Dark woods, the thought of something coming up from behind you, or clowns? If any of those bring terror to your heart then you'll definitely only want to check out these terrifying images and their back stories in the daytime.
They will surely make you want to look behind you twice. We hope that you are not faint at heart because not everyone can handle the images they are about to see. Make sure to send this along to a friend once you are done to see if they can handle it better than you did as a challenge.
Joseph ‘The Cannibal’ Metheny
Joseph was a serial killer who admitted to at least eight murders dating back to 1976. He would lure "workers of the night" into his apartment, where he would dismember them and freeze their meat for consumption. He later operated an open-pit beef stand where he would serve the meat of his victims.
Tar And Feather Victim
In case any of you ever wondered, this is what a victim of a tarring and feathering looked like. It was a terrifying form of public humiliation. After the victim is stripped down to his waist, the mob proceeds to paint the victim with pine tar (which does not burn) then pitches feathers or forces the victim to roll in the feathers until they stick.
As a final indignity, the mob chases/parades the victim through the streets. At that moment, the victim most likely wishes that he could fly. Why would anyone even think of a punishment like this?
The Terrifying, Aging Doll
This gruesome, emaciated creature began life as a cute, attractive toy, bought by parents as a gift for their child. Like many playthings, the doll was eventually banished to the attic. But as it lay gathering dust, demonic forces set to work. When the family retrieved it 11 years later, just like Dorian Gray’s infamous portrait, the doll had withered and aged.
Now we don't know if demonic forces were truly at play but it makes sense. Have you ever seen a doll transform into something so hideous? It was only 11 years later and it seems like it aged 70!
Tyler Hadley's "Killer Party"
This is the picture Tyler Hadley had his best friend take right after telling him that he killed his parents to have a party. Tyler’s parents were dead in their bedroom while the party was going on. He told his friend if he looked hard enough he could see signs.
His friend then looked around the kitchen and living room and saw signs of blood and such. He then went and looked in the bedroom and is the only one at the party who saw the bodies other than Tyler. Ending the lives of the two people that gave him life is one psycho irony.
The Creature Of Hook Island
On December 12, 1964, the Le Serrec family decided to vacation at one of the Whitsunday Islands known as Hook Island. Little did they know, their lives would be changed forever. Le Serrec’s wife spotted a strange figure on the lagoon floor while crossing Stonehaven Bay. It looked like a giant tadpole-like creature estimated at about 30ft.
They took multiple photographs of this strange creature. After taking the photo's, we hope they went to safety and didn't stick around too much longer. There is no telling what that beast is capable of.
What Horrible Living Conditions Did To Blanche Monnier
The terrifying picture below is a real hospital room photo of Blanche Monnier, a French girl who was kept captive for 25 years in a padlocked, shuttered room where she was forced to live amidst pests, rats, human excrement, and filth. Her discovery occurred on May 23, 1901, after the Paris Attorney General received an anonymous letter indicating a woman was being held captive in a home located on “21 rue de la Visitation” street in a wealthy neighborhood of Poitiers, France.
The Horrors Of Room 322 At The Hotel Zaza
It is not listed as a room on the hotel’s website. It's only a third of the size of the other rooms. It has no carpet -- the bed is held up with chains. This is also the only room with a brick wall. Room 322 is also the number for Skull and Bones Secret Society which explains the numerous skull pictures. But why is there a picture of Jay Comeaux, who is the President of Stanford Group Company? Why does this room exist? What purpose does it serve? There something odd going on, clearly.
A Letter From Jack The Ripper
Mr. Lusk, Sir, I send you half the Kidney I took from one woman and preserved it for you. The other piece I fried and ate. It was very nice. I may send you the bloody knife that took it out if you only wait a while longer.
Signed, Catch me when you can Mister Lusk
Twice The Bite
This terrifying two-headed alligator has been seen on the riverbank of Seminole Heights, Florida by numerous people. This happens when monozygotic twins fail to separate properly. Some people are skeptic about the authenticity of this picture, but professionals such as Dr. Frank Mazzotti (“croc doc”) of the University of Florida say that it is not impossible for this to happen, though when it does, the animal rarely lives to see adulthood.
Spiders Are Terrifying, Especially The Hungry Ones
Some people are not even crazy about small spiders. They don't have arachnophobia, thank goodness, but they still don't trust spiders. There's something about anything with eight eyes and legs that creeps people out. All we can really say is if they are big enough to take down a fully grown lizard, run, don't walk!
