Chilling Photos Reveal Eerie Stories Of The Past

By Sophia Maddox | August 11, 2023

A worker paints the Golden Gate Bridge orange, which was chosen to help the bridge stay visible in the fog, 1956

More often than not when we look back on history we're doing so through the lens of nostalgia. While we like to remember heartwarming moments of the past, it's also denying the existence of some truly chilling stories from the past that are as fascinating as they are dark.

When you take a closer look at history through rare photos and stories you'll see that not everything is as sunny as the history books portray. Even when a photo claims to show something that's beautiful, if you look closer you'll see how spine-tingling history really is.

Each of these uncovered photos from history shows a new side to old stories, but they're not suitable for all audiences. You've been warned, now are you ready to look closer?

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It's rare that a bridge stands out in our minds so sharply as does the Golden Gate Bridge. Why do we think so fondly of this San Francisco bridge rather than say the Brooklyn Bridge or the Ha'Penny Bridge in Ireland? It's not the suspension cables and it isn't the location, it's the color and the unfortunate use that many people have found for it.

Painted bright orange initially as a primer, the U.S. Navy wanted the bridge painted blue and yellow to increase visibility, but the bridge's consulting architect felt that "International Orange" was a far more pleasing color than blue and yellow. Aside from the striking color, the Golden Gate Bridge is known as one of the most famous suicide bridges in the world. More than 2,000 people have leapt to the deaths since the bridge was constructed in 1933.

One survivor of a Golden Gate suicide attempt spoke to WECT in 2020. In their conversation they explained what was going through their mind as they leapt, and how the unique wildlife of San Francisco saved them:

The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was instant regret for my actions... In four seconds, you’re falling at 90 miles an hour—nearly the speed of terminal velocity is what you reach before you hit the water. It is a 220-foot drop. That’s 25 stories... I bobbled up and down in the water and I said ‘God please save me. I don’t want to die. I made a mistake.’ I didn’t want to die that day. I didn’t want to die. A sea lion literally circled beneath me, keeping me afloat until the Coast Guard arrived.

Marcel Marceau was a French mime and member of the French Resistance during the German occupation. Using his acting skills, he helped smuggle Jewish children from a French orphanage

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It sounds like something out of a movie. An internationally renowned mime and performance artist helping Jewish children escape from Nazi occupied France, is it too good to be true? No way. The only thing that needs to be corrected is that Marseau wasn't a mime yet, he was just a teenager when he was helping the French Resistance.

Born Marcel Mangel, he changed his last name to Marceau to avoid detection by the Nazis and helped children at a Jewish orphanage escape to Switzerland. He performed this dangerous duty three times and saved hundreds of orphans. His cousin, Resistance commander George Loinger said of Marcel's courageous work:

The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him. He had already begun doing performances in the orphanage, where he had met a mime instructor earlier on. The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease.