56 of the creepiest photos ever taken

Last updated on February 27th, 2024 at 06:27 pm

After the invention of photography in the mid-1800s and continuing through to today, the chronicles of modern history are brimming with genuinely scary photographs that are more horrifying than what’s seen in even the most unsettling horror films.

The most terrifying images captured span a wide array, from formidable animals encountered in the wild to the final moments of victims in natural disasters.

Dennis Rader (BTK) walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in 2003

Genie Wiley, The “Feral Child”

Blanche Monnier after being locked away by her parents for 25 years.

In 1931, two psychologists, Winthrop and Luella Kellogg, began an experiment to see if a chimpanzee could learn human behavior by raising it with their own baby. The idea was to see if the chimp, named Gua, would learn to walk upright, speak, and engage in other human-like activities.

Recreating one of John Wayne Gacy’s unidentified victims.

1800s family photo

“Charlie No-Face”

French neurologist Guillaume-Benjamine conducts an experiment.

Lon Chaney as a clown, 1928.

The tools of Ted Bundy

Jail cell used during the Salem Witch Trials

The start of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Dr. Vladimir Demikhov with his two-headed dog.

The last moments off a man who jumped in a tiger enclosure, 2014.

The mummified body of Carl Tanzler’s lover

The nuclear shadows of Hiroshima

An early version of Ronald McDonald

Evelyn McHale after jumping from the Empire State Building

Vintage Halloween Costume

John Wayne Gacy as a child

Photo of Tara Calico found after her disappearance.

John Lennon pictured with Mark David Chapman, the man who took his life.

The last moments of Keith Sapsford

Beck Weathers, a frozen man on Mt. Everest

Omayra Sanchez shortly before passing.

The Hilo Tsunami, 1946

The Amityville Horror House

Shell-shocked soldier during WWI.

The Mummies of Venzone

Edward Paisnel, “The Beast Of Jersey”

The final moments of two men on top of a turbine

Unsettling vintage Halloween costume

Mount Sakurajima erupts in 1914.

The last photo taken by Daylenn Pua before he disappeared.

Children tied to a radiator at a Lebanese asylum.

A selfie from James Holmes

The last photo of The Dyatlov Pass Victims

Photo captured in 2014 shows two Chinese firefighters, Qian Lingyun, 23, and Liu Jie, 20, falling from the 13th story of a burning building in Shanghai.

Yoshio Kodaira, whose face is concealed with a straw hat, is escorted into court in 1947. In addition to taking the lives several Japanese women, Kodaira said he committed various war crimes while stationed in China.

Albert Dryden the moment he shot Harry Collinson. The shooting was captured on camera, 1991.

Knife thrower and child in 1940s

Two men make a funeral mask, c. 1908.

A Mickey Mouse gas mask for American Children during WWII, 1942. 

Max Schreck relaxes behind the scenes of Nosferatu, 1922

Russian soldiers wear creepy costumes during an impromptu performance during a lull in the fighting during WWI.

A United States soldier holds up a jungle centipede during the Vietnam war, 1967

Halloween during the 1930s

John Wayne Gacy wears his Pogo the Clown outfit.

Signed photo of First Lady Rosalynn Carter and John Wayne Gacy in 1978. At this point, he had already taken the lives of over 20 young men.

The room that the Romanov family met their end.

Leprosy, known as Hansen’s disease, is a long-term infectious condition caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium. It mainly affects the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes, resulting in skin lesions and nerve damage. In the 1890s, China grappled with significant challenges in managing leprosy and providing care for those affected.

The human nervous system dissected by 2 medical students in 1925 over the course of 1,500 hours. There are only four fully intact, dissected human nervous systems in the world.

The Brazilian shrub fruit of Guarana looks like it has eyes.

The terrifying “Yeti Crab”

Terrifying Halloween costume

BTK takes a photo with his daughter.

Mark Jackson basketball card featuring the Menendez Brothers

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