Cougar Joins In For Breakfast
A Chilean family woke up to a surprising house guest when they found a young cougar making itself at home in their kitchen. Amalin Haddad said she discovered the cougar in her kitchen when she went down to make herself breakfast. Luckily, the cougar never attacked Haddad, her family, or the family dog, perhaps because it was possibly domesticated.
Daniela Liverani And The Tale Of Mr. Curly
Daniela Liverani started getting nosebleeds but chalked it up to a motorcycle accident she previously had. She thought that the crash had resulted in a dark blood clot, but it wasn’t until she saw the blood clot moving that she realized it was something alive. It turned out that Daniela was housing a leech that was three inches long. She believes it crawled up her nose when she was backpacking in South East Asia a month ago. She named it Mr. Curly.
"Rat King" is a phenomenon that happens when any number of rats “become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, or feces.” This is both creepy and terrifying. Some have seen this first-hand and it isn't a charming sight. The rats will crawl in and band together to stay warm. As you can see, it doesn't work too well.
The Botfly Makes Your Skin Crawl
The botfly is possibly the nastiest, most terrifying bug on the planet. Anything that can burrow into you, use you for nourishment, incubate, and push its way out of you is disgusting. I'd rather get sucked dry by a lamprey eel. These things love them some livestock, but they sometimes find their way to a human host too. The botfly is not a picky eater. My skin is crawling right now!
Have You Ever Seen A Hairy Frog?
Southerners love their frog legs but others might find most frogs to be creepy. Including the hairy frog. This species of frog has retractable “claws” which are actually made of bone and not keratin. The sharp claws project through the skin, apparently by intentionally breaking the bones of the toe. They passively retract while the skin regenerates. This species of frog is also called The Wolverine Frog.
Walter Yeo's Horrible Burn
Walter Yeo was the first man to undergo plastic surgery. Walter sustained terrifying facial injuries including the loss of his upper and lower eyelids while manning the guns aboard HMS Warspite in 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. Surgeon Sir Harold Gillies used a type of skin grafting technique called tubed pedicle to treat Walter Yeo.
Mandy The Doll
This creepy doll with a cracked face and sinister smile has been terrorizing the Quesnel & District Museum in Canada since 1991. Mandy the doll was already 91 years old when given to the museum by an un-named donor who couldn’t handle the doll in her home any longer due to some very strange events. The donor would hear the loud cries of a baby but all she would find was Mandy the doll. People complain about the battery from their devices being drained while near Mandy. Some people say she blinks at them and often times Mandy has been known to move around on her own to different display cases.
You Call That A Thunderbird
Even Colonel Sanders couldn't tangle with this one. The Thunderbird appears in many Native American legends and is said to be larger than a condor. It was said to feed on killer whales. Sightings of the Thunderbird go back centuries and fossil records have shown that birds with a wingspan between 12 and 18 ft existed alongside early man.
Who's In My Back Seat??
In 1959, Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother in a British cemetery when she took a picture of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. It wasn't until Mrs. Chinnery had the film developed that they realized her husband hadn't been waiting alone after all. The picture shows a person wearing glasses sitting in the back seat, and Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the figure as being her mother -- the mother whose grave she had just visited.
Take A Cruise With Me
An old Military frigate that was being broken down for scrap was getting prepared for inspection. The dock foreman, "John," went on first with a camera to take pictures of work areas. He later sent all of the pics to his boss, who upon seeing this one, called John straight away asking "Who is the guy with the axe at the edge of the camera flash?" John had no idea. He never saw anyone. Even the police couldn't locate anyone, even though there was only one way off the ship.
What's That Under The Water?
Over the past few years, rumors have circulated in Japan about the existence of gigantic humanoid life-forms inhabiting the icy waters of the Antarctic. For the most part, the existence of the Ningen is considered an urban legend. Reportedly observed on multiple occasions by crew members of government-operated whale research ships, these so-called “Ningen” (translates to “humans”) are said to be completely white in color with an estimated length of 20 to 30 meters. Eyewitnesses describe them as having a human-like shape, often with legs, arms, and even five-fingered hands. The only visible facial features are the eyes and mouth.
Big, Big Bird
Big birds can be seriously strong in the claw department, but we're not so sure they can carry off a child. But the pic is interesting anyway. Ok, we'll admit it, we wish this pic was real. Someone would hire it to take care of their screaming brood in a second. Why? Because they want to be able to go to the hardware store in peace for a change. There, we said it, and we're sticking with it. Who's with us?
