeking beneath her skirt.
Such incidences like this one will make any driver weary. It's come across every driver's mind at least once when approaching this kind of truck. What should you even do in a situation like this? If one is fortunate enough to escape from the scene, he should probably hurry up and call his or her lawyer.
A good strategy would be to speed up and overtake the truck from the right.
That's Got to Hurt!
It looks like this guy was attempting some sort of backflip or somersault into the pool. The whole thing would probably look pretty great if it worked out in his favor...but it worked out in our favor because this is one epic photo. Hopefully he alright though.
He must have calculated his distance from the pool all wrong for this to happen.
When Photography Goes Wrong
This has to be Photoshopped, because what museum would house one of their pieces under plexiglass and leave the other out in the open? Also, why would a museum allow guests to walk up to the pieces without having their pedestals bolted to the ground? There are so many questions behind this photo.
If this photo turns out to be real, that poor guy will have to cough up a fortune for his mishap.
Not the Sharpest Tool In the Shed
Seriously, guys? Using a front loader to hoist up a ladder and take down a tree? They definitely didn't plan this out well, but sometimes you've got to take one for the team so that others can learn from your stupid mistakes.
Some men sure love living life on the edge...
This picture poses quite a few questions, like why would they place a mirror in such an awkward place? Were the bartender and other staff members aware of how it looks? Or maybe it's for amusement? Actually, I have a lot of questions about this photo.
Regardless of the weird leg-upper body proportions, the bartender is still pretty cute.
This is precisely the reason why you should test all of your nuts and bolts on your vehicle– more than once! Perhaps performing off of those 'doughnuts made him dizzy". Lucky for him, the guy escaped with only a small bruise.
The crowd got more than their money's worth with this show.
Mission Impossible- Feline Style
If this dog was aware of the cat hanging from the door frame, it'd be way more excited about it? This cat could drop at any time and give that poor dog a serious scare. On the other hand, maybe it’s such a standard occurrence that he doesn’t care.
Maybe this cat is practicing its stunt routine.
Just looking at this picture, will make you want to go snorkeling, right? Especially if you can manage to catch a school of fish photo-bombing your picture. It must be a weird feeling to swim among so many sea creatures. You can imagine that you're visiting SpongeBob SquarePants at Bikini Bottom.
This guy should definitely keep this one to show his grandkids.
Baseball Game Mishap
Yes, baseball games are enjoyable, but if you like being close to where the action takes place, you must spend considerable time watching out for stray balls (and bats). In the attempt of watching your favorite team score a home run, you may be risking the danger of a baseball, or, if you're extremely unlucky, even a bat, hitting you right in the face. Just like the man in the photo below.
Getting hit by a baseball is enough to ruin anyone's game experience. But getting hit by a bat? That's a sure trip to the hospital. We just hope this man didn't have any serious bone fractures.
This picture was timed to perfection. Apparently, it was taken only a second before the car nose-dived into the below waters. Well, there was nobody in the car, if that is what you are wondering. In actuality, the car fell from the sky. Are you wondering why? Perhaps, a mafia don was eliminating some damning evidence or perhaps he was extremely bored.
Pity to waste such a beautiful vehicle.
Was the Party That Bad?
Beware, this photo is not for the easily disgusted. Apparently, the young lady was trying to maintain her poise, while being aware her stomach wasn't agreeing with her. As her friends gathered around her to appear in the picture, she could not suffer the discomfort any longer.
The girl’s condition sure must have turned into a party spoiler for the crowd. Well, we hope the woman got the required medical attention.
Pigeon's Secret Weapon
This hs to be one of the most amusing photos of this bunch – the timing here is immaculate. Seemingly, the child has been targeted by the pigeon, unleashing its bird-like revenge (You must be new to the Internet if this is your first time seeing this photo because it's been shown everywhere).
Word of caution. Pigeon droppings can pose certain health risks, and several advisories forbid feeding pigeons due to the potential health hazards.
Where Do Babies Come From?
The tales of storks delivering babies dates back to the Roman era. Many cultures from the past centuries also saw storks as a symbol of good luck. In Fact, in nature, storks are known for being very nurturing parents to their offspring, even after they've learned to fly. Maybe, this is where the story originates?
Besides good fortune, storks have been associated with family values and commitment. Especially in ancient European Cultures.
School Yard Dodgeball
Getting hit in the face by a ball, especially while sporting glasses, can be quite painful. It's like the frames instantly transform into weapons. To look at the bright side of things, this epic capture could make for an amusing profile picture on a dating site. Other than that, this woman will probably avoid playing ball sports with her glasses on.
She seems so bewildered in that second when the ball hit her face, poor girl.
Deadly Bee Sting
This fact may be sad form some: After a bee stings someone or something, it's cannot recover the stinger. As caught in this amazing photo, the bee flees the scene only to leave behind its weapon, but also some of its digestive tract, abdomen, nerves, and muscle. It dies shortly after.
It's best to avoid getting stung by the bee, for the bee and your sake. Bee stings can be very painful and some people suffer allergic reactions from them.
The Fluffy Feline Missile
If we could shoot our kitties out of big, silly cannons, this is surely what the furball projectiles would look like. With that look of determination, this critter must have been chasing after something seriously exciting. Felines don’t tend to exert themselves like this unless they think it’s worth it. If I could imagine a kitten being shot from a large cannon, then, this is exactly how I'd see a furball bullet. With such a determined look on its face, it's safe to say that this cat is chasing something she finds exciting. Felines don't usually go to these lengths unless its something really worth their while.
