Photos Taken Moments Before The Unthinkable Happened

Although we’ve still got some time until Halloween,  creepiness still exists throughout the entire year, and we didn’t want to make you wait so long. Brace yourselves (and make sure you’ve got someone to cuddle up to) before you dig into these incredibly strange and creepy photos of innocent people right before they died in the most shocking and horrific ways imaginable.


Out Of Thin Air

The adorable Hally family set out on a family vacation and snapped this picture before their flight took off on July 17, 2014. They were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and they were heading from  Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 300 other individuals on board. The aircraft was about 50 km from the Russia-Ukrainian border when it disappeared out of thin air.

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For months, investigators worked to find any sign of the missing plane and an explanation of what caused the plane to go down. It was later ruled that the plane was shot down but a Buk surface-to-air missile from a Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine. In total, 283 passengers and 15 crew members were killed in the disaster, making it the deadliest airline disaster in history.

 

A Deadly Selfie

How far are you willing to go for the perfect selfie? Xenia Ignatyeva, a 17-year-old Russian girl, took a selfie from a bridge that was an entire 28-feet off the ground. She was allegedly known for engaging in such stunts to post photos on social media.

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According to reports, she reached the top of a rail connect at a nearby railroad, and then she took the selfie you see above. After capturing the photo, she lost her balance and fell on a cable, which electrocuted her to death.

 

Diving With The Dead

Tina Watson was vacationing in Australia with her new husband, Gabe Watson. On October 22, 2003, the newlyweds set out on a scuba diving excursion off the coast of Queensland. According to Gabe, at some point during the dive, Tina lost consciousness and began to sink. Gabe claims he was unable to reach Tina due to heavy currents.

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Meanwhile, several other divers were nearby at the same time as the incident with the Watsons. One diver, Gary Stempler, was photographing his wife and happened to capture Tina in the background as she was lying face up on the ocean floor. The same photo was later used in a trial against Gabe in which he was convicted of manslaughter by an Australian court.

 

A Striking Moment

Mother nature is one force you don’t want to reckon with. It can be destructive, unpredictable, and even deadly. The photo below was captured by Mary McQuilken. Her two brothers were posing for the photo after a day of hiking in Sequoia National Park, California in 1975.

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Only seconds after the photo was taken, both boys were struck by lightning. Sean McQuilken (left) eventually died from his wounds. His brother Michael (right) survived, although he likely suffered complications related to the incident.

 

Political Suicide

Robert Budd Dwyer was a senator and treasurer of Pennsylvania throughout the 1970s. In the early 1980s, an investigation began into suspicious tax withholding within the Pennsylvania state workers union. By 1986, Dwyer was convicted of accepting bribe money from the accounting firm who ultimately won the right to investigate the matter. He was scheduled to be sentenced for these charges on January 23, 1987.

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On January 22, 1987, Budd Dwyer took his own life on live television with a .357 Magnum revolver. The photo above was captured seconds before Dwyer took his own life, the footage of which was later broadcast to audiences throughout Pennsylvania. Throughout his life and up until his death, Dwyer maintained his innocence. It was later determined that he had, in fact, accepted bribe money and was guilty of the charges brought against him.