Two-legged sheep shouldn't be terrifying, but they are. Watching them walk around is just darn creepy. It just goes against physics. And the worst part is they can move so fast on those two legs. If a wolf were to see this, they'd get freaked out just watching them move around. Yep, they should stick to the four-legged critters.
No way in the world. No one should buy this and gift it to their worst enemy's child. This terrifying thing was made sometime in the 1920s. During that time, these Jekyll and Hyde Dolls were all the rage. Can you apprehend why? We can only guess that their true motive was to make sure the "angel" face was turned forward until dusk. Then the evil side reared its ugly head and ate the child. Just a theory.
The Stalker Is Coming
This could be an innocent scenario where someone just happened to walk by when this picture was taken. Photobombs happen to the best of us. But let's not believe that is the case this time. Let us believe that the man in the rear had been there for quite some time. Watching the children... probably picking out the one who'd give him the least resistance. Transfixed in his thoughts of kidnapping, he probably didn't even notice the camera until it was too late.
Not even the light of day should get you to go exploring in this cave. Who or what carved these monstrosities into the cave wall is none of my business. Yes, it's been said that these were once men who are now eternally trapped by the demon of the cave, but since no one should be going in to investigate, let us just say that it must suck to be them if the story is true.
Burn Baby, Burn
Madame Tussaud's, the famous waxworks exhibition in Marylebone Road, London, was badly damaged in 1925 by fire. The fire was discovered shortly after 10:30. By 11:30 the interior of the top story had become raging furnace and the wax models had all melted. Scores of fire engines were in attendance, and probably 10,000 people assembled in the neighborhood. The fire was extinguished by midnight.
Zengyōji temple in the city of Kanazawa is home to the mummified head of a three-faced demon. Legend has it that a resident priest discovered the mummy in a temple storage chamber in the early 18th century. Imagine his surprise. Nobody knows where the demon head came from, nor how or why it ended up in storage. The mummified head has two overlapping faces up front, with another one (resembling that of a kappa) situated in back. The temple puts the head on public display each year around the spring equinox.
Mongolian Death Worm
The Mongolian Death Worm is a fabled creature that is said to plague the Gobi desert. There have been stories told of it for hundreds of years. The cryptid is described as a bright red worm that measures up to ten feet in length and weighs over 1,000 lbs. It is said to have the ability to spit acid and kill via electric discharge. Anything it touches becomes corroded. A good pet, maybe?
Not A Werewolf
Although this man isn’t a real-life werewolf, his unique medical condition makes him look like one. His name is Zhang Hongming and he lives in China, where locals have nicknamed him “Chimp.” This condition is called congenital giant pigmented nevus and is more commonly referred to as giant furred moles.
World War I Soldier
This is the face of a man who has snapped past the brink of sanity, and once you’ve seen his haunted eyes, you won’t be able to un-see them. A World War I soldier in the Battle of Courcelette, in September 1916, he had gone completely mad from the atrocities he’d been forced to witness.
Why are ventriloquist dummies so scary? One common theory is that objects that look like humans, but don’t act exactly like humans, are unsettling to our senses. According to a hypothesis called “uncanny valley,” dolls or other human replicas can “elicit feelings of eeriness and revulsion among some observers.” So enjoy this large collection of ventriloquism dummies!
The Innocent James Bulger
This grainy surveillance camera footage depicts an innocent child as he’s led out of a shopping mall by one of the two teenagers who would torture and kill him shortly after. James Bulger’s mutilated body was discovered in Liverpool, England, two days after this photo was taken. What motive did the teenagers have?
Anneliese Michel was a shy and quiet 16-year-old German girl in 1973. She then had an epileptic seizure and her mental health deteriorated rapidly after that. Michel's family was convinced that she was possessed by demons. A series of brutal, sometimes violent, exorcisms were performed that eventually killed the young girl. There have been three popular movies based on Michel's life.
This poor creature is just a common black bear but looks like something much more sinister because of his lack of fur. In fact, the hairless bear almost resembles the legendary creature “chupacabra,” an evil animal rumored to exist in Latin America, where it is said to attack goats and dogs.