This cat still looks adorable with her body levitated in the air, wouldn't you agree?
Don't Try This at Home
You don’t have to be a professional Pole dancer to know you avoid stunts while holding a drink in your hand. I'm really hoping that the guy knew the dancer in this situation. Otherwise, he's may not be a happy camper. This is one of the reasons, many people avoid traveling by public transportation- they're usually filled with weirdos.
I wonder whether the man knew he'd be part of the dancer's performance or did the cameraman just happen to catch the exact moment when his day ruined.
See Ya Later Aligator!
When this airboat accidentally landed in a swamp full of alligators, it had the tourists petrified. Ironically, in the photo, the tour guide seems to be the most wear out of all the passengers, despite her having more knowledge about how to handle such a situation. There's no tragic ending here. Everyone managed to exit the swamp without a scratch.
In may have been hard to remain calm, but truthfully, the alligators would have been scared of seeing the machine land in the waters, and run away. How cool would it be if they'd actually helped the passengers have a miraculous escape?
Saved by the Gator
Deputy Chuck Lamm pointed a gun at a 6-foot alligator, yes, an alligator. The animal began to sneak up on him as the officer was trying to pull someone over. After staring at Lamm for 20 minutes or so, the gator simply walked back to the nearby waters. And as for the person that Lamm was attempting to pull over, he escaped of course.
Who wouldn’t take such an unexpected opportunity to get out of a ticket? I bet that guy was thankful for his second chance and hopefully stays out of trouble next time.
When You Have Jokester Husband
This woman sure seems to be freaking out! Her “sweet” husband thought that putting a stingray to her back would be fun. She was not hurt but has become famous - or rather, infamous - for her face reaction. Her hilarious expression has been an inspiration for several memes on the internet. After Steve Irwin’s sudden death by a stingray, who can blame her for being wary, especially because going they are in fact poisonous.
The pain from a stingray attack can be unbearable. If bitten, put saltwater to sanitize the wound and apply pressure to slow the bleeding and to allow the venom to ooze out.
Like a Scene From "Jaws"
Meet Seth, he is a risk-taker, to say the least. He was aware of the shark lurking around and decided to continue surfing anyways. Surprisingly, the shark simply sniffed Seth, yeah, like a dog. Fortunately, both Seth and the shark did not get hurt.
One plausible reason for the man sticking around despite the presence of the shark was because he thought he would startle the shark, who would then attack, hence, he decided to stay put to see what was in store for him.
Water Ski Adventure
The guy is wearing water skis designed to be a bit larger, thus safer than normal ones. Though he seems to be flying and not skiing, I’m sure he experienced one heck of a jerk. Although, the scene looks set for a definite collision, fortunately, there wasn’t one. He landed alright, but not without a few injuries.
It seems like the driver of the speed boat was out to get revenge on the poor guy who was attempting to have some fun during his water skiing adventure.
Titanic Reenactment Fail
Perhaps, this couple thought that reenacting the iconic scene from the ‘Titanic’ movie would be fun. Whatever they were posing for, surely failed, it looks like that seagull is seen swooping down to bite the lady’s nose. They seem to be good sports about the mishap, I wonder how the seagull took it?
If they had noticed the seagull approaching, they could have tried to get him in the frame, that would have been even more epic!
A stuntman in the Making
Whoever this kid is, he seems to be enjoying himself. His face has, “look what I can do mom!” written all over it. His sister is definitely getting a kick out of her brother’s vulnerability. Though mom looks a bit concerned, she knows that it will end well, and it does. Unfortunately, he didn’t get any cool battle scars out of it.
This kid sure seems to be having the time of his life. He has the “check me out mom!” look on his face. His sister seems to be enjoying her brother’s act, but the mom definitely looks concerned, surely praying that her son's stunt will end well – and surely it does. Too bad, the kid didn’t even get a cool scratch to show when he told the story.
The Suprise right Around The Corner
You may be surprised to know that many people, including adults, have a dreadful fear of clowns. The baker seems to be oblivious to the fate that awaits him as he seems to be happily strolling along. To be surprised is one thing, but facing your biggest fear can make one lose it completely. Sad to see that all those yummy pastries will go to waste!
This should teach the guy to pay more attention and keep in mind the fact that people may be approaching from the other side.
This pilot manages to escape seconds before his Harrier accidentally shoots in the sky at an aerial exhibit. Luckily, no one was hurt. Others even believed that this act was part of the show. “What a grand finale” they must have thought? The photographer must be compensated for his courage.
The Harrier aircraft is named after a bird of prey that goes by the same name. During the 1960s, they were innovated by a British developer, Hawker Siddeley.
Ship Nearly Loses Its Cargo
This cargo ship was on the verge of toppling over, yet, the rescue boat sailors s were not very worried. Perhaps, the ship was in more control than perceived. However, the good news is that the ship did not flip over, and no one was injured. The scene made for some awesome pictures. Incredibly, only 4 of those
If you’re wondering why the ship cargo is stacked so unsafely, you’re not alone. Especially for such a long journey?! It’s a miracle only 4 of them hit the waters.