Budd Dwyer was the Treasurer of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, after serving in the Pennsylvania State Senate. On January 22, 1987, Dwyer requested a news conference in Harrisburg and proceeded to shoot himself in front of everyone present. Prior to pulling the trigger, he announced "Please, please leave the room if this will...if this will affect you." The photo above was taken at this time. Dwyer's shocking suicide was broadcast on television.
A Snowy Scare
The caption with this photo, submitted online, reads: "I was home alone last night while my parents were out of town, it snowed off and on for most of the day and night. I woke up the next morning and I was going to the kitchen to get breakfast when I noticed I wasn’t the only one here last night!"
The picture's validity has not been proven, but it certainly makes one think twice about closing the blinds at night.
Real Cost Of War
In this upsetting and controversial photo, an Iraqi soldier has been burned to death, just before a ceasefire officially ended Operation Desert Storm. Many news outlets chose not to publish the photo. Photographer Kenneth Jarecke was surprised by the decision, as he felt the picture could help put a human face on a war that seemed far-removed to many Americans. Of the man in the photo, Jarecke said “He was fighting to save his life to the very end, till he was completely burned up. He was trying to get out of that truck.”
Remember This: All Clowns Are Creepy And Terrifying
There is a large community of people who are freaked out by clowns. Except it's Krusty the Clown. But there's just something terrifying about clowns like Ronald McDonald, party clowns and that really creepy Burger King clown/thing. Here's their king as far as we're concerned. This is John Wayne Gacy, notorious serial killer of dozens of young boys. This was his side job; party clown. 'Nuff said!
In this chilling photograph, a photographer has unknowingly captured the final moments before a poor soul lost his life. It’s not clear what the intended subject matter was – the people on the bridge, presumably – but if you look down underneath them you can see the outline of someone who has just jumped.
What’s even more frightening than an abandoned hospital? How about one where Hitler was treated? This run-down sanatorium, in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Germany, housed Adolf Hitler as he recuperated from a leg injury he received during the Battle of the Somme. He was there during October and November 1916. You know you're bad when the hospital you were treated at gets a negative rep.
Her Last Moments
Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to act out your own death? No? Me either. The absolute horror that must be going through your head at that time would be unimaginable. This picture of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters was taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who toured the country in an 18-wheeler equipped with a torture chamber in the back. This photo was taken in an abandoned Illinois barn, where Rhoades killed Walters after cutting off her hair and making her wear a black dress and heels.
Breaking And Entering Lead To A Terrifying Find
Crime really doesn't pay. Upon breaking into an abandoned Virginia home, two teenage boys found blood on the walls. It doesn't look like this place has been inhabited for quite a while. The two boys weren't too smart either way. At least they could have picked out a better place to rob. What did the neighbors think when they saw this pic?
Edward Mordrake's Other Side
Edward Mordrake was a 19th-century English nobleman who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23 by poisoning himself.
Yes, the pictures are real. Raymond Robinson was badly injured in a childhood electrical accident. Since his disfigurement was so terrifying, he had to go out for his walks at night; going out in the daytime was not even an option. "The Green Man" or "Charlie No-Face" were just two of the names given to him, he was made into an urban legend and parents would tell their kids about him in the hopes of scaring them from going out at night. Most people were shocked to discover he was a real person who was very much liked and respected by family and neighbors.
This eerie photo is of Travis Alexander. It was snapped by his girlfriend, Jodi Arias, just moments before she murdered him in the shower. The cause of death was absolutely brutal: multiple stab wounds, a slit throat, and a gunshot to the head. Arias is currently serving a life sentence in an Arizona prison.
Earth's oceans are full of mysterious life forms, and we've only discovered a fraction of them so far. Deep in the seas live creatures so bizarre and frightening that they look like characters from science fiction movies. This one is a frilled shark, and it measures more than five feet long. Frilled sharks live 5,000 feet below the ocean's surface.
If Santa is supposed to be such a jolly great guy, then why are so many depictions of him so terrifying? The man playing Santa Claus in this vintage photo seems to have gotten his mask burned or melted right before Christmas… luckily the child he’s visiting with doesn’t seem to have noticed.
In the Victorian era, it was common to take photographs of the recently deceased, as mementos for the living to keep. One of the creepiest aspects of this macabre custom was to pose the dead as if they were alive. In this photo of a dead young boy, his eyelids have been painted with pupils in order to make it look like they were open.
Urban legend or real life menace? In Loveland, Ohio, a tale of a frog-like man has been circulating since the 1970s. The story seemed to go dormant for years, until some Pokémon Go players supposedly captured new images of the creature in 2016. Local man Sam Jacobs said "Then the thing stood up and walked on its hind legs. I realize this sounds crazy, but I swear on my grandmother's grave this is the truth. The frog stood about 4 feet tall."
Collaborator Girls Shamed
Here's an image of women who slept with Nazi soldiers being driven through the streets on display in Cherbourg, France. Heads shaven and visibly ashamed, these women faced the cruel repercussions of sleeping with the enemy. During their affairs, many of them were given luxury goods like perfume and stockings, but they probably wish they had passed on the rare goods to keep their hair instead.
The Women Were Humiliated
Once they were identified or accused as a collaborator girl, pretty much anything went for punishment, with the goal being to publicly humiliate the women for their betrayal of their country and soldiers. Patriots and members of the French resistance were the ones who carried out the punishments. Here one woman is being grabbed and ridiculed before having her head shaved.
Erie Moments Captured On Trail Cams
Trail cameras are used by hunters to document animal movements and populations through different regions. These cameras run all day and all night, capturing anything in their path. This mysterious photo of a young woman lurking in the woods raises many questions. Is she a runaway? Was she kidnapped and taken to the trail? The hunter was amazed to see this unexplained video captured by his trail cam.
Super Stretchy Skin
He's the man with what is allegedly the world's stretchiest skin. Gary "Stretch" Turner of the United Kingdom has skin that is so lose, that it can stretch in ways that you didn't think were possible. 41-year-old Turner suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder that has weakened his skin to twice as thin as regular skin. Apparently, he can stretch his belly so far out that it can hold three pints of beer! Bottoms up!
Plunging To Death
This is a photo of the charred remains of Russian cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, who hurtled towards earth with the force of a meteor in a spacecraft called Soyuz 1. Komarov was apprehensive about the mission, which was supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution. It is reported that the U.S. intercepted radio transmissions in which Komarov can be heard talking to ground control moments before he died. Soyuz 1 blasted off without issue, but issues with the craft immediately began to show. Since the parachutes failed to deploy properly, the craft crashed into the ground and blew up upon impact.
Some Had No Choice
This is a picture of a woman of the Sudetenland during Anschluss, when Austria was annexed into Nazi Germany in 1938. Out of fear, many citizens had no choice but to accept what was happening. The American National Archives captions this photo as follows: "The tragedy of this Sudeten woman, unable to conceal her misery as she dutifully salutes the triumphant Hitler, is the tragedy of the silent millions who have been 'won over' to Hitlerism by the 'everlasting use' of ruthless force."
A Baby In A KKK Outfit Is Just Plain Sad...
This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached an African-American state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo. We think the officer’s expression says it all.
It's interesting to think that if the roles were reversed and it had been a young African-American approaching a white cop, the results might have been a bit different. This picture is really worth a thousand words depending on how you view it.
Cocaine Is A Hell Of A Drug
We all know that drugs are bad, but some people just can't stay away. This terrifying photo of a dental patient's mouth shows the harsh realities of cocaine use. Dentist Howard Farran posted this image of one of his patients to his Facebook with the hopes that it will deter people from experimenting with the dangerous drug.
Using cocaine can cause irreparable damage to the nasal passage ways. This is because cocaine causes the blood vessels to narrow throughout the entire body, including the vessels that send blood to the nasal cavity. As a result, the tissues can destruct and, well, leave you looking like this guy.
A Real-Life Lochness Monster?
A man in New Jersey got more than he bargained for when he went fishing. While fishing in familiar waters, the man came across an eel-like creature with razor-sharp teeth that looked straight out of a sci-fi movie. He used his bow and arrow to snag the big, slimy beast, before snapping this photo.
Apparently, scientists chimed in and identified the creature as a very large lamprey, which is a species of parasite in northern Atlantic waters. However, many scientists said lampreys typically only measure three feet long, while the one photographed was much longer.
Take A Better Look While At "The Rock"
A British couple, Sheila Walsh and her boyfriend, were visiting the Alcatraz (AKA "the rock"), taking an audio tour. Sheila snapped a photo of the empty visitation block window. It wasn't until she looked at the photo on her iPhone that she noticed the figure of a woman, dressed in what looked to be 1930s or '40s clothing. Comparison shots in the video show that the image in the window was not Sheila's, or anyone visible's, reflection.
This sounds like something straight out of a horror flick. We hope that this didn't haunt Shelia in any way.